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Childrens choir dress ideas
Could I make an interchangeable cowl?
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Date: 5/28/09 7:25 PM

I sew the dresses for a local children's choir and they are now branching out into and 'older' and a 'younger' choir. The younger girls will continue to have this dress, with the interchangeable sashes and headbands: red for Christmas time and purple for all other times.







The boys each have a red and purple vest.

So.... for the older choir (the 11-14 crowd), we are trying to come up with a different, perhaps more 'mature' choir dress that while distinguishing them from the younger choir, would also coordinate with them. Some ideas we are brewing around are a top and a skirt such as this, with a sash at the waist, tying at the front left side.



Because I'll be making the dresses out of matte spandex knit to accommodate growth, I'm thinking more along the lines of the kwiksew 3036 or
Kwiksew 2990 tops instead of the one pictured above.

So here's the question. In trying to coordinate the two choirs, I've come up with the following possibilities.

1. Use one of the kwiksew tops with the pictured skirt ( Simplicity 5914 ) and the side tie sash. (The younger choir has sashes that tie in the back.. could look funny when all together.

2. Use the shirt and skirt as mentioned above but make a kind of a cape/shrug like view A but with short sleeves or view I with a button closure: The top/skirt would be all black and the shrug/cape would be the colored fabrics.

3. Use the shirt and skirt, but using this shirt as a model, make two separate cowls in the coordinating colors:
What do you think, would that even work? And if so, would it even look good? I thought it might be a neck sash kind of a look.

Do you have any other suggestions? The choir is off for the summer and they won't have their first engagement until late October, so there isn't a huge rush, but the earlier we come up with a great choir dress, the better.

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Date: 5/28/09 9:17 PM

What about something like Mc5535 ? Using a deep v neck with a camisole under in red and purple? A sash could certainly be added as well. The camisole could be sewn with one side red and the other purple so they were reversible. Or, even a snapped in modesty panel would work.

One of the issues to keep in mind is the vast figure differences you'll have. Everything from the 0% developed 11 yo to the 110% developed 14 yo.

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Date: 5/28/09 9:47 PM

You did a great job with the dresses that you did design and sew for the younger choir! Very cute!

So the outfits of the 2 choirs will not clash when they're next to each other, I would keep it simple.

For the older choir, I think the top and skirt that you're planning to sew looks great--looks simple and elegant and is fitting for an older kids' choir uniform. I would skip the sash and maybe opt for an obi type belt. I would also skip the cowl and have them each wear a simple single strand costume pearl necklace instead. I would also skip the bolero.

Em

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Date: 5/29/09 7:39 AM

As someone who has sung in many choirs and directed choirs (adults and children), I have found separates to work best; especially if you plan to use the same outfits for several years. I recommend deep hems in the girls' dresses/skirts, because of growth spurts.

I think your skirt choice will work well. For the girls' tops, I suggest about a deep, drapy cowl neck in the same fabric as skirt. I would give them a reversible modesty panel in the two sash colors. It could either button or snap into the top.

ETA...for the older boys, you could use the same white shirt and black pants, but have them wear suspenders or braces in the two different colors instead of the vests.

HTH - Larri


-- Edited on 5/29/09 7:42 AM --

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Date: 5/29/09 4:56 PM

These are all great ideas! Thankyou so much!

The current white dresses are in milliskin matte spandex that is a dream to work with. They have a tank lining sewn in at the shoulder and armhole seams. Because they are stretchy, they hopefully can last for a bit longer. I didn't actually make all of those dresses you see in the picture. The choir director originally hired a local dance company to make them. The seamstress/owner came and measured all of the girls and boys and then lumped them into small/medium/large. As you can imagine, and can see in the photos, this caused some ultra skin tight dresses, some that were too short, and some that were too long. It was a disaster. So halfway through the year, the choir director contacted me and I made the dresses/vests for all the incoming December members. I also ended up altering several of the existing dresses as the dance company refused to do anything to fix them. (Terrible customer service!)

It's been an adventure trying to find all the colors to exactly match the original dresses/vests. Spandexworld to the rescue! LOL

I'm going to send these ideas for the older girl dresses over to the choir director to give her more food for thought. I'd really like to keep them as simple as possible, so it will be easy to make variations based on size, etc.

Any other ideas, definitely let me know! I'll let you know what she ultimately decides!

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