Our local hospice put on a charity event called Strictly Learn Dancing. In just 6 weeks you learned 2 ballroom dances then performed them on stage. My (then) boyfriend/partner and I decided to take part in this. We love dancing but had never tried ballroom and I really wanted the chance to be swept around a dance floor wearing a big flouncy frock. What’s not to like!
Of course, being a costume maker I made our costumes. I asked my good friend (and wonderful costume designer) Emma Waugh to design my dresses and she gave me a beautiful dress. For the Quickstep we went pastel and frothy with a multicoloured, multi-layered petticoat.
The dress was then made from a layer of pink sequin over a green/pink shot satin with gold godets and highlights. All with added sparkles. I even added a fake necklace of crystals to the flesh net. For Paul I made a cumberbund (sadly un-crystalled) and a crystal encrusted bow-tie.
and to see the costumes in action have a look at this youtube footage:
To be continued …