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Wonderful fresh looking fabrics for a springtime dance.  The narrow v-neck and collar draw attention toward the face.  Make sure the colors used are flattering when they are this close to your face.  The skirt is from an Authentic pattern.  Don’t attempt this skirt if you have no patience for gathering ruffles.

Wonderful fresh looking fabrics for a springtime dance. The narrow v-neck and collar draw attention toward the face. Make sure the colors used are flattering when they are this close to your face. The skirt is from an Authentic pattern. Don’t attempt this skirt if you have no patience for gathering ruffles.

A traditional style made with a nontraditional combination of fabrics.  Using pink for the bodice and sleeves makes this look appropriate for a young girl.  The green makes it more mature.  The pink rhinestone broach draws the eye up toward the face and creates a more flattering neckline.  The bodice of this dress is very flattering for those of us who are not well endowed.

A traditional style made with a nontraditional combination of fabrics. Using pink for the bodice and sleeves makes this look appropriate for a young girl. The green makes it more mature. The pink rhinestone broach draws the eye up toward the face and creates a more flattering neckline. The bodice of this dress is very flattering for those of us who are not well endowed.

This dress is one of four dresses made for the first exhibition done by TSS.  We needed to find a fabric that flattered all of us.    It needed to be unique and classy but remain a dress that we would be eager to wear for any dance after we did the exhibition.  Each of the four dresses is slightly different.  The dress is almost five years old but remains one of my personal favorites.

This dress is one of four dresses made for the first exhibition done by TSS. We needed to find a fabric that flattered all of us. It needed to be unique and classy but remain a dress that we would be eager to wear for any dance after we did the exhibition. Each of the four dresses is slightly different. The dress is almost five years old but remains one of my personal favorites.

I’m not a fan of holiday fabrics that are too literal.  I prefer to be a little more subtle. The holly print says Christmas without screaming it.  The softly draped neckline and sleeves  add an elegance for a special holiday dance.  To successfully create this soft draping make  sure you use fabrics that are soft enough.

I’m not a fan of holiday fabrics that are too literal. I prefer to be a little more subtle. The holly print says Christmas without screaming it. The softly draped neckline and sleeves add an elegance for a special holiday dance. To successfully create this soft draping make sure you use fabrics that are soft enough.

A nod to the past with an eye to the future.  This fabric just screams Sixties.  The bold graphic print dictated that the dress design be simple. The bodice is from an old jumpsuit pattern attached to a simple gathered two tiered skirt. I used a decorative exposed gold zipper in the front of the bodice to blend retro with current fashion.

A nod to the past with an eye to the future. This fabric just screams Sixties. The bold graphic print dictated that the dress design be simple. The bodice is from an old jumpsuit pattern attached to a simple gathered two tiered skirt. I used a decorative exposed gold zipper in the front of the bodice to blend retro with current fashion.

This dress is a work in progress.  I like to keep trying new necklines to better exploit the unique character of the fabrics I’m working with.  In this case, I only had scrapes of fabric left to work with, but wanted to tie the skirt and bodice together.  This pattern allowed me to work with the minimal amount of fabric I had remaining.

Based out of Madison Wisconsin, NexGen-SD is a website for people interested in learning more about century modern square dancing. This page includes a video of the Tri-State Spinners (TSS) showing what modern square dancing can be like.