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Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt

smileabit

Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« on: August 01, 2019, 18:06:55 PM »
Hi! I just finished attaching all the net to my first tutu skirt for my daughter and it IS a big poofball as promised. The next step is supposed to be steaming and tacking . I don’t have a steamer, is that done with an iron? How? Any tips on the tacking would be really appreciated.  So glad to find this forum!

eclectic

Re: Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2019, 20:25:11 PM »
Hi there @smileabit  .... I learnt how to tack from the instructions from Suzanne (Tutusthatdance) and Dani .. and then I recently took a webinar from Travis (Halsey Onstage) which you can watch as many times äs you want and learnt a fab. And diffrent way to tack. Unfortunately I don't feel comfortable just telling you what they taught me but I can definitely recommend their techniques and instructions (and they even say how without a steamer)
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Lollipop

Re: Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2019, 21:47:25 PM »
I agree with @eclectic that we can't share what is taught on courses but we can offer a bit of advice. Tacking and steaming isn't as easy as people think so some instruction is well worth the money.
If you use your iron, don't touch the net with the iron just hold it near so that the steam flows onto the net (watch your hands!!). If you don't want to steam, pull pleats into place and tack, then press under a weight (a large piece of hardboard or very thick cardboard then weight such as books on top) to flatten.
Personally, I like Travis' tacking method and it is well worth the cost of the webinar. You can also join Tutu Education online for about £35 a month and watch loads of videos as often as you need to. There's no minimum term and you can cancel whenever you like. I have been tutu making for about 4 years now and regularly refer to the online videos and webinars as a refresher.
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MitchOfTheNorth

Re: Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 09:45:55 AM »
smileabit, which pattern & instructions did you use?  Suzanne's & Dani's instructions are well worth purchasing.  I learned to make stretch tutus from the no longer available treasure trove of tutu construction on The Sewing Forum ( The Place's previous site) - mostly contributed by Dani, Suzanne & many other experienced & talented tutu makers.  Yes, I purchased Dani's patterns and instructions but most of the instructions were already on the site but spread across a multitude of threads - I'm certain that I read and made notes on them all.  This site gives a good and probably clearer instructions than I could manage Tutu Tacking.  I would recommend steaming even with an iron but be careful not to melt the netting or burn yourself.  Steam on a flat surface.  If she's patient, I would suggest getting your daughter to wear the tutu while you tack.  She needs to stand properly.  You can manipulate how it sits and she can hold the top layers out of the way.  The rule of thumb regarding bounce is that when she stops, the tutu stops.  I suggest getting her to jump on occasion to make sure that the tutu is behaving as wanted - and adding more tacks if necessary.  The tutu should slope down slightly to cover the pants.  I used upholstry thread that matched the net.  I used individual hand tied tacks - it takes a long time.
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smileabit

Re: Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 03:04:07 AM »
hi again and hank you for all the replies! I had to put the project down for a bit but am ready to tackle it again.  @MitchOfTheNorth I purchased the pattern from tutus that dance (I think it is Dani’s Pattern) and there are some instructions for tacking with a gun but I will probably try at least some by hand first.  Thank you for the resources I will be back again with my progress!

smileabit

Re: Steaming,tacking first tutu skirt
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 03:10:01 AM »
Oh my that tutu tacking website is perfect! It definitely looks like this step will take a long time.....