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Just a little something I made for Halloween…

Things have been very busy at HQ and I’ve been stitching away in my workshop this week making lots of dark fairy tutus ready for Halloween. I’ve made similar tutus for hen parties over the summer and I thought that they would look great for Halloween too, so I’ve been making extra-sparkly tutus with lots of sequined and glittery fabric woven in-between the spiky tulle strands. I think that my favourite one is this blue tutu below, which has bright blue glittery stars fabric incorporated into the design.

cassiefairy halloween fairy tutus from tutuswingsandprettythings com

Let me know if you’d like something similar custom-made for your Halloween costume by emailing – these tutus aren’t on the website yet but I will happily make these or something similar (any colours you like!) for you, just let me know with plenty of time, because I’m already getting pretty booked up with spooky orders for zombie bride and witch costumes!


Hen party series ~ Some more costume ideas for the hens

Welcome back to my hen party series! Over the summer, blogger Claire from Lacey in Places  blog has been sharing her top tips for planning a hen party (read her first article here), including a downloadable budget spreadsheet and invitation templates (read this planning article here) to make it super-easy to keep track of the hens, the accommodation and activities costs. She has also written about making DIY crafty decorations for the hen party and creating a DIY memory book for the bride . There are lots of useful articles in the hen party series, so check out the links below or click here to see all of the articles in the series.

Today I am sharing a few photos of the lovely hen party tutus that I’ve made during the summer through my fancy dress business and I hope to be able to inspire you to create your own hen party costumes!

cassiefairy hen party custom made bridal fairy tutus from tutuswingsandprettythings com

These are just some of the pretty custom-made tutus that my lovely bride customers have been requesting over the summer hen-party season. I love the purple-and-white theme which incorporates lots of sparkles and sequins! On my website you can design your own fairy tutu for the bride and for all the hens, with any colours and fabrics that you like . Tie it in with a fancy dress theme, or create something to match your hen-night t-shirts – simply get in touch with your requirements and your tutus will be custom-made for you and your hens at no extra cost!

Next week, we’ll be discussing hen party fashion looks that you can wear again and again – not just for the hen do! So come back soon and check out the articles below for more hen party inspirations :)

More hen party series articles


A busy hen party season here at Cassiefairy HQ!

Well it’s been a busy summer in Cassiefairy HQ! I’ve been inundated with hen party orders and I’m glad to say that I’ve been happily stitching my way from one happy bride to the next! It’s amazing to see what massive differences there can be between party themes and you’d like that one tutu is the same as the next, but ohh no, when it comes to hen parties, only the most unique outfits will do and I’ve learnt a thing or two about what brides and their hens want!

cassiefairy wedding bridal tutu white sparkly outfit neon ribbon

You may remember I showed you this bridal tutu a couple of weeks ago that I made for a neon hen party (above). Now the bride’s tutu was a lovely traditional white but I tied it in with the theme of the party with 3 yards of neon ribbon. But until now, I’ve not share the photos of the hen tutus – so here they are (below) – in all their rainbow neon glory!

The only thing with these bustle tutus is they are quite big (lots of layers!) and getting them into my normal packaging bags is difficult enough. Add to that the fact that there are 15 of them in the order, and then you realize that posting them is going to be a tall order indeed! It’s tough enough to get one tutu through the new 8cm parcel restrictions at my local post office so you can imagine how hard it is to post a parcel the size of a small armchair! Although my parcels are lightweight thanks to the light tulle I use to make the tutus, they ARE quite sizeable, so it’s hard to find a reliable delivery service for my parcels. I always offer free courier delivery for all large hen party and group orders like this, so it needs to be cost effective too!

cassiefairys neon rainbow hen party bustle tutus

That’s where Parcelforce has come to the rescue this summer and thank goodness they have! I can arrange a collection for a day that suits me and the courier come to pick up my parcel direct from my door, so I don’t even have to trek down to a depot to post the parcels – I can carry on working in my workshop and the handover takes seconds! All of my hen party orders have been delivered with plenty of time to spare and the hens always get in touch with photos and messages about how lovely they all looked in their coordinating outfits and telling me of all the fun they got up to on their big night out. I think this is one of the most satisfying parts of the job of fairy-tutu-maker – hearing how much a bride has enjoyed her hen night and knowing that my tutus have played a small part in that! You can check out the Tutus, Wings & Pretty Things website for inspiration for your own hen or birthday party costumes that are handmade and can be customized to your own design – and you’ll know they will always arrive on time thanks to that fabulous courier service!


Hen party series ~ Dressing up the bride

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been running a series of articles on hen parties – and today is actually the hen party of one of my fab fairy-friends! Obviously, I’ve made her a bridal tutu for her big night out, which I’m sharing with you below and I’m also discussing the tradition of dressing up the bride and sharing some of my favourite outfits. 

We all know that the purpose of dressing up on a stag do is to humiliate the groom; putting him in a tacky nickname t-shirt, a hotpants/tutu combo and handcuff him to an inflatable sheep (or worse!). However, with hen parties, the purpose of the fancy dress element is not to make the bride look at her worst, but to make her stand out as the ‘queen’ of the party – mainly so that male strippers can target her and amorous men can buy her drinks all night. All you hens might choose to dress the same for the party, but the bride will definitely stand out.

One of the easiest ways to make your bride the centre of attention is to dress her in white, but if you don’t want to go for the cheesy L-plate accessories, a good option is a mini-version of a bridal outfit – a classy veil, cheeky garter and pretty petticoat are all you need to make her into a bride-in-training. Here are some of the bridal tutus that I’ve made recently at Tutus,Wings & Pretty Things, all of which can be customised with ribbons or colours to coordinate with the hens or party theme:

cassiefairy wedding bridal tutu white sparkly outfit

cassiefairy wedding bridal tutu white sparkly outfit neon ribbon

Over the past few weeks I’ve been happy to be able to bring you some top-tips from lots of my fellow bloggers. Ellen previously shared her article on personalising a hen party and Claire from LaceyinPlaces blog has been sharing her tips for creating the perfect vintage hen do. I’ve discussed glamourous 50s and his ‘n’ hers party themes and over the coming weeks there’ll be craft tutorials, ideas for games, budget planning and costume sewing tips from Kat. 

Hen party series articles

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I’ve made another little sky-blue tutu…

Here’s another of my fairy tutus with pretty petal design – this time it’s a baby blue and white tutu with a few sparkly silver and sequinned white shimmery strands to make it extra special!

 sparkly sky blue fairy tutu for children and adults by cassiefairy

Please have a look at my website if you’d like to get one of these sky-blue fairy tutus for yourself!

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Here’s what I’ve been making this week…

I recently had an order for a custom-made adult tutu in forest green and black colours. I was so pleased to make this, because it was something a little different from usual – this tutu skirt has ‘petals’ all the way around it which makes it look even more like a woodland ‘fairy’ costume. The tutu has the 2 coloured layers on the top and two black layers below, which I love and I think I’m going to make a few more like this is different colour combinations and might even add the petals range to my shop website in the future.

 cassiefairy green and black fairy tutu skirt with pretty petals

Please let me know if you’d like a custom fairy tutu making for you and I can do you a special discounted price while I’m trying out this new style! Email me and I’ll make you the prettiest tutu ever!


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 – 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 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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