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.
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
long circle skirt
I added a full circle skirt to support the choreography.
lovely deep back
and the Studio Cat approves
Tybalt Prince of Cats and Celtic Princess
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.
Jalie patterns are fabulous
Emily wanted a black lace underlined with nude lycra and then I found this glorious sequinned black lace from Glitter and Dance.
Jalie patterns are great for solos and troupes as they come in 22 sizes in one pattern. From child’s size 2 up to large adult. The multiple sizing is particularly good for grading between sizes for custom sizing.
tracing off Emily’s size
And the costume fitted like a glove.
Stretch mesh is starting to be seen more and more in contemporary costumes as a skirt material. In this costume the stretch mesh is also featured in the bodice and back of the dress of the dress. The design for this costume was a collaboration between the dancer and teacher who wanted a sheer skirt with a lettuce edge.