New for 2020

3-day intensive tutu base making course

17th-19th January 2020 10am-6pm

Course fee £500

During this course, students will complete an ivory classical tutu base to a standard size, as used by all major ballet companies in the UK. The course would be best for people with prior costume experience wishing to broaden their knowledge and skills.

All materials and equipment are provided, including patterns and meticulous notes. Please bring your regular sewing kit and something to transport your tutu home – we suggest a single duvet cover or large dress bag.

We’ve designed the course to make a tutu in as short amount of time as possible, so please be prepared for an intense, action packed and fun weekend!

Class size is limited to 8 students and minimum is 4 students.



Elisha Willis
After an 18 year career as a dancer with The Australian Ballet Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet, 12 of which as a principal artist, Elisha retrained as a costume maker at Northern College of Costume. She is now a freelance maker working mainly for Parkinson
Gill Theatrical Costumiers and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She was taught to make tutus by Amanda Hall, who is currently Head of Costume Workshops (Thurrock) at the Royal Opera House.

Isabelle Homer
Isabelle trained in costume at London College of Fashion and has gone on to make costumes for stage, film and television. She primarily makes for ballet both in the UK and overseas, having worked for companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, National Youth Theatre and Parkinson Gill Theatrical Costumiers. Highlights of her career so far include Hamilton, Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet, the BBC’s Gentleman Jack and Anna Karenina for the Joffrey Ballet.


Practical training in the art of theatre costume

The Northern College of Costume is based in a light and spacious studio at the centre of the beautiful City of York.
The 15 week Costume making course, with a maximum class size of 8, is a project- based, apprentice-style programme which concentrates on teaching costume making to industry standards. Now in its 12th year, the College has achieved an excellent reputation for producing highly skilled, industry ready costume makers.