Ballroom Dance > Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by musicbrain, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    I have no suggestions for you, but it reminds me of when my 30 year old ridiculously fit pro was helping me pick out dresses. He's great at it, but not necessarily aware of all concerns such as this. After I asked several questions about one dress on me, he, getting somewhat perplexed, asked, "what exactly are you concerned about?" Me: "Fat rolls showing on back." Him, after carefully checking it out under several different situations: "It's fine." Gotta love the guy.
     
  2. s2k

    s2k Well-Known Member


    Girl, this struggle is REAL for me, too. In this case, can you find a nude leo to wear under this?

    http://motionwear.com/boatneck-leotard-2110/

    Discount Dance is a good place to search, too.
     
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  3. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Nude bodysuit underneath may work. I am thinking of the very lightweight ones they sell for ballet undergarments. Then you would not need to do any alterations to the dress.

    Otherwise a small float attached near each shoulder and draping down the back could work.
     
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  4. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    If a leotard, I'm wondering about black instead of nude. Either a simple camisole leotard in a fabric similar to the dress that scoops to mid-back (since your upper back looks fine), or a leotard with a mesh or lace back. (I'm not fully confident in this; I'd have to see it.) I could also imagine Joe's criss-cross strap idea across the bottom, either lacing or elastic straps.
     
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  5. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Straps may make it worse, depending on the arrangement. I like the low scoop leotard idea, to still show the upper back. Could work with nude, black, or mesh perhaps.
     
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  6. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    Like this one? (I just image googled "mesh back leotard".) Though maybe too low.

    136-Allegra-Leotard-Back-closeup-on-grey.jpg
     
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  7. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    Or maybe one float-like piece of chiffon, attached to both shoulders and draped like a cowl back?
     
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  8. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    Oops, too late to edit -- @raindance, I just re-read yours and realized that this was probably what you meant. When I first read yours, I pictured two small floats, one from each shoulder.
     
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  9. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    I dreamed about this the other night and dream me thought about the leotard too!!

    My concern is then that the upper back "keyhole" would look weird and out of place because it's too small.

    I like the leotard that comes to a point...that's pretty cool.
     
  10. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    The difficulty with the leotard as well is that this is the front of the dress: the mesh is a big PITA that's for sure. 15050331_10209938953884596_1571464143_n.jpg
     
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  11. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    I think a short cowly float would be lovely.
     
  12. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    waiting for Joe to say: "just wear it backwards..." :D
     
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  13. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    The ballet undergarment leos sometimes have low neckline, lowish cut in the back, and spagetti straps, which may work under that mesh top. You also might be able to trim the leo (e.g. drop the front neckline) so the parts in the way no longer show. It may take trying a few on to figure out if it would work.

    The float option may be simplest, and give a cleaner look.
     
  14. Sania

    Sania Well-Known Member

    Sheer black bodysuit underneath? One with a higher back so there's no keyhole opening at all…
     
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  15. Sania

    Sania Well-Known Member

    By the way, the dress otherwise looks great on you!
     
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  16. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Well, that would solve one problem!
     
  17. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    I would just sew a piece of nude mesh(or maybe even lycra) across the back like a control panel. It would only be two seams to unpick before returning it.
     
  18. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

  19. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    Across the whole back, or just the bottom bit?
     
  20. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    I think I would put it across the whole back, to fill the big oval space. Not sure a smaller piece would do the job.
     

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