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saranethx
« on: December 04, 2012 06:41:10 PM »


after the show in the improved costume

In my ballet company's production of the Nutcracker I am dancing the role of the  Arabian this season. I was excited about the dance but not about the costume. It just wasn't that flattering.The pants were made out of gold organza, which instead of being soft and flowing, were stiff and had little drape. I asked in I could take the costume home to embellish it and the costume staff said yes. I took the costume home and tried to make the pants more flattering but it was an exercise in frustration.


the old pants and the bodice

Then I found a black mesh fabric with gold metallic thread woven through for $2.50 a yard at my favorite fabric store.  I made a pattern and hand sewed the pants over the weekend. I showed them to my director and asked if he would allow me and the other dancer performing the role to wear them. He said yes but I would need to make the bodice match. I then used the costume shop's sewing machine, body form, and trim supply to finish the project. I am really pleased with how it turned out. And today when the costume was worn for rehearsal, my director said he was really pleased with it. Yay!



I am most excited about the fact that the underwear snaps into the waistband of the pants. Since I am sharing the costume this means that we can wash the underwear between shows. It's the little things that are important Tongue

C&C welcome. . . I will post performance photos when I get them

Update:

Here is a photo by Lance Huntley taken during one of the performances. This is the other dancer with whom I shared the role



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SewCraftyDonna
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012 10:25:23 PM »

Your version looks infinitely better. And the snap-in-your-undies is brilliant. The costume shop should be worried you'll put them out of business!
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012 04:05:51 AM »

So much prettier than the originals. I would love to see some performance pictures when you get them.
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saranethx
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013 02:09:42 PM »

Thanks for the compliments Smiley I was really pleased with how it looked on stage.

Your version looks infinitely better. And the snap-in-your-undies is brilliant. The costume shop should be worried you'll put them out of business!

Alas, if only working in the costume shop paid more. Unfortunately, like many arts organizations, our company doesn't have a lot of money and the costumes suffer for it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013 09:47:56 PM »

I love the performance pictures. It is such a pretty costume. So much more graceful than the original
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michellebelle
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2013 12:45:41 AM »

As a teacher, choreographer and costume designer and director, I wonder why they ever made your pants out of the gold stuff. Yuck. You did a really nice job and the black (power mesh?) does have a good weight to it for flow and movement. Good call!!

Kudos to you!
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