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Date: 7/25/12 9:14 AM

I have recently taken up Ballroom Dance and am eager to begin designing and sewing my first dress. I am swimming in new water here and need some direction. Where can I find patterns and resource materials to help me with all the pitfalls I may encounter? Any advice would be most welcome!

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Date: 7/25/12 10:40 AM

Welcome dtauro! Are you looking at competing? Competition gowns are a lot of fun to sew and are endlessly fascinating to design. I use the Kwik Sew Actionwear patterns as a starting point and franken-pattern, morph and generally wing it for the rest.

My blog shows the last few gowns I have made and Laura Lagassa's page has a ton of great info. I am always happy to talk ballgonws!

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http://bgballroom.wordpress.com to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

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Date: 7/25/12 10:46 AM

Thank you tourist! Yes, eventually I think competition is the way I will go. I think once I find some good patterns for practice wear and some dresses, hopefully I will get the ideas for what I want to sew!

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Date: 7/25/12 11:47 AM

My practice skirt is just a Kwik Sew 8 gore pull on skirt. Almost any knit skirt pattern will work. I like wicking athletic tops for practice, but it depends somewhat on your practice venue. Some studios prefer a more "dressed up" look. For social dancing it is pretty easy to find RTW that works. Just make sure there is leg room so you can really swing and so your partner doesn't get bound up when trying to step between your feet.

But mostly - have fun!

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