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Posted by kaiara
5/3/2009  9:40:00 AM
I and my friends sew. I cannot afford a professionally made gown.

But I can follow a pattern.

Is there a source of patterns for basic ballroom style gowns?

For practice, and so that I am comfortable in a skirt of some length, I own several simple ones that I wear every day, which I find has taught me some interesting lessons on how a skirt hangs when going up stairs if your posture is good vs if it is bad! LOL!!

Anyway, anyone know where patterns can be found? I don't find much in the regular pattern books.

Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
5/3/2009  9:47:00 AM
There is some information on the web but you really need to understand your fabric and costume sewing, etc. Take a look and/or invest in Dancesport Ballgowns (Gown Construction Manual). Their patterns that come with the manual are my primary source for most of my dress patterns. It also gives you insight as to how to do alot of the things you may want to decorate with as well. Also, DancesportImage (laura LaGasse?) has a blog as to her personal experience on construction and patterns of dresses. Good Luck.
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
5/3/2009  10:43:00 AM
Thankyou, this is most helpful and I will see what I can do about ordering this manual.

The second recommendation had a suggested book to find too.

This is very useful!
Re: Patterns
Posted by belleofyourball
5/3/2009  11:38:00 PM
One of the large sewing comapnies has patterns specifically for basic ballroom dresses.

I believe it is McCalls. I will check to be sure tomorrow. I know it isn't Vogue, they are my favorite patterns for all things. Could be Buttericks. Like I said, I'll go look in my patterns tomorrow and let you know.

Good luck with sewing.
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
5/4/2009  5:57:00 AM
I will have to go look for these. Part of my difficulty is that I do not have a typical body shape, and rarely are the commercial patterns designed for an hour glass that is short and very full.

Commercial patterns usually have to be totally redone in the bust and adjusted for a short waist.

But between the advice for the DVD manual and a couple of nice patterns, I should be able to manage a reasonable gown and go from there.

What I really want is the red dress from the dance scene in "The Wedding Planner" with a scoop neck and long sleeves....I LOVE that dress! Given time, I will make a dress based on that inspiration.
Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
5/4/2009  6:21:00 AM
Then Laura's blog on her experience (passionate sewer and ballroom dancer) will definately help you (dancesport image) as she takes you through her experience of costume making from commercial patterns. Also, Laura is addresses how to fit, change, etc. My first recommendation of the manual with patterns will more than likely be what you want. I've also made commercial patterns into costumes, I just prefer the first recommendation I made to your question as I'm a size 12 but short waisted. Experiment first - with your first shot at making a costume (use material that is similiar but that you don't care about) and then adjust your pattern. I have found that a "body" stand has been an invaluable tool. Good luck and happy sewing!
Re: Patterns
Posted by Meg
6/4/2009  7:12:00 AM
With regards to the manual you talked about: I have been meaning to buy this manual. But only do latin dance and don't want to waste money on the manual if it only covers ballroom dresses. If anyone has the CD, could you tell me what the content of it is, and how much stuff on Latin dresses it covers?

Re: Patterns
Posted by Days&Nights
6/4/2009  1:20:00 PM
Hi Meg (-: The manual/DVD is separate from the patterns. Sold as separate items because some people simply do not require both. I found in mine, a basic princess seamed asymetical latin pattern. Really...once you get the hang of it..you can adjust the pattern and cut the lycra(if your using lycra which is GREAT by the way)to measure or look anyway you want it. My patterns that came to me were princess seam - boat neckline (which I've altered on numerous dresses) a princess seamed halter collar style and the latin asymetrical pattern as part of the ordered pattern package. They are incredibly helpful. And I've been able to adjust my patterns to fit me after making a simple sample. The premise of the manual covers a wide variety of approaches to making a costume from laying out the fabric to putting in a zipper, to bra cups and leotard to decorations and such. I've also used Butterick bathing suit patterns to make latin costumes. Just a thought.
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
6/5/2009  7:49:00 AM
I'm hoping to order the manual today. I am eager to learn to make my own. it looks like fun.

UPDATE: I ordered the manual today, and it was easy enough to do from my hubby's paypal.

I am quite determined to eventually make a dress that looks like the one from the movie The Wedding Planner--the red one from the tango scene--I LOVE that dress.
Re: Patterns
Posted by kaiara
6/10/2009  2:32:00 PM
I got the DVD today, nice clear pictures, straightforward instructions on the special needs of making a dance dress, really appreciate the information on fabric selection.

Most of what this has on it is NOT in any of the sewing books I own, so it is a valuable addition.

Also, I printed the whole thing out and will make a notebook to go with the rest of my sewing materials.

I think I also would like to purchase a pattern from this source, but not just yet. the price of the DVD made hubby wince and I suspect if he saw the information he would say it needed to be longer and more detailed for the price.

I am quite happy with it as it gives me some of the information I have been lacking!!

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