Custom made classical ballet tutus and other dance costumes for competitions, festivals, performance and eisteddfods.
I provide a complete service from design through to stage ready with everything personally made by me at my studio in Woodend, Central Victoria. Tiaras and matching headpieces are also available as are tutu sewing patterns and tutu making classes .
As of 2013 a fully decorated, made to order stretch tutu will cost between $300 and $450, a matching tiara between $50 and $75.
For a gallery of costumes I have made, please scroll past all the posts.

Contact me at

Friday, December 28, 2012

Final tutu for 2012

I posted this off a week or so ago, but it's the last tutu I will complete this year (although I have started a couple for next year already). White double lycra with white net, lots of metallic gold scrolls and AB and gold jewels and sequins.

My first YAPG tutu! Harliquinade variation.

I was very excited to receive a request from a lady in Phoenix, Arizona, for a tutu for he daughter to wear at The Youth America Grand Prix. She sent me the design and colours and this is how it turned out. I was really happy with the way it looked. Unfortunately I only took a few photos with my phone, not the camera, so I hope I get several of Alexa wearing it!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Girls 10 tutu for sale

And yet another tutu! Double white lycra leotard with stiff white net to the skirt. The overskirt is made of super glittery net, backed with more net for strength and edged with silver sequin braid.I have listed it as a girls 10, but it would fit a larger 8 year old, or a small 12 year old, email for measurements if you need more info.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Girls 6 tutu for sale.

Another of Sharon's tutus. Pale pink double lycra leotard with pale pink net. Under the top net layer is gold glitter tulle, so it sparkles beautifully. It has been decorated with soft gold scalloped braid and motifs with the addition of sequins and diamanties. Matching net and tulle sleeves come with it. $275.

Ready made tutus for sale

I have recently bought several tutus made by my friend Sharon. Some I have totally decorated, others I have only tweaked slightly. They are all brand new. They are less expensive than custom made tutus and I can make matching tiaras for all of them if wanted. The red and black one is a Ladies Medium (about a Ladies 12) double lycra leotard and alternating layers of red and black stiff net. I bought the stunning overskirt fabric on ebay years ago, and have been waiting for the right tutu to put it on. It REALLY sparkles under lights! $350.
This one is turquoise and silver (it looks blue here but it is turquoise) with accents of jade green. The overskirt is only pinned on in these photos, so ignore the pins. It is a girls 14/Ladies small. I can give measurements if wanted.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tutu sewing classes

All tutu making classes in Woodend are now booked out. I will try to run a few more later in the year IF I can fit them in around all the orders I have. HOWEVER, there are still a few spots available for the Tutus that Dance seminars in Melbourne and Sydney, some classes are full but not yet all of them. Details here I am off to my final end of year dance concert tonight, and I have been to quite a few! I have seen some wonderful choreography, costumes and dancers, but I think my favourite memory will be the baby bunny who refused to let go of the giant carrot that ALL the baby bunnies were supposed to get to hold and nibble on before passing it on. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Booked solid!

Due to the amount of orders I already have for next year, I will only be accepting new orders for tutus needed after the end of April 2013. There are only so many hours in the day, and most of February will be taken up with organizing and helping run the "Tutus that Dance" seminars in Melbourne and Sydney. If you have already contacted me with an order, then you are on the list. Email me if you want to double check.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tutu making classes!!

I am running several weekend workshops in Woodend, teaching stretch tutu making. email me at for more details. Suzanne from Las Vegas is also running full on tutu seminars in Melbourne and Sydney in February. Look at her blog for all details.

Friday, October 26, 2012

I am on Facebook too!

Also found another lovely tutu blog

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Courier Classical Ballet Championship 2012

Just bought this lovely photo (taken by winkipop media) of Sarah S in her new tutu, performing in the Courier at Ballarat.
Sarah looked stunning, as did Paige D, who is the girl in the photo in my header.They both danced beautifully too.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

More on stage photos

I just added some more action shots to the gallery

Learn to make a professional standard classical ballet tutu at the Tutus that Dance Seminars in Australia

Melbourne seminar is filling fast, but there are still places available in all classes. We even have people flying in from South Africa and New Zealand!

MELBOURNE, February 11-18, 2013
Mon 11, Tues 12 …..2 days $500…. BODICE CLASS (includes fitting, altering patterns)
Weds, 13, Thurs 14, Fri 15......3 days $750…. CLASSICAL TUTU SKIRT (includes fitting, steaming/hand tacking)
Sat 16 1/2 day morning...$125 Design, Embellishing Techniques
Sat 16 1/2 day afternoon $125 Men's/Boy's (includes design, fitting, altering)
Sun 17, Mon 18 …..2 days $500…STRETCH ...beginning thru advance (Dani Legge)
Evenings...guest artist David John Hansen...millinery/headpieces (The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet)

All classes include PATTERNS, you can choose to purchase a “kit”, “bring your own fabrics” or “purchase some, bring some”

Registration is also open for a seminar in Sydney, this will run if there is sufficient interest.

SYDNEY, February
Thurs 21, Fri 22…..2 days $500…STRETCH ...beginning thru advance (Dani Legge)
Sat 23, Sun 24 …..2 days $500…. BODICE CLASS (includes fitting, altering patterns)
Mon 25, Tues 26, Weds 27......3 days $750…. CLASSICAL TUTU SKIRT (includes fitting, steaming/hand tacking)
Thurs 28 1/2 day morning...$125 Design, Embellishing Techniques
Thurs 28 1/2 day afternoon $125 Men's/Boy's (includes design, fitting, altering)
Sat 16 1/2 day afternoon $125 Men's/Boy's (includes design, fitting, altering)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

New photos of tutus and other costumes on stage

I just received a stack of photos from the Royal South Street Society Competitions in Ballarat. Photos were taken by Winkipop media and are beautiful. Winkipop were also great to deal with, all emails answered within five minutes and photos delivered in two days. They were also kind enough to give me permission to post them here and on my Facebook page. Scroll through to the end of all the posts to view them.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tutu workshops in Woodend

I still have places available for
October 20/21 weekend
December 8/9 weekend

I WILL be running these weekends even though I only have one person enrolled for each. So if you want a lot of personal attention, these would provide it.
January classes are nearly full, email me on if interested

A couple of photos from VPAC 2012

Received a couple of photos of girls from the Victorian Performing Arts Challenge 2012 Georgia G Third placing in her classical solo.
Sophie M, HM in her section
Annie J, winner Intermediate Contemporary Championship
Indi Drew, first place classical solo.
Annie J neo classical section of Contemporary Champ.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tutus that Dance Seminar Melbourne

Suzanne has just set up a separate Facebook page for seminars in Australia and maybe the UK Looks like classes will be under $250 for a whole day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tutu making weekends in Woodend and Tutus that Dance Seminar in Melbourne 2013

DATES FOR TUTU MAKING WEEKENDS IN WOODEND....finally! I have finally emerged from under a pile of net and have worked out some dates for teaching tutu making. I can fit four people comfortably and five at a pinch in my studio in Woodend, about an hours drive from Melbourne. Classes will run for two full days (9-5) with lunch provided. Cost is $350 if you bring your own lycra and net, $425 if I supply it and precut and gather the net for you. Also included in the price are elastic, interfacing, nude lycra, basic trims and all materials to make a headpiece. Dates I am offering are 20/21 October, 10/11 November, 8/9 December, 15/16 December and 12/13 January. If anyone would prefer midweek and can rustle up a couple of friends who want to come at the same time, I am quite happy to accommodate you. Email me at to book a spot. EXCITING NEWS!! TUTUS THAT DANCE SEMINAR IN MELBOURNE. Suzanne Dieckmann from Las Vegas, is planning to run one of her amazing seminars in Melbourne in February 2013. Dates,location and classes are still being finalised but will include traditional and stretch tutu making (I will be teaching the stretch part). As Woodend is an hour from Melbourne by car and has limited accommodation and public transport options, anyone coming from interstate may prefer to attend my stretch classes here, there will be places for around 20 students and of course the option to attend classes in traditional tutu making as well. To register interest or for more details, email

Custom made stretch lycra tutus

Have just finished a few more tutus and tiaras. Tutu and headpiece for Grace C
Tutu for Brooke A
This tutu was given to me already made, I just had fun decorating it and making a matching headpiece for Chloe-Jade.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tutus, tutus, tutus!

Been working flat out since I got back to complete orders for upcoming comps. These were all finished this week. Still got one more to finish off, then two more to make, then I might be able to think about running some classes.
This saphire blue and cream tutu was designed totally by its 13 year old owner, I was very impressed with Tahlia's ideas. I only posted it to her today, so hope it is exactly what she was envisaging.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another fabulous "Tutus that Dance" seminar

I arrived home today after nearly two weeks in Las Vegas and I am TIRED! However I had a fantastic time, learned lots, met some wonderful new people and hopefully imparted something to my students. I have just uploaded a heap of photos to Suzanne's blog but here are a few of my favourites.
Meri made this stunning tutu in Suzanne's class.
Sandra working on her Rat queen tutu in advanced stretch, using a new low back pattern Suzanne has recently published.
Hina modelling a tutu I took over with me to show the new students what they can ll=ook like. Thanks again Piper for letting me borrow your tutu.
Bodice and romantic tutu made in Suzanne's class.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tutus, tutus, tutus!

Trying to get as many things finished before I head off to Las Vegas to teach at the "Tutus that Dance" seminar. This is what I completed this week.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another tutu finished and more beautiful photos received from recent comps.

I finished this tutu Monday, for Mio in Ballarat.
I also received some beautiful 'on stage' photos of Sophie M in her tutu and neo costume. Thanks Sophie and Vanessa for sending them to me. They are in the gallery at the end of all the posts.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lovely tutu made from one of my patterns

Stacey bought one of my patterns a while ago and was kind enough to send me this lovely photo of her daughter Alice wearing the tutu she made her. I think she did a wonderful job, love the design and colour.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to making tutus!

After a very pleasant holiday in Vietnam, I am back to sewing furiously to get everything done before I go to LasVegas in August. Just finished this tutu for Claudia in Sydney
and just received this lovely photo of Madison in the bush near Mt Isa, thanks Joanne for sending it and photographer Carolina Gonzales for allowing me to post it here.
I also received this beautiful photo of one of my tutus in action at the McDonalds Sydney Eisteddfod, thanks again Helen and Claudia.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tutu Seminar Las Vegas

I am off to teach in Las Vegas again this year, please have a look at the new blog

Monday, July 2, 2012

I am on Facebook!

In case anyone missed my earlier post, I am now on Facebook

Success at Cairns Eisteddfod

Just received some lovely photos of some of my costumes on their talented owners from the Cairns Eisteddfod. Well done to Madison ( third in classical solo and HM in waltz tap....a great effort as she competed in under 13 and is only 7!) and to Bec who was awarded most promising dancer! I will post photos as soon as I can, can't do it from my iPad, but they are on the Facebook page. If any other clients of mine were there, please let me know......and I love getting photos!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tutu sewing classes in Las Vegas

I am off to Las Vegas in August to teach stretch tutu making at the Tutus that Dance seminar. Suzanne teaches traditional tutu making and there are also classes in headpiece and tiara making, mens patterns etc. its also lots if fun and you meet great people If anyone is interested in a very intense and comprehensive course, please check out her website or her Facebook page tutu seminars. This is what she has to say about it. WHY COME TO A SEMINAR? Like most arts, knowledge and experience are two very major factors. What we are striving to do is offer both by guiding you, step by step thru construction and more importantly explain and showing “the whys and how’s” something is done. It’s not just learning how to make a tutu we’re teaching, but WHY a tutu is made the way it is.  We don’t just focus on a “project” but teaching the art of tutus. Understanding what a dancer needs, how both lighting and distance effects what you choose, the importance of silhouettes, body lines, and the movement of the tutu….just making a “pretty” tutu is not the goal. At a seminar, you’ll learn all this in an intense, short period of time that is designed to teach you as much as possible, efficiently as possible, and answer questions as they come up. Each class has notes printed out, so you don’t have to stop and write as we’re working, you’ll also be able to talk with others, share experiences and hopefully build friendships and form new contacts. More advance classes, will also offer the opportunity to “try” new things, experiment, ask questions, and test things out without the expense of buying all that is needed to do so.  We’ll be practicing airbrushing, dyeing and painting, draping fabric, using stretch fabrics, making appliqu├ęs, working on shapes and uses of ruffles and much more. Classes on pattern alteration will show how make alterations both for size and design and how to take a clients measurements and make a custom tutu that fits. Both Women’s fitting and Men’s class will work on real dancers so you can test things out on them as well as ask them questions. So much more useful than learning on a dress form which in most cases is not shaped like a dancer, nor where you can test the movement.  Yes they are long days, and yes there is much to cover, but we do have fun and offer a place to learn the “art of the tutu”.  Hope you can join us~

Sunday, June 17, 2012