I’ve been absent, but I’ve been busy. I’m always sewing, even if I don’t get a chance to share it. In fact, the order of things for me goes- being a mom, work, and then sewing. Notice cooking and housework don’t come before sewing. So you can imagine how my house looks, lol.
I have some dance costumes to share. That’s one of the things that kept me busy. It seems impossible to find dance costume patterns for young girls so I ended up drafting them myself. We decided to have a separate leotard to make the dresses more versatile. That way the girls could wear them again. I hate spending a lot for dance costume that only gets worn once. I used Kwik Sew 2725 for the leotards.
I’m kind of mad at myself because I didn’t get a lot of photographs. I was so busy at the time, it really just slipped my mind. I need to get better about that.
Here’s one style:
Their dance had a lot of arm movements so I designed the costume to have a really drapey sleeve that complimented it.
It’s ruched at the side.
I used a floral mesh knit that I am in love with and coordinated it with a lime green leotard. It was very fresh and springy.
Here’s the dress for the dance my daughter was in:
I wanted the dress to be full and flowy to compliment the dance. I made a pleated a bodice. Since this fabric was a woven sheer, I used elastic in the empire waist which created gathers for the full skirt. A knit would’ve been better but I just fell in love with the print. There’s also a pleat in the center front of the skirt which helped to created drapy fullness in the skirt. This dress was coordinated with a navy leotard.
Here’s a close up of the pleated bodice:
This was time consuming to draft and sew, but I had this vision in my mind. You know how that goes.In retrospect, I could've done without the pleated bodice. It’s really pretty but it was time consuming and it got lost in the dance. But the flowing skirt definitely didn’t. It looked great.
Overall, I was happy with the costumes. I don’t think I charged enough, but I’m still working on pricing. Last time, I was so focused on a simple design that was easy to sew and cost effective, that I really wanted to focus on being creative this time around. I wanted to really create some great dresses that I loved. In the end, I feel that I accomplished that.