• The Basque is the
upper part designated
• The Panty is the
• Drawn lines for frills
• Basque carefully
pinned to the panty
with room for cording
•This is a piece of 60' long tulle for the
hoop layer, which has been dyed the
appropriate color and now needs to be
ironed flat in order to be gathered.
•Total of 120 yards of ruffled tulle and net
•Hoop Layer consists of two overlapping
pieces of tulle/netting each about 50 feet
Once the tulle/netting is ironed flat, it is run through
the sewing machine using a special gathering foot.
After this, another gathering thread is zig-zagged on
top of this gathering so that each piece can be
gathered even more tightly to fit the appropriate space
on the basque/panty.
Creating the ruffles - The narrowest/bottom layer, before and
Pinned to be ironed
Preparing the frills
Layers of Frills
Attaching the Frills
Pins, pins and more
pins attaching the
Attaching the frills - Pen markings guide attachment point
The positioning for each layer is carefully measured and drawn. At the narrowest
part (the front leg), ten tightly gathered layers must be sewn into a space of only
about 2.5 - 3". Here you can see the 10th (bottom) layer is pinned on and ready to
be sewn. After this, we pin and sew on the 1st (top) layer and continue working our
way down, layer by layer.
The Frills Grow!
Hoop insertion point at
fourth layer. Tie up top
To create the hoop layer,
two gathered pieces are
sewn onto a flat piece of
netting, and a casing for
the hoop is then created
On the long/right side of
the flat piece you can see
the zig-zag over
gathering threads which
will be used to gather up
and position this very-long-
layer on the basque/panty.
Inserting the Hoop
The hoop is inserted into the casting. The size of the hoop helps determine
the shape of the tutu -- smaller for more bell-shaped or larger for more flat.
Hoop secured from
Fourth layer down to Sixth Layer –
Each of the layers is secured with individually tied knots
Layers 9-10 together, layers 7-8-9 together, etc.
Layers of Frills
Let the embellishment begin!