I’ve made a few costumes for little Roisin so I was very pleased when her Mum asked for a tutu for her. To choose the best colour we had great fun wrapping her in swathes of lycra like some sort of ballet super hero. She has a lovely warm complexion so this bright pink looked lovely against her skin and it was an instant winner.
Roisin and her little brother Sean went through my rhinestone box and chose some pretty stones. I let then choose a few to take home as well!
The rhinestones were glued to the lace applique and allowed to dry overnight. I stretched the leotard onto a body board and sewed then appliques on. You can see the centre seam here. The original pattern doesn’t have this but I like to put one in to help with applique alignment.
For the plate, the appliques are sewn on first and then the rhinestones are added. The plate appliques can be machined on as the plate fabric is not stretched. This saves a lot of time.
I used a metallic thread (Kingstar) to sew on the appliques with a polyester bobbin thread in a matching colour.
A small piece of pink lace completes the plate and we have a pretty little tutu.