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Last night we went to see PNB's brand new production of Coppélia, which is gorgeous. [livejournal.com profile] seanb and I have been getting a little snobby about story ballets, but this one was genuinely funny and wonderfully danced. It was also full of those classic ballet tutus which swirl so nicely.

Now, I am lusting after one particular costume, the Spinner from Act III.



Admittedly, I would change the sleeves and maybe make the underskirt black, but I still am lusting over the patterns on the overskirt, which could be seen from our seats on the balcony. Besides, what little girl doesn't want a tutu?

Any ideas on how to recreate this? Getting the underskirt is easy, it's the top part that would take more work.

Date: 2010-06-13 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pullthestars.livejournal.com
I'd say start here for the fabric:

http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

Maybe find a graphic that looks similar?

As for the bodice... you could cut that pattern out of solid cloth and sew it on. Or get someone to do it for you :)

Date: 2010-06-13 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trilliumgrl.livejournal.com
Oh, my that website could be addictive.

Date: 2010-06-14 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] technocracygirl.livejournal.com
That was my first thought for the bodice. Fold the fabric in half and treat it like a snowflake or that Russian paper cutting art.

Date: 2010-06-13 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eggies-red-dres.livejournal.com
It looks like a taffeta over skirt to match what's happening on the bodice. Trouble is each of the peacock feather motifs (or are they pineapples?) come in varying sizes.

Where durability isn't a problem, I would get some ink jet fabric and run it through the printer after making your skirt pattern, that way you'd know what size per scalloped area.

If washing is desirable, you can pull a spoonflower and design your own and print out a lot. The black band is troubling though, because it looks like some kind of facing doesn't it? With a scallop and a point that is a pain. I have to wonder if they didn't use some other technique, I wish I knew what else they might have done.

Maybe hot knifed and fused low nap velvet? I'm reaching, because they have the crazy cut work on the bodice too.

Date: 2010-06-13 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trilliumgrl.livejournal.com
I know. It's been driving me nuts. So tempting to try for, but so complicated.

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