Princess Tutu Dress

June 2013 207edit For my fancy girl’s sixth birthday I made her a princess tutu dress.  It’s wildly impractical and she didn’t even wear it for the majority of her cupcake decorating party (can you imagine the frosting/tulle nightmare that could ensue?), but she wore it on her actual birthday and put it on to show off her fanciness at the end of her party.  It’s completely impractical, so of course she adores it.  😉

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Tutu’s are super easy and with the exception of the elastic require no sewing.  If your fancy little girl needs one of her own, here’s a quick rundown of the steps to make one.

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  • 5-6 yards of tulle (the easiest way is to buy the pre-cut rolls of tulle, but you can also cut 6″ strips yourself)
  • 1″ elastic
  • Sheer ribbon
  • Satin ribbon for sash

Measure your childs chest directly under her armpits and subtract 3 inches to make sure it fits snugly. Stitch elastic together, reinforcing several times.

Measure how long you want the dress to be, then multiply by two. Cut your 6″ wide strips of tulle at that measurement.

Stretch the elastic around something to keep it stretched out while you’re tying the tulle on.  I used a cheeseball bucket.  You know, those giant tubs you can buy?  Anything round that’s generally the same size around as your kid will do.

Fold each strip in half, forming a loop at the top.  Pull the ends of the tulle strips up, around the elastic, and through the loop.  It sounds complicated, but it’s really easy once you try it yourself.  (You can easily find videos on youtube if you’re totally lost at this point.)

Continue tying strips of tulle, alternating colors, until the entire waistband is covered.  Your tulle dress should be really full and fluffy.  I actually could have used several more yards of tulle for Susannah’s dress since it was a little more see-through than I would have liked, but I didn’t have time to get more, so we made do (she wore shorts and a shirt under her dress).

Take your sheer ribbon and sew down to the underside of the elastic at the midpoint, making sure you leave enough length to tie around the neck.

Tie the satin ribbon high enough to give it an empire waist, leaving lots of room to trail in the back.  Princesses love trailing ribbons.  🙂

And that’s it!  Cutting the tulle is the hardest part, and even that only took about 30 minutes.  Two hours for a fancy princess dress sounds just about right to me, and the sheer joy Susannah took in twirling in her finery was more than enough reward for this momma.  Love this girl.

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7 thoughts on “Princess Tutu Dress”

  1. She looks like a little woodlin fairy sitting on that log. You will always treasure such a sweet precious gift from God!

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