This year I have put aside a little time to make some ready-to-wear tutus. I’ve made a few dramatic ones but also a few that appeal to quieter tastes. And for that you can’t go past ivory. Here are 2 tutus that both sold in under 30 minutes on my FB page.
This first one is made from Danielle Legge’s beautiful Aurora tutu pattern. Please have a look at her FB page Tutus By Dani to see some of her inspired work.
The back detail is lovely on this pattern.
The appliques on this tutu are made up from tiny opalescent sequins bordered with gold.
I’ve used pale pink and light topaz stones as embellishment.
I’ve left a little of the net background fabric so I could suspend some rhinestones on it.
In this close up you can see the pink blush on the sequins and even a little pale green … I love seeing colour wheel opposites so comfortable together.
It’s one of my favourite trims.
The next tutu is decorated with corded gold lace. It’s a great standby for classical appeal.
The skirt alternates ivory and white layers.
The corded lace is light but with a lovely warm golden glow.
A little detail on the back finishes the tutu nicely.
Ivory and gold are classic colours for an elegant and sophisticated tutu. Here I’ve used gold venise lace with crystal AB, citrine and topaz rhinestones, and added pearls to lighten the effect of the heavier parts of the gold applique.
Close up of bodice
My client wanted the tutu to have rich embellishment without being too heavy so we decided on a small plate but added the trailing jewels on the skirt for a bit of added interest.
I used a few different venise lace trims to get just the shape and effect I was after. Venise lace is a very accommodating trim as it’s easy to piece and re-piece. The slight difference in the gold can’t really be seen and I think it actually tricks the eye into seeing texture rather than colours. I loved working with the venise lace to create the points on this petalled plate
You can see here the skirt isn’t just plain ivory but it has a layer of glitter tulle for subtle sparkle and under that a layer of champagne to give a little warmth to the skirt.