A tutu experiment

Here is a sneak peek of a project I am currently working on.

I have had a roll of stiff white tulle in my stash for years just waiting for someone to ask me if I can make a tutu. This will be my first time so I am hoping that with the sewing skills I have and the research I have done it will turn out beautifully.

The plan is for a waist high adult size rehearsal tutu. I am using a stretch knit for the base which I know isn’t technically correct but will function well enough for this purpose. If this works as I hope I will try another using a mesh base and separate basque.

At school I remember thinking how pointless things were, when was I going to have to use Pi in the real world. Well the joke is on me, I want to make the top layer from a straight piece where the length is the exact circumference of the skirt. I will need to re-aquaint myself with Pi.

The image above shows me working out the widths I will need for each row. The image below shows the first sample of the base with fit adjustments and approximations of where the tulle will go so I can work out lengths (I have already planned my pleating ratio)

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Advice for the newly engaged

It can be overwhelming to be newly engaged. Awesome because you must have said yes to someone amazing but worrying because there is now so much to do. From the stress of my own wedding I developed some ideas for keeping sane while wedding planning I would like to share with other newly engaged.

Let it evolve – The first overwhelming feeling is ‘where do I start’. Having infinite possibilities sounds great but is actually really unhelpful. Once you find that first thing (date, location, colour, idea) that will narrow down your choices immediatly and will start to make other decisions easier.

As each detail is selected let it tell you what the next detail is. For my wedding I decided to have it at home and I was struggling with how to manage a dinner at that location. As soon as remembered how much I prefer drinking in the day time all the hassles of dancing, heating, lighting and full meals were gone. Instead a more informal meal of shared platters and champagne. A day wedding meant a simpler matte dress and daywear for bridesmaids (image below, The first thing for the bridesmaids was actually the red waratahs and then the shoes, when we saw them and held them against a swatch of red they begged us to buy them)


Remember details of other weddings you loved – I am not talking about the thing that other copled purchased that made their wedding lovely but the things that made the day work. The thoughtful details, fun games, attentive service from staff. These are the things that make weddings memorable, make them inportant to your wedding.

Some colours are easier than others – Choose a palertte of colours over one colour. you wont ever be able to match your colour perfectly everywhere and sometimes close enough isnt as nice as a contrast or complementary colour. Some colours are actually more difficult to work woth than others as flowers do not come in all colours. Blues and purples can be challanging. If you select a group of shades to work with then you will have more to choose from. If in doubt choose everything in white where you cant get exactly the shade you want. There are heaps of great websites with wedding colour inspiration boards, Snippet and Ink being the Queen of them all.


Let people help – People love to be involved and it gives them an extra investment in your day. Choose aspects where you are happy to share out the jobs. Choose people with the skills for each job. Plan a party for the repetitive tasks and drink champagne with girlfriends and fold serviettes or make crepe paper flowers. Have the simplest jobs ready for when people nag you to help but you don’t really trust them to. (Below helping to set tables in a cave in rural France) Even where people have helped you and know some of the details already, they will still be blown away when they see your wedding come together as a whole.

forget what you ‘should’ do – Family and bridal magazines, constantly at you with their opinions of how a wedding should look and be. Read the magazines but dont use their checklists of what to do and when. listen to your family and their opinions and smile and nod then do what you want. If you end up being stressed due to someone pressuring you don’t tell them what you are planning or lie to them. Weddings are a little like children’s names, when you are pregnant everyone will have an opinion of your cherished name, when your child is born and named everyone will tell you its lovely. (photo of a lovely harbour side wedding included to make this post more beautiful)

CIMG1505_2 Take care of yourself, surround yourself with people who think every detail you are planning is fantastic and they cant wait to hear more, ask for help and have fun.

Brampton Island destination wedding.

Destination weddings are a favourite of mine. Having an excuse to go somewhere new with family and friends then spending all the time together relaxing and drinking. I made two dresses for this wedding. One for pre wedding cocktails the evening before and one for the wedding.

The cocktail dress was a backless bias cut slip in raw silk detailed with vintage Kimono fabric. The red in the fabric highlighted with the authentic Japanese flower in her hair. Jewelled silver flat salads finished the outfit for a relaxing evening on the lawn.

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 The wedding dress was a simple strapless panel dress with a full hem. The inside boned and closed with lacing to give a great fit, the outside layer of the dress closed over the lacing with covered buttons. The real star of this outfit is the hair piece made by Melbourne Milliner Richard Nylon. Its base made in the same silk as the dress and it’s colours matching the minty/blue of the lovely little snake skin pumps.

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