About bgballroom aka Bill and Glenda

It is all about the ballroom!  Well, a little of other sewing and general life may pop in here, but the purpose of the blog is to document the making of ballroom dance gowns.  Originally started to show the progress of one gown – the one in the above photo – we have progressed through Gown #6

and now the Latin gown I am making for a friend.

Why is Candy so big?  Well, though I have found WordPress to be extremely easy to use, I haven’t figured out all the details yet!  But please follow along and add any comments or ideas you may have.  As Stewart McLean says of the Vinyl Cafe on CBC radio, “We’re not big, but we’re small.”  Hope you enjoy the blog!

15 Responses to “About bgballroom aka Bill and Glenda”

  1. Kate Doty October 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Great blog! Looks like you’re making some really fun gowns!

    • bgballroom October 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Thanks Kate! I am waiting for stuff in the mail right now. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas:-)

  2. loveablestef May 14, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Hey there! I nominated you for The Liebster award. I hope you’ll consider participating 🙂


  3. YogaSpy July 9, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    The lives other people lead! Not only ballroom dancing, but competing and sewing your own gowns? Fascinating.

    Now I feel like re-watching Strictly Ballroom or Shall We Dance? or even Silver Linings Playbook!

    • bgballroom July 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Yogaspy – thanks! Loved your recent post about Iyengar yoga and I will be back to your blog to ready more. Without yoga (I am a practitioner and teacher of Iyengar myself) I would probably not be dancing or sewing. I am constantly amazed that our coach is asking me to do many of the same actions that I teach in class, but of course with a gown, heels, a ton of makeup and I have to smile! Imagine viparita dandasana with a partner, in time with the music and dodging 10 or so other couples.

      Haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook yet, but it is on the list. Make sure you see both the American and Japanese (our favourite) versions of Shall We Dance.

  4. Carolyn Orth November 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you for such an informative site. I also make dance dresses and I find your how-to ideas very helpful.

  5. loveablestef January 8, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    Glenda! I have a project I’m working on and I’m wondering if you’d like to join. – I would like to build the ballroom dancing blogging community. Taking a note from Alaina from “And Then Came Dance” (www.ballroomlady.wordpress.com) I suggest we create a “Ballroom Village” as dubbed by Miss Alaina. The proposal is this: those who want to participate create a “Ballroom Village” page on our blogs. On this page everyone who is a member of the “Ballroom Village” creates a page with links to other ballroom-themed blogs. Hopefully we can cross-promote and attract some more bloggers. Maybe we can do a once a month blog share or all post on the same topic or something. We can be creative and make it fun. It’s just an idea to build more community and grow. I’m thinking once we have a core of members I’ll send out an invitation to blog on a particular topic and then we can all coordinate when we post and cross-promote. You game? You know any other bloggers that might be interested?

    • bgballroom January 9, 2014 at 12:38 am #

      Sounds like fun! I may need technical assistance to get rolling, but would love to see lots of ballroom reading in one place:-) As our ballroom travel buddies say to suggestions for fun stuff – “we’re in!”

  6. loveablestef January 16, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Ok – so details about ballroom village and also I wanted to ask you if you’d write a guest post – can you email me at azstef@cox.net and I’ll give you all the details? I’m glad you’re in!

  7. ascholarlyskater January 25, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Glenda! It’s nice to find a fellow dancer AND seamstress on wordpress. 🙂 Your dresses are very impressive!! I was wondering what you use as a pattern when making your smooth/standard gowns. Do you know of any good patterns out there, or do you make your own? I have recently decided that I want to make myself a smooth practice dress, and I’m having a difficult time finding a pattern for a proper smooth skirt. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

    • bgballroom January 26, 2015 at 9:05 am #

      Yes, there are a few of us out here sewing our own stuff. It is part of the fun!

      I use a combination of commercial patters, frankenpatterns and straight up making my own. I started with a Kwik Sew basic 8 gore skirt and lengthened the pattern pieces. Having trouble linking for some reason. I will try to direct you to some specific posts. Oh – and most of the bodices are hacks of a basic Kwik Sew leotard from their active wear book.

    • bgballroom January 27, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

      https://bgballroom.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/so-maybe-i-didnt-need-all-ten-yards/ This blog post has a good photo of the shape of the skirt pieces after lengthening and extending the “wings”.

      • ascholarlyskater January 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

        Thank you so much for your help!! 🙂 I have started the bodice using some patterns I already have, but I’m definitely most concerned/confused about the skirt. I’m going to measure off my competition dress (not made by me obviously), but these photos will definitely help. I’ll let you know how it progresses. Thanks! Alexandra

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