Pink and Pearls

Pink and white are traditional colours for a young girl’s first tutu. This one is teamed with pearls and a sprinkling of rhinestones for some subtle sparkle.


Here’s the starting point for the tutu.


The skirt is a slightly paler pink than the bodice so I made lower part of the leotard in pastel pink. I’ve placed the appliques on the bodice to get an idea of final placement.


sewing on appliques
decorating bodice

I glued rhinestones to the appliques. While the glue dried I finished the bodice and attached the elastic straps. This allowed me to stretch the leotard over the body board. The bodice was decorated after the leotard was finished.

clipped plate

I added more half pearls to the plate. The inner circumference was clipped to allow a tidy fit around the high hip.

sewing plate to tutu skirt

I sewed the plate to the very top of the skirt as close as possible to the bodice. The curved needle made the job less fiddly. The very edge of the plate was also loosely sewn to the skirt as well.

finished tutu

I also made a beaded tiara to match.



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.

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