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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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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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