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4 DIY Dance Costume Embellishments That Add the Perfect Finishing Touch

Posted by Stephanie on Dec 22, 2017

We've kicked off our How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost series and next up we're talking about dance costume embellishments!

Embellishments add the perfect finishing touch to your custom dance costume. But when designing on a budget, they're often the first thing to get cut. Why? Because they can get pretty costly and add up quickly! Not only do you have to consider the cost of the embellishment itself, but also the labor costs to have your costume company apply the embellishments for you.

However, you shouldn't have to sacrifice those finishing touches because of your budget! The easiest way to save is to apply the finishing touches yourself.

Here are 4 dance costume embellishments that you can add yourself for the perfect finishing touch, while also cutting costs:

4 Dance Costume Embellishments You Can Add Yourself!

While designing your costume, we recommend talking to your costume company about any embellishments you plan to add yourself after receiving your dance costumes! This way they keep this in mind while creating your garment and may have some suggestions about the best ways to add those finishing touches.

1. Appliques and Patches

Pros: Appliques and embroidered patches add a layer of texture and depth to your costume. Floral appliques will add a delicate, feminine touch and patches will add some thematic flair!

Cons: Appliques and patches don't stretch, so be mindful of that when applying to your garment! They can also be quite delicate, so they will likely need to be hand stitched, making them a labor intensive add-on.

For more on appliques and patches, including price and types, check out this guide! >>>

Benilde St Margaret High School MN State (2) High Kick.jpgBenilde-St. Margaret Dance Team added their own appliques and rhinestones to their 2016 Jazz dance costume.

2. Rhinestones

Pros: Rhinestones give you the most sparkle from a distance and they are one of the easiest embellishments to apply yourself!

Cons: While it is less expensive to apply rhinestones yourself, rhinestones themselves are still quite costly. They can also fall off easily if not applied correctly, so be sure to do your homework and research proper application techniques beforehand. Check out our How to Rhinestone video tutorial to help! 

For a guide on estimating rhinestone quantities & prices, check out this blog! >>>

3. Sequins

Pros: Individual sequins or sequin trim add a more cost-effective sparkle to your garment! Sequin trim is a lot less labor intensive, allowing you to add more sparkle with less effort.

Cons: Some sequin trims don't stretch, so make sure to look for a stretch sequin trim so that won't restrict movement or restrict pulling your garment on! 


Eastview vs. Simley.jpg

Throwback! Eastview Dance Team (left) applied individual sequins and rhinestones to their 2003 Jazz costume.
Simley Dance Team (right) recreated the look for their 2017 Kick costume!

4. Feathers and Fringe

Pros: Feathers and fringe are fun embellishments to add for movement and dimension! They also add thematic flair.

Cons: They can easily fall off or shed - be careful if your competitions have rules against this! They also do not stretch, so be mindful of that when applying to certain places (like the hips) so that you can easily get into your costume later.  


BOLD Dance Team, Yackel Dance Studio, and Little Chute Dance Team all had unique ways of incorporating feathers into their dance costumes!

There's no need to sacrifice all of your embellishment wishes for your dance costume because of your budget. Get creative and do it yourself to save some money!

For more on dance costume costs, check out this post! >>>


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Topics: Costume Design Resources, Budget Tips, How to Design a Custom Dance Costume

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