As a huge family treat I booked tickets for us to see the live tour of 'Dancing on Ice' at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (not cheap). I realised 3 days ago that my little one would want to take a doll in a skating outfit to the show, then decided that Peter should have a matching outfit because the premise for 'Dancing on Ice' is couples skating together. But I didn't have enough of the gold material to make a complete outfit. Plenty of the lovely lacey material that forms Anna's skirt, but only enough of the gold to make a top. So I went to John Lewis on Saturday morning in the hope that they would have more, but it had been a remnant from the end of a roll that they have not repeated. However I did find some lovely black stretch shiny jersey with golden sparkles and this matched the tones and shade of the gold material beautifully. Luckily this roll was on a half price offer, and as I bought only half a metre (more than enough) it was very cheap.
I used the tights pattern I had used previously for his black skating leggings and sewed the toes so that the leggings wouldn't ride up his legs. It was really quick to sew - from cutting to finish was less than an hour. I had been looking at photos of Torvill and Dean and realised that their famous 'Mack and Mabel' outfits were all gold. Christopher Dean wore a smart shapely breasted jacket and a white shirt underneath with a gold bow tie. I decided that I liked the strong V shape but that a full jacket would take too much time (and material) to make, so a smart waistcoat would do the trick. I adapted an existing pattern for a V necked tshirt from Joan Hinds into a shorter waistcoat (the tshirt was quite long) and then decided that the lacey material would make perfect sleeves. The waistcoat was lined with the gold material (I cut the pattern pieces twice, then sewed 2 fronts to a back twice over, then sewed the two matching pieces round most of the edges and folded the right way out. I had also set the sleeves into the sleeve edges, and it all worked out well. Once the waistcoat jacket was stitched I sewed two sets of clear plastic press studs at the front and stitched on the sequins to match the golden dress. This top took the evening to make (while we watched a DVD - one I had seen before so I had half an eye on the screen) and I'm really pleased with how effectively it has turned out. Peter borrowed Harriet's American Girl white skates to match his new outfit.
I took photos last night, but of course the flash over emphasises the sparkly material. Sunday morning, my little girl rearranged them in a 'skating pose' and I took more photos.
Peter and Anna in their golden outfits
Striking a pose
Close up of Peter's sequins
Sunday evening my girls took Anna and Peter to the NEC for the live show. One or two other little girls spotted the dolls and looked interested. Our tiered seats were way back near one of the trailing spotlights, but despite being some distance from the skaters we had a good view of the show which was absolutely brilliant. It was great to see Torvill and Dean 'live' at last (not just live through a TV screen) and the TV studio rink was replaced with ice size two thirds bigger, which was a challenge for the weaker celebrities, but made space for a spectacular show. The costumes were great, the concept for the professional skater sections of the show was imaginative, and seeing Jayne and Chris doing their flying version of the Bolero with two long strips of purple cloth was breathtaking and just a bit scary - they flew quite high - so impressive. Taking photos wasn't easy, I didn't use flash during the show, and beforehand I experimented a bit to try and get the dolls in the foreground with the 'Dancing on Ice' set in the background, but the photos are not good, and the dolls were not posed well. I didn't have the courage to take them down closer to the ice for a photo at the end and it was late for the girls with over an hour's journey to get home.
Anna and Peter at 'Dancing on Ice', taken without flash
Anna and Peter at 'Dancing on Ice', taken with backlight flash