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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!

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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