How to Determine the Length of Tutus


Tutus are utilized in many ways beyond just as outer layers for dance class. Parents often have their girls wear tutus in baby portraits, over leggings or just to play dress up in. Tutus have fluffy fabric and a playful look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tulle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Determine the tutu's planned use and how it will look. For example, is it for a baby who crawls around, or one who will wear a fuller tutu for portraits? Is it for a toddler, school-aged child or adolescent? Do you want it short and fluffy, middle of the road or long and flowing?

  • Add 2 inches to all the lengths mentioned as a couple inches will be lost when you sew the tulle around the elastic. For example: If you want a 6-inch tutu you will add 2 inches in length to account for the elastic, so the total comes out to 8 inches.

  • Measure your tulle into 6-inch long pieces if the tutu is for a newborn child up to 1 year old. This will be a short, fluffy tutu the child can move around in and would look nice with a ruffle pantie over a diaper.

  • Measure tulle 8 inches in length if you want a tutu that falls just above the knees of a 1 to 2-year-old child. It would also work for an older child who wants a short, fluffy tutu. This length is very popular for baby portraits.

  • Measure the tulle into 10-inch lengths for a tutu that will fall just below the knee of a 1-year-old. It also serves as the standard length for a child 3 and older, measuring just above the knee.

  • Measure the tulle 12 inches in length for a tutu that hits at mid-calf length, above the ankles of a 1-year old. This can be a good length for older children who are tall. Not only can a 12-inch tutu be worn around the waist but can be pulled up under the shoulders to make a full dress.

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