I needed a dress that was:
a) fabulous (always a consideration)
b) crush resistant
I love tutus, but anyone who’s tried it will tell you that hooping in one is virtually impossible. The solution? Detachable tutu! So first I made a plain, straight tennis/length dress in poplin, with fluoro orange accents, that laced up the back for fit.
Then I made a tutu using alternating layers of purple and orange tulle, sewn onto a tie strap for the waist. I was originally going to use six layers but as it turned out four was enough. To get the tutu to sit properly on the dress, I added three press studs at the front and sides, and voila! Hooping-friendly dress that reacts to UV light, with detachable tutu!
I like this because it’s uncrushable. It’s travelled in a backpack around the world and come out looking fantastic every time! It took a grand total of 6 hours to make, at a cost of ~$25.