Candy pink velvet lycra! Purple and silver glittery swirls! It's dance costume time again.
Last time I mentioned costumes, some of you asked to see the finished costumes. I rarely take photos of the costumes, as for the most part, I am just the seamstress and I don't feel that they are my property to post publicly. I also don't want to go through the process of getting permission to post photographs of other people. The ones or bits that I do post are costumes where I have had a lot of input into the design / pattern, like this next one.
I was asked to make demitards. When I have sewn demitards in the past for this dance school, I have used a style that has a single pattern piece, wrapping around from front to back, with a CB seam and a crotch seam. The little girls that I was sewing for this time had hip measurements that were larger than their chests, and I wasn't happy with the one piece pattern, so I decided to draft my own, starting with Stuart's blocks.
My design has side seams., CF seams and a CB seam, allowing for a better fit than the one piece pattern. Pattern details include camisole style top, back cutout, CF gathering on some versions. After measuring the class, I used a smaller size for the top half of the demitard than the bottom half. I graded the pattern into 5 sizes. I gave my coverstitch machine a good work out.
The pink version was for the dance school. The pink straps have not been attached as I fit them to each child individually. The purple version was made up as a gymnastics leotard for the daughter of a friend.