10 Ways To Change A Ballroom or Skate Dress

10 ways to change a Ballroom, Latin, Country or Skate dress

 

Almost every Dancesport, Country or Skate dress can be changed for weight loss or weight gain, to update it for changing trends, or to give it a fresh look so it feels new.

Today I offer 10 ways to customize or change a ballroom gown — including ideas to turn it into a Latin or Skate dress.

Before I roll off my 10 favorite ways to re-make this ballgown, I want to beg, plead and implore you to never, ever copy someone else’s dress. It’s not fair to you, the dressmaker or the person wearing the gown.

We dancers, skaters and dressmakers often use an “inspiration dress” to propel us to greater design heights. That’s okay!

You can use one or two interesting design elements.
You can maybe even use 50% of your “inspiration dress”, but any more than that and you cross the line on copying.

Think of it as plagiarizing in the writing world.

While there are not yet any written laws preventing duplicating another person’s dress design, it is common courtesy and common sense to always make an original design.

After all, no one wants to walk out onto the floor or glide out into the rink and have a fellow competitor wear a similar dress. 🙁

 

With that being said, watch the video for more details, but here is my list of 10 ways to change this competition ballgown into a totally new dress:

  • Latin or skate skirt: keep the top, add short georgette/chiffon godets with lots of rhinestones
  • Latin or skate skirt: keep the top, add a 4" / 10 cm black rhinestoned band to the hem of a mini skirt (flared or straight works great!)
  • Latin or skate skirt: keep the top, add short fringe skirt (This is my least fave option of the three.)
  • Standard gown: add chiffon/georgette floats.... A swanky drape changes everything!
  • Standard gown: Add skirt volume with godets or an extra, ruffled layer
  • Standard gown: add skirt volume by installing fishing line, crinoline (horsehair as we call it in The States), or Rigilene boning
  • General design: add sleeves! 1) Mesh with rhinestoned bracelets or a border. 2) black lycra fully stoned to match the other black lycra areas.
  • General design: add a 3-D accent such as a large flower or cluster of feathers
  • General design: Create a longer look by replacing the flesh color straps with black straps
  • Use a different combination of stones instead of tone-on-tone. Reference your color wheel to make sure you choose colors that look good together.

10 Ways To Change A Ballroom Or Skate Dress

 

 

 


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10 ways to change a ballgown to use for any style Ballroom, Country or Skate competition

10 Ways To Change A Ballroom Or Skate Dress

10 Ways To Change A Ballroom or Skate Dress

10 Ways To Change A Ballroom Or Skate Dress

10 Ways To Change A Ballroom or Skate Dress

 

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