Mini Ballerina Mosaic Dress, a student's journey

Rita Dipaolo is a newbie to mosaics, this is her third mosaic and her second mosaic dress.  I wanted to share with you her journey because she did such a unique job of mosaicking this dress so it truly feels like an actual tutu using all of her mom's discarded treasures.



Mini Ballerina

In the beginning, she chose her dress substrate and started sorting through her mother's treasures.  You can see her outline drawing behind the form, this is where she will plan out her design using her tessera. 



I always say "go where you know" and in this piece, Rita started at her neckline, again using her mother's pearls & beads.


the ruffle skirt

This is my favorite part and so original.  I love how she cut all of her mom's china plates into strips and then layered them in with my magic putty, to create this fabulous ruffle for the skirt.


the skirt  


Just wow, loving the ruffle technique that Rita used on her skirt.  And now to finish up the bodice with more of her mom's old necklaces.




Brilliant, the way Rita was able to mosaic the bodice with the rest of her mom's china pieces so that it truly feels like it is hugging a body underneath.

Now it is your turn to try a mosaic dress at home.  My Dress-Making online Class is now LIVE.