Burgundy Paquita

Burgundy and gold are a perfect match for Paquita. I teamed it with rhinestones, venise lace and corded lace and I included some warm gold net in the skirt.

starting point
starting point

Because the skirt is a different colour to the bodice the leotard needs to be made in 2 colours

2 colour leotard

I decorated the leotard before I put the net on. I stretched the leotard onto body board and then sewed on the embellishments.

bodice detail
bodice detail

After finishing the bodice I prepared the plate. The trim is attached by machine with metallic gold thread. The centre hole is marked on the wrong side of the fabric and then cut out and clipped so it will fit snugly around the high hip.


The skirt was made with2 layers of gold net on the top and alternating layers of champagne and ivory don to the ivory pants.


The plate also has an overskirt of light corded lace. I used a combination of red, scarlet and fuchsia rhinestones.

plaet detail
plate detail

Small draped sleeves made from venise lace and corded lace completed the picture.

sleeve drapes

The tutu was one of my favourites of the year and was sent to the US for YAGP.

final tutu

Published by barbarasanders2077

I am a costumier living and working in Sydney's leafy upper North Shore. I specialise in dance costumes (particularly classical ballet tutus) but I also love the challenges presented by stage and film costuming and am always looking for new costume genres to explore.

2 thoughts on “Burgundy Paquita

  1. Huge fan! As I am learning to sew tutus, I find your posts so educational.

    One question, what stitch do you use to sew the net to the panty? I use a zig zag but the inside is not very attractive. Is that usual?

    1. I use a zigzag stitch to sew the net to a lycra panty (and a straight stitch for a poplin panty in a traditional tutu). It’s not the prettiest interior but remember this is a dance costume so robust construction and aesthetic effect will have to trade off against each other a little. To keep things looking a little neater I use a bobbin thread to match the lining.

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