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From the Made for Movement Blog

Ballroom Bangle Tutorial

February 26th, 2016

This post provides a simple tutorial for creating a stitched and glued bangle bracelet for competitive ballroom dancers.Jewelry with prong settings can catch in fine knit fabrics, styled hair, lightweight chiffons and georgettes, lace, and even the wool crepe or stretch knit of a partner's sleeve, so usually, competition jewelry is made in the same way costumes are, by using adhesive instead of prongs to attach Swarovski sparkle.  Another advantage to this particular bangle is that is can flex a little without problems, good for dancers and wrist connections as well.To make this bangle, you will need Rigilene boning, 1 1/4" binder clips, and E-6000 adhesive to begin. In the USA, Rigilene is produced by Dritz and is called Flexicurve Polyester Boning, available in most fabiric stores.  I used the 1/2" width.  It comes in both black and white, but I only use the black for black bangles, and white ...

Bonnie's Black

February 24th, 2016

It used to be no one wanted a black ball gown for competition.  Black is the color of almost every gentleman on the floor.  Universal belief is that the man is a frame and the woman should be a picture.  SO... a black picture in a black frame?  But when champions and winners wear something, then everyone wants it. Lots of winners have been wearing black lately, and Bonnie is a woman who looks great in black.  She has striking blonde hair, great skin and beautiful features.When she told me she wanted a black gown, I had to agree it would be beautiful on her.  But I also know that she will wear this gown for a while and wanted her to be visible, and not instantly out of date, when this trend shifts, as they all do.  I encouraged her to add a color to her black gown, at ...

Holiday Hostess Mary Christmas says THANK YOU for a Great Year!

December 29th, 2015

Thanks SO MUCH to all Made for Movement clients for a great 2015! My 2016 is almost entirely booked, and really, over-booked for the first half of the year, so if you are thinking of a gown in the coming year, call fast!Many of my clients may know Mary as humble Waltzing Matilda, studio fixture devoted principally to holding skirt panels and bodice pieces for me until they are assembled for other more shapely dress forms.  So she was thrilled to be tapped for the job of Holiday Hostess.I don't know all of Mary's history. But I do know she had a previous owner, who had a substantial backside and not much in the bust department.  SO, being a UniquelyYou model, I let out her cover at the front, and provided her with free implants, a service many of my clients would also be familiar with. :)Then her cover was ...

Waiting List Only for 2015

April 13th, 2015

I am sorry to say Made for Movement is booked completely for the remainder of 2015.  If you are looking for a custom-made competition costume, I can put you on a waiting list, in the event that someone who has reserved my time cancels her project.  If you would like to take a look at Made for Movement gowns currently for sale by their owners, please see the gowns for sale on my website at  I also have a very small selection of gowns for sale here in my studio, and you may call to ask about sizes and styles at 952-595-0003. Otherwise, I will begin taking projects for 2016 in the Fall. Thanks so much for your interest in my custom dancewear.  -Marsha

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