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.
Silver venise lace and blue rhinestones
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 made of slightly darker net than the skirt to give them just a little bit of definition. The AB crystals flashed a little pink for some colour depth.
The tutu was made for a young girl with a lovely warm complexion and the pale colours looked so good on her. I also loved the tiny patches of sage green from the leaves on the ribbon flowers.
Sixteen petalled plate with flowers and rhinestones
And I made a sweet little tiara to match, with rhinestones and flowers. I’ve added crinoline to the frame of the tiara to make it easier to pin to the hair.
tiara with crinoline
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.
corded lace and AB crystals
The lace was a lovely warm old gold with pretty champagne embroidery. I loaded it up with lots of blue stones and a few crystal AB rhinestones for little flashes of pink.
There was plenty of scope with this trim for embellishment.
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.
The top 2 layers of the skirt are black, then wine red and dark red for a brilliant flash of red.
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 Haines Awards in April.
The costume was made in rich teal with purple and gold embellishment. I wanted to make it as sumptuous as possible and almost ran out of space for rhinestones.
I used 2 different gold trims on this tutu to create a depth of colour.
The decoration was as rich on the back as it was on the front. The separate top was modelled on an Indian choli rather than a smaller bustier as the dancer was quite young.
I think the rich embellishment and the colour choices made for a wonderful overall effect.
A layer of glitter tulle under the top layer of net add a lovely sparkle.
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. The slightly bell shaped tutu has a layer of white and silver chantilly lace that I used as the foundation for the blue and red ribbon trimming.
Flames of Paris
What could all this be? Looks like fairy dust to me.
clippings from 5 feathered skirts
Yes, 5 of Sleeping Beauty’s Fairies made for a costume hire company in Victoria. The brief was simply “bright”.
5 bodices all lined up
Each of the tutus had a white skirt with layer of glitter tulle and 1 layer of net that matched the bodice to give the skirts a slight blush rather than being stark white.
As the tutus were finished my studio seemed to become smaller and smaller.
layer upon layer!
And here are the fairies at the bottom of my garden
Demi-character costumes scale the depth and breadth of interpretation allowing dancer’s to stretch their acting abilities. What little girl would not want to be Little Red Riding Hood? This sweet little character costume steps away from the typical but keeps Red Riding Hood’s character true.
A little princess line dress with a flared skirt allows for all the ballet moves in the choreography. The corset lacing on the bodice adds a little old world charm.
Because the costume may be used for other choreography I added a little detail to the sleeves even though it may not be seen once the cape is added. The long mesh sleeves come down across the hand to give greater line.
dress and cape
A lace edged petticoat adds a little more sweetness to the costume.
Red in full flight
picking flowers for Grandmother