A Suite of Contemporary Costumes

Here are three ready-to-wear costumes and  one commissioned costume I have made recently. The nude mesh on the upper bodice gives a lovely effect of the lacy appliques floating on the dancer’s skin. The cosmic mesh skirt adds a little bit of sparkle. Rhinestones on the nude mesh add to the ethereal effect of theContinue reading “A Suite of Contemporary Costumes”

Rajah the Tiger

This was great fun to make. The dancer’s mom (from the US) sent me a sketch and asked me to realise it for her. I’ve worked with her before and she has great design ideas and understands the constraints of dance.  I must admit, lots of people don’t and it’s sad to disappoint people whenContinue reading “Rajah the Tiger”

Apricot, Ivory and White tutus

My last multiple post will be those enduring colours of the ballet world, white, ivory and apricot. A lovely white tutu with silver venise lace, crystal AB rhinestones and a simple overlay of silver white lace. This design took a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but I think my client and I came up withContinue reading “Apricot, Ivory and White tutus”

Three ways with the Silver-white lace

Finding lace and trimmings for costumes is a never-ending task; EBay, Aliexpress, op-shops, generous gifts all make for a lively versatile inventory. But sometimes you can get stuck. Well here’s how I used white and silver in three different ways – not because I’d run out of ideas but because 3 separate clients all choseContinue reading “Three ways with the Silver-white lace”

Maleficent

A client came to me a while ago for a tutu and asked if I’d make her a Maleficent costume as well. They wanted wings that could be easily removed in the early part of the choreography. Now before you get too excited, I don’t know how to make wings and certainly not easily removableContinue reading “Maleficent”

Dark Bride – lyrical costume

My lovely ballet girl Emily is showing her versatility moving away from the peaches and cream tutu I made for her recently to a dramatic lyrical piece featuring a 9 metre black veil. We decided on a great pattern from Jalie. I love Jalie patterns. Emily wanted a black lace underlined with nude lycra and thenContinue reading “Dark Bride – lyrical costume”