Today I happened to check on prices for ready-to-wear and custom-made ballet costumes. I was amazed at how costly some ballet costumes are! The most beautiful and highly embellished classical tutus can cost more than $1000 dollars to purchase. Not only are they expensive, it can sometimes take 4-6 weeks to receive the finished costume.
At this point, ballet costumes are seriously out of the budget for most. This is when desperation sets in and people think they can make something themselves using a ballet costume pattern. I decided to hunt around for ballerina costume patterns on the internet to see what was available.
The search results were dismal. Plenty of ballerina costume for little girls, though. I found them with names like Tinkerbelle, Fairy Queen, and Cinderella. Nowhere on the internet was I able to find a real, professional ballerina costume pattern for adults with a professional name like: Paris Opera Ballet’s Costume Patterns.
I went 15 pages deep searching for any type of professional grade pattern and didn’t find a thing. So what does this mean? I would give it the same example as not being to afford a new car and therefore deciding to make your own car to save money. Unfortunately, it won’t work.
The ballet profession is one of incredibly high standards. Professionally designed ballet costumes also have to meet those high standards. A person who intends to make a costume of velvet for instance, would have to spend a great of money on velvet yardage, cut it out perfectly, and know enough about velvet nap to make sure it runs the same direction on both sides of the garment. One mistake and that money and time go down the drain.
There is a reason why professional-grade ballet costume patterns are impossible to find. It takes a professional ballet costume designer to construct them. The skill and dedication required to construct professional-grade dancewear can only be done by those talented few. Yes, ballet costumes are surely expensive, but constructed in the hands of an experienced designer, the finished masterpiece will be worth every penny!