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Tutu Making for Costume (Summer School)

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Tutu Making

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 6

This is an exciting course designed for anyone who has an interest in theatre costume or ballet. It will teach you how to make a professional tutu base and bodice for classical ballet dancers or ballet students. With a limit of six people you will have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue making tutus at home or work.

Check out the photos on Flickr from our previous courses.

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Course Dates

31st July 2017 – 4th August 2017

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Course Description

Tutu making is a unique skill allowing costume professionals to stand out in a crowd with a competitive portfolio. It is not a widely taught subject and is rarely taught to a professional standard.

On this course you will:

  • learn how to construct a ten or twelve-layer tutu base skirt with bodice by fitting, cutting and pleating
  • assembling the layers and understanding how to cut and construct the bodice.

The course will be delivered through a number of technical lessons in order to complete the project. Examples of the finished project will be available as a visual aid and demonstrations of the various processes shown throughout.

The course is ideal for a recent graduate wanting to build up their CV or a costume professional wanting to broaden their skills. The course would also be great for an enthusiastic amateur, a parent with a child studying ballet or a dance tutor who wants a creative input in their final show costumes.

Basic machine and hand sewing skills are useful for this course but no extensive costume or tutu making skills are necessary.

What will you gain?

The skills taught on this course would be an addition to any portfolio of work and could essentially lead to work in the costume industry. It could also be an aid to developing existing professional knowledge.

Above all it will create an opportunity for like-minded people to have fun learning something new.

"I had a wonderful time and learnt so much." RL, Summer 2016

"I loved the course and the attention to detail. I'll be back." RH, Summer 2016

Tutor profile: Kim Tuplin-Mace started off her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company as a men’s tailor, where she gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in historical men's tailoring. Some of her work was featured on period dramas and films such as 'Elizabeth, The Golden Age'. Recently, with her freelance work she has had the opportunity to work on 'Mrs Henderson Presents' which opened at the Noel Coward Theatre earlier this year. Other work includes costumes for The Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Kim has also worked for many theatres and pantomime companies within the Midlands as a freelance designer, maker and costume supervisor for places such as De Montfort Hall, The Curve, Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, First Family Pantomimes, Imagine Theatre Ltd and Little Wolf Entertainment. This gave her the opportunity to further her knowledge of pattern drafting and costume construction. Kim also makes historical and fantasy couture bridal wear as part of her freelance work.

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Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813