I like to buy lots of different trims for my inventory so my clients have plenty of choice. One trim I bought online recently was quite an old gold colour with greenish undertones. I really wasn’t sure anyone would really like it so I thought I’d try it out first as a ready to wear tutu to test the waters. It sold so fast I didn’t have time to upload it here to my RTW page.
The trim was a lovely complement to a warm dove grey lycra I recently acquired. I used a favourite combination of topaz, citrine and crystal AB stones to embellish the appliques.
I then discovered I had another trim stashed away with the same old gold tones. It was perfect for the plate but I needed a little something extra for some nice long points.
I used another trim of a lighter gold to complete the design I had in mind. I don’t mind using trims of slightly different colour as I think it can add some light and shade to the design.
The skirt was ivory and white with a layer of glitter tulle for a subtle ballet sparkle.
I was very pleased with the overall design. I think it sold within a few hours! I can’t wait to do some more RTW tutus. I’m planning on doing 1/3 of my work in 2018 as RTWs.
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.
The dance world seems to be awash with contemporary costumes consisting of a crop-top, dance pants and an attached skirt. So it’s a delight when I’m asked to make something that varies from the trend.
This one piece costume is a gorgeous midnight blue with black appliques and crystal AB rhinestones.
What I love about this Jalie pattern is the yoke and sleeves are one piece so there are no seams in the mesh to distract from the dancer’s line.
yoke has no seams
And the back has a nice deep keyhole for some added interest. I’m looking forward to using this pattern again.
I made a pretty little blue tutu in July for a young ballerina’s first foray into dance competitions. Over the last weekend our little 7 year old has received a first and a second place. Both competition adjudicators commented on the beautiful tutu! I’m feeling very pleased for the little dancer and very happy to have played a tiny part in her success!
Adjudicator’s report for Second place