Decorating Your Dance Costume
Dance costumes have to serve two functions - be stunning and be easy to move in! With all the baubles and beads, how do you move? Simple, "spot sew" on as much as possible. Not great at hand sewing? You other option is using a good adhesive and gluing on in pieces. Don't be afraid of a little needle and thread - it's not rocket science! If your trims are sewn on or glued on all the way around your outfit, it is going to limit the amount of stretch that outfit can give. For example, sometimes it's better to glue on individual rhinestones than to use a rhinestone banding on a spaghetti strap. If it's at all possible, stuff a small pillow or a towel down in your garment to stretch it about as much as you would if it were on you. Ideally, use a mannequin! But everyone doesn't have access to one, so your options are stuffing with a towel. This also helps hold it up for you to work on. If you are gluing, be sure to put a piece of saran wrap between the towel and your costume to keep from gluing the two together. If all else fails, buy the fabric and trims that you want and take your idea to a professsional seamstress who can make your dream a reality! If you are having a hard time finding a local seamstress, call a dry cleaner, they usually know one. Or call Mrs. Darlene at Glitz & Glamour- she's dressed the best for nearly 40 years!
Step One: Whether making it yourself or having someone do the deed, you must choose your fabric first. Choose wisely. Don't skimp on the fabric, it's the most important part of the costume. What's your dance theme? What kind of movement do you need? What style of dance are you going to do? What song are you using? What season is it? Lots of factors determine what would be your best color. After all, dance is an art and the costume is a vital part of the dance.
Now that you know what color you want, what type of material will you make your costume from? Super Stretch is a heavy weight lycra which is good if you are doing a very active routine, such as acrobatics or gymnastics. Another option is two-way stretch lycra, slightly lighter weight that super stretch, but is easier to fit because it gives in both directions. Stretch velvet is a beautiful option for both stretch and style. We also have nude stretch nylon mesh and dyeable power mesh. Visit our fabric page to view all of the styles and colors or dance fabrics sold at Glitz & Glamour.
Step Two: Decorate! This is the fun part - but where do you start? If you're decorating on a budget, put your money in the fabric because you can decorate at whatever price range you want. Of course, maximum pop comes from Swarovski rhinestones. But you can also get a big wow factor from sequn appliques and beade trims. Appliques cover more area, are easy to work with, and give tons of sparkle! When you are under the lights, you almost cannot do better than sequins. If you are wearing tights, colored or nude, you can get an inexpensive bag of flatback rhinestones and glue them on sparsely for extra sparkle. This is a great way to add bling for about $7. We recommend Glitz & Glamour's signature beading glue because the staying power is unmatched. We specialize is stage and competition and all of our products are specifically designed with stage in mind.
Glitz & Glamour has sequinned appliques, beaded appliques (that includes bugle beads), rhinestone appliques, and beaded lace appliques. These appliques don't stretch, but if you "spot sew" them on, your costume will still stretch and give when you dance. We also have stretch rhinestone banding in white, clear, and black and you can choose from Crystal Rhinestones or AB Crystal Rhinestones in the settings. If you have questions on how to sew on stretch rhinestone banding, call Mrs. Darlene at 731-427-9116 or email her for instructions.
All that is left to do is accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! You can make your own custom accessories such as chokers, headbands, and har bows using the same trims, laces, and rhinestones you used on your costume. Or you can select from the ready made line of rhinestone jewelry we carry at GlitzOnline.com. Don't forget your glass slippers!
Are you proud of your creation or decoration job? Send us a photo for our gallery! If you make dresses or costumes for others, don't forget to send us your contact info to place with your photo! It's free advertising!
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