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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend JamBallah NW This Fri-Sat-Sun

JamBallah NW is happening August 10-12 in Portland, OR.

Hopefully you’re already attending, but if you’re local and still on the fence, here are five good reasons why you should join us:

  • Workshops are an excellent way to improve your dance. Elise always brings amazing instructors to JamBallah NW. This year is no exception, with a great selection of teachers from near and far. You could study with Ozgen, Aziza, Rin Ajna, Elena Villa, and so many more.
  • There is no better way to refill your well of inspiration than by watching your fellow dancers perform live. JamBallah NW offers FIVE opportunities to see belly dance — two evening showcases featuring the instructors and other invited dancers, and three afternoon shows full of dancers of all levels.
  • Do you like to shop? If so, there will be a fabulous assortment of vendors to tempt you with their wares. Sakkara Clothing & Costume is going to have a new capri pant design to show you, along with your tried-and-true favorites and a clearance rack you shouldn’t pass by.
  • You’ll get to check out the new venue! JamBallah NW has moved to the Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU. Still centrally located in Portland, still all in one building, still easy to get to on public transportation.
  • Finally, it is important to support the things you love. If you love belly dance, there’s so much value in getting out there and actually connecting with your fellow dancers face-to-face. Festivals give us that opportunity. So show your appreciation for the hard work the organizers do to provide this resource for the community. Attend a workshop or show. Buy some merch. And if your budget is tight, just show up and say “thank you” and soak up the good atmosphere.

We are looking forward to being a part of this weekend, and we can’t wait to see many of you there. Stop by the booth and say hello!

So Much to Be Excited About

A lot has happened since our last blog post! After a wonderful experience at Cues & Tattoos it was time to move (again). Simultaneously, several of our beloved events had exciting news to share, so we’re passing along this news to you.

Settling into the New Studio

Sakkara Clothing & Costume has relocated to a new studio in the Seattle area. This move meant that the shop had to close for a bit, but the website and Etsy shop are both live again. You’ll even find some new additions to the sale sections.

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Exciting news: our best-selling Corrie tops are on sale for the first time! With Summer festival season right around the corner, this is the perfect time to stock up on different colors, try something new, or ditch your underwires for something more comfortable.

Hooray for Hexenfest!

You may recall from last year’s blog post that Hexenfest is one of our favorite events. For a minute we thought it was going to end like so many of our other beloved festivals, but thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, it’s here to stay!

We’re pleased to announce that Sakkara Clothing & Costume is a proud sponsor of Hexenfest. We strongly believe in supporting the things we love. We can’t take festivals and other events for granted. Our community has lost too many good events in recent years. Support the events you love in any way you can: financially, on social media, and by inviting your friends.

Speaking of Events…

We’re also big fans of JamBallah NW! You may have heard that this event has moved to a new venue, which is true. The new site is Smith Memorial Union on the Portland State University campus. The great thing about this is that you can stay in the PSU dorms for a really reasonable price, which leaves more money for workshops and shopping (or late-night Voodoo Doughnut runs, we’re not going to judge).

Speaking of shopping, of course we’ll be vending! Come say hi.

We love how JBNW caters to dancers of all styles, levels, and abilities. If your budget is tight, there are workshop scholarships you can apply for, thanks to the generous support of Odd Fellows and micro-donations from other attendees. Lack of funds shouldn’t hamper your artistic growth, so we’re really pleased that this option is available.

Stay Tuned

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more exciting news from us and our favorite events. You can also join our FB group and chat with other Sakkara fans about style, dance, and more.

We Can’t Wait For Cues and Tattoos

This great event is happening at the Seattle Center April 5-8.

Cues & Tattoos 2018, artwork by Medusa Dollmaker.

 

 

 

We can’t wait–and not just because we’ll be vending!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a lineup of what to look forward to:

Workshops

Mardi Love, Cues & Tattoos Instructor
Mardi Love.

One of the best reasons to attend a belly dance festival is the opportunity to study with your favorite teachers. This year there are some interesting workshops from some of the best instructors in tribal/fusion belly dance:

Performances

Fat Chance Belly Dance performing at Cues & Tattoos.
Fat Chance Belly Dance performing at Cues & Tattoos.

When you get this many talented dancers together in one place, you know there will be some amazing performances. You’ll have five chances to catch some great belly dance.

  • On Friday night at 9, catch The Emerald Vardo Opening Night Party at Vera Project. This show offers dance and live DJ sets in a cool nightclub style setting (which means yes, there are drinks, too)!
  • Saturday night is the Theater Showcase at the Seattle Art Museum, from 8-10:30. This is a beautiful venue with a big stage and production quality.
  • On all three days of Cues, students and aspiring professionals will show off their skills at the Serpents Muse showcases from 12:30-3. This free event happens at The Armory, in the same room as the vending.

Vending

Sakkara Clothing & Costume Booth

Obviously we’ll be there with our collection of eco-friendly, handmade dance and street wear. But this is also a great opportunity to pick up a 25 yard skirt from Magical Fashions or a stunning belt from Fool Proof Studios. Check out the full Vendor List and start saving your pennies now, because you’re going to want to shop.

Food

Don’t you hate it when you’re at a dance intensive and you have to find someplace to eat lunch? Well, The Armory has an entire food court downstairs, with everything from healthy vegan food to burgers with all the fixings. There’s also a few coffee places to get your caffeine fix.

Humor us. The blogger is always hungry. She’s thinking about the mini cheesecakes at The Armory…right now!

This is Your Last Chance!

Sadly, this is the last year of Cues & Tattoos. Let’s show Adrienne and Julia how much we appreciate the hard work they’ve done for the past decade by sending this beloved festival out with a big crowd and lots of love.

Details

When: April 5-8, 2018

Where: Seattle Center

Workshops:  $45-225

Shows: $0-25

Vending:  free and open to the public

Parking: available at lots and garages around Seattle Center

Ruffle Pant Revival!

There’s just something about ruffles. They add depth and movement. They look great on stage.  They’re super fun to wear.  Obviously, we’re very pro-ruffle at Sakkara Clothing & Costume. 😉 We’re excited to announce that our Deluxe Ruffle Pant is back for a limited time!

Ruffle Pants
Ruffle Pant Revival ©2018 Sakkara Clothing & Costume, LLC

We’re offering so many sizes and colors that we had to separate all that ruffly goodness into two listings. Between Deluxe Ruffle Pant and Deluxe Ruffle Pant – More Colors you will find seven gorgeous options. Want a custom color? Contact us to see if it’s possible!

Deluxe Ruffle Pants start with the same organic cotton and bamboo fabric you know and love. Then, they’re embellished with oodles of handcrafted ruffles. Did you know the ruffles come from past projects? Each pant is a little different as a result. The mix depends on what we’ve been up to! Needless to say, this is one of our favorite practices for keeping textiles out of landfills.

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Not sure how to style them? Well, they look great on their own. We also love how they look with a short overskirt (if you’ve picked up one of our Velvet Ruffle Mini Skirts at a recent event, that would be a cute combination). You can even wear them under a full-length skirt. The ruffles give you extra volume and lift at the bottom. Add your favorite belt and costume bra, or a Corrie top, and you’re set!

Like all of our work, Deluxe Ruffle Pants are made to last. They will be a part of your wardrobe for years to come.

The Ruffle Pant Revival will only last as long as we still have ruffle making supplies, so don’t hesitate to order yours today!

See Us at the Night Market!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve got one more event coming up before the year ends. You’ll find Sakkara Clothing & Costume at the Life:Forms Night Market Holiday Shopping Soiree. This event will be held at Om Culture, a beautiful yoga and event studio just blocks away from Gas Works Park in Seattle.

Be there: December 15th, 8:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Life:Forms Night Market

The Night Market is not your typical arts and craft fair. For one, there’s this awesome thing where it runs until 2 a.m.. There is no getting up early on a Saturday morning to get the best stuff. You can get done with work, enjoy a little dinner, and then finish your holiday shopping.

We’ll be among more than 30 great local vendors. Not only will there be lots of handmade goods, but there’s will also be crystals, tarot readings, tea, and kombucha.  DJs will be creating the perfect soundtrack for your shopping experience. It’s a very Seattle kind of event.

Black velvet mini skirt by Sakkara Clothing & Costume.
Black Velvet Ruffle Mini Skirt with black pinstripe ruffle. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

If you’ve got some witchy types on your shopping list, this is the place to find the perfect gift from local artists and business owners. How wonderful is that?

Sakkara Clothing & Costume will be bringing a selection of our handmade, eco-friendly clothes, and drawstring dice bags (which make great gifts, or reusable wrapping for other gifts).

Dice Bags from Sakkara Clothing and Costume
Drawstring bags. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

There’s no cover to attend the Night Market, so even if you’re one of those organized people who already has their holiday shopping done, it’s worth just coming out to browse. You never know when you’ll find something perfect for yourself, or discover a new-to-you artisan.

See You at BurlyCon!

BurlyCon X

BurlyCon X is happening in Seattle this weekend, November 9-12. It’s always great to see an amazing event celebrate a milestone anniversary, so a big congratulations to BurlyCon on 10 years! We’re looking forward to celebrating with you.

What can you expect at BurlyCon? First, this is a burlesque education convention. Learn from some of the best performers on the scene who will be covering topics such as The Art of Seduction to Zippers, Snaps, and Hooks, Oh My!  One thing we really love about this event is that it goes beyond dance technique, featuring instruction on the business side of dance, like The Producer’s Tool Kit.

There’s also a lot of opportunity for discussion, with caucuses and panels happening throughout the weekend. Check out the subjects and get your schedule here!

BurlyCon X anniversary poster design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like any good convention, there’s great vending, too! You’ll find Sakkara Clothing & Costume vending this weekend, with ethical fashion pieces for performances, classroom, and street wear.

Ruffle Bootie Shorts
New Ruffle Bootie Shorts! ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

These ruffled bootie shorts are fabulously simple, yet super cute. Fully lined and designed with the expert fit we’re known for, these shorts layer great with your favorite leggings! By the way, the gold highlights in the fabric pick up stage lighting perfectly. 😉

Silver Gloves by Sakkara Clothing & Costume.
Silver fingerless gloves with button detail. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

Cute, fingerless gloves (that won’t break the bank) are a timeless accessory for any dancer. We’ll have them in a variety of materials and colors to match your favorite costumes. Our gloves are also a great gift for your dance friends back home as a souvenir from BurlyCon!

Teal velvet mini skirt by Sakkara Clothing & Costume
Teal crushed velvet ruffle miniskirt. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

Our velvet ruffle mini skirts can go from classroom to stage to nightclub. Teachers, these really help accentuate your bootie, making it easier for your students to follow what you’re doing, especially if you choose a color that contrasts with your pants.

We can’t wait for a fun, powerful weekend at BurlyCon X. We hope to see you there.

5 Reasons to Attend Hexenfest

September is already almost halfway over, which means Hexenfest is just around the corner! If you’re still on the fence about whether to attend, allow me to give you five excellent reasons to buy your tickets today.

5 Reasons to Attend Hexenfest

1 – Fall in Wine Country. Hexenfest is held in Sonoma County, where the average highs for late Sept/early October are in the upper 70s, and lows hover around 50. Sounds perfect for a festival, right? Warm, inviting temperatures during the day and the crisp bite of fall at night. And let’s face it, Sonoma County is a beautiful place year-round.

2 – I’ll be vending. Not only will I have everything that you can find on the website, but also some great designs that haven’t been posted online yet, like my velvet ruffle mini skirts. Don’t forget to also check out the sales rack. One of my JamBallah customers found a great sample of a discontinued style of pants… what will you find?

Teal velvet mini skirt by Sakkara Clothing & Costume
Teal crushed velvet ruffle miniskirt. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

3 – Live music and dance performances all weekend long. Since its inception, Hexenfest has been dedicated to featuring the best pagan and mythpunk bands, as well as dancers who draw on mystic influences to create their art. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from event organizer and musician Sharon Knight

4 – Workshops! It’s not just music and shopping all weekend. There’s opportunities to learn, create, and grow. For instance, Sydney Miles (aka Belladona Atropa) is offering a beginner-friendly belly dance class called “Sensuality in Dance.” What an incredible way to get in touch with your body! Check out the event schedule to see what other workshops and rituals might appeal to you.

5 – Participate in a clothing swap with people who actually share your taste. Sakkara Clothing & Costume is dedicated to slow fashion and keeping textile waste out of our landfills. What better way to ensure that the clothing that no longer quite fits or doesn’t match anything in your wardrobe goes to a loving new home? Best of all, anything that doesn’t get swapped will be donated, so you won’t even have to pack it up and take it back with you.

If that all sounds as good to you as it does to me, then I hope you’ll make plans to attend. Hexenfest is happening September 28th-October 1st 2017 in Geyserville, CA. It’s being held at the Isis Oasis, a truly magical location. You can get lodging on-site, in the cabins or camping. Day passes are also available if you’ve got other accommodations (like if you’re lucky enough to already live nearby).

What part of Hexenfest are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

The Big Move

Have you heard the news? I’m in Seattle now!

Yes, that’s right, after years of living and working in Portland, I’ve decided to move north.

Moving is always a big undertaking, but even more so when you’re not just packing up your personal life, but also your business. Moving a studio requires going through years of fabric and supplies and deciding what makes the cut to come to your new studio — and what needs to go in the destash bin!

Destash fabrics

While this is a big change for me, it shouldn’t impact my customers much. I’m still in the PNW, and it’s still influencing my design aesthetic. I’ll continue to do my favorite Portland events (I was just at JamBallah NW, in fact). I’ve just moved a little further up the road.

In the meantime, I hope that my Seattle-area fans will share with me their favorite local restaurants, shops, and events! Help me get to know my new home a little better. Leave a comment here, on my Facebook page, or touch base with me at Steamposium in October.

Join Me at JamBallah NW!

JamBallah NW Banner

This weekend is the fabulous JamBallah NW festival in Portland, OR. This celebration of Middle Eastern dance and American fusion is held at the Artists Repertory Theatre, a beautiful venue in downtown Portland. There will be great workshops all weekend, afternoon showcases and evening gala shows, and of course, a stellar vending area!

Silver Gloves by Sakkara Clothing & Costume.
Silver fingerless gloves with button detail. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

I will be there with all of your favorite Sakkara Clothing & Costume wares, including some new items not yet available on the web. My Velvet Ruffle Mini Skirts and Fingerless Gloves are great costume or classroom accessories for the upcoming Fall and Winter season. They’re available in a variety of fun colors, and as always, I’ll have sizes XS-3XL!

Teal velvet mini skirt by Sakkara Clothing & Costume
Teal crushed velvet Ruffle Mini Skirt. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

In addition, I’ll have some gorgeous fabric and costuming supplies from my studio destash! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a few things if you want to make some costuming to match your ready-made Sakkara Clothing & Costume pieces.

Here are a few of my favorite JamBallah NW tips:

-Parking can be a headache, especially if the Timbers are playing (thankfully it looks like they don’t have a home game that weekend). Give yourself extra time to find a spot if you’re driving!

-The best way to get to the Theatre is to take the MAX Light Rail. Thank you Portland for having great public transportation.

-The Artists Repertory Theatre is air-conditioned! The vending is free and open to the public. The afternoon showcases are only $5, so it’s a good way to cool off, be entertained, and find some nice additions to your closet even if you’re not a belly dancer.

-Don’t miss the evening shows! Show up an hour before the doors open to enjoy a glass of wine and some light snacks at the theatre bar. It’s an elegant evening of top-notch performance by the event’s teachers and professional dancers from around the country.

Black velvet mini skirt by Sakkara Clothing & Costume.
Black velvet Ruffle Mini Skirt with black pinstripe ruffle. ©2017 Sakkara Clothing & Costume.

Will I see you at JamBallah NW this weekend? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Reigning Down on Oregon

It’s time to start thinking about Reigning Down on Oregon, because it’ll be here before we know it! So, what’s RDOO?

A blurb from their website sums up the event nicely:

Do you like dancing?  Do you like music?  Do you like to eat, drink and be merry?  Do you love to laugh? Do you enjoy spending time with your friends and family doing what you love?  Well then, look no further! The sixth year of Reigning Down on Oregon is here! 

We’ve got a jam-packed retreat in store for you and we are so excited to head into the woods for our sixth year of art, friendship and fun in our wooded sanctuary of West Salem. 

Sakkara Clothing & Costume will be there to kick off our Pacific Northwest vending tour! Since this is one of our first events of the season, you can expect a great selection, beautiful new products, and focused, personal service.

Do take a moment and check out the RDOO website. They may have a few spaces still open (and it’s super affordable). Come join us in the woods!
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