• Artoo Tutu: this project was a version 2 of my original Artoo Tutu from 2011. I was inspired to recreate the idea as a more traditional Russian style ballet costume. It took about nine months of work to build, meanwhile, I began studying ballet with a local instructor. The above photos were taken by Snapping Fire Dragon Photography at the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade ball. By the time of these photos, I had been studying ballet for almost 2 years.
  • Working on the tutu layers. Photograph by Jessica Notargiacomo.
  • The base tutu and bodice were constructed first, fitted, and adjusted. The tutu has nine layers, not including the plate, and a hoop for support. The bodice is lined with coutil and each seam is supported with spiral steel boning.
  • Next I cut the tutu plate from silver lace and hand-stitched it to the top layer of the tutu.
  • The bodice appliques were hand-embroidered in matching blue and silver lace, to recreate the iconic panel details on R2-D2. I first printed and sketched reference images onto the base fabric, then added contrast lace for the color, and embroidered on top.
  • Appliques were hand sewn onto the bodice. Then the rhinestoning began! A mix of austrian and Swarovski crystals were added to the tutu plate and bodice. I used flat-back crystals which were hand glued one by one. The final tutu has over 1500 crystals on it!
  • Finished costume at Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball. Photo by The Frame Guy.