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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Hi Datitmarsh! I don’t dance smooth so I am by no means qualified to answer your question but my general understanding is that the skirts on smooth dresses tend to be designed to have super swirl factor when in (?) open holds? Therefore tend to have less layers, be of a heavier fabric and have...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Hello all! Hope everyone’s still happily dancing and sewing! I’m still (6 months on) making my standard dress and I’m finally up to the hem!! Hurraaah! I’m usually one to start and never finish a project so I’m chuffed that I’m still hanging on. Anyways.. I just have a quick question... I’ve...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Amazing! Thank you!! Last question I promise!! Was it composed of two "full" bodysuits? I.e one layer with both a neckline and the crotch bit and one layer with the neckline and underskirts? That has been what I was thinking but I had thought it might make the seam finish around the neckline a...
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    Dementia at the Studio

    I work in healthcare and this is DEFINITLEY always a grey area. Although I agree with what everyone has said regarding the prevention of harm to others as being of priority I am also sure that many of your clients would say your class/social is the highlight of their week and the getting 'out...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Thank you @flying_backwards! I'm so happy to discover that I'm not the only one to have had petticoat peeping jitters! I'm just wondering how the cylinder was attached to the body suit? At the waist or hips? And sewn on wrong side of cylinder to right side of body suit, or right side to right...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    @SwingingAlong @jiwinco @flying_backwards Thank you so much for your help. :):) It is great to have found you all!!!
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Thank you for the welcome Raindance! I wish I could see some dresses in person but I probably won't get to any competitions till later in the year and I'm too scared to ask my teacher because I have a strong inkling she'll say something sensible but unhelpful like "don't worry about that now...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Also I'm not sure if this is common knowledge (being a absoulte novice) but I found the Christine Clover website a total resource. Under "sponsored couples" if you click on one of the couples there is a is a few dress sketches with notes on construction - how many half circle godets etc!! I...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Hi all! My first forum post - eek! I'm about to start my first standard dress but having not seen a "real" ballroom dress in the flesh I'm a little mystified about how the underskirts attach. I am planning on having a skirt of 3-4 layers. The first two as godets sewn as one layer to the Vs of...