Recital time is almost upon us, and we decided to revamp our costumes. Last year our little dancers at Diamond Dance Co. performed in sparkly silver skirts, but this year I thought we’d do something fun in our signature purple.
Everyone and their grandma has been trying their hand at these adorable tutus. I found a great DIY tutorial here, perfect for any aspiring ballerina or fairy princess.
If you can’t find colored elastic, I recommend dyeing yours to match the color of the tutu – you can get away with using less tulle if you aren’t afraid of a few minuscule white gaps in the waistband. I prefer to keep my tutus on the smaller side, as opposed to the over-the-top full look featured on etsy. After all, I want my dancers to be able to move around well in these costumes.
Dying elastic is more feasible than the Rit Dye package would have you believe. I mixed half a pack with hot water from the tap, stirred, and soaked my elastic for close to an hour. The color came out great! I left some soaking overnight, too, and it was only slightly darker – so there’s no need to be afraid of over-soaking.
Step three: Cut your tulle into 20″ strips, fold in half over the waistband, and knot. (Alternatives to knotting discussed below.)
Initially, I figured it’d take about 6 yards per skirt, but quickly learned this was far too little. Coming up on 25 yards I find my 19″ waistband nearly finished.
Knot vs thread: I completed one skirt, knotting tulle around the waistband as recommended by many e-tutorials, but the waistband felt too bulky. I tried again simply tying the tulle with thread, and liked the look better. I may still revise my technique as I wade through these spools upon spools of purple mesh.
I love the bows mammaliciousfinds uses to embellish her tutu. Now it’s time to start thinking about jazzing these babies up!