November 24, 2014

Ballet Costumes and Inspiration

Welcome to some pre-holiday fun.

I recently visited Victoria Dancewear, a local ballet costume company.  Victoria designs ballet costumes, and has been in the clothing and costume biz all her life.  Victoria is my friend Julia's aunt, "the" Julia who sends me all the fun vintage clothing to repair for her Etsy shop.

Both Victoria and Julia credit their ancestor Basya Berkman for their love of clothing and design.  In fact, Julia named the Etsy shop in her honor.  It is so heartwarming that such an obviously creative and loving woman has such a wonderful legacy.

Here are photos from the visit.  Such a wonderful stash of fabrics, trims, colors and beautifully designed dresses and tutus!  I came away totally inspired!

These are boxes and boxes of completed costumes, ready for sale.

Here's the sewing area, where samples of new designs are made and sized.  

Here's the lovely, long worktable, and Victoria at her desk.

Here we are, looking over the wonderful fabrics.  So much ballerina sparkle and fluff!

What could be cuter than a poufy purple little girl dress and a bear to match?

Thanks, Victoria, for such an inspirational visit!

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