Sewing the Sink the Pink Winter Ball. Legs for days. Leggings all day.

Sewing these leggings was a joy. No adjustments necessary to the pattern so all I had to do was decide on panel placement. And that’s the best part.

Sink the Pink Winter Ball

Onstage they read beautifully and, despite my initial concern, they stayed up! I wish I’d got a picture of the back, the strip of power mesh on the thigh wraps right the way round and carries on almost over Ted’s bum. Well, it’d be a shame not to really.

Sink the Pink Winter Ball

How he manages those heels is beyond me. I get vertigo just looking at them.

Sink the Pink Winter Ball

These leggings actually “went missing” about an hour before the show. I found them after about half an hour of quiet panicking. I’d hidden them away, deep at the bottom of my bag because I wanted to make sure they didn’t get mixed up with other costumes. I must have hidden them pretty well because I managed to hide them from myself. So I only have myself to blame and/or congratulate.

Backstage, the Troxy is like a rabbit warren, dressing rooms and corridors and different floors. With around 40-odd performers each with at least three outfits, you can imagine the level of chaos it could descend into. However, the crew manage things really smoothly and everyone involved is respectful of other people’s things so there’s no real drama. Anything accidentally broken at the last minute can be fixed, someone’s always got gaffa tape, needle and thread, extra make-up, extra size nine heels, a spare wig or something that can solve whatever problem you have.

What we didn’t have was another pair of leggings that would keep this number looking cohesive. Yes, something would’ve worked out and it would’ve been fine but it would’ve been a terrible lack of responsibility on my part. Plus, I really, really wanted to get these on stage. On Ted. Those legs deserved it.

Sink the Pink Winter Ball

He’s so very shy….and he’s not just a pretty face (even from this angle).

Sink the Pink Winter Ball

Costume by Jay Barry Matthews.

Ted Rogers is one of the most gentle people I’ve come across this year. Wonderful to watch when he’s dancing and very talented artist, Filthy and creative. Fair warning, his art is definitely NSFW. It bears repeating. NSFW, the title is probably a giveaway but he’s over on artpornblog.


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------>
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