Lilac Fairy

This is one of my most requested colour schemes/variations. Lilac comes in quite a few shades and this one was on the deeper end of the spectrum with the addition of a ruched corselet bodice.   The top if the bodice is ruched with hand-dyed stretch mesh made to look like a little chemise aboveContinue reading “Lilac Fairy”

Silver and Old Gold

I like to buy lots of different trims for my inventory so my clients have plenty of choice. One trim I bought online recently was quite an old gold colour with greenish undertones. I really wasn’t sure anyone would really like it so I thought I’d try it out first as a ready to wearContinue reading “Silver and Old Gold”

Ivory and Gold Championship

Ivory and gold are classic colours for an elegant and sophisticated tutu. Here I’ve used gold venise lace with crystal AB, citrine and topaz rhinestones, and added pearls to lighten the effect of the heavier parts of the gold applique.   My client wanted the tutu to have rich embellishment without being too heavy soContinue reading “Ivory and Gold Championship”

Champagne and Silver

I really like it when colour schemes I wouldn’t have thought of are suggested to me. A client saw a tutu I had made in a warm champagne colour and thought that it would suit silver trim.     I used a combination of light topaz and crystal AB rhinestones to break up the thickerContinue reading “Champagne and Silver”

Blue Roses

Here is a pretty little tutu in a soft delicate blue for a young dancer with just a few blue roses for a very soft romantic look.   The plate was just little bit fancy with a second tier and a few more roses and some tiny blue dianthus flowers. The net petals were madeContinue reading “Blue Roses”

Royal Blue Velvet and Old Gold

  I found a beautiful corded lace earlier this year and couldn’t wait to use it on a RTW tutu. The lace and the velvet worked beautifully together and instead of the traditional white skirt I opted for powder blue. It was such a successful combination the tutu sold in a few hours. The laceContinue reading “Royal Blue Velvet and Old Gold”

Black and Red Tutu

A senior dancer wanted a strong design in red and black that could be used for both Spanish or any other strong choreography. We went with black velvet for the bodice and a dark red corded lace which I set about encrusting with rhinestones. I used hyacinth AB crystals, various reds and some black rhinestones.Continue reading “Black and Red Tutu”

Odalisque from Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a ballet based on a poem by Lord Byron and set in the mysterious Near East, Turkey. An odalisque was a servant in the Turkish ruler’s court and features in the ballet. The iconic 2 piece costume well recognised. This tutu traveled “across-the-ditch” to New Zealand for the Alana HainesContinue reading “Odalisque from Le Corsaire”

Flames of Paris

Most Australian eisteddfods and dance competitions don’t ask for variations but I do get a lot of requests for variation tutus from the US. Flames of Paris is very popular. I used a Dani Legge’s peasant pas dress pattern for the bodice and attached the skirt at the high hip rather than the waist. TheContinue reading “Flames of Paris”