In this article, you will discover a step-by-step guide on creating a stunning tube top tutu dress. Whether you are a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a beginner looking to unleash your creativity, this tutorial will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a fashionable and eye-catching dress. Transforming a simple tube top into a glamorous and flouncy tutu dress has never been easier. With clear instructions and helpful tips, you will be able to craft a unique and stylish dress that is sure to turn heads at any event or occasion. Get ready to impress with your newfound sewing abilities and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
To make a tube top tutu dress, you will need the following materials:
T-shirt or fabric tube top
Start with a simple T-shirt or a fabric tube top as the base for your tutu dress. Ensure that it fits you well and is comfortable to wear.
Tulle fabric is the star of the tutu dress. Choose tulle in your desired color or colors for a vibrant and fun look. The amount of tulle needed will depend on the length and fullness you desire for your dress.
A measuring tape will be essential to ensure accurate measurements for your dress. It will help you determine the length of the dress and the width of the tulle strips.
Having a good pair of scissors is important for cutting both the tulle fabric and the tube top. Make sure they are sharp and suitable for cutting fabric.
An elastic band will be used to provide a secure fit for the tube top of your dress. Choose an elastic band that matches the color of your fabric and is comfortable to wear.
Needle and thread
A needle and thread will be required for sewing the tube top and attaching the elastic band securely. Opt for a thread that matches the color of your fabric for a seamless finish.
Sewing machine (optional)
While not necessary, a sewing machine can speed up the process of sewing the tube top and attaching the elastic. If you have access to a sewing machine, it can be a useful tool to have.
Safety pins will come in handy when attaching the tulle strips to the tube top. They will provide a temporary hold before the tulle is permanently sewn in place.
Choosing the right fabric
When selecting the fabric for your tutu dress, there are a few factors to consider.
Consider the occasion
Think about the occasion or event for which you will be wearing the dress. If it is a casual event, you can opt for a t-shirt as a base. For a more formal event, consider using a fabric tube top for a dressier look.
Select tulle fabric
Tulle fabric is the go-to choice for tutu dresses. It is lightweight, airy, and allows for beautiful movement. Tulle comes in a variety of colors, so choose a color that complements your personal style and the occasion.
Pick a coordinating color for the tube top
The color of the tube top should complement the tulle fabric. Look for a color that matches or enhances the tulle color to create a cohesive and visually appealing look.
Measuring and cutting the tulle
Before you start cutting the tulle, it is important to take accurate measurements.
Measure the length of the dress
Decide on the desired length for your tutu dress. Measure from the tube top down to the desired hemline. Make sure to consider any additional length that may come from the tulle strips.
Determine the width of the tulle strips
The width of the tulle strips will determine the fullness of the dress. If you want a fuller effect, cut wider strips of tulle. For a more subtle look, opt for narrower strips. Measure and mark the desired width for your strips.
Cutting the tulle strips
Using the marks as a guide, cut the tulle into strips of the desired width. The length of the strips will depend on the length of the dress and the desired fullness. Cut multiple strips to ensure you have enough tulle to complete the dress.
Preparing the tube top
Now that you have the tulle strips ready, it’s time to prepare the tube top.
Measure and cut the tube top
Measure the circumference of your bust or desired area for the tube top. Add a few inches for ease and comfort. Using these measurements, cut the fabric tube top to the appropriate size. Make sure to leave room for seam allowances.
Sewing the tube top
Fold the tube top fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides together. Pin the edges together to ensure they stay aligned during sewing. Using either a needle and thread or a sewing machine, sew along the pinned edges, leaving the top and bottom open.
Adding elastic for a secure fit
Measure the elastic band to fit snugly around your bust or desired area for the tube top. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the casing created by the top edge of the tube top. Once the elastic is threaded through, overlap the ends and sew them securely together. Be careful not to twist the elastic while sewing. Distribute the gathers evenly around the tube top.
Attaching the tulle strips
With the tube top ready, it’s time to attach the tulle strips to create the tutu effect.
Preparing the tulle strips
Take each tulle strip and fold it in half. This will create a loop at one end, which will be used for attaching the tulle to the tube top. Repeat this step for all the tulle strips.
Fold and attach the tulle strips
Starting at the bottom of the tube top, use a safety pin to attach the folded end of one tulle strip to the elastic. Ensure that the pin goes through both layers of the tulle and securely fastens it to the elastic. Repeat this process, spacing out the tulle strips evenly around the tube top. Continue attaching the tulle strips until you reach the desired fullness and coverage.
Adding finishing touches
To complete your tube top tutu dress, add some finishing touches.
Trimming the tulle
After attaching all the tulle strips, the length of the dress may be uneven. Trim the tulle to create a uniform hemline. Be careful not to cut through the elastic or the tube top fabric.
Embellishing the dress
If desired, you can embellish your tutu dress with ribbons, flowers, or other decorative elements. Sew or glue these embellishments onto the tulle for added flair and personalization.
Trying on and making adjustments
Once you have completed the dress, it’s time to try it on and make any necessary adjustments.
Wearing the dress and checking the length
Put on the tutu dress and check the length in the mirror. Ensure that it falls at your desired hemline and that it is neither too long nor too short. If adjustments are needed, mark the desired length and trim accordingly.
Adjusting the tulle or elastic if necessary
If the tulle is not sitting evenly or the elastic feels too tight or loose, make the necessary adjustments. Using safety pins, shift the tulle strips to create a more balanced look. If the elastic is uncomfortable or does not provide enough support, consider replacing it with a different size or type.
Styling and accessorizing
Once your tube top tutu dress fits perfectly, you can style it and accessorize to complete your look.
Choosing the right undergarments
Select undergarments that will ensure a smooth and seamless appearance under the dress. Nude or skin-toned undergarments are often the best choice for a tutu dress, as they minimize visible lines.
Pairing with shoes and accessories
Consider the occasion and your personal style when choosing shoes and accessories to pair with your tutu dress. Depending on the event, you can opt for heels or flats, and accessorize with statement jewelry or a cute handbag.
Caring for the tutu dress
To keep your tube top tutu dress in good condition, proper care is essential.
Hand washing the dress
Tulle fabric is delicate, so it is best to hand wash the dress to avoid damaging it. Fill a basin or sink with cold water and a gentle detergent. Gently swirl the dress in the soapy water, paying extra attention to any stained areas. Rinse the dress thoroughly with cold water and squeeze out the excess water. Lay the dress flat to dry, ensuring it retains its shape.
Storing the dress
To prevent the tulle from becoming misshapen, store the dress in a way that allows it to maintain its fullness. Hang it in a closet or place it in a garment bag, ensuring the tulle is not compressed or squished.
Making a tube top tutu dress allows you to create a unique and stylish garment that fits your personal style and the occasion. By following these steps and using the right materials, you can create a beautiful tutu dress that is sure to make a statement. Whether it’s for a special event, a costume, or just for fun, this DIY project is a fun and creative way to express your individuality. So grab your materials, get creative, and enjoy the process of making your own tube top tutu dress.