I love the vibrant colours in tap and jazz costumes. Here are three costumes I made for Eloise and Tarli.
Tarli will wear this costume with long black gloves, fishnet tights and a bobbed black wig. Can’t wait to see the photos!
The black appliques have been blinged up with purple and red stones.
This bright green and gold tap costume was great fun to make.
I used 2 different laces, one green on a black background and the other warm gold and copper. Lots of green rhinestones added sparkle.
The triple layer skirt was hand dyed into 3 different green shades.
This beautiful burgundy costume is for slow tap. The long split skirt shows the dancer’s legline.
The costume has cosmic mesh sleeves and skirt for some subtle bling and a richly embellished collar. The underskirt is black to enhance the burgundy.
And here is the lovely Eloise on stage.
Photo by WinkiPoP Media
Photo by WinkiPoP Media
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!
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!
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.
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!