Ballet Costume: Plate Tutu Masterclass ONLINE

When and Where

29 Nov 2020 - 13 Dec 2020 (16.5 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Anna Maria Genuise
Course code

What you will learn

If you’re passionate about ballet costumes or a dancer’s mum wanting to make your own professional quality tutu plate, this Online course is for you. You will learn what materials to choose to make a 10 layers net tutu plate in adult or child’s size and the techniques to produce this garment to a high standard. This is a rare opportunity to gain the specialist skills from an expert currently making tutus for prestigious UK companies such as the Royal Ballet. The Plate Tutu is a very short, stiff skirt made with layers of net that extends straight out from the hips in a flat plate shape and is really a couture dress made for a ballerina It was developed to show off the ballerina’s pointe work and is worn with a fitted bodice. On this course you will make the ‘Plate’/skirt section. Some sewing in your own time will be required if you want to take full advantage of the course. You must have reached an intermediate level of experience working with patterns and constructing garments and be equipped with good machine and hand sewing skills.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • to use a pattern for a traditional plate tutu
  • to use the skills and techniques necessary to produce this type of garment
  • to handle challenging fabrics
  • to develop your own design through selection of finishes and colours

Class format and activities

This Online course will be delivered partly as pre-recorded lessons in Microsoft Teams meetings. The pre- recorded lessons will be available for the duration of the course and can be viewed at each student’s pace. The tutor will be available for support and further explanation, questions and answers via Microsoft Teams . The 16.5 hours includes some student construction/sewing time. Although students may need to dedicate additional time depending on the speed at which they progress.
After examining examples and samples, the tutor will discuss suitable materials and pattern shapes and use video lessons of appropriate cutting and stitching, construction and finishing methods. You will be able to develop a Plate Tutu Ballet skirt & you may need to finish this in your own time, depending on your existing skills and speed. PDF pattern and charts will be used as support for design and skill development. Teaching will be online and on group virtual meetings. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment, by submitting pictures or videos of your work.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is an Intermediate level course.

Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:

• Draft a simple pattern for a skirt, bodice or trouser using a standard size block
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, balance marks, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Understand what seam allowance is and how to use it
• Use the technique of Slash and Spread
• Use techniques for dart manipulation, including pivoting
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

This course is held on-line. Instructions on accessing will be sent to you prior to the course start
You will need:
• PC or Laptop or Tablet - Android or IOS(Apple)With webcam & microphone.
• An up-to-date internet browser installed/ reliable internet connection
• A good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).
• To access Teams: you will need to either login to with your Morley email and password (available when you enrol) and select teams. Or download the teams app via:
• Desktop -
• Android - search the Play store for Microsoft Teams
• IOS - search the App store for Microsoft Teams
• When you launch Teams App you will need to login with your Morley email and password.

A list of the hardware requirements can be found on the following link
Benefit from a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more for the academic year in which you enrol.

What you will need for your class

Students must have all materials ready prior to the first session. You must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. These will be discussed during the first lesson. Materials suppliers are listed below.
•a printed copy of the PDF pattern. You can print with a home printer or sen to a printing service like Netprinter.
•basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, long glass head pins , tape measure
•sewing threads, hand sewing needles, tracing wheel, dressmaker’s carbon paper
•paper scissors
•drawing materials, A4 sketch pad, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser

Materials for tutu: (Total cost approximately £50)
• Bobbin net 70 cm (if is 150 cm wide)
• Tutu net 10 mts. for 10 layer,(add 1mt each layer if more required) 150 cm wide
• Cotton drill for basque 20 cm
• Haberdashery

1” Petersham tape (2.5cm) 1 mt. length
1” elastic (2.5cm wide)20 cm length for waist
1.5 mt cotton bias binding 1.2cm or 1.5 wide(½")
1 mt length of 1cm wide (1/4’) elastic for legs
190 cm length of cotton covered steel crin 1cm wide (¼")
2 Large hook and 2 bars for waistband
The bobbinet for the tutu knickers needs to be washed before use, as it shrinks a lot and would not be suitable to use as it comes from the manufacturer.

Recommended Retailers for quality tutu net
• Valorose tutus and textiles
• Tutu Neto and Notions
• Heathcoats
• Whaley’s

What you can do next

We run a variety of specialist courses, including clothes making and pattern cutting. Please consult the course guide or for further details.

You might want to try one of the following:
Costume Design & Making
Make your Own Corset
Contemporary Embellishment

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