We are pleased to present our Ultimate Bra-making Challenge Entries. September’s theme was Dancing Queen, so we challenged you to create dance costumes. Some dance costumes are made from spandex, but others have crinoline and tulle. We wondered how you would rise to the challenge of working with fabrics that you might not have sewn before. Well…you did it once again! Here are your Dancing Queen Challenge Entries, in their own words.


My September Dancing Queen Challenge entry was inspired by a performance dance costume with a silver beaded bralette paired with soft grey high waist shorts/back panel skirt. My budget version is a Sweet Sixteen bralette and Three Sisters bikini bottom made using both sides of a holographic spandex. To add support to the bralette, the cups and front band are lined with duoplex and the back band is lined with powernet. Couldn’t resist showing you a back view of the shorts without the panel skirt. Disco Ingrid, meet Disco Three Sisters bottom. Wanna go roller skate dancing?


Well, my son (9) is a dancer (dancemix) but I had no clue of  making a sewing piece in the September theme for him. So I switched to my daughter (11). Just before summer holidays she got her certificate junior level 1 lifeguard swimming. Thinking about this in “Baywatch” ideas, I decided to sew a sports lifeguard swimsuit for her coming training season, in extreme colourful and cheerful print. So, I feel a bit sorry my contribution is a bit out of the box. For me it is possible to imagine dancing in the water, e.g. like synchronized swimming.


This is the costume piece I made.  We’re calling it a mithril bodice for a young elf.  The design started with the Denise swimsuit pattern.  We changed the neckline, cropped it under the bust, and rotated the princess seam dart from the armhole towards the shoulder. Hopefully this time my photo will still be attached to the email when I hit send. (Yes, it was, Anne!)


This is my entry to the September Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge ‘Dancing Queen’: a three-piece belly dance wear. I used the Ruby bra pattern and I drafted the panties. The foam-cup bra and the panties are made of glittering spandex dancewear fabric, the coin hip belt is of stretch mesh which I crocheted the coins on, too. It was not the first time I used cut and sew foam, but I feel I could improve my foam-sewing skills to perfect 🙂


This is my September challenge entry. The leotard is a Kwik Sew sewing pattern.


This month’s challenge was a joy for me. I started dance classes when I was 5 and now, ehm years later, I’m finally making my own leotard. This is Simplicity pattern 1444 view A. The fabric is a sparkly pink spandex. I used several of the tips and techniques I learned from Beverly’s Craftsy classes and the leotard came together without a problem.


I don’t know any dancers, so don’t have anyone to make a costume for.  It stands to reason that a dancer needs a special bra, too, doesn’t she?  This one, a Ruby, was made from Mermaid-like sparkly stuff, and surprisingly, feels like velvet. (In the end, she gave this bra to our Agata, for part of her mermaid costume. How wonderful of her!…Beverly)


Here is my September challenge : a nettie body to wear with a dancing skirt. I made an opening crotch to take it over easily.


How did we get to the end of September already?  Here is my Dancing Queen challenge entry. Since I don’t have anyone to sew a dance costume for I just chose a pattern I liked the look of. I used the Jalie 3027 pattern. It is cute but I’d prefer a top with more support….. I’m sure i could figure it out but I’ve run out of time 🙂 Take care. Hugs & kisses to Pixie.


Here is my entry for September! Since she saw the movie ”Captain America” my daughter kept asking me to have a dress like the dancing girls in it. So she’s thanking you, Beverly, for the September’s challenge!
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