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« on: May 15, 2012 10:01:50 AM »

So I'm doing costumes for my daughters' ballet studio.  They're doing Little Red Riding Hood.  I've made the costume for Red, and the satiny capelet.  But that thing slides around like crazy when she dances!  I need to somehow secure it, but it has to be removable.  She isn't wearing it at the beginning of the first scene.  Then the mother puts it on her, and she immediately exits the stage.  This is when something could be fiddled with to secure it, before she goes on in the next scene.



Sorry, the capelet is at the studio so they can practice with it.  So no picture, but it's pretty basic.  Ties at the front neck.  We'll stick bobby pins in to secure the hood, but I need to think of something for the shoulders.



The strap is underneath the peasant top.  I'm sure there's a simple solution, but my brain is a little fried from working on ballet costumes about 20 hours a week for the past three months!  It's a good thing it gets me a hefty discount on the girls' tuition, or the stress would outweigh the fun.  Thanks for any and all suggestions!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 11:50:33 AM »

If the peasant top will stretch a little, put press-studs (?snaps in american english?) or velcro on the straps and the capelet. That should help it stay in place without moving. If that doesn't work, if the material is too heavy, then you could add ribbons to the fastening at the front on both sides that would be long enough to cross over in front, then go underneath the arms and tie/fasten at the back.

Those are the first solutions that come to mind, otherwise, I will think a little harder.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012 12:32:01 PM »

So I did end up putting a little tab of bias tape inside the capelet that snaps closed around the leotard straps.  Red said that it worked just fine, but I didn't get to see, as I was in back helping.  I always wonder if they just say that so they don't hurt my feelings.
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