Tutu skirts have long been mystical. They serve as an epitome of magic and grace and are iconic ballet pieces.
The modern tutus are dresses worn as costumes in ballet performances, usually with attached bodice. Tutu skirts may be made of different fabrics like tulle, silk, tarlatan, muslin, nylon, or gauze. Ballerinas wear tutus in classical ballets and these are designed to let the full length of the legs of the dancers to be visible while still retaining the shimmer and elegance of full skirts.
As magical clothing pieces, tutus transform ballerinas into sleeping beauties and black swans. These are skirts customized to each sequin and detailed to the extremes since these need to let the audience know in a nanosecond the character or role that the dancer plays.
Without any narration or subtitles, the audience will rely on all of the costume’s aspects to understand the key points of the story. With all these details incorporated to the tutu, the whole process of manufacturing one is equally sensational as the final product itself.
There are also professional tutus with 10 to 12 sewn in net layers, while amateur tutus only have 6 to 8 layers for time and cost-efficiency.
What is Tutus Made Of?
Tutu skirts are made using tulle, a specific type of net-like and thin fabric, and several layers are required to create a skirt of any substance. Tulle comes in different kinds, some of which are soft that fold in airy and gentle waves, while others are stiff.
Professionally made tutus have been designed to maintain their rigidity while moving, although some forms require some help. Stiffening the netted and soft material is known as tulle is the best way to achieve the tutu’s angular effect.
Different Tutu Types
Tutus have several types, used for different ballets with different characters:
Bell tutus are popular since these were represented in most Degas paintings. This tutu is stiff, soft, and made of various netting layers that come down to similar length. A hoop doesn’t support these layers of netting, letting them fall a bit in bell shape. This is one of the two classical types of tutus.
Pancake tutus are another type of classical tutus. Coming straight out from the wearer’s hips, these tutu skirts are short with several layers of net and tulle with a wire hoop support embedded into the layers. Thanks to this support, the skirt bounces sometimes once the dancer finished the movement. These are short tutus made with a pair of briefs to ensure that these don’t slip down.
Platter tutus are like pancake tutus sticking straight out from the waist of the dancer but with a flat top style. Its top layer is flat and adorned instead of just being pleated.
Balanchine or Powder-puff Tutu
Powder puff tutus are short tutus that don’t stick out, unlike their platter and pancake counterparts. These don’t have wire hoops in layers, with layers almost having the same length.
These are long and flowing tulle skirts made o 5 or 6 layers and often reaching around midcalf.
The Papillon set is a great example of tutu skirt that will surely look on your little girls.