Burgundy, Gold and Copper

My client wanted a warm coppery gold trim to go with her burgundy tutu. It’s a hard to find colour so I decided to overdye some venise lace. The rayon bobbin thread is a warm yellow so I played around with fuchsia and hot pink fibre reactive dyes until I was happy with the colour. I also used undyed gold lace in the decoration as well and brought the two colours closer together with rhinestones.

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I used scarlet and gold resin rhinestones because of their bold colour and augmented them with hyacinth and other red coloured stones.

 

The skirt was ivory with a layer of enhanced sparkle tulle to give the skirt more glimmer.

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The ensemble is completed with a tiara and arm puffs.

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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.

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The back detail is lovely on this pattern.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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A little detail on the back finishes the tutu nicely.

Dark Blue Tutus

I’ve had a lot of requests this year for steely blue and dark blue velvet tutus. They have all been very dramatic designs for older dancers.

This dark blue was teamed with gold venise lace and a champagne skirt. The floating jewels on the skirt add extra drama.

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I also added a deep decorated low back

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I used sapphire and bronze stones throughout and added a layer of soft gold sparkle tulle to the top of the skirt.

Adding silver trim gives quite a different feel to the same coloured velvet.

This is a beautiful lace that can be used in many ways. Blue stones are offset with crystal AB stones that give a lovely pink cast for a bit of contrast.

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Silver venise lace has been used here for a slightly heavier style of decoration than the silver and blue tutu above. A lace overskirt adds a romantic touch. The arm drapes are finished with the same lace as the petals on the plate.

 

Predominantly blue stones are used here.

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Light gold baroque style trim is used here in conjunction with gold glitter appliques.

The two trims work quite nicely together even though they are so different.

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Another combination of corded appliques and glitter sequin appliques. The two work very well together and are brought into unison with the added rhinestones.

I really love this combination and look forward to using these trims together again.

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I’ve done quite a few of these spikey plates this year. I really like the look.

 

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The plate is made up of 2 very different laces but the overall effect is wonderfully rich.

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A layer of sparkle tulle completes the skirt and a lovely decorated low back adds a bit of pizazz.

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This tutu uses the same trim as the tutu above but some clever rearranging by my client brought forth this rather lovely plate design.

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The gold foiled soft tulle overlay give a perfect delicate touch to the plate.

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The decorated low back is lovely.

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This versatile lace can be used so many ways. Here is the Silver and white version on a deep navy tutu with a sparkly blue and black skirt.

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Blue navettes and crystal AB rhinestones add to the sparkle.

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The dancer wearing this tutu is very slender so we worked on getting this heavy trim as narrow as possible. Narrow bodice design for the slender dancer.

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I’ve had this French lace for years and I could never manage to have client’s see its potential so I made up this RTW. It sold within an hour!

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I added a few crystal AB and hyacinth rhinestones to fill out the filigree parts of the lace.

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Floating rhinestones and enhanced glitter tulle gave this tutu the finishing touches.

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A lovely ombre finish to the skirt adds a special touch

Puffs with venise lace complete the picture.

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And the skirt grades down to a blue underskirt.

 

Green, Mint and Teal Tutus

Green is not a common colour in ballet except for variations like Esmeralda but sometimes a Tinkerbell will sneak through.

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Beautiful dark green velvet, dramatic light gold appliques and a soft gold tulle overskirt are teamed with emerald and turquoise rhinestones.

This lovely little tutu has a light soft design of pale blue and mint rosebuds and a soft airbrushed edges.

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The little flowers are teamed with crystal AB rhinestones. The whole effect is kept very light with a net plate.

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The lace has been embellished with eau de nil pearls and crystal AB stones.

And the ensemble was completed with some little arm frills.

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Aqua looks lovely with both silver or gold trim. Here is an aqua tutu with gold trim on an ornate and richly embellished plate.

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The white skirt has a layer of pale blue on the top layer and glitter tulle underneath.

The corded and embroidered appliques are decorated with aqua rhinestones and crystal AB for a little bit of pink sparkle.

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Silver venise lace and long jewelled points make this tutu rather light and airy. The top layer of the skirt is silver sparkle tulle.

The venise lace was also used to make a little headpiece.

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This lovely teal tutu looks gorgeous with gold trim and a simple gold lace overlay.

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This was the last of one of my favourite corded laces. It’s very delicate and I’ve trailed little tendrils onto the skirt.

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The ensemble was finished off with some little arm puffs.

Turquoise and Gold is a lovely combination. Thus tutu is winging its way to the UK.

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The sweetheart neckline has a richly textured applique that is duplicated on the plate.

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Finally, a lovely bright green Tinkerbell.

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This tutu was a delight to put together using light aqua, gold and green lace to create the deeply textured plate.

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The skirt is made up of several different greens. Rhinestones ranged from turquoise through to emerald.

The arm cuffs were made from nude cosmic mesh to make the trim appear to be floating on the dancer’s arms.

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And a lovely little crown of gold leaves and tendrils.

 

 

 

Spanish Tutus

3A grand parade of Spanish and Spanish-inspired tutus

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

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Coral and gold over a champagne coloured skirt

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

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

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

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

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

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Lovely Paquita

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Another lovey Paquita


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Lovely long points out to the edge of the skirt.

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I think the beautiful heavily beaded French lace on this RTW tutu gave it the record sale time of 6 minutes.

 

Pale Blue Tutus

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

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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

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

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

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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.

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I really love doing these floating points on the skirts.

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The costume was complemented with some little feathery arm frills.

 

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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.

 

and one last light blue tutu made with a warm gold applique trim

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Lovely pale blue is so versatile.