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


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.


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.


costume back


lyrical Emily


Contemporary Costume

IMG_3880 contemporary front for TSF edit

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.