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Let's compare the cost of tutus for 5 different ballets with the cost of 1 set of basics tutus plus 5 overlays. Most corps de ballet have 12 dancers and are adult sizes. 
* Prices were estimated from other costume companies as well as designs and materials of overlays I have previously created. 
12 prof. Swan Lake tutus @ 350. ea           $4200.
 
12 Paquita                                                4200.
 
12 Le Corsair                                           4200.
 
12  Snow scene from The Nutcracker           4200.
 
12  Don Q dream scene                              4200.
 
                                              Total =     $21,000.
 
 
    
12 prof. white basic tutus @ 265 ea        $ 3180.
12 Swan Lake overlays @ 50.                     600.
 
1Paquita overlays @  80. ea                    960.
 
12 Le Corsair overlays @  65. ea                780.
 
12 Snow overlays @ 80. ea                        960.
 
12 Don Q  Dream @75.ea                         900.  
 
                                           Total =      $7380.
 
That is a savings of $13,620.  !!!
We can do the same analysis with romantic tutus... This time let's use pinks and purples for Waltz of the Flowers, Hours (from Coppelia), Don Q dream, and a Masquerade piece.
 
12 romantic tutus for 4 ballets @ $250. each  would total  $12,000.
 
                                              -- OR --
 
12 multi color, A-line romantic basic tutus @ 190. ea                $2,280.
 
12 overlays for  Waltz of the Flowers  @ 90. ea                           1080.
 
12 overlays for Hours @   50. ea                                                   600.
 
12 overlays for Don Q Dream  @ 75. ea                                         900.
 
12 Masquerade overlays @  60. ea                                                720.
 
                                                                               Total =    $5,580.
 
                               That is a savings of   $6,420.!!!
 
Other benefits of overlays include less storage space needed and removal for ease of cleaning!



Planning for Overlays
 
Color of Basic Tutu                           Could make overlays for these ballets or roles:
 
white                                  Swan Lake, Snow  (The Nutcracker), La Bayadere,                  
                                           Les Sylphides, Giselle, Paquita, Swanhilda, Fairy Godmother,
                                           La Fille, peasants, Riding Hood.
 
pink/ lavendar                     Waltz of the Flowers, Don Q dream scene, Waltz of the Hours,
multi color                           Le Corsaire, Sugar Plum, Lilac Fairy, Aurora, Fairy Godmother,
                                            Nutcracker ballerina doll, Masquerade.
 
blue                                     Le Corsaire, Bluebird, Snow (light blue), Cinderella, Sleeping
                                            Beauty fairy,  Don Q Dream, Winter
 
red                                       Don Q solo, Paquita, Spanish in the nutcracker, Riding Hood, Kitri/
                                            villagers, Autumn.
 
Gold                                    Sugar Plum, Spanish, Paquita, Don Q Dream, Autumn, Summer,
                                             Fairy Godmother.
 
Light Green                          Spring, Don Q dream, Marzipan, Le Corsaire.