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Braza Sew-in Cup (left) versus pointy shell cup (right). What's your choice? I LOVE Braza cups! Been using them for years.

Braza Sew-in Cup (left) versus pointy shell cup (right). What's your choice? I LOVE Braza cups! Been using them for years.

Braided elastic is strong and resilient enough to be suitable for competition Dancesport, Country and Skate dresses.

Braided elastic is strong and resilient enough to be suitable for competition Dancesport, Country and Skate dresses.

Join the world’s first and best online sewing school that focuses on making Latin, Country, Ballroom, Ice and Roller skating costumes.

Join the world’s first and best online sewing school that focuses on making Latin, Country, Ballroom, Ice and Roller skating costumes.

Big Impact Alterations include changing the the back neckline by adding cris-cross straps

Big Impact Alterations include changing the the back neckline by adding cris-cross straps

When rhinestoning Dancesport Ballgowns (or working on other parts of the dress), it's wise to loosely tie skirt up near the base so the full skirt is out of your way and less likely to be damaged.

When rhinestoning Dancesport Ballgowns (or working on other parts of the dress), it's wise to loosely tie skirt up near the base so the full skirt is out of your way and less likely to be damaged.

When rhinestoning, line all sheer fabrics with a scrap cloth so the glue dots do not seep through the sheer fabrics and ruin your work surface or another part of the dress.

When rhinestoning, line all sheer fabrics with a scrap cloth so the glue dots do not seep through the sheer fabrics and ruin your work surface or another part of the dress.

red Standard float with multi color drapes on left arm

red Standard float with multi color drapes on left arm

Add padding to the basic shell to create bust volume, add comfort, and to prevent the shell from looking hollow.

Add padding to the basic shell to create bust volume, add comfort, and to prevent the shell from looking hollow.

A tailor's sleeve ham, covered in non-slip rug liner, is one of my favorite tools. I use it throughout the entire dressmaking process to hold the dress form at a particular angle so I can work easily and quickly without the dress form moving all over the place.

A tailor's sleeve ham, covered in non-slip rug liner, is one of my favorite tools. I use it throughout the entire dressmaking process to hold the dress form at a particular angle so I can work easily and quickly without the dress form moving all over the place.