One of the best things about designing a custom skating dresses is that anything is possible - but sometimes the best solution is also the most simple! Our favorite method of creating a custom dress is by finding inspiration from a dance leotard and modifying it slightly to create a garment perfect for skating.
Check out two examples of how to modify a dance design into a skate style below!
Add a Skirt to a Leotard to Create a Skating Dress
Add a skirt to a leotard is the easiest way to make a skating dress! Synchronized skating dress patterns start with a leotard base, so turning a leotard into a dress is an easy modification! In the image below, the Vineyard style started as a leotard (left) and was modified to create a skating dress (right) by adding a skirt.
Add Leggings to a Leotard to Create a Skating Bodysuit
Another easy solution is to add leggings to a leotard to create a bodysuit. It's a look not seen every day, but we've seen some adventurous teams making this a new trend! Combine two separate garments - a pair of leggings and a leotard - to create this look, or create a unitard by attaching the leggings to the bodice.
Styles pictured (left to right): Borderline Leotard, Borderline Skate Unitard, Borderline Skate Dress
In summary, when creating a custom skating dress, the easiest place to get started is with a dance leotard. Companies specializing in skating dresses love this option because it is often a simple pattern modification, which will also save you time and money!
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