Spanish Tutus

A grand parade of Spanish and Spanish-inspired tutus

Cartlidge (2)

Rich red over a slightly darker skirt. Lots of flashy sparkle here.

HINCH tutu (3)

Coral and gold over a champagne coloured skirt

red and white RTW (9)

Dark red and gold with pretty windows of decorated net over a glittery white skirt


Richly embellished russet and gold tutu with champagne coloured chemise and skirt


Opulent black and peach tutu with an plate of copper lace over enhanced sparkle tulle skirt

Spanish RTW (6)

Black bodice and airbrushed red skirt embellished with gold venise lace and floating red jewels.

Harijanto (5)

Sparkly trim on a dark red bodice and plate over a crisp white skirt




Pale Blue Tutus

Pale blue tutus are beautifully ethereal. Here are a few bluebirds and other pale blue tutus I’ve made this year.


This pretty tutu teamed pale blue, ivory and light gold. The top layer of the skirt is fine gold sparkle tulle.

This versatile trim makes a lovely plate

Parker (3)

Here, light blue is teamed with silver and blue rhinestones.

And in this one, cornflower blue lycra is embellished with deeper cornflower French lace.


The skirt has been lightly airbrushed to make the lace float

This little bluebird flew off to the USA for a competition early in the new year.

GambleWhite (3)

I really love doing these floating points on the skirts.



The costume was complemented with some little feathery arm frills.


Webb (3)

This pretty little tutu was made up as a blue version of her first tutu that was pink. This tutu is as cute as the little dancer who wears it.

The costume has delicate little French lace drapes, mounted in fine glitter tulle.

Pale blue works equally well with gold as it does with silver

Pale blue works equally well with gold as it does with silver. Here it is embellished with metallic appliques on net plates.

And again, silver and gold are equally at home against pale blue.




A selection of Blue Tutus

Blue is a very popular colour for tutus from pale blue, through mid blue, royal blue and dark steely blue. Here is a selection of mid blue tutus.

Hanrahan (2)

The air-brushed skirt adds a delicate lightness to the costume.

Hanrahan (3)The gold trim on the plate floats over the airbrushed skirt.


Using the same trim, a different feel is giving by using a light gold lace over the skirt.

Skazlic (5)

These appliques can be aligned in many different ways. This client was after a little swoop in the front but not too rounded.Skazlic (6)

I repeated the swoop at the back as well. Here you can see the lovely lines of Danielle Legge’s beautiful Aurora pattern.

Skazlic (2)

This royal blue tutu is a copy of a purple tutu I made for this dancer last year. She loved it so much she wanted a reprise. We chose different trim and tweaked a couple of other things but it still had the essence of the previous tutu.

Bolam Blue (4)

This tutu has a lovely deep back that is kept secure with nude mesh

Corded lace embellished with rhinestones sits just under the embroidered appliques to give a textural depth to the bodice.

Sparkle tulle in layer 2 gives an overall ballet glimmer.


I air-brushed the top layer of glitter net to match the plate and grade down to lilac.


You can see the beautiful hydrangea colours coming through the skirt.

Blue, purple and amethyst stones highlight the silver venise lace





Black and Red Tutus


Black and red often conjures up Spanish tutus but there is so much more to these colours than just Spanish. A dramatic all black tutu is included in the mix here too … dark Odette.

frontThe points on this plate end with floating jewels for extra drama.

bodice CUDramatic detail on bodice front does suggest a Spanish flair for this tutu. But with a change of choreography or music the dancer could portray any strong character.

The skirt is black on top but grades down to red.

This lovely little cherry red tutu is decorated with silver venise lace that has been overdyed to match the bodice and plate. A bit of glitter tulle in the top of the skirt adds sparkle.

bodice CU

The white bobbin thread has taken up the dye leaving the silver top thread to sparkle through in the lace.

The next tutu is all black, black net, black bodice and black trim.


The trim needs textural elements so that it can be seen. In this case I’ve used black pearls and sequins and some large smokey grey rhinestones.

The last tutu, although being in typical Spanish colours was pared back and made a bit stronger and “spikier” than a Spanish tutu might be.


I used 2 types of appliques but drew them together by using the same stones on each.

bodice CU

And here is the tutu on the lovely Tara at the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod.


Tap and Jazz Costumes

I love the vibrant colours in tap and jazz costumes. Here ae thee costumes I made for Eloise and Tarli.

Tarli will wear this costume with long black gloves, fishnet tights and a bobbed black wig. Can’t wait to see the photos!

The black appliques have been blinged up with purple and red stones.

This bright green and gold tap costume was great fun to make.

I used 2 different laces, one green on a black background and the other warm gold and copper. Lots of green rhinestones added sparkle.


The triple layer skirt was hand dyed into 3 different green shades.



This beautiful burgundy costume is for slow tap. The long split skirt shows the dancer’s legline.

The costume has cosmic mesh sleeves and skirt for some subtle bling and a richly embellished collar. The underskirt is black to enhance the burgundy.

And here is the lovely Eloise on stage.

A Suite of Contemporary Costumes

Here are three ready-to-wear costumes and  one commissioned costume I have made recently.

The nude mesh on the upper bodice gives a lovely effect of the lacy appliques floating on the dancer’s skin. The cosmic mesh skirt adds a little bit of sparkle.

Rhinestones on the nude mesh add to the ethereal effect of the floating appliques.

Here is a little pink costumes in a similar style with a soft flowing skirt. The deep V front is backed with powernet for coverage. The mesh used for the upper bodice and skirt has holographic dots for extra sparkle.

The pretty pink appliques have been made with a graded thread so there is a lovely palette of random pinks across the costume.

And another in a similar style with a cream bodice and double skirt in white mesh.

This lovely little costumes has an ombre skirt and a ruched bodice. I added a little bit of French lace for some subtle bling.

And 2 pictures of Eloise in action.