I have a friend, she has a baby girl and they're both mad about tutus. I feel really honoured to have been asked to make some baby tiny tutu skirts. Even better the request included a "no pink" clause - in case you hadn't guessed, I'm not much a lover of pink myself. Even though I welcomed the chance to sew with tulle, a new fabric for me, I could not quite imagine myself actually buying pink tulle, that would be pushing my sewing limits.
So, I discovered a few rules about tulle - best to be cut with a rotary cutter for straight edges, it tends to stick to itself a bit which is slightly frustrating so you have to have a good dose of patience to start with, and it's a little bit like sewing air, but you soon get used to it.
I made up my own pattern for these skirts using the measurements of my friend's baby for sizing. The lining is poplin and I found three layers of tulle lightly gathered together gave a good volume to the skirt.
I have just finished making a green spot tutu with white layers and mint lining...
...with a touch of a doily under it all. Subtle and cute I think.
It's gone to join it's friends: a pale blue spot tutu with blue layers and silver trim,
and a yellow star tutu with apricot layers and yellow lining.
I tell you, I'm loving the appreciation photos my friend is sending me of her tutu wearing girl. So sweet!