Ballroom and Latin Gown Sewing Pattern, PDF downloadable, SIZE SMALL, plus free Manual


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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be retiring and closing my shop soon. The downloadable patterns will continue to be available until Aug. 31, 2018. However, I have only a few pre-printed patterns remaining, and once they're gone I won't be printing any more. So if you're planning to order a printed pattern, please do it soon.

This is my original Basic Ballgown Sewing Pattern, but now you can save time and cash by downloading it from the internet.

SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time, when you purchase this pattern, you will receive a free Ballroom Gown Construction Manual ebook, a $25 value.

(COUPON: Receive 15 percent off when you spend $50 or more in a single purchase in my shop. Use coupon code dance15 at checkout. Please note: This code only works on individual purchases over $50. It is not retroactive.)

This listing is for a size SMALL pattern. Sizes Medium and Large are available elsewhere in my Etsy shop. Please refer to the chart below to help you determine which size to order.

WHAT YOU GET: Everything you need to guide you through the process of making your own ballroom DanceSport competition costume.

The Manual takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a gown, and includes such tidbits as:
•How to choose the right style for your body
•How to pick the right fabric for your style
•How to turn your dress form into your own body double that you can even stick pins into
•What equipment and supplies you'll need, plus substitutions for things you don't have
•How to customize our Basic Gown Pattern by changing the neckline, sleeves and skirt
•How to incorporate elements from commercial patterns into our Basic Gown Pattern
•How to use dyes, paints, lace motifs, rhinestones, fringe and other ornaments Where to order fabrics and supplies
•And much, much more, complete with lots of color images.

The pattern is for a simple princess-line panel dress with scoop neckline and built-in bodysuit. It includes cutting lines for a princess-seamed gown with a flared panel skirt, and for a star design with quarter-circle skirt inserts. It can easily be customized by changing the neckline or adding drapes or floats. It can also be shortened for a Latin costume. The dress can be made with long sleeves, or sleeveless with optional gauntlets.

The dress can converted to a Latin gown by omitting the godets and shortening the hemline. It can be further customized by lowering the back and adding cutouts, armbands, etc

The pattern is sized for stretch fabrics with Lycra or spandex. Skirt inserts can be made from any light-weight knit or woven fabric: Chiffon or charmeuse is recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a beginner's sewing pattern. It is a professional pattern designed for expert-level sewers.
DanceSport Sewing patterns:
-- Do NOT have cutting layouts
-- Do NOT have hem allowances
-- Do NOT have step-by-step sewing instructions
If you can't sew without such aids, then this pattern is not for you.
As soon as you make your purchase, you will be given a link to download the pattern and Manual directly to your computer.

The pattern will arrive as a PDF file that you can print on your home printer. You will need Adobe Reader software to open the file. If you don't already have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it for free here:

The pattern can be printed to International A4 paper, as well as North American 8.5x11" Letter paper. It is made up of 75 letter-size pages. It will take you about an hour to assemble the pages and tape them together. An assembly guide is included.

If you don't want to assemble the pages yourself, you might prefer the printed version of this pattern, also available in my Etsy shop.

You can view some photos of costumes made from this pattern on my profile page:

NOTE: When you buy a pattern or manual from me, you are also purchasing my expertise. If you need help, just send me a Convo and I will be happy to answer your questions.

I've been in the business of making custom-designed ballroom dance costumes for many years, and during that time I've picked up a lot of tricks of the trade, and also developed some of my own techniques. Since I was a dance competitor myself, I know what works and what doesn't, not just what looks good. I've put all this accumulated knowledge into this manual and pattern.

This pattern and Manual were created by Linda Blust and are copyrighted to Linda Blust, DanceSport Ballgowns and DanceSport Sewing. You may use them to make items for sale, but you may not resell or share the pattern or Manual, or any part of them, without permission fom Linda Blust or DanceSport Sewing.

Please note that manuals and patterns are not returnable.

SMALL: Bust 33-36"; Waist 25-27"; Hips 34.5-37.5"
MEDIUM: Bust 36.5-39.5"; Waist 28-30"; Hips 38-41"
LARGE: Bust 40-43"; Waist 31-33.5"; Hips 41.5-44.5"
(If you're still uncertain of your size, choose your bust measurement, because it's much easier to alter the other dimensions.)

    Average review
    This was exactly what I had been searching for. The manual provided plenty of detail and tips - enough for someone who has done some dress making in the past. Very versatile pattern. I was initially just going to make a dress just to practice working with Lycra. It went so well that I wore the dress for a competition. I contacted the seller with a question and she got back to me very quickly. Very happy with purchase.
    Jul 3, 2018 by jennyyeung8
    Extremely versatile. This pattern is so easily adjustable and simply so well planned and thought out it's basically a standard (no pun intended) for ballroom sewing. I only wish she had more!!
    Sep 3, 2017 by Di
    I'm so glad this exists! It's proved nearly impossible to find this kind of thorough, clear information elsewhere at a reasonable price for amateur dancers. I haven't started sewing yet, but the ideas presented in the manual are really inspiring and I'm confident I'll be able to make an amazing gown with this pattern.
    Jan 27, 2015 by TabulaPicta

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Patterns and Manuals are not returnable.
Fabric sold by the yard is also not returnable, as this is cut to your specifications.
Fabric sold by the piece is returnable within 7 days after you receive it for a full refund.
I do my best to represent colors accurately, but please be aware that colors may look different on your computer. If the exact shade is important to you, or if you're trying to match something, please feel free to ask questions or request a swatch.

Additional policies

When you purchase a sewing pattern or manual from my shop, you are buying my years of expertise. If you need help or are unclear about any instructions, feel free to send me a Convo. I will be happy to answer your questions.

All manuals and patterns in this shop were created by Linda Blust and are copyrighted by Linda Blust, DanceSport Ballgowns, and DanceSport Sewing. They are available for your personal use. You may use the information to make items for sale, but please do not duplicate them without express permission fom Linda Blust or DanceSport Sewing.

I am often asked why my patterns are more expensive than commercial mass-market patterns.
These patterns are the culmination of my life's work as a ballroom costume designer. They took many years to develop, and hundreds of hours to digitize on expensive software. My printing costs are $25 per pattern for the big ballroom patterns, plus the cost of envelopes, ink and paper for the instructions and enclosures. The big-name pattern companies are able to keep their costs down with mass printings on huge offset presses using rolls of thin recyled newsprint. That's not an option for me, because I'm dealing with a limited niche market.
The Basic Ballgown Pattern measures 52 sf and weighs close to 1 pound -- too heavy for cheap first-class shipping.
Even if I am able to sell one pattern a day, which is an optimistic expectation for such a specialized market, I would have to charge $100 each just to clear minimum wage. Obviously I can't sell them at that price. So I am charging less than half that, and hope that over time I will be able to at least recoup my expenses.
I am now retired from making dance costumes, but am continuing to sell my patterns because I believe there is a need for them, not because I'm greedy. Ballroom dancers are accustomed to paying up to $5,000 for a custom-made gown. I know that $45 for a pattern isn't cheap, but it's still a bargain if it will save thousands. And for the price, you get not only the pattern, but also my expertise and years of experience, and my availability to answer any questions.

Patterns are available in two forms: Either pre-printed on large sheets of paper that will be mailed to you; or emailed to you in PDF format that you can print at home on either US Letter or International A4 paper.
The gown patterns are quite large and it takes about an hour to tape all the pages together.
If you live in the US, I strongly recommend that you spend the additional $20 for the printed pattern, provided you have time to wait three or four days for delivery.
But if you live outside the US, you might prefer the downloadable version. Even though it's a lot of work to assemble, it will save you a lot of waiting time, shipping cost and potential customs fees.

I do my best to represent colors accurately, but please be aware that colors may look different on your computer. If the exact shade is important to you, or if you're trying to match something, please feel free to ask questions or request a swatch.

If you have any questions, please "Convo" me using the "Contact" button on the home page of my shop: