These things happen, and I always allow for at least one remake like this.
The interesting bit is why. I find this fascinating.
The original costume was a playsuit style outfit, a midriff top and long waisted shorts combo. The brief was, "something sassy and trendy, like the dancers wore in 42nd Street for rehearsals." This means 1930's-40's style short top and long shorts, basically. VERY cute! Perfect for the character too. So why did it not work?
The Dreamstress's perfectly fitting top, fresh from playsuit heaven! Lesigh.
Isn't Natasha GORGEOUS. She is petite, blonde, beautiful and has a figure like Betty Boop. However, when on stage with the other two actresses in the scene, she looked her age of 19, or maybe younger, and I was told she looked like she'd walked off the beach! I guess I can blame overexposure to South Pacific for that. So, in spite of getting it VERY right, it was just not the "right" right.
So how to make her look trendy, sexy, attractive and OLDER? This is really hard for 1949!! You know how it was then - the fashion forward looks were all either Femme fatale evening looks or puffy sleeves and sweetheart necklines. In the former she would look ridiculous popping over to the neighbour's, in the latter she would look like Shirley Temple (a parody of whom she also does in the show, as it happens).
I can see why so many sewist head for this pattern, it is utterly charming!!I settled in the end for the simpler and sexier A. It looks AMAZING on Tash: