Let’s talk about a round tummy! …. Are you thinking, “Do we really have to?”
History of a round tummy
The classic, Renaissance female tummy is round and voluptuous signifying health and virility.
Today, that same tummy (belly) shape is one of the things we women love to hate about ourselves because much of the media in our the global, first-world society says that we should all have pancake-flat tummies.
In active sports such as competitive Skate, Dancesport and Country events, our bodies are always on display and critiqued no matter what the level of dance or skate.
(Ugh, this means we need to look as good as we can in our costumes no matter what our performance level.)
Do I think we dancers and skaters should have strong abdominal muscles?
Yes, I do; we perform better when in good physical condition. However, sometimes even the leanest, strongest woman can have a round belly she wishes she could get rid of.
In a nutshell: (on average) the curvier the woman, the larger the belly. This means it is even more important to camouflage the body parts you consider negative so the body curves you like can be highlighted.
Can I make a round tummy look flat?
Is this possible?
In today’s video I show you an easy way to camouflage that round, fluffy belly so it looks flatter and slimmer – no matter what size or shape it is.
I also share a few of my favorite sewing hacks and fitting techniques. Many times over the decades did I use these tips on ballroom dance and skating clients to help them look slimmer and feel better in their competition dress so they perform their best.
Look at the photo to the right. It is the same dress as the photo above, which was taken during the first fitting. The skirt is WAY too tight around her tummy which makes it look very pronounced. I dare say it is the first thing you see when you look at the photo…. What woman wants that?
To remedy the situation and make her tummy look more flat, I added and extra skirt panel to this flared skirt. Like magic, the additional looseness around the waist and hips makes her tummy look flatter.
(P.S. This blog was originally publish April, 2018. It was updated with more text and photos January, 2023.)
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Fitting and sewing hacks for a flat looking belly
1) Want an easiest, inexpensive, no-sew hacks so you can feel better and help your tummy look flatter?
Cut the waistband on your hose, opaques or tights.
Yes, I am serious!
Cut that damn thing. It is uncomfortable to wear and not figure- flattering.
Look at the difference in the blue dress on the left and the silver dress on the right! Blue dress waistband is bumpy. the silver dress waistband is nice and smooth.
Check out this blog post for details on how to cut the waistband without destroying your hose, tights or opaques: How To Snip A Waistband For A Smoother Look.
2) What if you bought a dance or skate costume at a great price, but it needs altering to make the skirt look flattering on your tummy?
If this is the case, finish checking out this blog and then visit a different blog of mine with fitting and sewing hacks for camouflaging a round tummy and loosening a skirt that is too short and too tight: Latin Dance Skirt Alterations to Fix a Short Tight Skirt.
3) Check out my Pinterest boards for more costume ideas that may help you look and feel your best in your ballroom, Country or skate dresses ... and share this post with all your dancing, skating, sewing friends!
Be sure to watch the video below for more details. It is short, but will knock your knickers off. 🙂
4) Lastly, all the tips and techniques I share with you apply to all types of Ballroom, Latin, Country and Skate costumes - no matter what size or shape the tummy is. In this case, this fitting and sewing hack also applies to evening gowns and other formal wear and other every day street clothes.
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