Design Dance Costumes For A Live Parade Performance


If you are going to be dancing on a float in a parade this spring and are responsible for designing the costumes that you and your fellow performers will be wearing, the garments should be already assembled or fairly easy to construct if you are a novice sewer. Basic costumes will stand out and attract the viewers of the parade by choosing bright-colored fabric and securing chainette fringe to sleeves, necklines, or hems. 

Choose The Costume Style

If both men and women will be dancing, either choose spandex pantsuits for everyone to wear or slacks and shirts for the men and basic dresses for the women. If you have decided to purchase garments that can be used as costumes, a discount retailer may supply bodysuits, cotton pants and shirts, and basic tunics that will work well for the costumes.

Pick out clothing items that are a solid, bright color that will stand out against the backdrop that will be secured to the float. If you are going to be making the costumes yourself, purchase some basic patterns that are designed for beginner sewers and a bolt of bright-colored fabric that is stretchy and soft.

Secure Chainette Fringe

After the costumes are ready for the dancers to try on, set aside a time for dress rehearsal. During this time, try to determine which parts of the fabric should be accented with chainette fringe. Fringe comes in various lengths and colors. Choose a bright color that is complementary to the fabric sections that will be highlighted.

If you and the other performers will be moving your arms upward a lot throughout the performance, then accenting the bottom side of each sleeve will be beneficial. If there will be a lot of leg movements in the dance routine, then accent the cuffs, waistbands, leg lengths, or hemlines of each pair of pants and dress.

Prior to using a straight sewing stitch to secure the chainette fringe pieces to the chosen areas, line up the header side of the fringe alongside the fabric and use pins to attach the chainette fringe to the garments. Then, use a sewing machine to create a simple straight stitch through the length of each fringe piece.

You will notice that on the opposite side of each fringe piece, there is a thin piece of thread that is holding all of the fringe strands together. To release the strands, use a pair of sewing scissors to snip the thin thread before gently pulling one end of the thread. 


10 December 2018

The Exciting Hobby Of Craft Making

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