Pale and pastel-coloured traditional tutus are very popular but I always like to sneak a little bit of extra colour into them. For this pale mint brocade tutu I decided to highlight the mint colour in the skirt and enhance it with a little glitter tulle.
And if you’ve wondered how I get all those layers (up to 10) onto a tutu it’s a combination of determination, brute force and sewn on guidelines. I alternate the thread colour so I can tell where I’m up to.
After clipping the net I sew the widths together; 5 for the top two layers, 4 for the next 2 and 3 each for the remainder. Then I gather and steam them.
Now, while this layer looks like a very strong colour, 2 layers of white above it and 7 layers of white below it will dilute the colour beautifully. Positioning is important. If you put a strong colour at layer 2 you get more distinct radiations of colour and at layer 4 the effect is too light.
The mint brocade was teamed with silver venise lace. I cut up a few motifs to give a long decorative style for this Russian bodice and toyed with a few placements. When I was happy with the placement I got to work with the rhinestones.
To bring the pale green out of the fabric I used a combination of stones and pearls that had a green base.
It looks a very different applique once the stones and pearls are attached.
For the plate, the appliques are cut and arranged first and then sewn to the plate.
Once they are sewn to the plate then I attached the rhinestones and pearls.
The rhinestones add a lovely definition to the plate decoration as well as subtle ballet glimmer. You can just see the glitter net showing through.
The bodice decoration had a lovely mixture of green stones and peals as well as a few little green flower shaped sequins.
I was very pleased with the final design and loved the glow of pale mint in the skirt.