Months ago it was requested that I make a boned ballet bodice after Delia received a *practice tutu for Christmas. The tutu is just plain white and easy to pull on, no bodice attached, and I was game to see if I could make a bodice she could wear with it. I have sewn bodices before with different skirts attached (for their previous ballet school) but we didn't own any of them. Also, I hadn't designed them, just constructed them.
I drafted a pattern based off of what I had done before, but had to alter it so much, it would have been easier to just start a new one. I flat lined it with muslin, inserted boning, and attached hook and eye tape in the back. To make the tutu match, I hand stitched plates onto the top layer from the purple lace. The arm bands were easy and so satisfying, just a little elastic at the top. Then, I decided to go all out and learned how to wire a matching headpiece (this was addictive) which I will show soon— that's a whole thing.
Because this is just for fun, not for performing, I didn't attach the bodice, but I can later if I need to. If I had made the tutu (which I have never done), I would have also crated a basque and the bodice would have been shorter and attached to that. There is so much to learn about making classical tutus, and many variations. A lot of info is here. But honestly, I have learned the most just being around the real thing, and being able and inspect all the details.
This was the perfect way to make with this, it was not for sale or for a performance. I could make all the decisions and there was no timeline. I love sewing for no reason other than "can you make this for me?" which is, of course, the best reason. More than once I have gone into her room to say goodnight, thinking she might be asleep and she is in various parts of this costume. Except she can't do the hook and eyes in the back, so it's always pretty comical.
*this particular tutu runs very small, we ordered a size up.