Treefrog Posted December 13, 2007 Report Share Posted December 13, 2007 DD is a Merliton for her ballet school's Nutcracker, which runs this weekend. The costumes do not fit two of the three dancers. For several months, the girls have been told by the costume crew that they should NOT attempt to alter the costumes themselves, because the problems couldn't be solved by simple things like moving hooks. At the first dress rehearsal, last Friday, the AD was very displeased about the costumes, and chastised the girls for not sewing them themselves. ("When we were dancing, we had to MAKE our own costumes. Our costumers have 150 costumes to look after, they are volunteers, and we can't expect them to do everything.") The girls were instructed to make the needed alterations (although not allowed to take the costumes home to do so). Well ... my DD came home from the studio tonight hopping mad, because she'd spent quite a while sewing, and either because of her sewing skills or the way she'd been instructed to do it or possibly even because the costume is just too small (not clear which), the costume still doesn't fit. The bodice gapes in the back. DD is scared that the AD will yell at her tomorrow in the tech rehearsal if her costume comes apart. (It doesn't help, by the way, that if she has to go on as understudy in Spanish she will only have the length of Chinese to quick-change into this costume.) My questions are: is it usual for kids to alter their own costumes? Not just sewing on straps, but making changes to the costume so it will fit. And what, if anything, should DD say or do if the AD does chew her out? (DD is 16.) Quote Link to comment
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