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« on: November 24, 2017 12:27:58 PM »

Holy cannoli, I haven't posted on Craftster for two and a half years! My craftiness has done anything but stop, and I'm excited to show off what I've been sewing in the meantime.

I'm an aerialist, which comes with clothing requirements that are surprisingly difficult to find in RTW. Clothing has to fit tightly, keep the armpits covered, and keep at least the "knee pits" fully covered. It also can't be very slick, particularly on the legs, and has to be able to stand up to quite a bit of abuse (the apparatus will not be nice to you or your clothing).

Most of us wear a leotard or tight-fitting shirt and leggings. I finally got fed up with my search for the perfect clothing, so I started making my own! One of these days, I'll start a business. Undecided

I need to do another photoshoot, though. I was hoping to showcase these pieces in their "natural habitat," but that doesn't lend itself well to effective photos.

The first one I made was the red one with the turquoise stripe. I copied the basic shape of a leo I already had and made some slope modifications. When I tried it on...I didn't...because it was way too small! I hadn't accounted for the fact that this fabric stretched much less than the one from which I'd copied. So I cut out the middle and added a stripe in a contrasting color, and the result was grand! With the exception of copying the original basic shape, every bit of what you see below is my original pattern design.


This one is relegated to performance only; it's not an everyday-practice-unitard. I learned from this that mesh eats into your skin through the trapeze ropes. Those were fun showers the next few days. And ugh, how this pose hides the yellow lace overlay!


Yikes, I just realized that this pose makes my work look sloppy. The chest stripes are diagonal, and the sleeve stripes are vertical. That was my husband's [excellent] idea when I couldn't decide which way to orient them. But in this pose, it just looks like I didn't care to match my stripes!


I finished this one less than a week ago and am very proud of it. I love when a fabric inspires a design!


The tan stripe on this one has, in person, the appearance of being one continuous stripe, starting at the front neckline, swooping to my waist and up across the back, then working down the sleeve in a soft curve. But you can't see that from the photos.


The one that started them all! Over two years later, still going strong. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017 04:38:47 PM »

These are all amazing, as are your aerial skills!
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017 02:16:47 AM »

They look amazing! If you are some day planning to actually start a business, these definitely look professional enough to sell.

Maybe the pictures don't show off your designs perfectly, but it does show how well they are suited for their purpose, plus your amazing aerial skills. I completely understand now why you need to have some parts of your body covered.

I love the one with the flames especially. The leotard itself seems like such a simple design, but the flame fabric and the way you incorporate the print into the design completely brings it to life and turns it into something special.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017 06:15:50 AM »

These are all amazing, as are your aerial skills!

Thank you SO much!
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017 06:17:01 AM »

They look amazing! If you are some day planning to actually start a business, these definitely look professional enough to sell.

Maybe the pictures don't show off your designs perfectly, but it does show how well they are suited for their purpose, plus your amazing aerial skills. I completely understand now why you need to have some parts of your body covered.

I love the one with the flames especially. The leotard itself seems like such a simple design, but the flame fabric and the way you incorporate the print into the design completely brings it to life and turns it into something special.

THANK you! I'm so proud of what I came up with out of the flame fabric. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2017 06:40:36 AM »

Everything looks fantastic! I have a friend who performs and teaches and she also has to make her own garb. I think you could make a business out of it but it would be tricky custom sizing everyone. At least you are able to make your own and don't have to try finding someone else to do it. Very well done, impressive job.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2017 10:50:17 PM »

Everything looks fantastic! I have a friend who performs and teaches and she also has to make her own garb. I think you could make a business out of it but it would be tricky custom sizing everyone. At least you are able to make your own and don't have to try finding someone else to do it. Very well done, impressive job.

Thank you!!! Yes, I agree about the sizing. I think that what helps in dancewear is the negative ease, which would provide a bit of wiggle room.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017 09:42:24 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017 08:15:39 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

EEEEE!!!!! So thrilling!
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