Tips for purchasing a costume online (that fits)!

I love to shop online. When you make clothing for a living, it can sometimes be a chore to sew for yourself. For the sake of saving time and calories, I like to indulge and await shiny new pretties in the mail. It’s so much fun! With years of shopping practice under my sparkly belt, I’ve gotten skilled at finding the things I like and that fit me. The years have not been without mistakes, as I’ve learned the expensive way what not to choose.

Once I purchased a bra and skirt set from a well-known online costume shop.  After trying the costume on I discovered that the skirt was too tight. I couldn’t get the zipper up! I realized that I had relied on the lowest measurement the company has stated in the description. When I investigated the skirt further I discovered that the lowest number represented the tube-like skirt all the way down, while the skirt fabric was very stubborn. Not only was there no room for my butt, there was no way the fabric would have stretched to fit my hips.

On another occasion, a custom costume that I had ordered from Egypt fit perfectly, except the bra was too small. It was the kind of bra that gives you va-va-voom cleavage but feels bare and not very secure in other places. Why had this happened?

Here are some tips for making sure that what you order fits.

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Restoration of a Vintage Bedlah

It’s such a treat to restore an old costume. This pretty bra and belt set was no exception. It was loved and worn since the 1970’s, passed down from teacher to student. The sequins’ original color had flaked off, revealing a faded, once hot pink lining. Large chunks of the hand-placed fringe were missing. The straps remained attached to the bra cups by mere threads.

The challenge was to both restore the set to its original beauty and alter it to fit its current owner, the lovely Grace of Deviant Dance.

Grace in Vintage Red Bedlah. Photo used by permission

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Your Guide to a Scary Closet Purge

My phone rings.

Me: “Hello?”
Client: “Oh, I’m so excited! I’ve got a gig tonight!”
Me: “Well, cool! Sounds like fun. Whatcha gonna wear?”
Client:  “I thought I would wear my blue skirt but now I can’t find it. And then I thought I’d go with my silver bedlah but I’ve lost some weight and now it’s too big and I have no time to take the hooks in and (wailing sounds emit from phone)…and can you tell me why I have four pairs of holey, tomato red harem pants?”
Me: “Uh oh. Um, what about your blue and purple set?”
Client: “Hmmm, that might work. If I can find it (laughs).”

I get these phone calls occasionally. I’m happy to be a good listener yet I am often hired to help a client through what I call a Scary Closet Purge. A SCP is not just about getting rid of the holey harem pants or passing along the hip scarf that looks better on your daughter, it’s an overhaul of the Black Hole for Wayward Garments. A cleansing makeover of Closet Land. A pruning of the Wardrobe Forest, if you will (ok, that was pretty bad–sorry!).

The effect of a SCP is potentially life changing. You will feel more focused and free. You will rediscover the “gems” in your closet that you love and want to wear (but couldn’t because they were buried beneath a pile of shoes)!  You will create more space in your closet for the items that you actually want. You’ll know exactly what you have and where it is. More importantly, it feels amazing and can happen during any time or season.

Do you want success every time you reach into your closet? If the answer is yes, keep reading.

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Why hello there!

Well, goodness. How exciting is this!

Am I having first post jitters? Nope! I’ve got so much to share with you that it’s hard to decide what to write about first. My name is Kim Sakkara and I have been belly dancing (in some form or another, lol!) for over 15 years. I’ve been sewing, designing, creating and running amok only slightly longer.

So glad to have you. Please check back often. I’ll be guiding you through a Scary Closet Purge and telling the tale of the Dress That Wanted to Be A Miniskirt. You can get updates here, on Facebook or Twitter.

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