Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tutus in Blue

Both these tutus were made using the same lace and color, but the lace was cut and arranged differently on each to give a unique design for each tutu. The stretch tutu was designed for a younger dancer and the traditional fabric tutu was made for a senior dancer.

Alaina Haines Variation Costumes

Alana Haines Awards are just around the corner and if you have not thought about the costume, now is a good time to book in your order. Don't leave it too late, you may miss out! Below are examples of costumes made for Alana Haines.
Contact me at divineclassicalballettutus@gmail.com International and local orders accepted.

Giselle - Silk bodice, white embroidered organza sleeves and insert, 3 layers of soft tulle for skirt
Flower Festival Variation
Shantung bodice, white chiffon sleeves, insert and skirt, 2 layers of soft tulle for underskirt

Giselle Variation
Shantung bodice, white chiffon sleeves and insert, 4 layer tulle skirt.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Airbrushed Classical Ballet Tutu

Love using the airbrush technique to bring a plain tulle base to life. This technique is not for the faint hearted and requires the confidence to be able to apply the colour to the net to achieve the desired effect, one mistake and you ruin a beautifully made tutu. I made this tutu for a sweet young ballerina.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Ballet Tutus, Giselle and more

Just a small collection of some of my work. Don't leave it too long to order your next costume for the New Year.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sew a Ballet Tutu - Exciting News!

Ever wanted to sew a tutu?  In conjunction with 2 other amazing tutu makers, Sylvia Heather, Dani Legge and myself  (Helen Rodwell) we will be running a tutu making seminar in January, 2015. Both Traditional and Stretch Tutus will be taught. To find out more information go to the following link:


Ellie's Classical Blue Tutu

Not all body shapes are the same so if you buy a generic tutu there is a risk that the tutu may not fit. What was a cheap Chinese or Balinese ballet tutu may end up being an expensive tutu after having alterations. Plus imagine turning up to a competition only to see another dancer in the same tutu.
Ellie's tutu was made according to her measurements, note how the tutu firmly fits her body, the bodice doesn't gape at the front and basque fits snuggly around her hip and waist area. The net sits at the right level for her length of body. Ellie can dance knowing that the tutu enhances her body lines and the embellishment design is an original and will not be repeated. This is what a Bespoke Tutu Maker will do for you. So just remember if you are thinking of buying a tutu weigh up the pros and cons of a bespoke tutu versus a generic tutu.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Importance of a Well Designed and Fitted Classical Tutu

Have you ever thought what goes into making a classical ballet tutu?

Jaida in a pale sea green stretch tutu with gold and aqua embellishment. Kept the design very simple.

Traditional Classical Tutu in Cream and Gold Lace  -very simple design but looked amazing on stage

Rebecca in a Royal Blue Stretch Tutu. I added extra seams to give a nice line through the body
Next time you are at a competition/eisteddfod take note of the tutus that stand out on stage. It is not only the decoration but is the way the tutu fits the dancer.  Decoration can be amazing but if the tutu sits up at the back,  does not fit snuggly to the body and the net flies up in the dancers face, the tutu is not doing its job in highlighting the dancers physique and ability. Sometimes the simplest tutus can draw the most attention. A  plain tutu with minimal lace can achieve the perfect picture of a graceful and elegant ballerina. So when choosing a tutu maker ensure they have the experience and expertise to guide you to making that perfect tutu.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

More ballet Tutu Designs

My favourite part of making a tutu is designing the embellishment to go on it. Taking into account the dancers complexion, hair colour, eye colour and the style of music are essential part in determining the colour and embellishment for a competition tutu. This would be perfect for Suger Plum variation


Black, Red and Gold Classical Tutu

With so many wonderful sequined laces available it is easy to create designs. The red and gold lace was pieced and placed strategically on the tutu to create a visual impact on stage. The addition of diamantes completed the picture.

Ballet Tiara (Headpiece) SOLD!

This stunning tiara  is perfect for a ballerina looking to impress. The tiara is made from a selection of Swarovski crystals, pearl and silver beads.

Airbrushed Ballet Tutu

Airbrushing can be achieved on both stretch and traditional ballet tutus. The technique can be used to provide a gradual shading of colour either away from the tutu basque or towards the basque. This recently completed stretch tutu displays the colour graduation away from the basque. The technique is visually effective on stage.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Beware of Fraudulant Classical Tutu Makers!

It has come to my notice that a tutu maker located in the United States has been advertising my tutus and other Makers Tutus as their own work. If you see any of my tutu photos on other sites (excluding Divine Tutus and Helen's Classical Tutus)  please notify me. I do not advertise my Tutus for sale on Etsy, Pin Interest or Ebay. You risk being scammed by an unscrupulous person who does not have authority to reproduce  an exact duplicate of the design. Be warned!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Classical Ballet Tutu Orders

Its a busy time of year for a Classical Ballet Tutu maker and if you haven't put your order in yet you may miss out. I am taking orders for June completion dates as my order book is full for April/May. If you need a variation tutu or costume for MacDonalds Scholarship now is the time to order. These are a sample of some of the stretch tutus that I have made this year. I make both stretch and traditional tutus. Checkout "Divine Tutus" on Facebook for more example.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Classical Ballet Tutu for Sale

This gorgeous secondhand tutu is now for sale. I made this tutu 2 years ago and it has only been worn 6 times. It has been loved and kept in immaculate condition. It comes with a matching tiara. The base is pancake style with feathered edges. The French lace is hand beaded and sequined. This would suit a petite 10 to 12 year old. Should you wish further information please contact Helen on rodwellhelenrodwell@gmail.com.  TUTU SOLD !!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Place your classical ballet tutu order now!

Now is the time to order your tutu for March/April Eisteddfod, don't leave it too late, some eisteddfods have already started.