Irish Dance dress


An embroidered dress, belt, and matching cape, for Irish Dance. The dress, of teal-coloured cotton velvet, is knee length, and has long sleeves. Two darts to the waistline on the dress bodice front, centre back zip fastening. Full circular skirt, with two front panels (embroidered) stiffened with buckram, and a contrast panel of the lining fabric in an inverted pleat. The belt and cape, ( also of embroidered teal velvet ) and the skirt of the dress are all lined with orange (shade name 'ginger') polyester satin fabric. The bodice front neckline, belt, cape, and lower front skirt panels all feature machine embroidery, stitched with Madeira brand rayon threads. The small cape is attached by a snap fastener to the left shoulder of the dress back. The belt fastens (snap fasteners) at the centre back of dress. Machine stitched throughout, with some small elements of hand sewn finishing. The embroidery was designed by Sewpro Embroidery using computer software, linked to commercial sewing machines. The motifs on the emboidery include sylised images of birds and a reference to the Bann disc, together with some Celtic interlacing. This dress incorporates all the elements found in the Festival style of Irish Dance dress in 2014. The embroidered panels were made up into the finished garment by local dressmaker.