Well, it depends on a couple of factors...
you can cut usually between 2-4 inches off...BUT...
If you use a better quality thicker no roll elastic you would cut off less.
Also, if you are tying your knots too tight it would cause you to need to cut off more..But remember, if you are needing to cut off this much (4 inches) then the elastic may not be as nice and stretchy on the completed tutu.
Try practicing making the knots tight with your thumb under there to hold it so it doesn't pull so tight on the elastic..
Originally Posted by girlybaby
do you subtract 2 inches for stretch? im finding the elastic really stretches and makes the waist larger then what i started out with?