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Costuming Books, by Claudia R. Folts

These unique and informative instructional books by Ms. Claudia Folts on the ins and outs of tutu and other ballet costume construction combine the best techniques of the masters with today's materials and methods.

Ms. Folts' books and patterns are in use by professional and amateur costumers world-wide, and her own designs and creations can be seen on stages and in television shows and commercials around the world.

These fully-illustrated how-to books detail the materials and techniques Ms. Folts uses everyday in her own custom designs.


All Book and Pattern sales are final - no returns, no exceptions.

Please Note: Our costuming books and costume patterns assume an intermediate or advanced level of sewing skills. Our instructions do not cover or teach basic sewing techniques or skills.




The Classical Tutu Book - click for more details more details
"The Classical Tutu Book"
Complete instructions for making a classical  tutu. Step-by-step guide, from materials options and selection all the way through to completed costume.

Explains all aspects of bodice, basque, and panty sizing and construction, calculating ruffle lengths and layer widths, ruffling, hooping, plates, peplums, and overlays, and much more.

Item# BKCF101 - Price:  $35.00 - without Bodice or Panty patterns
Bodice and Panty patterns sold separately
    See the Bodice Patterns page for Bodice options
    See the Tutu Panty Patterns page for Tutu Panty options

** Please Note **
Ms. Folts' "Classical Tutu 'Standard' Panty Pattern" (Item# PTCF210) * is required * to successfully complete a Classical tutu using "The Classical Tutu Book". Although Ms. Folts' "Adult 8-Piece Bodice Pattern" (Item# PTCF102) is recommended, other bodice patterns may be substituted.




The Romantic Tutu Book - click for more details more details
"The Romantic Tutu Book"
Complete instructions for making a Romantic (long) tutu. Step-by-step guide, from materials options and selection all the way through to completed costume.

Explains all aspects of bodice and basque sizing and construction, calculating skirt-layer lengths, peplums and overlays, and much more. Explains how to make both the traditional and Neo-Classical ("Serenade") styles.

Written for use with Ms. Folts' "Adult 8-Piece Bodice Pattern" (Item# PTCF102) (although recommended, other bodice patterns may be substituted).

Item# BKCF102 - Price:  $35.00 - without Bodice pattern
Bodice pattern sold separately
    See the Bodice Patterns page for Bodice options.




Classical Tutus for Children - click for more details
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"Classical Tutus for Children"
Complete instructions for making a classical tutu with special considerations for the pre-teen dancer's body. Step-by-step guide, from materials options and selection all the way through to completed costume. Includes a special section on creating a 'professional look' using a 'pull-on' tutu and leotard.
Item# BKCF121 - Price:  $35.00 - without Bodice or Panty patterns
Bodice and Panty patterns sold separately
    See the Bodice Patterns page for Bodice options
    See the Tutu Panty Patterns page for Tutu Panty options

** Please Note **
Ms. Folts' "Classical Tutu Child's 'Standard' Panty Pattern" (Item# PTCF210CH) * is required * to successfully complete a Classical tutu using "Classical Tutus for Children". Although Ms. Folts' "Child's 8-Piece Bodice Pattern" (Item# PTCF128) is recommended, other bodice patterns may be substituted.

**** Special Note ****
The "Child's 8-Piece Bodice Pattern" is currently being updated and is out-of-print. For now, we recommend that you order our "Child's 6-Piece Bodice Pattern" (Item# PTCF122) (without instructions). The instructions in the book will work just fine for this pattern as well.




The Ultimate Ballet Skirt - click for more details more details
"The Ultimate Ballet Skirt"
Complete instructions for making various types of ballet skirts for performance and the classroom. Details include seamed and unseamed full-circle skirts, single- and multi-layered skirts, and even-length and graduated-length (cascade) skirts, as well as variations on these themes.

Includes a pattern for a simple dance-class skirt.
Item# BKCF103 - Price:  $30.00




Finishing Touches: The Art of Embellishment - click for more details more details
"Finishing Touches: The Art of Embellishment"
Design Theory and Practical Applications for Ballet

Includes lots of full-color photos. Learn the basics of good design and embellishment for ballet costumes. What works, what doesn't work, and most important - why?

Step-by-step instructions to create plates and overlays that will make your costumes sparkle. Includes instructions and patterns for plates, overlays, sleeve variations for classical ballet, headpieces, and faerie/angel wings.

Plenty of full-color photos, a materials sources list, and a reading list.
Item# BKCF801 - Price:  $55.00



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