Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Circus class clothes

My two eldest kids go to circus class (just started recently) and last weekend was the last class before the summer holiday. On this last class the kids all gave a solo performance and they were allowed to pick their act. My son picked the trapeze and my daughter did a hula hoop act. For this special occasion they were allowed to dress up like true performers and I took it as a sign to finally sew them some circus clothes (which they can use for regular circus class). I kept the outfits relatively plain, but believe me that they look more like circus performers than in their usual short trousers and non-matching T-shirt.

For my son I used a swim trousers pattern from Ottobre 3/2009 and a shirt pattern from Ottobre 3/2011. My son has a sensitive skin and I choose to use cotton jersey and a cotton velour jersey (the dark blue one). The velour jersey doesn't stretch as much as usual cotton jersey so I chose an envelop neckline to be sure he could get his head trough the hole. He only wanted to pose with his little sister so she is just decoration here.

My daughter was very clear about what she wanted to wear. She described to me that she wanted a swimsuit with a skirt. I went through all my Ottobres and found one in 1/2007. When I showed her the pictures she said she wanted a longer skirt, one that would hide her entire bottom, and I complied. She also picked the fabric from my closet. I wasn't a big fan of the combination but in the end it works fine. I finished the skirt with a rolled seam, so it cruves a bit upwards unfortunatly.  Does anybody know a remedy for this?

The pattern prescribes framilon elastic, but I didn't have that (never used it) so I made it work with some narrow elastic. The result is fine, especially from a bit far, but I did order framilon elastic. I was intrigued by the prospect of hemming an elastic neckline with it.

The acts themselves are on video, so we have no good quality action pictures. I made two freeze frame pictures, they are a bit blurry but I wanted to add them anyway.

I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).  


  1. Knap! En die combi vind ik erg goed gekozen van je dochter. Helaas geen tips hier voor de rolzoom

    1. Ik was ook heel tevreden met zichzelf. Ik sputterde eerst tegen, maar toen het klaar was zei ik dat het een geslaagde combi was. Ze was super trots.

    2. Tijdens de overtuig fase zei ze heel serieus dat de kleuren heel goed bij elkaar passen want roze maak je met rood en wit, dus passen ze goed bij elkaar ;)

  2. I love the outfits! Great job :0)