Every dancer should have an Emergency Costume Sewing Kit in their bag. Even if you can't sew well, chances are you will be at a performance with other dancers who can help you out in an emergency as long as you have the supplies on hand. This kit uses a few items from around the house and is easy to assemble.
- Empty pill bottle
- 2 needles
- Safety pins
- Hooks and Bars
- Seam ripper
- Paper clips or bread wrapper clip
- Scrap of paper
Wrap about a yard of thread around the paper clip or bread wrapper clip. Most of my sewing emergencies involve hooks coming loose so I use upholstery thread.
I had to remove the cap of the seam ripper so it would fit in the bottle. I stored it face down so I don't get stabbed in the finger when I remove it. I chose the seam ripper over a pair of mini scissors because it serves double duty of cutting thread and ripping out those loose and broken hooks and bars for repairs.
Times to use your sewing kit
- The obvious - repairing loose and broken hooks on bras and belts
- Cutting off broken fringe or stray threads
- Use the thread to tie together broken necklaces and bracelets as a last minute fix to get you through a performance.
- Store beads, sequins, and jewelry that break during a performance for later repairs.
- Safety pins - enough said
- Make a fish hook and line with the paper clip and thread to pull rings, keys, etc. out of sinks, vents, and other tight spots. (Hey, you never know.)