Overcome Setbacks: make the best of a bad situation

3 ways to help overcome setbacks that can make life difficult, Teresa Sigmon hikes Silver Star Mountain, Mount Hood

  Everyone has to overcome setbacks. Sometimes they are tiny and easy to resolve. Often, they are significant and take months or years to recover. The U.S. is facing tough times these days. In the west, forest fires ravage four states including some of my favorite hiking areas near where I live. In the southern…

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Personal post: ash from nearby forest fires falls in Portland, OR USA,

Columbia River Gorge hikes, Eagle Creek fire 2017, forest fire

Get ready. This is not my usual video post since it has nothing to do with making Ballroom, Country or Skate dresses. However, the somberness of hundreds of thousands of forest acres burning in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California is worthy of being shared. Please keep our lands, the animals and the people who help…

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Dress Breakdown: a competition Dancesport ballgown

Dress breakdown competition Dancesport gown

Dress Breakdowns are a favorite training tool of the Sew Like A Pro™ members. Sometimes I choose one because it has design elements I think they should know. Often, the SLP™ members request a dress for me to dissect because they want to use some of the ideas from their inspiration photo on their own…

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Four Ways To Look Taller Or Thinner

4 ways to look taller or thinner in your Dancesport, Country or Skate dress

Do you want four awesome, easy ways to look taller or thinner in your competition Dancesport, Country or Skate dress? #1 – use vertical straps the same color as the dress (instead of flesh color) #2 – choose a low-cut front (even a little bit, 1.5″ or 4 cm does the trick) #3 – use…

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Meet SLP™ Member & Country Competitor

Sew Like A Pro™ member, Patsy, performs in a country and swing dance competition wearing a dress she made!

This is as close to a “live” video as I’ve ever done. Patsy and I met for the first time today. We filmed on location at the Portland Dance Festival. Afterwards, we helped decorate the ballroom. Then I rushed home to edit the video and get it out to you. Why the rush, you may ask? The…

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Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

starter finisher strengths for dressmaking, dance skate performance

  Want to learn your dance or skate routines faster with less stress? Need to know why you love some aspects of dressmaking and despise others? Know your strengths to maximize your dressmaking plus your Dancesport, Country, Skate performances. Many business and personal development coaches tackle this “starter finisher” topic. Not one of them addresses…

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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…

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Strong Design Elements Make A Classic Ballgown Shine

5 key design elements for a competition Dancesport ballgown

  Design elements can make or break a competition Dancesport, Country or skate dress. If your dress has too many design elements, the audience gets confused as to where on the dress they should look. Too few key elements and the viewer gets bored and quickly looks away.   What’s a dancer or skater to…

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