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Betty has a fabulous dance story.

Like many of us ballroom dancers, ballet was her first form of dance over thirty years ago. She said it was, “to improve my posture.” One day she walked past a ballroom studio and saw a couple dancing Viennese Waltz. “I fell in love with ballroom dancing. It became my passion, my first love.”

Later, Betty joined the Air Force and had to take a long break from dancing. Retired from the military now, she returned to her beloved ballroom dancing two years ago.

 

Thanks to Betty and her instructor Ken, plus the owners of 3Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse, Patsy and Darren, for letting me film in their beautiful Oklahoma City studio.

Let’s get started breaking down the design elements of Betty’s brand new dress and talk about what works well on her body shape and size.

Details Of This Smooth Dance Dress


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First, Betty chose wisely to have a rich, saturated blue near her face. It is fabulous with her hair and skin tone.

Blue accent lace forms a faux plunging neckline which is genius for women who want the illusion of a low-cut top without showing cleavage.

The extended “V” lace also creates a longer look which is perfect for women who wish to look taller.

Lace high on the hips mimic the shape of the neckline. These almost parallel lines work well because Betty is tall, but it would not work well on short women like myself.

 

DESIGN TIP: If I wanted to have this lace layout, the lace would need to be the same color as the dress so it did not break up my torso and make me look shorter.

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Back accents add visual interest


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Betty has thoracic kyphosis, so her spine curves outward at her shoulder blades.

Again, she chose wisely with this dress design: the drape and dangling lace on the back draw the viewer's eye away from her rounded spine and towards pretty dress accents.

Do you like either the back necklace or the drape idea? Go for it! It's an easy, economical way to give your dress some new flare no matter what your spinal shape.

One thing I would change about Betty's dress is that the lace lines on the back neckline and hips do not come to a pretty "V" shape like they do in the front.

In an ideal Smooth dance dress world, the dressmaker would have a few pieces of scrap lace that Betty could glue on the dress and rhinestone to match.

Lucky for Betty, the lace is camouflaged by the drape, so it’s no big deal.

 

 

 

Detachable floats are an easy, economical way to use a ballgown for two dance styles


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Betty and her teacher Ken plan to dance Standard in the future. Thanks to the matching arm bands, it will be easy to attach the drapes there.

Use hook and eyes to make the floats detachable so the can still be worn for Smooth.

Being the wise woman we know her to be, Betty requested extra material from the dressmaker specifically to make floats when she needs them.

Iridescent organza ... one of my favorite skirt fabrics


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My personal favorite feature of this ballgown is the skirt, which is three layers of lightweight, iridescent organza.

I love iridescent organza and chiffon (georgette)! It's light, soft, and looks beautiful on the dance floor. The organza is a little delicate to sew and steam press, but for me, it's worth the effort.

The iridescence also works with the rhinestones to make the dress extra shimmery and eye-catching. 

Watch the video for details!

Be sure to leave a comment below telling me what your favorite item on Betty's dress is!

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