Now that I have finished my latin dress (see the post here) my next major project is a ballroom dress. This is quite a step up in complexity from anything I’ve ever really done before. But I don’t really want to spend a ridiculous amount of money buying a custom made dress nor do I want to get a cheaply made dress, so a steep learning curve and hopefully the outcome will be a well made dress for a significantly smaller price tag. I also have a little bit of a challenge since I am going up to intermediate level on the dance circuit next year which means I can wear open dress, the uni circuit starts at the end of October/beginning of November… So ideally I have until then to design and construct my ballroom dress… eeeek!
So this is the first post in a series which will hopefully guide you through my discovery of ballroom dress designs and my (hopefully successful) journey to making my first ballroom dress!
and now onto the actual inspiration…I actually have to say that a lot of the dresses that I have seen online I haven’t really liked that much. It seems that feathers and adornments are quite fashionable and I really don’t want any of them!
|image source: http://dress.danceplaza.com/DATA/73/74273_1_gallery.jpg
So many feathers! I’d feel like a bird dressed in this! And there are some crazy coloured dresses out there. Pretty much ever crazy colour combination you can think of there will be a dress out there made with it.
Dresses that I like more are some of the following.
seahunter ebay store
This dress has a lovely binding on the bottom of it. The crinoline (or horsehair braid) gives it more body. Nice use of patterned fabric as well. Although I’m not such a fan of the sleeves/floats.
|image source: Seavex ebay store
Another use of crinoline binding on the hem of this dress although it is a thinner crinoline and there is a significantly longer hemline. Not sure if I like this style quite so much.
The colour would definitely be noticeable on the floor though…
|image from http://designstoshine.com/ballgowns/b13124-isle-de-mint/
|image source: swanstudioau ebay store
|image from fioreballroomdesigns