Our guest model today is Nancy Smith, a student at 3Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She agreed to model her fringe and lace Dancesport dress just hours before she gets on a plane to compete.
Thanks to Lu Willis, one of my Sew Like A Pro™ members, for arranging my access to film here.
Thanks also to Patsy Hutchens and Darren Fernandez, the owners of 3 Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse. I must say this is possibly the most beautiful ballroom dance studio I have ever seen!
Soft & feminine, yet looks sexy
However, the fringe and lace Dancesport dress featured in today’s video was created by Dore´ Designs.
The bodice is a single layer of flesh mesh covered in pale blue lace, stones and sew-on jewels. Pale blue fringe finishes the dress. (When buying or making a dress, be sure to use a flesh tone that most closely matches your skin color.)
One of my two favorite features of this dress is the ornate “necklace”. It’s large and eye-catching without being tight on the neck.
Nancy says it feels comfortable, though it’s brand new and at the time of filming, she had not competed in it yet.
My second personal favorite is the clever back openings that eliminate the need for a zipper. This keyhole back looks great and is easy to make!
If you have a dress that needs alterations because the zipper is too tight, consider doing multiple openings like this instead of struggling to add extra fabric and a new zipper.
Another great thing about this back is that it’s sexy, yet conservative. You can make the openings as large or as small as you like.
3 ways to change the look
- Cut the fringe… Have fun with this! You can change the angle, the length, or both. You can even cut the fringe every time you wear it until you have a mini-skirt.
- Add sleeves… You’ll want to also add lace, stones and jewels so the sleeves look like they are original to the dress.
- Change the skirt style… Remove the fringe and replace it with an American Smooth skirt or a completely different type of Latin/Rhythm/Skate skirt.
Watch the video for more dress details!
What is your favorite feature on Nancy’s dress?
Would you add sleeves or change the skirt for a different look?
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Thanks again to Nancy for modeling!
Thanks again to Nancy, Patsy Hutchens and Darren Fernandez, at 3 Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse for graciously letting me take up a large corner of the floor while students and teachers danced in the background.
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