How to Make Your Own Ballet Dance Costume

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How to Make Your Own Ballet Dance Costume
Dress as a ballet dancer with this no-sew costume. (beautiful girl ballerina to be on points image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Make a ballet dance costume at home by embellishing basic dance wear items with a homemade tutu. You can use any type of sheer fabric to make your tutu, including tulle, chiffon, voile or even mosquito netting. Look for discounted sheer fabrics in your desired colours in the clearance section of fabric and craft stores to save money on your homemade ballet dance costume.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Lycra bodysuit
  • Tights
  • Sheer fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Purchase a Lycra bodysuit and a pair of tights for your costume. These items are usually inexpensive, and they are extremely difficult to make unless you are an accomplished seamstress.

  2. 2

    Purchase at least 4 yards of sheer fabric. You may need more fabric to make a large or extremely long tutu.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric into 6-inch strips twice as long as you want the finished tutu. For instance, if you want a 12-inch long tutu, cut the fabric into 24-inch-by-6-inch strips. Cut at least 20 of these strips and up to 40 for a full tutu.

  4. 4

    Measure your waist and add 25 inches to this measurement. Cut a length of 1-inch-wide ribbon using this measurement. If you have a 30-inch waist then cut a 55-inch length of ribbon.

  5. 5

    Lay the ribbon flat on your work surface. Fold one piece of fabric over the ribbon and line up the ends of the tulle. Tie the fabric strip in a knot where it overlaps the ribbon. The knot should be tight enough to hold the fabric strip to the ribbon but loose enough that you can slide the strip of fabric back and forth along the length of the ribbon.

  6. 6

    Continue to tie the fabric strips to the ribbon to fill out your tutu.

  7. 7

    Wrap the ribbon around your waist and push the fabric strips to distribute them around your body and form the tutu. Tie the ends of the ribbon together in a bow to hold the tutu in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Ballet shoes are necessary if you are a ballet dancer, but they are uncomfortable for nondancers to wear if you are only dressing up for a party or Halloween. Purchase ballet-style slippers instead, and wrap lengths of matching ribbon around your ankles for decoration. Carefully secure the ribbons to your tights with safety pins to hold them in place while wearing your costume.

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