A young lady came for a custom fitted structured ballet tutu a few months ago. At the initial booking in session, we discussed her specified choice of colours and requests for bronze and gold shadeswith the design flowing from the bodice to the edge of the skirt. As well as taking the order notes and usual measurements.
A couple of weeks later I asked for a fitting to make sure the tutu was ready for the October festival deadine. However the dancr has suffered and accident and broken her arm.
I was planning on travelling up to Northumberland at the beginning of October for a few days. So we arranged t with the family to meet up then, and save her from travelling down to my studio.
I must admit it was a fairly unusual fitting session; taking place in our Motorhome, parked up on a school in Morpeth. As Anna’s dad had to try to hold up her arm as it was supporting the weight of the cast as we had removed the sling, I was attempting to fit the bodice toile and pin for an exact fit. I must admit it was not a very dignified fitting as the injury meant that the dancer had to do without underwear!
A few weeks later, the family travelled down to the studio for final fitting and collection. Anna still had her arm in a cast and sling an was unable to dance. But she did manage to try on her gorgeous ballet tutu.
You can imaagine how delighted I was to receive this fabulous photo from her mum when she finally got to wear her new tutu in the February 2017 festivals and acheive 2nd place while still recovering from injury.
This tutu was created with Caramel handloom silk russian long line bodice. the skirt was a mix of Italian net shades with gold mesh added under the top layer for sparkle and depth. Decorated in beaded and rhinestoned 3d applique it turned out one of my favorites.