Tips for fnding Affordable Dancewear- The right way or the China way This could be helpful for dancers who don't have much money to spend on a competition dress and cannot afford any of the hand-crafted designer dresses. Many dancers prefer to go online and just purchase their costume form an e-bay seller (from China for example)attracted by low price. But soon they realize what's the difference between cheap and cheap looking . Why most of the dresses made in China and Vietnam and Korea, flooding the e-net are so cheap? - In most cases, fabrics are of extremely low quality ( often with some defects on them) - Cheap crystals. (Korean stones are plastic based , scratch easily and don't have the same sparkle like Swarovski or Preciosa) - Automated manufacturing : For the most part, costumes are made by machines instead of being hand crafted by professionals. - Low and often non-excising quality control. Which in this case means that even if there is some obvious defect on the dress, nobody would even notice it . - No guarantees at all- in most cases you gonna have a big problem getting your money back if there's something wrong with the dress you ordered. hyperlinks removed as per our Guidelines: PLEASE read. But even then, there's always alternative ways for having a good quality costume made for less. It requires more involvement in the creative process but the end result is worth the time and effort. If you are on a limited budget and your competition date is getting closer , instead of panicking and shooting desperately in the dark, think of what you have and what you need in order to end up with a nice dress which you actually could afford. Ok, here's the things you will need: some time, some money ( invest the money you would otherwise spend on on of those cheap looking dresses) and a good design idea. 1st- Try to make a sketch of your own future dress, the way you imagine it. You can base it on your own idea or on a picture you saw on the e-net. 2nd. Decide what fabric and colors you would like to use. The fabric must be stretchy ( preferably 4-way stretch) 3rd. Order the fabrics 4th. Borrow a quality gown from someone you know just to see it's structure. The high quality gowns usually have built in bodysuit & bra cups. 5th. Try to find a local seamstress on the e-net. and ask them if they are used to working with stretchy fabrics. 6th. Go there and show them your sketch, fabrics and explain to them what the structure should be. Usually an experienced seamstress won't have any problem working on design sketch especially if you explain to them what exactly is that you want. And you want bodysuit with built in bra on the inside. 7th. After you get the dress put together , you need to purchase stones where you can choose from Korean ( not recommended) , Preciosa & Swarovski. Preciosa are as good as Swarovski, there's no difference in quality. Preciosa are still around 20% less expensive. Then you can put put on the crystals yourself, the way you like it and as many as you want. Or you can ask somebody to do that for you. I believe that if you decided to go that way , for the money you would spend on one of those dresses you can end up having a far better quality dress that you would actually wanna use more than once and that will look much better in the stage spotlight. You just need to put in some more time and use your own creativity. If you do that once, the second time will be even easier and more enjoyable. hyperlinks removed as per our Guidelines: PLEASE read.