Prizewinner

I offered one of my custom-made tutus as a prize for the senior Classical Section of the South East Queensland Performing Arts Festival (SEQPAF). The winner, Kaitlyn McNall, said she’d like an elegant blue tutu with a light and delicate design. She left the design pretty much in my hands.

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Silver venise lace on the bodice

The neckline of the bodice was cut marginally lower than usual but not deep enough for a nude insert to be necessary.

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plate detail

I wanted a striking design but not too heavy. So I played around with loops of trim floating on glitter tulle.

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intricate details with lots of rhinestones

I slowly built up the tiers on the plate until I was happy with it. The plate and the 2 outer layers make up a pretty 3-tiered plate. The slightly darker skirt gives a luminous quality to the tutu.

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finished tutu

 

Ready-To-Wear Lilac Stretch Tutu

I had a tiny bit of time between tutu orders so how did I relax? I made a new ready to wear tutu. I’d been on a shopping trip and picked up a pretty lilac corded lace so I built a tutu around it.

bodice detail

bodice detail

This type of lace uses a metallic corded that is cleverly sewn to the backing fabric in a series of loops to make designs. The shapes can be cut out and rearranged as appliques. I simply glue a rhinestone to the cut section to stop any fraying. In the photo below you can see the fine mesh background fabric.

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rhinestones and beads

The skirt was pale lilac and I added a layer of soft glitter tulle to the top.

 

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plate detail

This little tutu is currently waiting for its new owner.

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This tutu is now sold

 

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