Oh my…”what were they thinking?” occasionally applies to dance costumes that I have seen online or in person. Thankfully, not very often. But once in a while, I see something that I can only respond with raised eyebrows and shake of my head. With a fashion design degree and over 40 years of being in the business of dance costume design, I have a perspective of what looks good and what is appropriate for all styles of dance costuming. And of course, what looks really bad, no matter what your personal taste is. (Many costumes are not to my personal taste, but are still beautiful costumes.)Read More
“The Sound of Music” debuted as a movie release by 20th Century Fox in 1965. It became a holiday classic even though it didn’t have anything to do with Christmas. But there were lyrical references to sleigh bells, snowflakes, silver-white winters and brown paper packages tied up with strings. Here are some of the lyrics:
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
silver white winters that melt into springs,
these are a few of my favorite things.
Altering costumes can be a valuable tool to enlarge your wardrobe. You are very lucky if you perfectly fit ‘off the rack’ costumes that you might find at a dance competition or exhibition. This article is NOT for you, unless you like to ‘tweak’ found costumes to ‘make them your own’.
If you do NOT perfectly fit a ‘ready-made off-the-rack’ costume, but you lust after those fabulous fripperies on those racks, then here are some guide rules for buying-to-alter.
At Satin Stitches, we have 3 options, 2 of which cannot be used by the hobby rhinestoners, as you need specialty equipment (A T-shirt heat transfer machine or an ultra-sonic rhinestone attaching machine) that we have. But the third method is shown in the video below.
We asked Rhinestones Unlimited to ‘decorate’ our new Web Store Style #D12000. We created the CAD pattern, cut and then sewed the costume together, including hand-placed embroidered floral appliques that we purchased from Rhinestones Unlimited. We used six appliques Style #DIY Vinca A and Vinca B. The appliques are sometimes cut apart and placed to create the look we want. This particular style is our favorite from Rhinestones Unlimited.
I have posted many hundreds of blogs where I have critiqued costumes. Costumes from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, costumes from many a Red Carpet and costumes from various dance team competitions. I have always tried to stay positive, but sometimes it would be very educational for EVERYONE, if I called attention to an ugly detail on a costume or if an entire costume had no redeeming qualities. I am always striving for more beautiful costumes in the world. The world would be a better place if no one had to wear ugly costumes!
Designing a new dance costume for yourself can be a daunting task. Where do you find inspirations to create a new look for yourself?
Always stay attuned to the latest in runway and red carpet fashions. There are many inspirational fashions out there to view.
The key is to interpret these styles into a suitable dance costume style for yourself! And be sure and peruse any dance costumes that you have the opportunity to view, whether in person, or online.
If you keep up on my blogs, you know that besides loving to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and awards shows, I am a Broadway Musical fan…I LOVE to watch great singing and dancing!
Now that the winter doldrums are setting in – with the cold and the darkness, especially here in the upper Midwest, we need to plan for fun adventures to keep us going, until we can become inspired by the refreshing sights, sounds and smells of the greenery of spring…Yes, spring is coming!