Recently, I was chatting with a friend and said something I never, ever thought I’d say: “You know what I want for my next race? An actual tutu.”
This is laughable for a few reasons. First of all, next race? I never thought I’d be a person who was registered for multiple races. WHAT. Next, wanting a tutu? The first time I saw people running in tutus, I mocked them. TRUE STORY. Not to their face, just to Leslie, who was at this running group (or “excuse to go to brunch”) we used to belong to.
But then I ran my first 5K and was signed up for a few more and had tutu envy of some of the ladies I saw running, so I decided to make one for myself. Races totally feel like parties!
My running shoes are bright orange, so I definitely wanted some bright orange tulle. I decided to go with hot pink as an accent. You know, because it’s subtle.
Since I wanted it to be mostly orange, I got three yards of orange tulle and two yards of pink tulle. Most tutorials urge you to use elastic for the waistband, but I decided to use ribbon instead. This was purely for vanity reasons: I don’t like things digging into my waist AND I didn’t want to have to shimmy out of a tutu in front of people post-race. I measured myself in the ribbon section of JoAnn’s fabrics (CLASSY!) and then purchased a little extra.
To review: you’ll need between 5-7 yards of tulle in a color of your choice, and either elastic (a band, or loose so that you can stitch together the ends) or ribbon, and sharp scissors. The fabric and ribbon cost me less than $12.
I would also suggest that you put your cat elsewhere, because as soon as Harry saw me playing with tulle, he decided to attack me and the tulle. He spent the next half hour yelping at me from the bathroom while I cut tulle strips. Sorry, buddy.
Once you’ve locked your cat (or small child!) in the bathroom, cut your tulle into strips. My tulle came folded in half, and I kept it that way. I cut towards the fold and then once I cut all the way through, I would cut it in half. Each strip will end up being folded in half (well, knotted in half) so you want a bunch of long strips. A LOT of long strips, actually. This cutting process will take awhile. It’s not hard, but it is time consuming.
Once you have the strips cut, you’ll begin tying them to your ribbon or elastic. This process is kind of hard to describe. Basically, you will fold the tulle strip in half, putting the “loop” portion near the ribbon. Next, you’ll pull both ends through, forming a knot, letting the ends go free.
The next part is going to involve a lot of tying strips on. Since I wanted my tutu to be mostly orange with some splashes of pink (a bright, carefully curated colorway — am I a fashion blogger now?), I alternated two orange strips with one pink, like so:
While creating such a high-fashion piece, I took in a culturally relevant film:
Cher would totally wear a tutu, right?
Anyways, when you’re all done, you should have something like this:
Totally ready for racing! Or you know, going out to the bars. Or the grocery store. Or twirling around your apartment, taunting your cat with leftover tulle!