COSTUMES FOR WORSHIP DANCE
Dance in worship is a powerful ministry, that communicates in a visual way. Costumes used can enhance the message of the dance, and should definately not detract from it.
THREE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES
The design and colours of the costume must be right for the dance
The costumes must allow freedom of movement
The costumes must be modest
MAKING DANCE COSTUMES
If you have a dressmaker available I would recommend making costumes for dance.
You can receive the design and colours from the Holy Spirit
You can ensure that you can do a full range of movements in an outfit
Fabrics and designs can be chosen to ensure modesty
You can make items to fit all shapes and sizes
It is easier to add to a collection of matching costumes
PATTERNS FOR DRESSMAKING
You can purchase dressmaking patterns from fabric retailers and haberdashery shops.
Women's magazines sometimes have useful patterns included free, and charity shops
are a source of secondhand patterns.A few patterns are suitable as they are, some
work well with minor alterations such as lenghening the skirt or altering the neckline.
I have also made items by "mix and match", using the skirt from one pattern, bodice
from another, and sleeves from a third pattern. It is also possible to create your own
patterns, books are available that teach this.
Getting patterns to fit
Multi size patterns are useful if you are making matching outfits for a group. It is possible to grade the pattern to a smaller or larger size than you have.
Ready made patterns are designed for those of average height (5ft 4-5in). Patterns for those who are much taller or shorter need to be scaled. The lengths of sleeves, bodices and skirts need to be lengthened or shortened.
Washable and crease resistant fabrics are easy to care for
Plain coloured fabrics in "common" colours are usually repeatable if you want to add to the set of costumes later.
Be careful with sheer fabrics - only use with a completely opaque lining
underneath bodice and skirt.
This is extremely important for dance in christian worship
Outfits should not be tight fitting
Necklines must not be low
Skirt lengths should be below the knee
Matching cullottes, worn under skirts, are a good idea. Particularly when dancing
outdoors, or on a raised stage.
Bodices and blouses - line, or wear a camisole, thermal vest, or leotard underneath.