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How To Create A Costume Out Of A Leotard

My name is Cyndi of bdancewear.com and I am going to show you how to take a strapless leotard and turn it into something cute and sassy. So, if you are looking for a look that provides a little bit of coverage on your stomach or you want to create your own look but you are not really comfortable with making a leotard from scratch using a very basic pattern for a leotard or a strapless leotard, you can always buy a leotard and customize it as we are going to do here. So, in this case, I have taken a strapless leotard and created a halter neck but then we also created the cutouts giving it a nice, open, low back. This just might be the project for you if you are looking for something relatively simple to do that is super sassy and super fun. If so, you should go ahead and check out this tutorial.

Supplies:

  1. Strapless leotard
  2. Matching stretch mesh or Lycra
  3. Matching thread
  4. Safety Pins
  5. Straight Pins
  6. Scissors
  7. Tailor’s Chalk, small piece of soap or a
    pen specifically for marking material
  8. Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

Buy a strapless leotard of your choice. If you already have a leotard (more…)

How to Add Fringe to A Dance Skirt or Top

In this demonstration, I am going to show you a very simple way to add fringe to a dance costume. It is much easier than you would think. So if you are looking for some movement out on the dance floor this may be the technique for you.

The thing about sewing with fringe that you want to remember is fringe does not stretch. So if you sew the fringe exactly where you want it to go on the item, the fabric is not going to stretch. This will make it very difficult for the dancer to put the briefs on. So in the case of the briefs with fringe on the waist, it will not stretch. Consequently, you want to remember that when you sew the fringe on you will always want to stretch the fabric as you are sewing the fringe on to the briefs so that the fabric will bounce back and stay in place. That way the dancer can get the item over their head or hips.

Supplies:

  1. Dance Skirt, Briefs or Tank Top
  2. Fringe
  3. Thread to Match Fringe
  4. Pins
  5. Scissors
  6. Yardstick
  7. Sewing Machine
  8. Rhinestones optional

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

Naturally, the first step is to choose the garment you are (more…)

Add Ruffles To A Dance Skirt Or Dress

Today, I am going to show you how to put a ruffle on a skirt. This technique also works on other garments, including gloves. It is a great look if you are want to give your costume a Latin vibe. If you want a little bit of flair, a little bit of sassiness, adding a ruffle may be the perfect thing for you.

Supplies:

  1. Skirt, Dress or Other Garment
  2. Material for Ruffle, preferably
    a stretchy material
  3. Matching Thread
  4. Measuring Tape
  5. Pins
  6. Scissors
  7. Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

Choose the skirt, dress or other garment that you want to add a ruffle to.

Next, pick the material that you want to use for the ruffle. . I have chosen to use a stretch mesh. Because the mesh is stretchy, I do not have to worry about the bias. But if you want to use a different type of fabric that does not stretch, you will want to cut the ruffles on the bias.

  1. Cutting the ruffle

There are a couple of little tricks before you start that are important to know. First of all, I like to use a ruffle that is between 2 ½ to 3 times the width of the skirt to get a nice (more…)

DIY Crop Top

Hello, I am Cyndi from bdancewear.com. In this demonstration, I am going to show you how to create a crop top out of an existing full size top. So, if you are looking for a top for dance that is a little longer than normal why not use a longer version of the top you want and just cut it down. That way you can make the crop top fit perfectly.

Supplies:

  1. Full Length Top
  2. One Inch Wide Elastic
  3. Matching Thread
  4. Pins
  5. Tailor’s Chalk, Bar of Soap or other sewing marker
  6. Measuring Tape
  7. Yard Stick
  8. Scissors
  9. Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

In this project, the only item you need to choose is the top that you will cut down to create the Crop Top.

  1. Marking the Cutting Line

I have already measured the dancer from the top of the shoulder down to where I want the hem of the top to rest. Remember, you want to make sure that the bottom of the top does not slide up so high that it reveals the bottom of the girl’s bust line when the dancer reaches up,. In this particular case, I came up with 13 inches when I measured her. I then marked the shirt (more…)

Add Ruffles to a Dance Skirt or Dress

Today, I am going to show you how to put a ruffle on a skirt. This technique also works on other garments, including gloves. It is a great look if you are want to give your costume a Latin vibe. If you want a little bit of flair, a little bit of sassiness, adding a ruffle may be the perfect thing for you.

Supplies:

  1. Skirt, Dress or Other Garment
  2. Material for Ruffle, preferably
    a stretchy material
  3. Matching Thread
  4. Measuring Tape
  5. Pins
  6. Scissors
  7. Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

Choose the skirt, dress or other garment that you want to add a ruffle to.

Next, pick the material that you want to use for the ruffle. . I have chosen to use a stretch mesh. Because the mesh is stretchy, I do not have to worry about the bias. But if you want to use a different type of fabric that does not stretch, you will want to cut the ruffles on the bias.

  1. Cutting the ruffle

There are a couple of little tricks before you start that are important to know. First of all, I like to use a ruffle that is between 2 ½ to 3 times the width of the skirt to get a nice (more…)

The Best Dance Bra – The Convertible Bra

Here we are going to show you different ways you can use a Convertible Bra.

Supplies:

  1. Convertible bra
  2. Thread optional
  3. Scissors optional
  4. Broach optional

Directions:

Obviously, the first way you can use the bra just the way it comes with the strap straight up in front and straight down in the back. Other options are listed below:

  1. Arranging Straps in the Front

You also have the option of cinching up the bra at the center in the front by using the little strap that comes with the bra. Create the illusion of two cups by threading the strap behind the center of the bra and tying the strap in a bow in the front center of the bra. You can change the look of the neckline, the “cups” and the center of the bra just by tying the strap tighter or looser. You could leave it in a bow or just knot it and cut off the ends. The material will not fray. Either way, you could hide the knot by tucking it inside the bra where it will not show. Obviously, if you tie it in knot and cut it, you will not be able to use the strap in other ways. Whatever you do, make sure that the (more…)

Turning A Leotard into A Crop Top And A Brief

We are going to show you how to create a bra and a pair of briefs from a leotard. This is a great way to repurpose that leotard that you have outgrown – Turn it into two pieces. You just need some simple sewing skills, some elastic and a sewing machine. It is really easy.

Supplies:

  1. Leotard
  2. Thread to match the leotard
  3. Elastic
  4. Pins
  5. Scissors
  6. Sharpie, tailor’s chalk or a small piece of soap

Directions:

  1. Cutting the Leotard

Put the leotard on the dancer and pin where you want the bottom of the bra to end. You need to consider how far it pulls up when she puts her arms up – you need to make the top long enough that it completely covers her bust when she pulls her arms up. Then give yourself some extra room to be on the safe side. In the demonstration, we put the pin down about an inch below that lowest line.

Lay the leotard flat on the table. You are not going to cut where the pin sits. To allow enough room for the elastic and then turn the fabric over the elastic to cover it, you will need to add another inch.  So, make a little mark about an inch below the pin (more…)

How to Cover Your Belly Button and Love Handles

In this section, we want to show you different ways to cover belly buttons and/or love handles. We will give you ideas on how to use various shapes and how to drape them to look best for your body type.

First, you have to have a bra top and the bottom. If you are using a skirt, then you should sew the piece to the brief or shorts under the skirt. Otherwise, it will pull the skirt up.

Supplies:

  1. Top
  2. Bottom
  3. Fabric of your choice – Often works better with a fabric other than the fabric that is the same as the top and bottom
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Tailor’s chalk or a small piece of soap
  7. Broach, feathers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Choosing Supplies and Materials

First, you have to have a bra top and a bottom that you want to use where you want to cover these trouble spots. If you are using a skirt, then you should sew the piece to the brief or shorts under the skirt. Otherwise, it will pull the skirt up.

You could use material that matches the bra and/or top or that complements the bra or top. You could also use lace, a textured material or a printed material. Choose whatever appeals most to you.

  1. Preparation

Put the garments on the dancer. (more…)

DIY A Circle Skirt

Although the title says, “A Circle Skirt,” we are actually going to show you how to attach the waistband to the skirt. To cut the skirt and waistband, see our video or printed guide DIY Circle Pattern. This skirt is great if you are making a 50’s skirt, a dance skirt, any type of an ice skating skirt, or a long skirt for yourself. It is a really fun technique and is very easy.

Supplies:

  1. Pre-cut skirt
  2. Pre-cut waistband
  3. Scissors
  4. Pins

Directions:

  1. Prepare Waistband

The first thing we are going to do is prepare the waistband.

Fold the waistband in half so that it will end up in a continuous circle. Match the ends and pin them together and then sew this seam preferably with a zig zag stitch. If you have a stretch seam this would be a good time to use it or even better use an overlock machine if you have one. You will be sewing this seam with a ¼” seam allowance.  If your sewing machine will not sew over the pins, you will have to remove them as you go. Give the material a slight tug as you sew so that the stitches will not snap.

After sewing the seam, give it a good tug to (more…)

DIY Circle Skirt Pattern

NOTE:  While the pattern will be made of non-stretch material, you should make the skirt itself out of a stretch fabric such as Lycra.

We are going to show you how to make a pattern for a circle skirt. The circle skirt is perfect for a 50’s costume, for an ice skating skirt, to make a dance skirt, to make an Irish dance skirt and more. It is the same technique for each of them. We even make them long just to wear around every day. They are very comfortable and look great!

This particular circle skirt will have no seams going down the back or sides. The only seams will be where the waistband is sewn together and where the waistband is sewn to the skirt.

Supplies:

  1. Old sheets, old material, etc.
  2. Paper
  3. Measuring Tape
  4. Yard stick
  5. Scissors
  6. Pins
  7. Sharpie, tailor’s chalk or a small piece of soap

Directions:

  1. Determine Dimensions of Skirt

The first thing we need to do is figure out how big a hole you need in the center of the pattern to accommodate the dancer’s waist. So we need to determine the circumference of the hole. The circumference is the measurement around the area where the skirt will sit – either on your waist or on your hips or (more…)