When I was in my early twenties, I sewed for The National Ballet Of Canada. My sister was a ballerina and like all dancers, needed a constant supply of dance wear. I sewed hundreds of leotards, unitards, leg warmers, knit bodysuits and the like.
This pattern is completely original. I developed it to give the dancers a garment that had as few seams as possible, and it became my most popular item with the National Ballet.
Adapted to doll size, it's perfect to hide the joints of ball jointed dolls, and creates a more uniform body line. I've used it countless times with slight variations to be worn 'as is' or under my Modern Kimono designs.
It's also perfect to be worn under shorts, coats, and skirts, etc...
Starting at three or four I was playing with dolls and dressing them. I started creating my own clothes for the dolls with scraps from my mother's sewing efforts, before I was allowed anything but ...
Starting at three or four I was playing with dolls and dressing them. I started creating my own clothes for the dolls with scraps from my mother's sewing efforts, before I was allowed anything but child's scissors and big blunt needles. This morphed into sewing cloth dolls for sale during my teenage years and I started sewing my own clothing.
With my father's help I enrolled in College LaSalle in Montreal to study Fashion Design.
While in Fashion School I designed costumes for choreographers of some smaller ballet companies. My classes in Fashion School filled in what I didn't already know, especially about how to drape and draft professional patterns. I studied fashion history and had a very inspirational teacher for Fashion Drawings. The high point of those years was winning a fashion contest that let me represent Canada in an international competition held in Paris. The theme was "Cruise Wear" and my entry was titled "The Pirate's Fiancé". It was thrilling to see my design compete on a Paris Fashion Runway with a professional model dressed in my creation!