I love the pretty princess dresses! Little Costume Shop (186) by malcolm bull, via Flickr; designer Vinilla Burnham

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During last weekend's 24-hour whirlwind in NY, I stumbled upon a little treasure in the West Village called Geminola. What makes this particular vintage shop so magical is that in addition to the pretty dresses and beaded bags, they have old circus and ballet costumes on display. These beautiful frocks really blew my mind.

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To create the hoop layer, two gathered pieces are sewn onto a flat piece of netting, and a casing for the hoop is then created underneath. On the long/right side of the flat piece you can see the zig-zag over gathering threads which will be used to gather up and position this very-long-layer on the basque/panty

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Oregon Ballet Theatre: News from the Costume Shop...great step by step pictures of tutu construction:

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