28 April 2011

A Conversation with Julia of Booti Tutu and The Nappy Bootique

Vibrant colours and patterns and beautiful movement are the things that strike me first about Julia of Booti Tutus range of Tutus and Dressup wear.

Choice abounds with different ranges including ‘Couture Tutus’, ‘Rock Chic range’, ‘Bitti tutu’ and much, much more. There are even tutus for teens/adults! And it’s not all about the girls, Booti Tutu also have a great range of dressup capes and pirate outfits to suit boys too. Something for everyone you might say! Let’s learn some more about the woman behind the brand…

Who is Booti Tutu and The Nappy Bootique?
Julia Read

What’s your “handmade groove ?”
Sewing different products such as Bibs, Tails,capes,paci clips,taggys, and Hand making designer tutus.

What’s on your bedside table right now? (hey, no tidying up or censoring)
Medicine and tissues from being sick , and Angels Consort by Nalini Singh,thermometer,hairclips, drink bottle.

Who are your creative role models? What music, books, images, poetry spark your creative fire?
My mum and my nana are both sewers and so ive always admired them as I cant sew as well as them- theyre trained seamstress and upholsterers. I love fantasy books, images, fairies, angels,vampires etc- I also like classic, vintage nicnacs and fabrics- I get inspiration from notionsand fabrics I find around shops in town- sometimes just a piece of ribbon can give me and idea for a tutu. I also have discovered a lot of tutu makere in the US who I have befriended and they give me heaps of inspiration to create my unique designs.

What could you talk late into the night about with like minded people?
Cloth Nappies, business ideas, kids, new product, twilight, creative ideas.

If you could go to three free workshops/creative events this year which ones would they be?
What are they about? MCNs, sewing, knitting because I cant! Simple business solutions, WAHM get together.

How do you balance your creative life with your family, life commitments?
I juggle it between daycare, school, weekends when hubby is home. And I have a business partner for the Mums to Be business so that’s helps heaps!

Kitchen table or studio?
Kitchen table at the moment but I have a shop at home in the other half of the garage and hope to get into a shop in town in the next few years- would love to share a space if anyone in hastings is interested!

Do you have a wish list? Can you tell us what’s on it?
My biggest wish is to have shop in town with all my wares in it. Second would be to expand our family by one more without all the hassle we have to go through to get there, and then lotto of course because it would make the other two happen easily! I would also like to be able to hire a helper and go international with my tutus.

You can visit Booti Tutu at their website here.   Julia also runs The Nappy Bootique.


  1. Hi Julia, Such funky vibrant colors. Inspiration can be found, (like you said in a piece of ribbon). cheers Marie

  2. Great to learn more about Booti Tutu Julia - love the vibrant colours!


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