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How to Make Fringe From Lycra

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create fringe from Lycra. It is a great thing if you want a different look, a fun look. It is something you can add to a current bathing suit to make it a fun, flirty bathing suit that you see all over the place. The fringe could also be used on T-shirts, blouses, jackets, and pants. The use of this fringe is only limited by your imagination.

The fringe could be added to any garment you want. It could be used at the neck (rounded or V-neck), the bottom of a T-shirt or blouse. It would also work placed across the chest or the end of sleeves. It could even be used on a pair of pants. Really, the uses are limited only to your imagination. You could use it on any fabric that would go with the Lycra but does not run. The fringe could match or coordinate with whatever article of clothing you want to use.


  1. Lycra
  2. Bra, top or other garment
  3. Pins
  4. Scissors
  5. Ruler or straight edge
  6. Tailor’s Chalk or bar of soap


  1. Choosing Your Materials

First, you need to choose the garment that you want to put the (more…)

DIY Skirt That is Draped in the Front and Flows in Back

I was recently asked how to create a draped front while keeping the back long. This is a great look if you want to show the long length of your legs. It is still soft and pretty and yet really dramatic. This is really simple to do, really easy and really elegant out on the dance floor.


  1. Skirt – style of your choice
  2. Thread to match skirt
  3. Pins
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Scissors


  1. Choosing Your Materials

There are several skirt styles to choose from. If you use a High-Low Skirt, it is longer in the back than in the front. It will give you a nice drape in the front without a lot of excess material in the front and a beautiful long skirt in the back. It is a very pretty, elegant and dramatic look. If you want a shorter skirt that still has a drape in front,  you could choose a circle skirt. A circle skirt would make the back part shorter. However, if you do not want as much flow and as much drape, you could use an angle skirt.  Choosing the skirt you want to use will depend totally on the look you want to achieve.

  1. Pinning the pleats

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DIY Poodle Skirt

This section will show you how to make the iconic poodle skirt from the 1950’s, including how to make the poodle appliqué. The original poodle skirt was a wide, circular felt skirt- the wider the better – with a poodle design which was also made of felt. The technique used to make the poodle appliqué can also be used for other designs. Although the poodle design is the most recognized design, they often used flamingoes, flowers or hot rods in addition to the poodle design.


  1. Circle skirt
  2. Material for poodle
  3. Thread
  4. Printed picture of poodle – cartoonish
    in nature or like in a coloring book
  5. Black fabric paint
  6. Scissors
  7. Pins
  8. Rhinestones
  9. String of white pearls for collar and leash (optional)


  1. Choosing Skirt

Although the original poodle skirt from the 1950’s was made of felt, you could use other materials of your choice. Choose a circle skirt that reaches your knees unless you are looking for a sassy look and then you could pick a short skirt in which case you could pick a shorter one. If you can sew, you could make an easy circle skirt. We have other videos that show how to make a pattern for a circle skirt and how (more…)

June Dancer of the Month

DancerJailyn Montgomery has been named BDancewear’s Dancer of the Month for June. Jailyn describes herself as a blessed, passionate and hardworking dancer. She has loved to dance since she was nine years old. She also loves to sing and act. Before dance, she was in soccer and had a lot of school activities. Jailyn says that she absolutely loves her mom’s tacos, ice cream and animals and absolutely hates animal cruelty. She is a straight “A” student and works very hard to always do her best. Jailyn loves her family, friends and, most of all, she loves God. Her hobbies are doing art and going outdoors, but the activity she loves most is dancing everyday with her friends.

She has always been very athletic. Her love for dance was ignited by watching Dance Moms. Jailyn and her sister used to practice the techniques they saw on Dance Moms and they would try to perform the tricks they saw the girls on the show execute. Jailyn said her mom eventually put both Jailyn and her sister in dance classes and Jailyn found that dance came very natural to her. According to Jailyn, today she could never imagine not having dance in her life (more…)

Hannah Justice – Dancer of the Week

Hannah Justice has been chosen as our Dancer of the Week. Hannah is an 11 year old dancer on Hannah Performingthe Junior Elite Competitive Dance Team at Bourn Academy of Dance in Green, Ohio. She describes herself as a compassionate, humble and fun-loving person who enjoys having everyone as her friend! Hannah has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh! She is also passionate about her dancing. She is dedicated to making herself better each time she dances. Every time she looks in the mirror during dance practice, she sees her true competition – herself! She considers herself as her true competition! Hannah is determined to always give more than she thought was possible for her to give; to achieve one step higher than the goals she set for herself. Hannah has a quote that she would like to share: Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost.

Hannah started dancing when she was very little. She would dance around the house and perform for her family. Her favorite show was about a white mouse who loved dancing, Angelina Ballerina. Hannah wanted to be a ballerina just like Angelina so at 3 years of age Hannah began dancing at (more…)

March Dancer of the Month

March Dancer of the MonthBDancewear’s Dancer of the Month for March, 2015, is Remy Thompson. Remy is 14 years old and has been dancing since she was three. Not only is she an accomplished dancer, she is also an Honor Roll Student. She has received all A’s in honors classes at Robert E. Lee High School!

Remy started dancing at the age of three in a recreational program and has been dancing ever since. For the last eight years she has been dancing competitively at Strictly Rhythm. Remy has won many first place, high scores and titles at competitions. Her recent “happiest moment” dancing was on March 14, 2015 when she won the title of Miss Teen Believe at the Believe competition.

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She found the booty shorts she bought from BDancewear to be very comfortable and pretty. She bought a pair of pink booty shorts and a pair of black booty shorts. She uses the pink booty shorts with one of her costumes and uses the black booty shorts for daily rehearsals at Strictly Rhythm. She says that “their customer service is beyond exemplary!!”

Remy’s goal for this year is to perform her absolute best whether she wins or not!!  She hopes to attend Pace University in New (more…)

7 Ways to DIY Your Dance Costume

In this video/article we are going to show you 7 tips you can use to make your own dance costume, saving you money and giving you a unique look that no one else will have.  DIYing your own dance costume is not only fun, but with just a few simple techniques you can make costumes that look like it should cost you hundreds of dollars and it will cost you almost nothing.  You can either watch the video or read the article below, but make sure you read/watch it all the way through because these techniques work really well together.

1. Adding a Broach

Adding a broach is a simple way to add some flair to your costume.  Adding a broach allows you to do a number of different things, such as pinching in parts of your costume, hiking up one side of a skirt and of course adding a beautiful broach to your already awesome costume.   When you do use a broach you will want to make sure that you add some glue to it or clamp it down, to make sure that it doesn’t fall off.  For the full video on all the ways you can Add a Broach click here.

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What are booty shorts?

Booty shorts are a very common item among all types of dancers, cheerleaders, athletes and anyone that is active.  They can be worn everyday (weather permitting), due to how comfortable they are, but they originally became popular as active wear for girls.  Booty shorts are perfect to be worn by themselves or under other items such as skirts to hide keep what needs to be covered covered.  This style of shorts is popular do to both how comfortable they are and the freedom it allows its wearer.  Specifically they are shorts that have an elastic band that goes around the waist and they extends down just below the wearers butt.
What makes Booty Shorts better than other shorts?
This type of short is perfect for anyone who wants to wear something that is social conscious with out sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.  They have become very fashionable in the last 10 years, and are a necessary item for all cheerleaders and dancers.  For dancers specifically they are a very versatile piece of dance wear, as they can be worn by themselves or as an undergarment.  Many dancers choose to wear these types of shorts by themselves and pair them with a (more…)

4 Tips on Buying Jazz Pants

Jazz pants are an integral part of any dancer’s wardrobe, and picking the right pair for your performance or practice is an important decision.  After spending hundreds of hours practicing your routine, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than spectacular when it comes to the clothing you will be wearing on stage.  In this article we are going to outline how to pick out the perfect dancewear for your performance, and what makes a great pair of Jazz Pants.

  1. The Perfect Cut
When you select any item of clothing how the item is cut, and how it fits the body is a crucial part.  Snug in the thighs and waist, jazz pants flair out from the knee down, giving a look of balance and insuring comfort.  Jazz pants help to give a look of symmetry, by balancing out the body.  These pants are also usually tight fitting so the audience or your dance teacher can properly see what both your hips and legs are doing throughout the dance.  
  1. The Perfect Fabric
Jazz pants usually come in either cotton or lycra, but like any piece of dancewear they can come in a number of different fabrics.  Cotton is a fairly typically used fabric and (more…)