I was asked a costume for a contemporary routine based on the character Merida from Disney’s “Brave”. As this wasn’t demi-character we could afford to be a little lateral in our interpretation of the costume. we decided to stay with a rich green but we were having trouble finding the right green stretch mesh for the skirt and the sleeves. I eventually dyed some white mesh with Dharma trading’s Emerald green acid dye. It worked like a dream.


velvet, mesh and some crystals

I used a favourite Jalie pattern with a deep key hole back. I sewed the leo as one piece and added the skirt afterwards so that the leo could be reused for other costumes.


Jalie leo

Contemporary costumes don’t call for a lot of bling so I just added some rhinestones to the neckband to resemble a necklace.


just a bit of bling

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long circle skirt

I added a full circle skirt to support the choreography.

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lovely deep back

and the Studio Cat approves


Tybalt Prince of Cats and Celtic Princess


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