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.
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 .
For the front I sewed on a few acrylic rhinestones that have a nice bling effect.
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!
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).
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!
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!
Demi Character Costume
This is such a fabulous part of the ballet repertoire. Amongst all the dancing dolls, Lady Macbeths and wicked fairies you occasionally get really quirky characters like this one, a bird protecting her nest. The costume was a turquoise unitard with a completely feather covered bolero that included gloves which extended the arm into a wing. Some coloured hackle pads finished off the ballet-bird look
Lycra unitard with feathered bolero
Costume for Andreas for the short Film “The Botanist” by Alex Giles. Costumes were meant to be evocative of Victorian times but accuracy was not paramount. Andreas is assisting Archer hunt for the “outlander” Isla who is being sought for her blood. It was hard to bring myself to ravage the costume to make it look like Andreas had been travelling rough but the Assistant director and I got to it with dirt and rocks on the first day of shooting.
Costume for Merry Weather, chief Barmaid in the short Film “The Botanist” by Alex Giles. Costumes were meant to be evocative of Victorian times but accuracy was not paramount. Merry Weather looks after the other barmaids and exudes a little more gravitas. Tybalt Prince of Cats photo-bombed the picture.
Costume for Isla for the short Film “The Botanist” by Alex Giles. Costumes were meant to be evocative of Victorian times but accuracy was not paramount. Isla is an “outlander” who is being hunted for her blood.
Kitty Corset – a bit of fun
This was a bit of fun to try out a new corset pattern. The top fabric is a newsprint pattern of cat stories over black coutil. Doesn’t quite fit the decidedly uncurvy mannequin.
Barmaid costume for the short Film “The Botanist” by Alex Giles. Costumes were meant to be evocative of Victorian times but accuracy was not paramount. The brief was to get the picture of “barmaid” in the viewer’s mind in a short grab. The ruffled skirt, contrast cording on corset back and embroidered corset fabric were key elements. The Pink Barmaid was part of a pair with the Golden Barmaid.
Pink Barmaid – Film Costume