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Custom dyed purple leotard

Created in this Craftsy class

The Art of Cloth Dyeing taught by Jane Dunnewold

Whether you seek to create your own fabric, give new life to old items or just play with colors, The Art of Cloth Dyeing is the class for you.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Clothing
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? White matte milliskin, white tutu net

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Do lots of test and make sure that you really wash the fabric well. The dye also needs to be fairly warm but not hot as it can melt the fibers.

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I make, performance, ballet costumes (not dress up) and often due to constraints (availability, financial, color choices) I end up needing to dye fabric. The class was helpful to get a better result. This leotard (milliskin, nylon/spandex) was custom dyed because the dancer wanted a darker purple than was available. The mixed classical tutu has custom dyed netting for the basque and underneath (the top is purple bridal illusion tulle) the skirt because the net only comes in white, ivory and black.

10/31/2013 Flag


01/16/2014 Flag

Beautiful! My sister wants me to make a Tutu for my niece that is a serious ballerina. She's going to attend a college where she can continue professionally. Do you have a source for your patterns?

01/29/2014 Flag

Hi, I taught myself how to make professional tutus using Claudia Folts ( book. also has seminars and I have attended two: one on making bodices + a Spanish style skirt and another on mens' tailoring, stretch boots and embellishment. The leotard shown is made from a Tutus that dance pattern (Suzanne Dieckmann) she too sells patterns + instructions on how to make tutus and gives classes. and I have an Etsy shop that sells tutus and other ballet things SharpSewing on Etsy if she wanted to check that out. Making a tutu is more engernering really then sewing; not hard once you know what you are doing. It has to fit very very well. If your nieces is a professional dancer she will appreciate something made for her. At this point I am drawing my own patterns, based on the dancer's measurements. Again I taught myself how to sew leotards (with some help from a costumer friend)

01/31/2014 Flag

Ran out of "space". With regards to leotard patterns. Suzannes are not easy to start with but they are good (i.e. they fit well); I also like Kwik Sew patterns but... you need to carefully measure up the dancer to make sure that the proportions are right. I made a unitard and the torso was too long; easy to fix but good to know. I have used two leotard patterns from (both camisoles) and they did not work well for me/the dancers I was working for. I am going to draw my own patterns now based on what I learned form making the other two.

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