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Dark flounce on a lighter skirt?
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Date: 2/11/12 7:37 PM

I will soon be starting on a new ballgown and the design has had my mind going around in circles (counter-clockwise aka line-of-dance ) .

You can see the colours here The body of the gown will be the glittery pink, the white will be the underskirts and the darker purple will be an accent for the neckline, waist and maybe the bottom of the dress. The paler pink will be the floats.

I have really been thinking about putting either a flounce or a band of the darker colour on the bottom of the dress and possibly copying the glitter pattern onto it in rhinestones. I am just not sure if the total effect will make me look shorter. If you scroll down a bit, you will see that my DH is a good foot taller than me - not ideal! One of my main tasks, aside from looking gorgeous and dancing like a dream is to look bigger. Yes, this is directly from our coach.

What is the verdict on a dark band of colour for a petite? No guarantee I will follow the advice, of course, but it is a good place to start.

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Date: 2/11/12 7:59 PM

beautiful.

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Date: 2/13/12 7:48 PM

Thanks skae - really no other opinions? would a darker band on the bottom of a full length gown make a short person such as myself look shorter? Come on - I know you are aching to tell me!

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Date: 2/13/12 7:54 PM

If the flounce is small, let's say, smaller than 8cm or so, then I'd say it would be okay. But if it were larger, then I would think it would divide you up too much and make you look shorter. You might even want to put a thin sliver of the upper fabric as a trim on the edge of the flounce.

Okay, there's my opinion... ;-)

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Date: 2/13/12 8:04 PM

Thanks Miss Fairchild! I like that idea. Another option is to rhinestone the heck out of the very bottom edge which would make interesting movement, as well. I agree that it definitely can't be too wide. and now I am thinking that the waist detail might be best narrow as well. Not as narrow as piping, which wouldn't show up on the dance floor, but maybe an inch or so. The nice thing is that these details can all be laid over the basic dress, so I can pin, baste and gaze at them thoughtfully before making a final decision.

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Date: 2/13/12 8:30 PM

Okay, I'll blurt it out. I think it will cut you off a bit. I was going to throw it out there last night but I figured if you love the look that that is important also. And, nothing is going to make you look as tall as your husband.

What I was really wondering is. Will the dark band at the bottom of the dress muddy up and confuse your foot motion (from the judges viewpoint) with your husband's dark pant bottoms and dark shoes. And/or, will the darker flounce reduce the appearance of any crispness in your foot action when you reach a point in your dance to show that off.

Truly, I'm thinking vertical and was wondering if you could start at your shoulder line, and cross at your back keeping the accent fabric tight and then let it loose from mid-back or so in a shape that causes the ends to mimic the ends of your float.

If that doesn't appeal, I wondered if you could accent the underskirts, but again, not in a band, for the same reasons as above. Envisioning an underskirt accent that will appear much like an unfolding flower as you swirl and reveal the underskirt.

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Date: 2/14/12 0:25 AM

If you are rhinestoning that bottom edge be careful how much you do -- if it gets too heavy you will lose a lot of the movement and flow you are going for. Ask me how I learned to watch for that -- making a detailed skating dress skirt twice because I over-rhinestoned it the first time around.

I think a bottom band would be fine as long as it is not too wide

Looking forward to seeing your next creation.

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Date: 2/14/12 8:17 AM

I'd be careful with the rhinestones on the bottom edge because they will cause movement and be too sparkly; thereby distracting the judges from what you are doing.

If you want to look taller and want rhinestones, why not a stripe or a color blocked side bodice? Something with a wide piece leading down from the shoulder to the hem. I'm getting the picture of some figure skating outfits.

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Date: 2/14/12 10:09 AM

Ah - now we are getting creative - great! It is really a fun stage because the sky is the limit.

As far as confusing the judges goes, that is all in the plan. Costuming is completely geared to visually eliminate as many errors as possible, believe it or not. One friend has often said she wants to wear one black, elbow length glove so they wouldn't see her incorrect hand position against her partner's black suit. She hasn't done it, but it is totally legal. One of the reasons the women wear flesh toned shoes is to that they blend in with the floor and legs, making the legs look longer and "fooling" the judges. Of course, they are never, ever fooled, at least not for long.

I am excited to get started on this dress, even though I haven't yet worn the most recent one. The process is so much fun!

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Date: 2/14/12 10:43 AM

Okay, the old fool the eye..............
When I was competing in mixed racquetball leagues, I did the same thing. If I wore a shirt that was the same color as the ball it could cause the ball to be visually lost for just a flash. And, when competing with the guys, wearing a shirt with some loud graphic on it usually distracted them just a bit.

Say, tourist, I'm long past competing, maybe I should send you the 'So good you'll slap your mamma' Corky's Ribs t-shirt that I used to wear for tournaments. Incorporate that in your underskirts and it would distract the judges for sure

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