Waltz Tap

My client wanted a Waltz Tap costume with an Irish green theme that would pop on stage, so we chose a lycra mystique for a bit of shine, heavy gold embellishment and a serious encrusting of rhinestones. This is the concept design I worked up.

concept sketch
concept sketch

My client wanted the deep V on the front and nude mesh down into the sleeves. There are lots of costumes with nude mesh across the shoulders but I wanted to make it a little different so I made a completely nude back and brought the nude mesh around the back of the arms as well.

pattern drafting (640x424)
pattern development

Stretch fabrics are very forgiving and you are really only limited by your imagination. I wanted some nice curves in the cutaway sections so played around until I achieved something I liked.

piecing together (640x424)
playing with trim

I played around with the trim to see how it worked with the shapes I had created. The trim was fairly rigid so I wanted to be sure it would fit before I sewed it all together.

bling time (640x424)
blinging trim

Then it was time to bling.

handsewing trim (640x424)
handsewing trim

For some extra sparkle we used holographic nude mesh.

Dyeing (424x640)
dyeing stretch mesh

Waltz tap costumes often have long skirts. I like to use stretch mesh for skirts because it has a great drape, doesn’t need hemming and dyes beautifully.

full back (424x640)
lovely drape

and then it was time to bling up the bodice. I used a mixture of crystal and acrylic rhinestones in different colours and sizes to give some interest.

front CU  (424x640)
textural sparkle

The effect was really quite lovely and I was very happy with the finished design.

three quarter profile (424x640)
front showing arm cutaways


front (424x640)
et voila




and of course there’s a little head-dress to match!


trim added (640x424)









Published by barbarasanders2077

I am a costumier living and working in Sydney's leafy upper North Shore. I specialise in dance costumes (particularly classical ballet tutus) but I also love the challenges presented by stage and film costuming and am always looking for new costume genres to explore.

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