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Pattern Services - Custom Made to Measurements Tutu Basque (Yoke) Pattern



Priced per piece.  For use with Classical and Romantic tutus, Harem Pants and various other dance costumes.  This is the most important part of a classical tutu and must fit well for the rest of the tutu to fit well.

Custom basque patterns can be made in the following styles:

A. Traditional Classical-Style, which sits at the True Waist and High Hip.

B. Low-Waist Classical -Style, but sits at the Low Waist and High Hip.  This style is often used on rehearsal tutus and tutus that will be worn with a crop-top-style bodice.

C. Exotic-Style, with a point at the lower center front, and waistline is made to sit at the True Waist.

D. Exotic-style, with a point at the lower center front, and the waistline is made to sit at the Lower Waist measurement.

This Custom Basque Pattern is made to measurements supplied by client.  We will need four measurements:

1. True Waist: Area of body that creases in when you bend to the side.  This is often higher than most people consider their waist to be due to current fashion styles.

2. Low Waist: Area 2-inches below the True Waist.

3. Basque Depth:

For Traditional Classical-Style, the measurement between the true waist and where you want the bottom of the basque to sit. The bottom of the basque is also normally the place where the top layer of a classical tutu should sit, and lies between 3.5 and 5-inches below the True Waist.

For Low-Waist Classical-Style, the measurement between the low waist and where you want the bottom of the basque to sit. The bottom of the basque is also normally the place where the top layer of a classical tutu should sit, and lies between 2 and 3 inches below the Low Waist.

4. High Hip: Measure horizontally AROUND the upper hip area, approximately 3.5 to 5-inches below the True Waist, OR 2 to 3-inches below the Low Waist. This is the area where the bottom of the basque should sit.

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We have several base rates for classical tutus that must be shipped in over-sized boxes. Actual costs can run between $30-$60 in the continental U.S., more in some places. Occasionally, it is less expensive to ship Express rather than Priority.  We will always research what is the least expensive way to safely ship your items. We will also insure costumes for their full value. This will add to the cost, but not too much.  All custom costumes are shipped with signature required when delivered.  This is for your protection.

If you require a shipping cost estimate prior to placing your order, please call us Toll Free US & Canada +1-877-888-8266 - International +1-704-519-4771 from 10 am to 5 pm EST and we will be happy to estimate your shipping charges.

If you are ordering something small that can be sent in an envelope, like one sample card, the difference between the postage and the automatic minimum shipping charge will be refunded.


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We strive to ship in-stock items within two Business Days after we receive your order. (This does not include custom-made items, like tutus and other costumes, which require a lead time and are shipped when completed. Also, orders which include fabric-cuts or custom-dying may require an additional time, but we will always let you know how long it will take.)


For destinations outside the United States, orders are sent via USPS Priority International (six to ten days) or USPS Express Mail International (three-five days). Express Mail International is faster than Priority Mail International, provides much better tracking information, and may pass through your country's Customs quicker. Delivery times are dependent on your destination country and on your local postal and Customs services. Customs delays are not the responsibility of Tutu.Com. Our shipping rates do not include any Customs Charges that may be imposed by your country's Customs regulations. Size Charts | PDF 

It contains size charts for all products; ballet tutus, bodices, dresses and patterns combined in one PDF file (14 pages).

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Panty & bodice pattern size charts with detailed information and measurements.

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