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My vintage caravan ~ DIY pom-pom decorations

I’m planning a red and pink theme for my birthday celebration and have shared my ideas on the blog via this moodboard. One of the decoration idea that I was keen to replicate was hanging pom-poms, but I wanted something more permanent thank tissue paper, so I decided to use tulle to create fluffy pom-poms that can be used for this party and may possibly continue to decorate the caravan afterwards.

DIY pink tulle pompom decorations for party or christmas step by step

I used the standard pom-pom-making technique of using two pieces of cardboard together and threading the tulle through and wrapping it round until it was thick – similar to making wool pom-poms, which I remember doing as a child. Draw around a plate that is similar to the size you’d like your finished pom-pom to be and cut out 2 circles. Cut smaller circles in the centre of each and make a cut from the outside into the centre so that you can easily slip the cardboard discs off the pom-poms later. You don’t need to cut thin strands of tulle – it usually comes on 140cm width roll, so cut approx 25cm, so that you have a piece of tulle 140cm x 25cm and gather it up to wind it through the centre and around the rings. You’ll need to repeat this process with a second piece, so each pom-pom will use approx half a metre of tulle.

DIY pink tulle pompom decorations for party or christmas tutorial

I then cut through the tulle layers in between the middle of the cardboard rings and slipped a ribbon down between the cardboard and secured with a knot to keep the centre of the tulle pom-pom in place. I then took the cardboard hoops out and used the length of ribbon to attach the pom-poms to the roof of the caravan and around my window. I made 7 pom-poms and it took me less than an hour whilst watching TV so although I thought it would be a difficult task at first, it turned out to be fairy straightforward and now I’ll be able to make pom-poms for any occasion! I will probably be re-using the red pom-poms for my christmas decorations and add a few white ones too. Let me know how you get on if you have a go at making these easy pom-poms yourself :)

DIY pink tulle pompom decorations for party or christmas

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My new fashion skirts featured on The Wardrobe Challenge blog!

I am so pleased to say that one of my new range of fashion tulle skirts has been included on The Wardrobe Challenge blog

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I love fashion writer Hanna’s blog because I enjoy seeing how she styles her outfits and it’s great to see someone doing it for all the curvy girls! She got in touch with me last month to discuss what kind of skirt she wanted and sent me lots of photos of other similar skirts so that I could get an idea of the kind of outfit she was after. This was a new experience for me because, although I’ve made 100s of tutus, skirts and fancy dress costumes, this is the first time I’ve made a ‘fashion’ skirt and I didn’t know how it would turn out.

After a lot of discussions about the type of fabric, colours and style, between us we came up with a sheer grey layered design with contrasting black underskirt and waistband. Hanna  is new to über-girliness and didn’t want anything too OTT straight away; “I was always a tomboy as a kid, and a teen, and a young adult, and a not so young adult.. haha. Basically I’ve only started to embrace all things girly during the past few years, and lately I have been dying to get my hands on a tulle skirt – which is the last thing that the young me would have worn”. Thankfully, she emailed me straight away to tell me that she loved the skirt and would be blogging about it, fantastic news! I’ve since made a few more of these skirts and will be adding the new range to my website soon at www.TutusWingsandPrettyThings.com in a whole range of sizes, lengths and colours.

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 Here’s the link to The Wardrobe Challenge’s Outfit Of The Day blog post and more photos of Hanna styling-up her tulle skirt as a ‘Punky Princess’. I think she looks fantastic, and while you’re on her blog, click around to see her other OOTD posts for inspiration for your own outfits.


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Gold fashion trend from Britt Nicole & Scarlet Johansson

Last week I saw this video of Grammy nominee Britt Nicole discussing her stage costumes for her tour and was pleased to hear that she is fully embracing princess-ness with a gold tutu skirt:

“I do feel like I have to be comfortable on stage because I’m moving a lot, I’m dancing…so I have to have something that I can move in,” Britt explained. “When I’m trying on clothes for a tour coming up, I’m in the dressing room posing, dancing, holding my mic. I’m like, ‘Okay, how do I feel in this? Can I lift my arms? What all can I do?’ The last thing I bought for the most recent tour I was one is this really big tutu skirt. It goes out really far and has this gold top. I wear it with gold Converse. It’s this kind of prissy, really fun pop look and then the Converse make it more fun, more edgy.”

 Scarlett Johansson has also been wearing the same gold-and-tulle style at the MET gala and looks super-pretty in this long ebellished gown by Dolce & Gabbana.  If you can’t stretch to a designer price-tag to recreate the look, here’s an idea to create your own tulle dress using one of my new range of custom-made tulle skirts – coming soon to www.TutusWingsandPrettyThings.com – combined with a sparkly gold top from La Redoute.

 gold tulle skirt tutu fashion trend scarlet johansson britt nicole get the look 2013

If you can’t wait for the new range of fashion skirts to be launched at Tutus, Wings and Pretty Things, please get in touch for a personalised quote for a handmade tulle skirt cassie@cassiefairy.co.uk which can be made to your size, length, fabric and colour requirements – you can even decide how many layers you want! :D


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Fashion Trendspotting – Sundae girl for spring

I was reading this month’s Cosmo and really enjoyed their Spring fashion pages including a story called “Sundae Girl” – ice cream colours and soft, flowing fabrics. It included some gorgeous looks for Spring and clothing that can be worn well into summer too. Here I’ve snapped some of my favourite looks from this shoot and am certainly getting that blouse in the last pic: it’s only £20 from F&F at Tesco – now that’s my kind of price!

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Although I loved these pretty, girly outfits, unfortunately not all of the items were from supermarkets and some of were actually a bit too spendy for me, such as the Ted Baker dress in the top photo at £249 and the cute tutu skirt in the middle pic is £130 alone (from Disaya) – a little too much in my opinion, and that’s without the extra cost of the top, shoes and clutch!

So I thought about how I could re-create this ethereal girly look at home, and I’ve come up with a new style of tutu-skirt: something that is a bit more fashiony rather than fancy dress and I’ve made it in two colours so far – a nudey cream, which would be perfect for Spring/Summer 2013, and a sheer grey which could even be worn during the Autumn and Winter with some wooly tights!

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Let me know what to you think about this new style of tulle skirt and whether you’ll be wearing the “Sundae girl” look this spring/summer season. Keep an eye out on www.TutusWingsandPrettyThings.com and I’ll soon be adding this new range of skirts for my lovely customers ;)

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New York ballet style from Natalie Portman & Drew Barrymore

New mum Black Swan star Natalie Portman and mum-to-be Drew Barrymore both rocked up at the New York City Ballet Spring Gala at The Lincoln Centre this weekend. And both stars looked über-elegant in top-to-toe tulle!

As the face of Miss Dior Cherie Portman unsurprisingly wore a tiered Christian Dior gown and wore the ultimate ballet accessory on her arm – her dancer and Black Swan choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied. And my favourite actress Drew Barrymore chose ballet-pink accessories & makeup to complement her angelic flowing white Chanel frock (which emphasised her blossoming baby bump!).

Lovely ballet-style fashion without looking like they’ve fallen into the dressing-up box – Well done ladies!