How to Design Your Own Skating Dress

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How to Design Your Own Skating Dress
You've got the skates, the skill and plenty of talent -- now all you need is the perfect outfit. (skates season image by Indigo Fish from

If you don't want to wear an off-the-rack skating dress or pay to have an original skating dress designed for you, consider purchasing a pattern and customising it to demonstrate your personal style. An alternative would be to design your own pattern. Either way, you must start with an idea of what you want to look like when you step into the rink. Before starting your design, listen closely to your music and consider your program. Your design should be an accurate visual portrayal to complete the overall image.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Sketch pad
  • Coloured pencils
  • Eraser
  • Rulers (straight and curved)
  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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    Sketch it out. Use your program theme for inspiration and let your imagination take control. Make your designs as outlandish, whimsical, dramatic and unique as you can. Play with lots of different colours and styles

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    Get a friend to help take your measurements. Hold your arms out at the shoulders and take a deep breath before measuring our chest. Measure your waistline, hips and the point where your buttocks are fullest. Measure your biceps at the centre of your upper arm. Then measure the length of your arms from your shoulder to your wrist. Decide how long you want your skating dress to be.

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    Make your pattern. Use your measurements to transfer your sketch into pattern pieces. Draw each segment of your design onto pattern tracing paper. Cut out each pattern piece separately. Measure all the pieces of your pattern and to compute the amount of fabric you will need to purchase.

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    Test your pattern on inexpensive four-way stretch fabric before making your dress. Pin all of your pattern pieces to the fabric. Cut out the fabric according to your design specifications and sew the dress. After you try on and test out the outfit on the ice, redraw your pattern and make the real thing.

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    How to Design Your Own Skating Dress
    (measuring tape image by Andrzej Włodarczyk from
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    How to Design Your Own Skating Dress
    (pencil draw graph image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from
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    How to Design Your Own Skating Dress
    (machine à coudre image by Toanet from

Tips and warnings

  • Embellish your skating dress with appliqués, rhinestones, sequins, fringe or any other decorative items that strike your fancy. Accessorise your skating dress with matching gloves, headgear, cuffs, leg wear and boot covers.
  • Make sure your skating dress corresponds with your music and program. If you design a skating dress that does not go well with your current music and program, save it for the next show and go with the one that gives you the best overall look for your performance.

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