Dance Supply & Links





How To's and Links Useful for Dance Costuming

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Fabric, Trim & Notions

  • AFC Express — They sell lots of materials perfect for dance costumes, pettiskirts, etc: chiffon, organdy, spandex/stretch, sequins, fringe, etc.
  • Ann’s Fabric Shop — Specializes in fabrics for dance & skating: spandex, stretch mesh, stretch velvet, rhinestones, etc. (Canada)
  • Atlanta Thread & Supply (now Wawak Sewing Supplies) Updated! — Atlanta Thread merged with Wawak. Sells dressmaking dummies cheap. Sells batting, buttons, chalk, crinolines, drapery hardware, fasteners, gimp, grommets, hooks & eyes, irons, machine parts, needles, pins, press boards & pads, scissors, steamers, thread, zippers and more.
  • Blue Moon Fabrics — Lycra and fake fur fabrics.
  • Bon-Mar Textiles — Specializes in theatrical costume fabrics, including spandex, sequined, lace, etc. Also sequins, feathers, fringe, rhinestones, and more. (Located in Canada)
  • Cheeptrims.com Top Pick — “Quality Wholesale Lace and Trims.” As the name implies, all kinds of trim at great prices. Most items come in large quantities
  • Cloth 4 Less — Varying selection of fabric, mostly sold by the bolt.
  • Denver Fabrics Top Pick — Large selection, including wool, linen, velvet, etc. at good prices. Has a whole dancewear fabric section on their site.
  • Dharma Trading Co. Top Pick — Sells silk, cotton and hemp cloth at really good prices. Most fabrics come in white, ready to dye. Sells many different kinds of dyes, too, and the staff give great advice on dying. Located in San Rafael, CA.
  • Dollar Fabric — Carries all kinds of fabric: silk, wool, cotton, etc. Has a special stage, dance & costume fabric section. Prices aren’t spectacular, but they do carry a large selection, especially of silk.
  • Edinburgh Imports: Fur Updated! — A variety of synthetic and natural furs.
  • Fabric Depot — Specializes in stretch fabrics for dance & skating costumes: lycra, spandex, stretch lace, glissenet, powernet, etc.
  • Fancy Feathers New! — Feathers and feathered accessories, plus ostrich shells and leather. Business owned by former Ostriches Online employee.
  • Farthingales Top Pick — Great Canadian costuming supplier. Several different kinds of coutil, crinoline, net, and muslin; corsetry supplies (busks, boning, lacing grommets, tools, etc); millinery supplies; dress forms; hair canvas; interfacing; ribbon; horsehair; petersham; and more.
  • Fire Mountain Top Pick — Wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies. Highly recommended by many costumers.
  • JKM Ribbons & Trim — Wholesale prices on ribbons and trim, $25 minimum order.
  • Lord & Hodge — Grommets and snap fasteners. Sells the big grommet setting machines.
  • Manhattan Wardrobe Supply — Sells costuming supplies used by film, theater and television professionals. Product line includes adhesives, dyes, fabric protectors, irons, steamers, pressers, jewelry supplies, make-up, millinery supplies, racks, notions, shoe supplies, tags, thread and much more.
  • MJ Trim — Sells appliques, beads, braid, buttons, cord, fringe, lace, rhinestone, ribbons, tassels, and more.
  • Newark Dressmaker Supply — Some fabrics, sewing supplies, thread, and more.
  • Ostriches Online — As of November 2011, business is closing. Just about any kind of feather you can think of. Highly recommended by all who bought from them.
  • PRO Chemical & Dye — “The leading source of dyes and paints for over 35 years”
  • SewBiz Fabrics — Sells wool, cotton, rayon, linen, etc. Also appliques, collars, venice lace, trims, ribbon, braid, gimp, soutache, webbing, elastic, etc.
  • SewTrue — Dress forms, thread, sewing machines, irons, steamers, pressers, pattern making supplies, notions, scissors, snaps & fasteners, etc
  • Spandex House — Specializes in stretch fabrics, but also carries tulle, chiffon, and horsehair.
  • Steinlauf & Stoller — Pins, boning, adhesives, buttons, cording, dyes, elastics, hook & eye tape, horse hair, interfacing, muslin, pins, ribbons, rulers, thread, webbing, zippers, scissors, lingerie hardware, needles, snap tape, etc.
  • Stretch House — Sells all kinds of stretch fabrics, wholesale and retail. Located in the fashion district of Manhattan.
  • Super Silk — Really good prices on silk. Discount for bulk orders.
  • Trimfabric.com — Discounted prices on fabrics and trim. Selection varies. Some fabrics sold by the bolt.
  • Tulle Source — Tulle & net fabrics.
  • Wawak Updated! — Atlanta Thread merged with Wawak. Sells dressmaking dummies cheap. Sells batting, buttons, chalk, crinolines, drapery hardware, fasteners, gimp, grommets, hooks & eyes, irons, machine parts, needles, pins, press boards & pads, scissors, steamers, thread, zippers and more.

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Ballet Tutus, Tiaras, etc — Custom & Ready Made

  • Benefis — (Moldova) Ready-made tutus and dance costumes. Good prices, bulk discounts.
  • Ciao Bella Tutus — Custom tutus and tiaras.
  • Class Act Tutu — Custom & semi-custom tutus.
  • Costume Lady, The — Custom tutus and other dance costumes. (Site is also for Assemblé Dancewear, located in Colorado Springs, CO.)
  • Freda - Costumes for the Ballet — Custom tutus and dance costumes, by Freda Bromberg. Gorgeous!
  • GTLS Designs New! — Custom tutus and tutu rentals. Really lovely work. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Prima Korona — Handmade tiaras
  • PrimaFashions.com — Tutus, tiaras, and dance costumes for sale and for rental.
  • Ros Terpening Tutus — (Australia) Custom tutus.
  • Rossetti Costumes — (UK) Tutus and dance costumes. Also costumes for the theater.
  • Theatre Ballet — Custom tutus, headpieces, and dance costumes.
  • Tutu Beautiful — Tutu plates and overlays
  • Tutu Etoile — Custom made tutus and men’s dance costumes.
  • Tutu.Com — Custom made tutus. Their own line of books and patterns on dance costuming. Net & tulle, coutil, hooping, bones, notions, etc. Gives seminars around the US on making dance costumes.
  • Tutus by Edna Updated! — Custom tutus and men’s tunics.
  • Tutus Divine — Custom tutus for sale and rent.
  • Tutus That Dance — Custom tutus. Also tutu patterns & instructions. Gorgeous!!
  • Winthrop Corey Designs — Gorgeous custom men’s and women’s ballet costumes.

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Ballet/Jazz/Etc Costume & Supply

  • All4Dance — Discount dancewear, shoes, video, etc. Site is really hard to navigate.
  • AllAboutDance.com — Discount dancewear, shoes, etc.
  • AllBrands.com — Sells sergers and sewing machines, sewing furniture, dress forms, etc. Good prices!
  • Art Stone / The Competitor — Dance catalog costumes: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, etc
  • Aurora Dancewear & Costume — (UK) Men’s and women’s dance costumes, tutus, etc
  • Baum’s Dancewear — Dance supply store and catalog.
  • Benefis — (Moldova) Ready-made tutus and dance costumes. Good prices, bulk discounts.
  • Bunheads Top Pick — Pointe shoe accessories, hair accessories (they make the best hair pins!), toe tape, “Stitch Kit” (we love it too!), and more.
  • Capezio Dancewear
  • Curtain Call Costumes — Dance catalog costumes: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Flamenco, etc
  • Dance Express — All kinds of dance shoes (including flamenco shoes), clothing and accessories.
  • Dance Fashions Warehouse — Ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom, flamenco, and more.
  • Dancers Warehouse — Carries Capezio, Chacott, Gamba, Freed & Grishko pointe shoes. Discount prices.
  • Discount Dance Supply — The mother of all online dance stores.
  • Gaynor Minden — Ballet shoes and leotards.
  • GTLS Designs New! — Custom tutus and tutu rentals. Really lovely work. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Halsey Onstage Top Pick New! — A professional costumer & designer, Travis Halsey offers patterns for tutus, bodices, leotards and more. A few patterns for men’s dance clothing/costumes.
  • On Stage Capezio — Men’s & women’s shoes, leotards, tights, accessories, etc. Sells Capezio and other brands. Store located in NYC.
  • Principal Dance Shoes — Sells their own brand of pointe shoes, ballet slippers, characters shoes, and custom-made boots.
  • River’s Edge Dancewear — Ballet, flamenco, belly dance, skate wear, men’s & boys’, and more.
  • Russian Pointe — “World class shoes for world class performers.” Sells their own brand of pointe shoes, ballet slippers, and costumes. Also books and videos.
  • Sandy’s Dance Xpress — Ballet, tap, ballroom, lyrical, jazz, folklorico, etc.
  • Sansha — Their own brand of dance shoes, dancewear, warm-ups, accessories.
  • SF Dancewear — Ballet, ballroom, gymnastics, flamenco, tap, and more. Two stores located in San Francisco and Oakland.
  • Star Styled — Dance dresses, flamenco dresses, leotards, tights. Has a lot of stock that is different from many of the other online dance supply sites.

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Flamenco Costume & Supply

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