Dark Blue Tutus

I’ve had a lot of requests this year for steely blue and dark blue velvet tutus. They have all been very dramatic designs for older dancers.

This dark blue was teamed with gold venise lace and a champagne skirt. The floating jewels on the skirt add extra drama.

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I also added a deep decorated low back

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I used sapphire and bronze stones throughout and added a layer of soft gold sparkle tulle to the top of the skirt.

Adding silver trim gives quite a different feel to the same coloured velvet.

This is a beautiful lace that can be used in many ways. Blue stones are offset with crystal AB stones that give a lovely pink cast for a bit of contrast.

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Silver venise lace has been used here for a slightly heavier style of decoration than the silver and blue tutu above. A lace overskirt adds a romantic touch. The arm drapes are finished with the same lace as the petals on the plate.

 

Predominantly blue stones are used here.

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Light gold baroque style trim is used here in conjunction with gold glitter appliques.

The two trims work quite nicely together even though they are so different.

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Another combination of corded appliques and glitter sequin appliques. The two work very well together and are brought into unison with the added rhinestones.

I really love this combination and look forward to using these trims together again.

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I’ve done quite a few of these spikey plates this year. I really like the look.

 

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The plate is made up of 2 very different laces but the overall effect is wonderfully rich.

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A layer of sparkle tulle completes the skirt and a lovely decorated low back adds a bit of pizazz.

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This tutu uses the same trim as the tutu above but some clever rearranging by my client brought forth this rather lovely plate design.

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The gold foiled soft tulle overlay give a perfect delicate touch to the plate.

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The decorated low back is lovely.

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This versatile lace can be used so many ways. Here is the Silver and white version on a deep navy tutu with a sparkly blue and black skirt.

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Blue navettes and crystal AB rhinestones add to the sparkle.

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The dancer wearing this tutu is very slender so we worked on getting this heavy trim as narrow as possible. Narrow bodice design for the slender dancer.

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I’ve had this French lace for years and I could never manage to have client’s see its potential so I made up this RTW. It sold within an hour!

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I added a few crystal AB and hyacinth rhinestones to fill out the filigree parts of the lace.

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Floating rhinestones and enhanced glitter tulle gave this tutu the finishing touches.

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A lovely ombre finish to the skirt adds a special touch

Puffs with venise lace complete the picture.

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And the skirt grades down to a blue underskirt.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Lilac Fairy

This is one of my most requested colour schemes/variations. Lilac comes in quite a few shades and this one was on the deeper end of the spectrum with the addition of a ruched corselet bodice.

 

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Ruched bodice

The top if the bodice is ruched with hand-dyed stretch mesh made to look like a little chemise above a corset. Rather than applying the applique in the usual V-shape I have inverted it and take it around to the back of the tutu bodice.

 

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It can be a little difficult to sew a non-stretch trim around the underbust with enough latitude for the dancer to squeeze it past her hips but I put a little bit of slack in the sewing and used a number of pieces rather than one continuous piece all the way around.

 

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Plate

The plate is made of matching lycra with a soft lilac lace and silver venise lace spilling onto the skirt. I’ve added rhinestones in purple, lilac and light magenta to give a bit of sparkle.

 

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The silver venise lace was a feature of the skirt but I wanted to mute it a little with lots of rhinestones.

 

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soft lilac and silver

The plate was really quite sweet and delicate. This lace had no bling so I had a lot of fun making it sparkle.

 

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The back featured a central motif as well as the underbust decoration that was carried all the way around.

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Silver and Old Gold

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.

 

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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.

 

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I thenĀ  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.

 

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Plate detail

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.

 

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The skirt was ivory and white with a layer of glitter tulle for a subtle ballet sparkle.

 

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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.

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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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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.

 

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Skirt and plate

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

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