I've started working on the basque pattern for the 4 tutus I'll be making for the girls' ballet studio's spring performance, "The True Jewel". I do not yet know who will be the three princesses or the villain. But, I can start drafting a few basque patterns while I wait for the final decision.
First I measured their natural waist and their high hip. The high hip is not the widest part of the hips, but 5 inches from their waist.
This won't be a tutorial. I'm just going to show you pictures as I learned all this from a book from tutu.com. It's not my material to post.
A basque is the part of the tutu above the beginning of the tulle right at the hipline. It sits right under the bodice and keeps the ballerina covered when she bends forward or backward.
And, as a bonus shot, the piece of pie I was eating while blogging.
PS Any ballerina reading this, I'm drafting a pattern for every single one of you. The name on this pattern does not signify any given part.