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.

 

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Close up of bodice

My client wanted the tutu to have rich embellishment without being too heavy so we decided on a small plate but added the trailing jewels on the skirt for a bit of added interest.

 

plate

skirt detail

I used a few different venise lace trims to get just the shape and effect I was after. Venise lace is a very accommodating trim as it’s easy to piece and re-piece. The slight difference in the gold can’t really be seen and I think it actually tricks the eye into seeing texture rather than colours.¬†I loved working with the venise lace to create the points on this petalled plate

 

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plate detail

You can see here the skirt isn’t just plain ivory but it has a layer of glitter tulle for subtle sparkle and under that a layer of champagne to give a little warmth to the skirt.

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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.

bodice detail

bodice detail

We went with black velvet for the bodice and a dark red corded lace which I set about encrusting with rhinestones.

plate detail

plate detail

I used hyacinth AB crystals, various reds and some black rhinestones.

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Red underskirt

The top 2 layers of the skirt are black, then wine red and dark red for a brilliant flash of red.

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Spanish Jacket

Black,red and gold are instantly recognised as stage-Spanish and although there are lots of other colours that can speak Spanish these 3 are always great to work with. For this young man’s jacket I’ve chosen black velveteen, light gold and yellow gold braid, red sequins and rhinestones.

spanish style jacket

do you speak Spanish?

The decoration for this jacket will be detailed stripes following the contours the panel pieces.

back chalk

chalked in designs

And then the application of three types of trim.

back braid

back braid

And also decoration on the front and back of the sleeves.

sleeves

sleeves

Undershirts are usually cropped and elasticated. It keeps them from riding up. Longer shirts would just become  untucked, This one is silk crepe de chine.

chemise

chemise

The epaulets were great fun to make. There were just concentric loops of braid on an ellipse. I’d actually run out of red sequins at this stage so I dug through my box of trims and found these sequinned swirls and added some rhinestones for good measure.

 

epaulet

epaulet

The details on the jacket are basically just lines but they do speak very loudly … and in Spanish! The little tassel is a touch of matador!

back

back detail

Initially the front of the jacket between the lines was undecorated but it needed a little something. These gold embroidered appliques were a perfect balance.

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front detail

And the final picture with lots of red rhinestones sewn on for extra richness – Ole!

front

Ole