Pale Blue Tutus

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


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.


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.



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.




A selection of Blue Tutus

Blue is a very popular colour for tutus from pale blue, through mid blue, royal blue and dark steely blue. Here is a selection of mid blue tutus.

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The air-brushed skirt adds a delicate lightness to the costume.

Hanrahan (3)The gold trim on the plate floats over the airbrushed skirt.


Using the same trim, a different feel is giving by using a light gold lace over the skirt.

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These appliques can be aligned in many different ways. This client was after a little swoop in the front but not too rounded.Skazlic (6)

I repeated the swoop at the back as well. Here you can see the lovely lines of Danielle Legge’s beautiful Aurora pattern.

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This royal blue tutu is a copy of a purple tutu I made for this dancer last year. She loved it so much she wanted a reprise. We chose different trim and tweaked a couple of other things but it still had the essence of the previous tutu.

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This tutu has a lovely deep back that is kept secure with nude mesh

Corded lace embellished with rhinestones sits just under the embroidered appliques to give a textural depth to the bodice.

Sparkle tulle in layer 2 gives an overall ballet glimmer.


I air-brushed the top layer of glitter net to match the plate and grade down to lilac.


You can see the beautiful hydrangea colours coming through the skirt.

Blue, purple and amethyst stones highlight the silver venise lace





Black and Red Tutus


Black and red often conjures up Spanish tutus but there is so much more to these colours than just Spanish. A dramatic all black tutu is included in the mix here too … dark Odette.

frontThe points on this plate end with floating jewels for extra drama.

bodice CUDramatic detail on bodice front does suggest a Spanish flair for this tutu. But with a change of choreography or music the dancer could portray any strong character.

The skirt is black on top but grades down to red.

This lovely little cherry red tutu is decorated with silver venise lace that has been overdyed to match the bodice and plate. A bit of glitter tulle in the top of the skirt adds sparkle.

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The white bobbin thread has taken up the dye leaving the silver top thread to sparkle through in the lace.

The next tutu is all black, black net, black bodice and black trim.


The trim needs textural elements so that it can be seen. In this case I’ve used black pearls and sequins and some large smokey grey rhinestones.

The last tutu, although being in typical Spanish colours was pared back and made a bit stronger and “spikier” than a Spanish tutu might be.


I used 2 types of appliques but drew them together by using the same stones on each.

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And here is the tutu on the lovely Tara at the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod.


Apricot and Ivory

In 2018 I have resolved to make a few more RTW tutus to test new design ideas on the ballet community. This one was a classical colour combination but with a new lace type that my fellow tutu-maker Danielle Legge brought to my attention. It’s a net based trim that has tiny sequins adhered to it in beautiful baroque-style patterns, just perfect for a tutu.

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I’ve added apricot, topaz and jonquil rhinestones to enhance the pattern and break up the cream background a bit.

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The long points are arranged to give a star effect over the ivory and champagne skirt.

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Most of my RTW tutus are sold very quickly after they are released for sale. I sell them on my FB page and Tutus Off the Rack and a few other FB ballet costume platforms.



Dusty Rose and French Lace

I love collecting pieces of lycra in unusual colours so that I can offer my clients something a little different from the colours available from retail fabric suppliers. However, that means I can sometimes paint myself into a corner trying to find the right trim. I was just about ready to ring my client and throw myself on her mercy for a colour change when I found the last few pieces of a very pretty pink French lace. This trim usually attracts a premium but I was so grateful to the Embellishment Gods that I used it on the tutu at no extra charge.

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embellished bodice

I used the motifs on the lace to make a delicate irregular border on the plate and to float from the plate onto the skirt. The lace really didn’t need any more sparkle but I added some crystal AB stones for a little colour shift.


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Plate detail

The effect of the plate was a very pretty soft and intricate edge. This perfectly suited the choreography and the dancer’s temperament.



Skirt and plate

The skirt itself was a mixture or lilac, pink and white. The feathered edge complemented the delicate design and colours.





Apricot, Ivory and White tutus

My last multiple post will be those enduring colours of the ballet world, white, ivory and apricot.


Elegant simplicity

A lovely white tutu with silver venise lace, crystal AB rhinestones and a simple overlay of silver white lace.


Ruched white bodice

This design took a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but I think my client and I came up with a real winner. Silver venise lace and crystal AB rhinestones again team beautifully with crisp white. The ruched bodice and underbust decorations are now one of my favourite designs.



This lovely Paquita made her debut at the Sydney Eisteddfod this year. The ivory particularly suited the young dancer’s olive complexion.

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Gold and ivory

The ornate geometry of the decorations gave a baroque feel to this tutu. The skirt was a mixture of white and ivory to reduce the starkness of an all white skirt.

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My favourite tutu this year

I know I shouldn’t have favourites amongst my “children” but this beauty still takes my breath away. The upper bodice is covered in stretch lace and the decorations are a combination of apricot, copper and gold. There is a single layer of apricot net that gives the skirt a pretty blush.


Close second

And this tutu is the very close second. It’s pretty and romantic. I had great fun constructing the ornate plate.