Apricot, Ivory and White tutus

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

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Elegant simplicity

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

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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.

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Paquita

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.

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Close second

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

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Red, Pink and Coral Tutus

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked to make some beautiful coloured tutus this year. Here is a series of red, pink and coral tutus

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tiny pink

Let’s start with this tiny pink confection with the soft white feathered skirt revealing a pink underskirt.

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Fairy Doll

Next is a cute little character tutu for the Fairy Doll. She always features ribbons and bows and lots of sparkle. I did quite a lot of ruched bodices last year. They’re not difficult and look quite lovely.

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Magenta and Silver

This tutu was quite simple but had quite a dramatic effect with the white corded lace over the small magenta hip plate. Pink and crystal AB rhinestones gave it some lovely sparkle.

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dusty rose and french lace

This soft pink colour was beautifully enhanced with silver french lace. I had a small amount left over from another tutu and there was just enough to encrust this tutu.

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Fuchsia and gold

The embroidery on the lace was a perfect match for the fuchsia plate. I firmly believe you shouldn’t be permitted to use fuchsia fabrics unless you can spell it. The colour refers to the vibrant pink of the Fuchsia flower named after Herr Fuchs, the 19th century German botanist.

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coral tutu

The top layer of the skirt if slightly shorter than layer 2 so the bright orange net peeks through. This tutu gets great comments from adjudicators.

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Watermelon and Gold

The colour of this tutu is divine. I teamed it with gold venise lace and the top layer of the skirt is a soft champagne colour.

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Silver, white and red velvet

This tutu teams bright red with crisp white and silver for a stunning effect. Depending on music or choreography this tutu could be so many different characters.

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A touch of Spain

And the last of my red/pink tutus is this ornate red, white and gold that has a light Spanish flair about it.

Purple and Burgundy Tutus

Purple and burgundy are beautiful rich colours that make for stunning stage costumes.

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Burgundy and Gold

The combination of burgundy velvet, venise lace and a full lace overskirt is a perfect Paquita.

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Cherry burgundy and silver

Changing the colour tones slightly to cooler silver and purple gives a tutu a whole new character.

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Aubergine and Purple

The colours in this tutu were beautiful. I even included some red in the skirt for an extra bit of zing.

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Iris and Gold

My clients provided this beautiful ornate lace and asked for a deep purple velvet to accompany it.

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Light Purple and Gold

 

 

 

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Lilac Tutus

Last year seemed to be the year of the Lilac Fairy. Here are 6 variations on a theme.

 

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delicate

This tutu was very pretty with pinks and mauves moving against each other in the skirt. The lilac corded lace spills onto the skirt where you can see the multiple skirt colours.

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Emily’s Lilac Fairy

This tutu was embellished with silver venise lace and rhinestones. The top layer of net is sparkle tulle and it is a little shorter than the next layer to give a soft colour shift at the edges.

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Lilac and white

This is a tiny little lilac fairy for a 4 year old. It is embellished with white corded lace, pearls and rhinestones.

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Lilac Fairy

This Lilac Fairy was made as a RTW tutu. It uses the same lace as the first tutu but I used the selvedge to trim the plate and it gives the plate quite a different look.

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White and Lilac

This tiny tutu uses the same lace as the tutu above but you can see on a white background it has a different effect. Compare it to the next tutu using the central motifs of the same lace.

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another lilac fairy!

 

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Blue Tutus

This last 12 months has been completely awash with tutus and I apologise for not blogging more. I promise the next 12 months will include more detailed posts. So for now I’ll just catch up with photos of completed tutus. This first post will be for blue tutus.

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blue French lace

There is a lovely lightness about the lace overlay on this skirt. I don’t often make a tutu without a matching plate but this worked so beautifully.

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Hand Dyed corded lace

This tutu began life as a RTW tutu after I hand-dyed some corded lace as an experiment. It was so pretty I built the tutu around it.  The tutu was listed on a tutu sellers page and sold in 2 hours. Sorry, it didn’t even make it to my RTW page.

 

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Royal Blue and Venise Lace

Royal blue and gold are perfect partners and I especially like this ornate gold venise lace. A liberal hand with the blue rhinestones added a bit of extra colour to the lace which can sometimes be a little overwhelming.

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corded lace

This pretty fine corded lace has a metallic thread through it giving some extra sparkle. It’s actually dark blue so stands out well against the light blue.

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Pretty full lace overskirt

The lace overskirt was another dyeing triumph. We needed a pale blue sparkly overskirt and this pretty silver-white lace from Spotlight took on a lovely light blue colour. Even the sequins were dyed!

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Pretty little blue and silver

It was lovely making this for a dear little girl. She was so excited about her first tutu!

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Pas D’Esclave

I like making a little bodice like an Indian choli for these tutus and decorating them richly with venise lace and rhinestones. The off-the-shoulder effect looks terrific on stage.

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Esmeralda

This was a lovely choice for Esmeralda, a soft turquoise blue with a tiered skirt and long mesh sleeves. We also added a deep back to show off the dancer’s flexibility.

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And to finish off the blue theme, another sweet tiny tutu for a 4 year old just starting her ballet solos.

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Velvet and roses

 

 

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Three ways with the Silver-white lace

Finding lace and trimmings for costumes is a never-ending task; EBay, Aliexpress, op-shops, generous gifts all make for a lively versatile inventory. But sometimes you can get stuck. Well here’s how I used white and silver in three different ways – not because I’d run out of ideas but because 3 separate clients all chose similar pretty lace for white lyrical costumes.

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Silver sequin lace from Spotlight (the rhinestones were my addition)

This lace is readily available from Spotlight stores on Australia and New Zealand. It’s quite versatile but is becoming a little overused. So circumstances call for some creativity to reinvent this useful fabric. In the picture above it is overlaid on knitted lace and has a few rhinestones added.

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Stretch lace over lycra

In the first costume the motifs from the lace were blinged up with crystal AB rhinestones and used to decorate the skirt and bodice of the costume.

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close up of lace motif on upper bodice

The sequin lace blends beautifully into the lycra/stretch lace combo.

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back view

The lace motifs are continued around the back of the bodice and onto the lace sleeve. This is a lovely simple costume for a young dancer. The current trend for bare midriff is included but with plenty of coverage elsewhere.

The second costume is a lyrical with a long stretch mesh skirt.

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White Lyrical costume using silver lace

In this case the a corded silver lace covers the seam between the lycra and the white sequin mesh on the upper bodice. I’ve condensed space between the motifs to give a more solid silvery effect.

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close up of back

The Spotlight lace could easily have been used here as well with a similar effect.

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The addition of the corded lace over the seam between the lycra and the white sequin mesh gives the impression of a more complex lace fabric overall.

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Pastel detailing

The final white costume required soft pastel colours so I thought a bit of hand painting might work well. You can see this is the same lace that was used in the first costume.

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just like colouring in

The apliques were placed on the bodice and continued around onto the back of the skirt.

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hand painted motifs added to costume

While the colours look a little bright here, under stage lights they fade to lovely soft shades.

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appliques on nude mesh

The motifs again were placed over the seam between the upper and lower bodice,

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a few rhinestones added some stronger colour points

And below is the finished costume. So you can see there are plenty of options for creating white and silver costumes.

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soft pastels with white and silver

Charcoal and Cream Contemporary

This contemporary costume is a beautiful and elegant combination of charcoal lycra and cream stretch mesh with a splash of crystal AB rhinestones.

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lots of lovely bling

The leotard was made up in charcoal lycra with a cream stretch mesh empire line skirt. The 2 colour bodice was heavily stoned using a combination of ss30, ss20, ss16 and ss10 crystal AB rhinestones.

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I started with a central line of stones and then worked outwards making a random pattern that diffused towards the edges with the smallest stones.

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deep back

This costume was adapted from one of my favourite Kwiksew pattern KS 2601 which is now  unfortunately out of print. It’s so adaptable and the deep back is beautiful.

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finished costume

I do like making costumes like this that are just a little off-trend. There’s nothing like feeling a little special backstage with a costume that doesn’t look like a catalogue piece.