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Dance With Me:latin/ballroom dance wear

user-164872 | Posted in Patterns on

I’m desperately searching for patterns like some of the costumes worn in Dance With Me.  I have a competition in 3 weeks!

I have tried the McCalls/Simplicity “design your own” dresses.  However, I really want skirts and tops.  Plus, I want to be able to add beaded fringe, feathers, etc.

Tried PatternReview.com
Searched SewingPatterns.com
Googled the movie and costume designer… UGH!

Does anyone know of any books, patterns, etc?



  1. mygaley | | #1

    Try this site:  The Costumer's Manifesto http://www.costumes.org.  They have some of everything, including a warning that some of the addresses are NOT pg!  They suggest if you're going to be offended, then don't look.  I have found it very useful in sewing mardi gras costumes.  Have fun, Galey

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    Have you looked at Jalie patterns? http://www.jalie.com KwikSew also has some patterns that might work for you. http://www.kwiksew.com Both companies make excellent patterns. They might seem more expensive than McCalls and those but are worth every penny. Have fun at the comp.

  3. mygaley | | #3

    Be sure and send us some pictures of your creation.  Galey

    1. user-164872 | | #4

      Thanks ladies!  I think I'm going to have to make things up myself!  I've been taking patterns and altering them as I see fit.  But doesn't seem to be a lot for salsa or the performance types of costumes.  But, I'm still searching.  I seem to get lost in costumer's manifesto.  so many links.  I'll keep you posted!.

      1. mimi | | #5

        DQ:  I received an email yesterday from Simplicity and they had a dress in their Special Occassion section that might fit your search!  It was fitted through the bodice and had three skirt options:  short and ruffled, assymetrical/full and long/full.

        good luck!


        1. user-164872 | | #8

          Thanks!  I'll check it out!

      2. aliceb | | #6

        Dancing Queen,
        I have links to several sites I've looked at for hints about constructing such costumes. My DD dances west coast swing where all they seem to wear are black pants--but one day she may branch out. Try: http://www.dancesportballgowns.com/sewing.html This gives directions in constructing a dress based on a leotard so the fit can be close and sultry. Although this is a ballroom gown I think the concepts would be adaptable. Seconed is http://www.lagassa.com/gowns/stepbystep.html describes constructing her gown is vivid detail.and finally.... http://www.lagassa.com/gowns/Good luck with your project,

        1. user-164872 | | #7

          Wow - those are amazing links!  Just like what I'm looking for.  Thank you... I have lots of reading to do now. :) Yippie!

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