Giving thanks

Hi all!

I am wanting to express my gratitude to all of our fans, customers, friends and supporters. Creating our clothing business has been fun and rewarding yet we marvel at how unpredictable and hungry it is. Our “baby” is only half a year old and growing quickly, which is so thrilling to experience. In celebration of Thanksgiving, I want to tell you how important you are (yes, you!) and how grateful we are for your support, humor, patience, Facebook comments, emails and all the good energy sent our way. A business doesn’t just run itself: it takes the input of many to make it happen. If you’re reading this, we thank you.

We’ve got a lot of cool stuff comin’ around the corner and look forward to telling you all about it. In the meantime, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Safe travels and be well!

Kim (and Brian)

 

 

 

 

 

JamBallah NW Recap

What an excellent event! Sakkara Clothing & Costume recently had the pleasure of vending at JamBallah NW during three exciting days of dance workshops and shows at the Bossanova ballroom. There was also a fun fashion show on Thursday night, which one of our models covered in her blog. Read about her experience here.

A big, heartfelt thank you to all of our customers and supporters for helping to make this event a success!

Very special thanks to: Endymienne, Jen Samson and Elise Morris of Narcissa Productions LLC, Bianca McCarthy of 9 Ladies Dancing Productions, Rebecca Conant, Jasmine Rain, Becky Swank, Jessica Hebert, Grace Constantine, Brian Enigma, Lorette Jackson, Fredrick Zal, Victor, Andrew Gatchel, Bhrigha GypsiKeltNylaresh and Emobie Photography.

Nylaresh dancing in the Saturday night show. She is wearing a custom bra and belt by SCC.

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A Guide to Laundering Costumes Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series written by friend and colleague Monica Schierbaum. I first met Monica at the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival many years ago where she was helping out at the Silk Road Tribal booth. Monica is one groovy lady and thrives on costuming and belly dance as much as I do. I hope you’ll enjoy the article she has written. -ks

If you missed Part 1, check it out here.

Laundering costumes and embellished clothing can present a bit of a challenge. Specialty fabrics, beads, feathers, trim, fur and similar all need special care. So how do you clean a garment without dry cleaning or throwing it in the washing machine? Let’s find out.  Continue reading A Guide to Laundering Costumes Part 2

A Guide to Laundering Costumes & Embellished Clothing Pt. 1

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series written by friend and colleague Monica Schierbaum. I first met Monica at the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival many years ago where she was helping out at the Silk Road Tribal booth. Monica is one groovy lady and thrives on costuming and belly dance as much as I do. I hope you’ll enjoy the article she has written. -ks

Read Part 2 here.

Laundering costumes and embellished clothing can present a bit of a challenge. Specialty fabrics, beads, feathers, trim, fur and similar all need special care. So how do you clean a garment without dry cleaning or throwing it in the washing machine? Let’s find out.

Continue reading A Guide to Laundering Costumes & Embellished Clothing Pt. 1

Bridgetown Fashion Revue

My, what a wonderful night! On March 26, 2011 Bridgetown Fashion Revue debuted at the Alberta Rose Theatre. We had a great time. It was an honor being a part of this fantastic show.

Photos by Circle 23. Models are Grace Constantine, Endymienne and Henna. MUA: Miky Solares. Accessories by Vauntville.

Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Belly Dance

10.) We’ll never dance to rock music the same way ever again.
9.) It’s not just for the ladies.
8.) We contribute befuddling expressions to the American vernacular. In 100 years people will say, “Break a belly? WTH does that mean?”
7.) Finding costuming potential in unlikely sources (“Ooh, I love that shower curtain! Now, if I just attach some rings here and grab that plastic dinosaur…”)
6.) It has the same reality-altering benefits as using a 12-sided die or training in medieval combat. Not that we know anything about these things (coughcough).
5.) Chances of meeting someone famous increase by 5.586772%
4.) More sparklies, whenever we wish!
3.) If one can dream it, you can dance it.
2.) It is transformational for our minds and bodies. It feels great for dancers of all shapes and stripes. Don’t believe us? TRY IT!
1.) Belly dancers drink from the fountain of youth.

Hey, tell us why you love belly dance!

Staying connected (and entertained)

Whew. I’m tired but happy. It’s been a busy, exciting and productive month in SCC land. There are piles of patterns and fabrics on every surface in the studio, with tax documents also commanding attention from their prime spot on my desk. Recently, my models for Bridgetown Fashion Revue came over for a fitting. I think we all had an enjoyable time amidst playful cats attempting to steal the measuring tape.

And hey, guess what! While we’re on the subject of the BFR show, Brandy of Vauntville will be making some special pretties for our show. If you haven’t seen any of Brandy’s gorgeous creations yet, make haste and follow the link. Welcome to the team, Brandy!

So, even though life and business couldn’t be more chock-full of awesomeness, oftentimes I am feeling a little starved for well, belly dance. Working 12 hour days as a one woman operation, I find it incredibly challenging to make it to a dance class or performance. In honor of all workaholics out there, I thought I would share a couple of sources for staying connected (and entertained) while plugging away at your dreams.

What? A belly dance reality show? Yep.

Especially good for a kick in the ass, while in the privacy of your own home

Tempest tells it like it is, with very pretty pictures

Princess Farhana’s awesome blog

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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