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Making the Chiffon Underskirt for Black Standard Dress

Making the Chiffon Underskirt for Black Standard Dress

The chiffon has been hanging for about a week, and it is now time to make the underskirt for the black dress (as pictured right). It will consist of a skirt, made out of the same material as the dress, and 3 layers of the chiffon attached to it. The underskirt will be sewn to the built in bodysuit and then the chiffon length will be adjusted accordingly. First, I sewed the chiffon pieces together to form 3 skirts. To…

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Hollywood Glam

Hollywood Glam

I have always loved old movies. Lately, I have been renting dancing movies from the 30’s and 40’s for fashion inspiration in making ballroom dresses. Movies with the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and the ever beautiful, Rita Hayworth. Yes, not only was Rita Hayworth a beautiful movie star, she could dance. According to Fred Astaire, she was one of the most gifted natural dancers he’d ever danced with. Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino. In 1941,…

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Cutting chiffon

Cutting chiffon

You guessed it, I decided to go with the chiffon! I decided to make an underskirt for the black dress with 3 layers of chiffon. To make them as full as possible, I will be making them full circles. This means I will be cutting 6 half circles of chiffon. Materials required: 1. Chiffon – at least 5 yards, 60 inches wide.2. Dressmakers curve – to make a half circle pattern (I used a Kwik Sew pattern piece (Kwik Sew…

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Black Dress inspired from Dancing With the Stars

Black Dress inspired from Dancing With the Stars

I’ve posted what I have done so far with the black dress. I think it is looking very much like the dress Tatum wore on Dancing with the Stars, however, I am going to be making this a Standard dress, not American Smooth. “In the international style, dancers are in the closed position, pressed close together — this is classic ballroom dance, taught all over the world.The American style, however, allows dancers to open up — they can separate and…

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I’ve finished the dress!

I’ve finished the dress!

The burgundy dress I’ve been making with Sue in mind is finished. I put a lot of stones on it and overall, I am happy with it and I know it looks good on Sue already. Sue was not sure if her white dress has sold yet and she cannot buy mine until it is. She is working with a new teacher named Igor Suvarov down in LA and it sounds like she is really enjoying dancing with him. Not…

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New Dress Idea

New Dress Idea

I must admit, I am getting a lot of ideas for dresses from watching ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Although some are a bit risque and styled for American Smooth, instead of the more conservative International Standard, I think that some could convert nicely. I especially admired the dress Tatum O’Neal wore on the first episode, probably because it was simple. I also liked the fact that it was black. I don’t think all ballroom dresses have to be a bright…

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The Ballroom Dress – how it started

The Ballroom Dress – how it started

How I got to this point is a VERY long story, but the short version: Way back when, Sue was my dressage trainer and an amateur ballroom dancer. One day I mentioned I sewed. Sue needed a dress for a competition and couldn’t afford the high price tags for a dress. Thus began the long journey to making a dress for her. Being fairly new to California, I did not know a heck of a lot of places to buy…

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I’m a fabric whore!

I’m a fabric whore!

Because I have a closet full of fabrics, yet I continue to buy more….. Introducing….the fabric stash: I must admit, the stash has spilled over now. It is on shelves on the other side of the closet and fills my cedar hope chest.