How to make a tutu or petticoat

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How to make a tutu or petticoat
Tulle is the ideal fabric for tutus and petticoats. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A petticoat is a traditional undergarment worn underneath a skirt or dress. It not only gives volume and bounce to an outfit but also provides an extra layer of heat when the weather turns cold. A tutu, the traditional costume of a ballerina, generally has more layers than a petticoat, making the two items very similar in design. Making your own petticoat or tutu is not only cheaper than buying one in the shops but can be constructed without any complicated sewing or stitching.

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Elastic (length depends on waist size)
  • Scissors
  • 5.5 metres (6 yards) tulle for a petticoat; more for a tutu

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  1. 1

    Measure around your waist, using a measuring tape. Add 10 cm (4 inches) to this measurement and cut the elastic accordingly. For a 76 cm (30-inch) waist, for example, cut 86 cm (34 inches) of elastic.

  2. 2

    Cut the tulle into 7.62 cm (3 inch) wide strips. Note that your tulle strips should be twice as long as the desired length of your finished tutu or petticoat.

  3. 3

    Attach the strips to the elastic waistband. To do this, fold your tulle in half and pull the ends through the centre loop. For a clean edge, make sure that the knotted part of the tulle is on the inside of your waistband. Repeat this process attaching the tulle strips in layers.

  4. 4

    Tie around your waist. Your tutu or petticoat is now ready to wear.

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