I made a Pixie Princess tutu shown in this post for my daughter at Halloween. Then someone asked me to make the pixie tutu dress below with wings. It turns out several people like this style, so I decided to make a White Pixie Tutu Dress Tutorial.
So, let’s dive into this, shall we?
Below is the requested tutu dress, so you know what I am trying to create.
The requested tutu dress had a few details I loved. The neck and shoulder ribbon detail was my favorite! I had never made a pixie tutu dress before, so I was a little unsure if I could do this or not.
So, how did I do it already?
Pixie Tutu Dress Tutorial….
Step One: Complete the dress band, which is a piece of no-roll elastic sewn/glued into a circle. I used a 3/4″ no-roll elastic piece sewn together with a zigzag stitch; it can be hot glued.
The band meaurements should be measured from just under the armpit all the way around the chest. Then subtract two inches from the total measurement to make it snug. For example, her chest measured 20″ around, so I made an 18″ band.
- Sew a seam: set a large zigzag stitch and make a seam slowly. I’ve used dark colored thread for you to easily identify the stitch.
- Glue the seam: overlap the end and beginning. In the center of the overlap glue the two pieces together with a hot glue gun.
Step Two: Pick your tulle. Will you use polyester (glitter!) tulle or nylon tulle, 6″ cut tulle or bolt tulle? You can find a basic 10 Step No-Sew Fluffy Tutu Tutorial here if you are just getting started. Here, I am using 6″ wide nylon tulle, which is not as fluffy as polyester; it has a soft look like the requested tutu.
Step Three: This White Pixie Tutu Dress is only two different lengths. The first length is longer in the back and the second length covers the remainder of the elastic. She is 15″ long from her armpit to her knee. Her mom wants the tutu to fall to her knees. I added five inches to the back to account for sitting and playing. Believe it or not, he second length is just a little longer then 15. I made the remaining tulle 17″ long to account to account for the lifting when the ribbon is applied around the waist.
The Cut to Create the White Pixie Dress Tutu
Step Four: Determine the cut. The pixie cut is what makes this tutu special. You simply fold the open side of your tulle toward your body and cut at an angle. The angle is up to you; the point should resemble the tip of a pencil. I cut from the center of my cutting board to the corner of the 30 degree mark. Make your cuts once you decide on your angle.
Step Four: Start your dress assembly. I typically use a loop technique; try tie technique for the White Pixie Tutu Dress since it seems to push the tulle away from the body more. I took one end of the tulle and went over the top of the elastic and pulled it so the ends were even. From the left tail of the tulle I came up and under the right tail and pulled until a small cross formed at the bottom of the elastic. I made a second pass to complete the knot, making sure the knot stayed just at the bottom front edge of the elastic.
The 20″ long strips I mentioned in Step Three covered the back and I used 18 pieces of tulle. After centering the 18 pieces in the back I moved on to the 17″ long pieces and covered the front, working from the center back.
Shoulder Detail of the Pixie Tutu Dress
Step Five: Pick your ribbon to create the straps and empire waist. I used 7/8″ white nylon organza ribbon for the waist and shoulder straps. Drape your ribbon over the shoulders (pictured below far left), facing forward. I let the ribbon almost touch the floor on each side. Where the ribbon falls from the neck line pull the ribbon down and tuck it under the tulle. Pull the tulle back up and pull it to the back. Center it in the middle of the tulle and tuck it under the tulle as well. Do the same to the other side. Tie in a bow. The waist ribbon is a simple bow as well.
It’s hard to believe you can pull this together in five steps, but you can! This White Pixie Tutu Dress Tutorial seemed much harder then I thought it was going to be. I’m happy with the results. I hope you will try it too! I think you’ll love the results, which I’d love to see!
Here is the final result and a version with Pixie Light Up Wings <3.
Here you can find a post on how to cut tulle quicker and faster!
Please comment below with a picture of your White Pixie Tutu Dress or any questions/comments you might have!
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