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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Yes I think I will watch some videos. I can tell from last few lessons that it's wise not to have any loose drapey bits with all the twirling and changes in hold. Don't want to get all tangled up!
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Right. I thought it was something like that. Good idea to save some remnants too. Thanks
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    After taking international standard for a year, I recently started dancing smooth. I'm looking at fabrics and thinking of designs etc. and i was wondering what the basic differences are in dress between the two styles. Is it just fewer underskirts and no floats?
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    I have used the spray fabric paint to change colour of satin shoes and it was easy. I wouldn't use it on fabric though. I use the rit dye which turns out well. For synthetic fabrics that won't take the rit dye I use the rit dye-more.
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    Planning for 2018!

    That's lucky for those in the east. Here in Calgary there's not many. Even fewer for pro am. 2 or 3 per year I think
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    Dizzy during Swing Outs

    I sympathise.. I am deaf and now have a cochlear implant which is great because I can hear the music but my messed up inner ears take issue with the spinning.
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    Unconventional Dance Music

    I haven't been on the scene long enough to know whether it's unconventional or not, but at our tech class we dance rumba technique to Autumn Leaves by Cecile Bredie.
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    After talking to my daughter, who also said the same thing, I decided I would wear the shoes round the house. I really didn't want to return them as I love the look of the shoe. Fortunately, my daughter takes maybe a half size smaller than me so even if I still felt they were too tight after...
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    Two countries, divided by a common langauge

    This reminded me of an occasion a couple of weeks ago when my daughter asked me to go to the store as she needed thongs. I texted her back and said, just to clarify, are we talking knickers or flip flops?
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    I got the Flavia. I If they just had a little bit more room in the front strappy part.... I am considering wearing them about the house with socks, to see if they will adapt just a tiny bit.
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    After much trying on, and thoughts of attempting to stretch, I have decided to return mine. While the size 4 is perfect in length, I think I need a little more width in the strappy front.
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    Oh thanks, I will try that.
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    I was reading on one of the dance shoe sites that method of stretching shoes by putting a Ziploc bag of water in the shoes then putting them in the freezer so the water would freeze and expand.... As my new ones are a bit snug around the front I was going to try this. Has anyone done this? If...
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    IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

    So my shoes arrived today from IDS. As I said, after questioning back and forth and sending actual measurements of my foot width and length, I ordered the UK size 4 as recommended. Surprisingly, they are a good fit (tiny bit snug around the straps perhaps). Length is perfect. In Canada I wear...