Absolutely love these new Appliques I have just received.
They are from the same manufacturer as the Metallic Trims I posted an article about on the 20th November.
The Metallic embroidery is so lovely and the weight and look of these are very unusual.
They are made from the same threads as the Trims and are an exact match.
They are more pricey than the standard Appliques but this I think,
is due to their better quality and uniqueness.
Using an Italian net and a 27 gsm Stiff Tutu net mix to achieve a good stiffness in the Tutu skirt.
A 6 – 8 year old Pancake Tutu with a dyed lace overlay and Metallic appliques.
The Bodice was 3 shades of dyed Silk Dupion embroidered with silver thread.
A Silk brocade was inserted with Silver embroidery.
Dyed appliques were mixed with Metallic silver ones and finished with bead work and Swarovski Crystals.
This Tutu was an experiment in mixing Italian net and Stiff English net.
The Tutu was lighter and yet still resilient and stiff.
I used the Italian net double-hand pleated in the top two layers.
The Top layer also had Sparkle tulle added.
Then I gathered the next few layers in the Italian net.
The last couple of layers were English net.
No hoop was necessary and a light steam was all that was needed.
I found the Italian net more resilient than the English net but also liked the control I had of the English net.
The Italian net is made of a different fibre to the English Net and seems more resilient.
Over steaming any Tutu net these days destroys the coating whether its the Flame proof coating or the stiffener on the net. It also renders the net limp and floppy.
Valorose Tutus and Textiles make Tutus and also sell all the materials you require to make your own.
The name says it all—I love creating beautiful Tutus and I could happily immerse myself in Fabrics all day-hence ‘Tutus and Textiles’
The construction which goes into a Professionally made Tutu is unique and requires various skills of a designer and manufacturer to achieve this.
A fully embellished Classical Tutu can take up to three weeks to make, sometimes longer depending on the decoration.
Which ballerina doesn’t dream of one day wearing a Tutu on stage. Although if you ask one, they will say how uncomfortable they are to wear and how much practice is needed to get used to dancing in one.
When being partnered the man cannot see his partner’s feet let alone having to get used to being scratched by yards of net. If there are any misplaced decorations on her Tutu they can cause broken fingers and costume malfunctions.
When a Tutu is being commissioned for a Classical ballet there are various factors which come before the ballerina wanting a pretty colour or design. The Role of the ballet being danced most of the times dictates the style. The Height of the dancer can dictate the length of the skirt.
Whether or not she is being partnered also dictates the decoration and length of the Tutu skirt. Then the Choreographer wants a specific look which might clash with the Producer of the ballet. The budget also plays a role.
Lastly the designer and maker has to try and achieve what specifications they have been given in a practical way.
Tutus are made to last 20 or so years and the initial investment is paid for many times over. They get refurbished over the years and adjusted continuously to fit various dancers.
The correct manufacture of a Tutu is extremely important and takes years of skills and knowledge.
My Salmon Pink ‘Aurora’ Tutu above was wanted with an unusual salmon pink net which was only possible to achieve by dyeing the net.
I dye Tutu net to Customers specifications in the Tutu size they want and hold some stock of colours in demand at the time.
Depending on my schedule the cutting, dagging and dyeing of a 10 layer Classical Tutu will take about 5 – 10 days. Please Contact me for up to date information on the time needed.
Information on the designing and making of your Tutu is available in the Tutu section on the Menu bar.
A commission of a Tutu is a commitment for both the Dancer and the designer. It is an intense time and needs a few months to fit different schedules and Toiles and Fittings in. The choices of fabrics and end design can take weeks to decide on before the work can even begin.
So please allow for as much time as possible in the placing of the order to when the Performance or Rehearsal dates are scheduled.
Samples currently taking a few days. Thank you Dismiss