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I’m sort of a beginner so I’m not good enough to start making my own stuff yet, but I’d like to make a dress or a skirt that’s suitable for casual social dancing. I do a lot of social dancing like waltz, foxtrot etc. where i do a lot of gentle as well as fast spins and turns. Ideally, I want a skirt or dress that looks casual, but has flares just about enough; I’ve found that stretchy rayon A-line skirts tend to flare up too much and show underwear, whereas a lot of other material don’t spin well. Also, dress and skirts patterns are often the wrong style for dancing, and the rest tend to look like performance dancing outfits. So I’m sort of at a loss of which pattern and what material is best. Can anybody recommend a good pattern for this sort of outfit? Thanks.


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    Feb 24, 2011, 12.17 PMby sewingfan1

    silks would sway a lot and look lovely with spins. You could always weigh the hem down a bit with something if you were worried about it flaring up too much.

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    Feb 24, 2011, 07.07 PMby katensew

    I do a lot of dancing too – very often at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool ! One idea to preserve your modesty is to line a full skirt with a less full lining – so you have the benefit of the full skirt for movement, and the lining prevents " clinging". Full circular skirts , gored skirts, asymetrical skirts using polyester/ silky type fabrics really are floaty, whereas cottons or poly/cottons give a bit more weight or lightweight knitted fabrics don’t crease too badly. You don’t require a pattern for a circular skirt ( I think instructions are somewhere on this site ) if not ask me to help. Also full circular skirts look good with a net petticoat, making a feature of what’s beneath when you spin !

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    Mar 14, 2011, 02.41 PMby mickeygirl

    I made a swingy black skirt and wore black bicycling shorts underneath it.

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