Summer is nearing its end, and which means the dance season will be in full swing soon! It’s not too early to think about your daughter’s competition dance costume. In the competitive world of dance, having just the right costume is important. Costumes highlight movements bringing life to the performance. With only a few minutes to light up the stage, having the perfect costume is crucial. One way to enhance a costume is by adding rhinestones. But is it difficult to glue rhinestones on dance costumes?
Why You Should Add Bling
Humans are opinionated beings. As your dancer takes the stage, the judges will subconsciously rate her on her look. So, paying attention to details, like adding bling, is very important. And adding rhinestones to your daughter’s costume also makes her feel beautiful and gives her confidence. When she feels beautiful, it shows in her dance.
Are You New to adding Rhinestones?
It’s easy to see where to add rhinestones with some dance costumes. Look for areas you want to draw attention to. If the costume has a pattern you could accentuate it. Scattering rhinestones on the bodice is an easy way to add sparkle.
Later, as you get more comfortable with adding rhinestones, you can pick more intricate patterns. You can choose to add a few rhinestones for a little sparkle or a lot of rhinestones to dazzle. Regardless of your decision, adding rhinestones to dance costumes is an easy way to make your daughter’s costume truly unique.
Begin by laying the rhinestones on the costume to see the effect. If you need to, you can mark the placement of the stones with a small chalk mark or a washable sewing marker. Then, simply glue the rhinestones on according to your marks.
Is Bedazzling A Dance Costume Difficult?
It’s not hard to add sparkle to any dance costume, even if you’ve never glued rhinestones before. First, decide on the brand of rhinestones you want to use. You go use the top of the line brands like Swarovski or Preciosa or go with a more inexpensive one. Pick a contrasting color to stand out or a similar color to just add sparkle.
Next, choose your glue. Our favorite adhesive to gluing rhinestones to fabric is Gem-Tac. It dries clear, forms a strong bond, and is washable. Plus, it’s easy to apply.
Lay your costume out as flat as possible. If you’re gluing to a sheer fabric like chiffon or georgette, place a piece of wax paper between the layers of fabric. This will keep the layers from gluing together.
Place a drop of glue about the size of the rhinestone on the fabric. Pick up a rhinestone using tweezers or wax tipped tool, pressing it into the glue drop. Some of the glue should seep out from the edges. This is very important as it forms a seal and helps to keep the rhinestone from peeling off. Once you’ve glued all the rhinestones to your costume, allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
Adding Rhinestones on Dance Costumes Is Easy
The technique for gluing rhinestones on dance costumes is the same for any other type of garment. Now you can bling out formal wear, tee shirts, and shoes. Bedazzling your clothes can breathe new life into dull, dated outfits.
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If you’ve been following my blogs, you know I love jewelry. However, I can’t afford to buy most of the pieces I love as there are way too many of them. Recently, I’ve unleashed a new love for rings and this DIY ring is a variation on a previous blog tutorial. Sometimes working with wire can take a little practice, so don’t get discouraged. I usually have to try the ring twice before I am happy with the finished project.
For this project I used:
22 gauge silver wire
Jewelry pliers (needle nose, wire cutters)
2 Crystal AB 16ss Rose Montee
How to Make a DIY Ring
Begin by cutting a piece of 22 gauge wire 12 inches in length. Take your highlighter (or any other household item the equals the circumference on your finger). Wrap the wire around the highlighter twice.
Once you’ve wrapped it twice, remove it from the highlighter. Then take a pencil and bend the wire into a loop.
Slide a Crystal AB 16ss Rose Montee onto the end of each wire and slide to the curve in the wire.
Using your jewelry pliers, bend the end of the wire to begin wrapping the ends around the base of the ring, without losing the loop shape holding the Rose Montees.
Continue wrapping, tightening the coils as you go. Wrap the wire about 3 or 4 times around and cut the end if necessary. Squeeze the ends with the pliers, tucking them in. Repeat for the other side.
Try different variations of size of the Rose Montees and wrapping techniques to create new and beautiful jewelry. Once you’ve made a few DIY rings, you’ll get the hang of it and see how easy and pretty they turn out.
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Staying abreast with all the latest fashion trends is costly. You want to look fresh and trendy while staying within your budget. That's where DIY comes in handy.
With an embellished t-shirt, you can be fashionable without going over budget.
For this project I used:
1 plain t shirt (an inexpensive craft store t shirt)
Silver star metal studs
Hot fix tool or iron
How to make an embellished t shirt.
Begin by cutting the sleeves off at the seam. Cut the seam off the bottom of the shirt and then cut 2 pieces off the bottom 1 inch wide. You can adjust how short you want the shirt to be by cutting more or less of the bottom off. Cut 2 inches off the short end one of the strips and then sew the ends together (you are making the loop smaller). Cut the other strip in half.
Take the 2 smaller strips and fold them in half and mark the middle. Stitch the 2 shorter ends together forming a loop. Using a medium length zig zag stitch or serger, stitch one of these strips, right sides together, to the armhole stretching to so that the halfway mark matches the shoulder seam and back to the starting point. You are tightening up the armhole as you sew the facing on.
Do the same for the other armhole. Take the longer strip and again mark the middle. Beginning at the side, use the same zig zag stitch sew to the bottom of the shirt, stretching to match the middle with the other side of the shirt and back to the starting point. Here you are tightening up the waist.
Press all seams towards the outside edges.
Fold the raw edge of the facing to the inside of the shirt. Using a double needle (which allows for stretch in the material), topstitch the facing. Do the same for the bottom of the shirt.
For this shirt, we chose to go with an initial for the design. I laid out silver metal studs in the form of the letter “S”. Using a hot fix tool or hot iron without steam, press down on the metal studs for 12-15 seconds. If your shirt is thin, you may want to place a piece of wax paper in the inside of the shirt to prevent the glue from adhering the sides together. Allow to cool.
Inexpensive but easy to make. An embellished t-shirt is an easy way to stay trendy while keeping your wallet happy.
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I have five kids and often feel like I am running a zoo. I love to craft and do so in whatever spare time I have.
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