Purple Tutus

Here are a few purple tutus for your enjoyment. I haven’t had many over the past year.


Pretty purple over a lilac skirt with silver and white embroidered and corded appliques.


Pretty purple, lilac and crystal AB stones for a richly decorated bodice.

plate detail

The plate is trimmed with larger stones in the same colours.


This tutu has a top layer of dark wine over purple and is decorated with glitter appliques.


The glittery effect of this trim is beautiful on stage, especially on darker colours.


Look at the sunlight catching the light shining up from the plate.

RTW Lilac (4)

This pretty little lilac tutu is a RTW waiting for next year’s dance season. The bodice and skirt trim is hand-dyed to match the bodice and skirt.

RTW Lilac (2)



Midnight Blue Waltz Tap

Jalie skating patterns are wonderfully adaptable. Here I’ve added a floor length, double layer nesh skirt for this waltz tap costume.

Vavrina Tap (1)

The cosmic mesh top layer is backed with black mesh to give more depth to the skirt. There are 4 hip high offset slashes in the skirt so that we can see the dancer’s legs.

Simple white and silver appliques spill onto the nude yoke for a delicate effect.


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The appliques have been decorated with crystal AB and black diamond rhinestones.

Lovely elegant costume.

Ruched Burgundy

This was one of the last costumes I made for one of my dancers as she pondered her life beyond dancing. It was a little difficult getting the ruching right without fittings but I managed and am looking forward to more costumes like this.

Prodger (6)

I used a mixture of dark red and purple appliques with complementary stones.

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The appliques creep around the edges of the costume onto the nude mesh.


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And here is the final reveal:

Prodger (1)

And a few photos of Tarli on stage.


I was asked to make a “lost Boy” costume for a dancer that wasn’t too pretty but not too boyish and deep earthy colours.

Skazlic (7)

I’ve used stretch mesh spiral ruffles in khaki, black, olive green and rust for the skirt.

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The same ruffles were used on one shoulder. The brown trim has been brightened up with green stones. Skazlic (1)

I decorated the mesh cuffs with the same trim.

When I bought this trim I was a bit disappointed with the colour so I stashed it away for the perfect project. It has come into its own in this costume.

The olive green bodice was a perfect canvas for this costume. This has been a favourite this season.



Demi-Character Costumes

I do love interpreting costumes for ballet characters. Some are quite straight forward and others take a more circuitous path from the choreographer’s vision to the stage. Danceability and design are key, as well as leaving enough room for the dancer’s interpretation of the character through the choreography.

Carabosse is the fairy that was slighted by Aurora’s parents. She is often in black, but we added some lovely peridot rhinestones to the bodice to soften this costume for a young dancer.

The black lace tendrils creep across the bodice and down onto the black tulle skirt.

A headpiece resembling hors completed the picture.

La Bayadere has some beautiful costumes and this I am often asked to make this style with a long split skirt and cropped top.


Bravenec Demi (6)

This costume has been made from a modified Jalie Skating pattern to give the look of a top that just sits across the shoulders, without the dancer feeling worrying about a costume malfunction.

Bravenec Demi (2)

Rich red jewels and gold venise lace details complete the picture.

This little toreador costume was such fun to make. The young dancer was so keen for lots of braid and sparkles.


Lots of details

And Thomas too the stage with great panache.


Thomas Barnett 2

The last demi character costume was for an imaginative piece that choreographed a forest fire.

AsCarmichael (forest-side)

As the dancer turns the audience can see the charred leaves and flowers.

Well danced Ivy …


Lyrical Costumes

This costume was inspired by some gold and champagne lace I bought last year. I teamed it with cream bodice and skirt and made the yoke of the bodice from sequinned stretch lace to make a pretty ready-to-wear costume. I really enjoy making these costumes and they usually don’t languish for too long on the virtual “shop-floor”. There’s always a dance mum who has an eisteddfod sprung on her at the last minute or a dancing daughter who grows overnight!

The costume has a lovely deep back edged with the lace.


The lace was embellished with champagne and topaz rhinestones.


Another RTW costume was this pretty Juliet style dress.


The double stretch mesh skirt provides a fairly opaque look but is still light and floaty.

The bodice is decorated with light gold navettes and crystal AB rhinestones.

I added sleeves to it on request from the buyer to make it more like the costume the dancer had grown out of.

The final lyrical costume had to double as a Statue of Diana and also a danceable lyrical.DSC_0289

The ruched tunic is attached to a white leotard and secured with the white belt.


A separate long underskirt can be added for lounging around Athens!

And just a few light gold details.


Peasant Pas Dresses

Here’s a collection of peasant pas dresses in stable fabrics (Tutus That Dance patterns and Halsey on Stage) and stretch fabrics (Tutus by Dani patterns).

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La Fille Mal Gardee burgundy

I had just enough of this shot embroidered taffeta to make the bodice of this peasant pas dress. The little nude insert creates a subtle sweetheart neckline.

Hall (5)

bodice detail

The bodice, sleeves and apron were finished with a selection of ribbon roses and carnations.

Most of my variation costumes go to the US. Here is another La Fille Mal Gardee, this time in pink.

The embroidered satin was embellished with pearls and sequins. I added more pearls to the gold venise lace. The ruched bodice is made of tissue silk.

I love using these little ribbon roses. I’ve been collecting them for a while now and all sorts of colours. Here are some for a blue Giselle.


Pretty navy Giselle

Navy blue dupioni was perfect for this blue Giselle. A headpiece made of ribbon roses and some little blue bows complete the picture.

Stretch peasant pas dresses are a great alternative to traditional ones. They have great flexibility in fitting.

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This stretch peasant pas dress has an overskirt of stretch mesh for a lower profile skirt. Trim on the skirt matched the trim in the bodice.

The ruched bodice is made from gathered fine stretch mesh to give the impression of a gathered peasant chemise.


This Kirov peasant pas has a little apron as well as the iconic skirt ribbons. I’ve adorned it with ribbon roses again. I can’t resist them really.


I’ve had the light brown trim for ages. It was perfect for this costume.


The lovely russet costume was recently joined by a brown velvet version.

Peters Peasant Pas (3)

I love the double ribbon trim in 2 widths. The skirt is ivory with a pale pink underskirt. The bright pink ribbon roses and light beige finish the design.

I recently had a request for a peasant pas in the style of Degas’s Little Dancer bronze statue.

Higginson (9)

I used Travis Halsey’s Degas bodice and made a skirt from softened and distressed nylon net in ivory and cream.

The shot taffeta had a lovely bronze tone. And I used a two tone lurex fabric for the piping to give a polished effect on the piping.

Chase Kitri (2)

This peasant pas dress is a white and black Kitri entrance costume.

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The skirt ruffles are stretch mesh edged in black. And of course, more ribbon roses.

Chase Kitri (4)

And to finish off, a Peasant Pas dress for the Swan Lake Pas de Trois. This was made from dusty pink silk dupioni with silk chiffon sleeves and overskirt. The skirt is low profile and floaty.

A little bit of detail on the bodice with pink imitation pearls.

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And a pretty head-dress to complete the picture.


Two Ivory Tutus

This year I have put aside a little time to make some ready-to-wear tutus. I’ve made a few dramatic ones but also a few that appeal to quieter tastes. And for that you can’t go past ivory. Here are 2 tutus that both sold in under 30 minutes on my FB page.

This first one is made from Danielle Legge’s beautiful Aurora tutu pattern. Please have a look at her FB page Tutus By Dani to see some of her inspired work.


The back detail is lovely on this pattern.

The appliques on this tutu are made up from tiny opalescent sequins bordered with gold.


I’ve used pale pink and light topaz stones as embellishment.


I’ve left a little of the net background fabric so I could suspend some rhinestones on it.


In this close up you can see the pink blush on the sequins and even a little pale green … I love seeing colour wheel opposites so comfortable together.


It’s one of my favourite trims.

The next tutu is decorated with corded gold lace. It’s a great standby for classical appeal.

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The skirt alternates ivory and white layers.

The corded lace is light but with a lovely warm golden glow.


A little detail on the back finishes the tutu nicely.