When he was 4, Master J (Brains in my other blog ), started dancing classes. Pre-school at first and then as he seemed to enjoy that, ballet. He has done jazz & tap, and now does a bit of Hip Hop and contemporary as well. Primarily he does ballet.
When boys get to be around 11 or 12 years old they need to wear an item called a dance belt. This was all new territory to me! Here in NZ they are not so easy to get, and there isn’t the range of styles available. We have ordered from overseas before, it took a long time, and then there is the risk it won’t fit properly! And they cannot be returned.
I had seen one made by a fellow seamstress, Robin, on The Sewing Forum. I asked about the pattern she had used and she very kindly sent me a pattern and instructions. Robin makes lovely tutus and other dance costumes. You can see Robin’s beautiful work at Tutu Amor her Facebook page.
The dance belt is quite simple but very important for a male dancer when he performs turns and jumps. It supports the dancer’s groin. It also adds a bit of protection from accidental knocks when he is partnering a female dancer.
I used 3 layers of black lycra. You can also use 2 layers of lycra with a layer of spacer padding between. I intend to get some for the next dance belt I make.
The front is like a pair of undies. The photo below shows the front of the completed dance belt. The dart adds a bit of shaping.