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Beauty
Beauty 

Beauty

Beauty

Beauty  

 

Beauty

Renee Schaeffer, California, USA

IG: reneeshaefferdesigns

 

The Design

I created this bodice for a Beauty Fairy ballet variation to "renew" a used tutu for a dancer who had grown taller over the past year. Not only does this give new life to a tutu skirt, I was able to complete the project using 100% materials from my stash. I pieced together trim from two old projects, blue faux silk I had used on two other projects and other things I had laying about. Tutu skirts use a huge amount of materials, so being able to use one over several years of a dancer's growth reduces a great amount of waste.

 

The Construction

This project was long distance, so that was my most difficult challenge. We did FaceTime measuring and I relied on drafting techniques to flat pattern the bodice. I used a scrunching technique to get a smooth finish on the bodice. It has seven bones and a layer of coutil. The edges and seams are finished with piping. Lace was sewn over the top and crystals applied at the end.

 

Materials Used

Coutil, blue faux silk, lace, spiral steel boning, damask silk, crystals, cording, hooks and bars.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

I feel very accomplished for actually submitting something. It wasn't at all what I planned, but at least I did it!

 

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Andrea Chavez
Gorgeous color and perfect fit. She is ready for her solo!
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kitty mortensen
Oh wow, this is gorgeously made. I love the colours and details and she looks positively beaming <3
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Suzanne
This is the costume that everyone in the dance company wishes they could wear onstage. It is a beautiful reuse of a pancake tutu, and the embroidery is beautiful. This costume will be in her collection forever.
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kirstymitchell
This looks like a ballerina's dream come true. So beautifully put together Renee.
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bernadettebanner
A most worthy story of renewal indeed! This is such a lovely new/old outfit—so much gorgeous detail!
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Renee
Wow, you'd never know that this was anything but a 100% original custom costume! You've done a great job of integrating the existing tutu with the new bodice.
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This is so darling! The details are exquisite. Love it!
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lyrisdesign
Lovely, so delicate and ethereal!
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ruby_shoo
Such intricate work. Love that blue colour!
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cmurph03
Beautiful! All of the details are stunning.
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Lenora
This is the stuff Dreams are made of! Perhaps not the sewist's dreams, considering the obstacles you faced, but certainly the recipient's!
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olafsonv
Beauty indeed! It is beautiful, and she looks beautiful getting to wear it.
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certainsundries
Nicely done! Long distance fitting can be tricky, but you accomplished it very well!
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royalblack
What a delightful creation! You have done great in terms of fit and the execution and details look beautiful too.
Great job, well done!

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lcostigliolo
You turned an old tutu into such a beautiful costume! The design is delightful!
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The fit is amazing considering it was achieved long distance! Beautifully executed.
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paulay71
So pretty and beautifully made. Great to have further use for the original tutu as well

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marloes dadswell
What a delightful ensemble you have created! Such delicate details.
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latelierdelafleur
Gorgeous fit and construction, I am in awe that it was done as a distance project! The embellishment is so pretty!
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jema
Beautiful work and a wonderful way to renew - great use of the theme!
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