Ballerina Stitching and Tutu How To

I thought you might enjoy a few in progress photos and instructions on how I do a ballerina with a dimension tutu.
Remove all of the the release paper from ballerina except on the arms and iron the girl to the background.wpid-IMG_6515-2014-09-4-20-41.jpg
Create a tulle tutu. I hand gather 4 layers for tulle – the strips are about 5 times the width of the ballerina’s waist. The gathered tulle is hand stitched to a piece of ribbon slightly wider than her waist with the end tucked under to be the exact width of her waist. I then trim the tutu to the desired length.
I outline stitch around the twice on the skirt, legs, shoes, face, next and hair and once on the bodice. I don’t have any stitching on the arms which still have the paper on them at this point. This lets me do mod tot the stitching without having to move the tutu around a lot.
Place the tutu on the girl and outline stitch around the ribbon.
Remove the paper from the arms and follow the stitching on the bodice to get to the arms. Since I can’t fuse the arms in place without melting the tulle, I turn my feed dogs back on and slowly sew once around the arms once instead of using free motion stitching. I leave my darning foot on while I do this so I have a bit of control for turning. For the second pass on outline stitching I do normal free motion stitching.

3 thoughts on “Ballerina Stitching and Tutu How To”

  1. I bought the ballerina girl pattern this spring and made it for a young friend with a big role in Cincinnati Ballet’s production of Bolero. I had so much fun making it, and it was a big hit with the ballerina. Thanks, Carrie, for sharing your creativity and being so generous with tips like these.

  2. Nancy Blankenship

    Thanks for this “How To” on the tutu. Loved the Halloween pieces you showed. Your work continues to amaze me.

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