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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Peach, Apricot and Pink

I’ve had a few very pretty colours requested of me this year and I’ve also made some lovely pastel RTWs tutus too.

Apricot and Ivory

Apricot RTW (3)

Apricot and Gold Venise Lace


Pale Pink and Gold French Lace

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Pale Pink and Bright Gold Venise lace

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Peach and Gold Venise Lace with gold lace overlay

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Bright Coral and pale gold

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Fuchsia and Gold

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Pink and Gold Embroidered lace

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.