A tutu is a magical piece of clothing that transforms ballerinas into black swans and sleeping beauties. So it's fitting that the process of making the ruffled skirts is just as sensationally beautiful as the final product.
LA Weekly recently profiled a tutu seamstress by the name of Sarah Bacon. Based in Los Angeles, the skilled artist creates costumes for the few lucky students who are lucky enough to nab commissions before Bacon's schedule is filled. She makes "a handful" of skirts a year, because -- as you can see in the video above -- piling fabric upon fabric into waves of color is not an easy task. In fact, it's roughly a thousand dollar-task.