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Bust support is crucial in competition Ballroom, Country and Skate dresses, which is why decorative back straps are a commonly used.

After all, we spin, we bend, we stretch, we move in all sort of ways that do not happen in “real life”.

The catch is that the bust support needs to be attractive because our bodies are on display and always being critiqued by judges, no matter our skill or competition level.

Not to mention that the dresses cost a small fortune (unless you’ve taken my Sew Like A Pro™ course and make your own dress)… Thus, we want to look our best and feel confident at all times!


decorative back straps - this one offers little bust support


Today’s Dress Breakdown features a dress I pulled off one of my Pinterest boards.

This dress has a lot of great design elements for a lean female figure. However, it also has one of my pet peeves — a horizontal bra strap. Ugh.

I chose this dress so I could offer examples of how to change this unattractive, unsupportive, dainty bra into something that looks great plus gives a lift to larger breasted women.



If you’re a Latin/Rhythm dancer or a skater, don’t let the ballgown skirt scare you away from watching the video!

The principles I demonstrate apply to every type of Dancesport, Country and Skate dresses. Salsa dresses too.

Check out the video below to find out my design inspiration and breast support objective in creating the four new decorative back straps:

Which is your favorite placement?   Leave a comment at the bottom of the page!



decorative back straps offer beautiful bust support







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