1940s Bathing Beauty

This was a sweet and quirky little jazz costume that I loved making. The colours were such fun and making the little bathing cap just finished the picture.

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bodice detail

The halterneck top was adorned with lycra flowers. I sewed little Indian mirrors onto each as the flower centre. They were another find that I had stashed away for the right application.

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pants detail

The bikini pants has ruffles on the back and I added flowers there as well to continue the theme.

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1940s bikini

This was a cute and age appropriate costume for a young dancer. I completed the vintage look with a bathing cap.

bathing cap

bathing cap

And here’s an action shot of the dancer.

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Gravity Lyrical Costume

This is a little costume for a 10 year old. They wanted a crop top and shorts with a big bow at the back. We hunted through patterns and found this Jalie Ice skating dress and decided to make the crop top from this.

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another fabulous Jalie pattern

I’m not a real fan of strappy costumes but this one is quite lovely. It has 4 narrow straps radiating from the neckband to the back of the costume. It’s almost a halter neck. I glammed up the elastic with some Czech rhinestones .

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costume back

For the front I sewed on a few acrylic rhinestones that have a nice bling effect.

front bling

front bling

The finishing touch was the bow bustle and the back skirt in blue sparkle tulle. The bling in the middle of the bow is the dancer’s initial!

bow bustle

bow bustle

After the fitting we decided that a unelasticised wide waist band would be better s so I sent Mum and daughter off for cake and coffee while I changed the waistband (and made a wee bow as a hair piece and I needed to tweak one of the straps).

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doesn’t the colour suit her!

The back of the costume is so cute … “someone” kept wiggling her bum and looking over her shoulder at it!

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back

It was lovely to meet this lovely bright young dancer and her fabulous Mum! They even bought me a little present for squeezing them into my busy schedule!

Jazz Costume

I made this little jazz costume for Emily in Dubbo. I’d already made her Lemon and Lime tutu and her Mum asked if I could whip up a jazz costume from my stash … OK, these fabrics leapt to mind and it was all go!

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a fresh take on shorts and a crop top

The music is really perky and the clip had a sort of ’80s feel so I was happy going with crazy colours. The skirt fabric is really heavy so I gathered as much as I could to give the skirt lots of swing. I also brought it around the front a little because it gives a better balance to the fuchsia shorts.

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criss-cross back

The back has a simple criss-cross. The straps are not sewn down yet as this is a “remote” costume so I leave straps to dance-mums and teachers to finish off. So there you go, not just tutus!