Kitri Bodice Photos 1 & 2

"I start with a basic pattern so I don't have to labor over beginning from scratch. After I have the proper pattern I cut it out in coutile to make a mockup for sizing. Coutile is a very dense material that is ideal for using on the back of decorative fabric to hold the shape. It is also 100% cotton to absorb the moisture from the dancer."

"I pinned the mockup to the dress form with the dancer's measurements. Then I used a pencil for the top line of the bodice. The dancer wanted a low back. The front will have an under bodice to cover the center of the sweetheart shape. The bottom edge will be determined when I have the skirt prepared to see exactly how they lay."

The History of the Tutu