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 Amulya asked about a post to gather all the costume entries for the Pink Turkish costume. It is also an excellent opportunity to show you pictures of the finished costume. I have worn this costume six times since I finished it and it is holding up great. I'm a little bit concerned about the holographic foil print turning silver over time, but so far, so good. I haven't written about making the accessoiries: there is a matching upper arm band and a triangular hand decoration. They were fairly easy: I used a paisley medallion, added to a strip of fabric and edged in beads/sequins. The necklace is my multi-color butterfly necklace that also matches my Pharaonix butterfly. Come to think of it, it matches most of my costumes as it is multi-color. I highly recommend investing in a multi-color jewelry, as it creates an extra bit of visual interest. Rhinestone jewelry just didn't cut it for this costume.

This is a picture of our duet. Hadyr is wearing the Bella I sold her earlier this year, which was the reason why I needed a costume to match it's magnificent blingy-ness. Picture by Merijn van der Vliet:

And here's a close-up from a later show in Bussum. Picture by Michael van Schijndel:

And here is a rather dark video of our duet, taken at a hafla in Wageningen. 

The history:

1 - feb 20th: The materials
2 - feb 21th: belt pattern and base
3 - feb 22th: covering the belt base
4 - feb 24th: rhinestones everywhere
5 - feb 25th: paisley medallions
6 - feb 26th: Vanilla glitter
7 - mar 7th: a whole lot of bling
8 - mar 22th: Fringe!
9 - mar 24th: help me pick a skirt
10 - mar 29th: the bra base
11 - mar 31th: covering the bra
12 - april 7th: beading and fringe on the bra
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 Several anxious dancers asked me on april the third if I had finished the costume on time. I did finish it on time, I put the lining in on Friday. What I might not have mentioned yet is that I was the event organizer for the show, together with the lovely Arya. In addition to organizing the event I was also performing three song in the show: a solo, a duet and a group performance. 

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 In my last costume update, you've seen the bra base. In order to make those funky shaped cut-outs keep their shape, I needed to add metal wire to the bra cups. I prefer to cover the bra base first, and stitch the metal wire on later.
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That's all for today, tomorrow I'll post the pictures on the beading and adding the  paisley appliqué's (the same one as the center medallion on the bra).

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 When people commented on the pictures of the belt, one of the most often asked questions was: 'will you do cut-out on the bra too?'. In this post I'll show you how I converted a basic bra into a bra base and made a couple of cut-outs in the bra cup. My lack of posting the past couple of days is because I've been practicing my ass off for the show next Sunday. I can't wear a pretty costume when my dancing is not up to par.

be prepared for LOTS of pictures )

That's it for today, tomorrow I'll post pictures of the process of covering the base with fashion fabric. In case your wondering: this costume needs to be finished for the weekend and my lj posts are behind ont he facts. So rest asure, this costume will be ready on time in all it's shiny glory :)
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 My hands have not been idle in the past weeks. I spent 20 hours on making the beaded fringe for the belt and after that I needed a couple of days to put the belt in my living room so I could stare at it in awe. It's so pretty and sparkly!  It also helps me to keep me motivated, as it will take a lot of hours to make/finish the matching bra. That's what I'm going to work on the next couple of days, stay tuned for more costuming posts. 

you know the drill, here be pictures )

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Other events had me occupied last week so I didn't write much about the costuming project. My hands have not been idle though:  I've spent 13 hours on beading the belt.

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I'm currently busy with beading the fringe, another tedious and long winded process. I can bead about 5 cm of fringe per hour and the whole belt is app. 110 cm long. It might be a while before I post the update of the finished fringe. Lucky for me I have tons of movies and series to watch while beading :)
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 No pictures today, but a bit of contemplating about yesterdays poll about chosing colors. And for me a chance to take three of my favorite things and mix them together, the three things being chocolate, glitters and costumes :)

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That's all folks, regular costume posts will continue soon.
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 I promised to give you guys a peek of the belt with the rhinestones, and here we go.
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An update on the resources: the sequins arrived in Tuesday and the beads arrived today. Those hot pink beads? They are not matching the sequins and fabric. Lucky for me, the supposedly purple beads are a perfect match, so I'm going to use those. I also realized that I needed more gold bugle beads and purple bugle beads then I expected, if I want to make the fringe too. I ordered those today but expect that it will take another 5 days before they arrive. 

Tomorrows post is all about the paisley front closure that isn't pictured in the above update.  

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 I promised to show the first rhinestones today, but I have to put that on hold for tomorrow's post. Today was filled with working on the preparations of our (meaning Arya and me) first belly dance theater show RonDom Buikdans. Yep, that's the show I'm making this costume for!

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See you tomorrow!
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 Covering the belt base seemed like an impossible task. With all the cut-outs, curls and corners, I was not looking forward to the process. Today I'll show you how I covered the swirly part of the design.
Read more... )Covering the complete belt took me 3 hours, but it is very satisfying to see how the project is advancing. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of the whole belt covered in fashion fabric, and the first rhinestones will make an appearance :)
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I made a sketch for the belt, and turned it into four pattern pieces. Do not imagine anything fancy going on here, I used my basic belt pattern, modeled one after a Bella belt that I liked and used a pen to fill in the curls and stuff. The catch is that I wanted the belt to have a lot of cut-outs, creating peek a boo holes to the skirt worn underneath. This will allow the costume to be very versatile, depending on the skirt worn with the bra/belt.

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For a duo performance on April the third, we've been practicing and choreographing a song from Asena's 2005 cd. We didn't decide on costuming yet, but I assumed we'd wear old school Turkish bra and belt sets. I still have my first pro costume, an ancient Bella bra/belt that I bought second hand from my teacher. However, something unexpected happen: I had a Bella costume that didn't fit me, and my fellow dancer fell in love with the costume and bought it from me. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bella costumes: she creates beautiful costumes, using high quality crystals and holographic sequins. Her bead work is amazing, made into almost lattice like curls and shapes. In short, my fellow dancer had a kick-ass modern style Bella costume and asked me if she could wear it for the show. We agreed that she could, but I sort of forgot that I haven't got anything similar in style or bling to match.

That's when I decided I should make a modern Turkish style costume that would look good on stage next to a Bella. To make matters more complicated, I'm on a rather tight budget (that's why buying a costume was not an option). I do have a lot of time on my hands and that is a real advantage in this case! I plan to finish this costume in four weeks, and will update often on the progress and problems I run in. Today part 1: the materials.

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That's it for now, more on the belt pattern tomorrow!


Dec. 20th, 2009 01:36 pm
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Swas, you're cards got here on time, thank you! I was delighted by the extra glittery stars :) Will see you next teausday at Sellie's place, I'll be there around 16.00. The last two days we did a lot of cleaning to get ready for the party. Jeoffrey baked four batches of quiche, I baked Dutch apple pie and we got way too much stuff into the pantry just in case.

Dad and Marjan arrvide around three. He had a special request for me: he asked if I could do a belly dance performance on his 60th birthday. He rented a local cultural facility for his special birthday party. I told him that I'd be delighted to do a short performance, if he agreed to salsa with me. He recently started with salsa classes and he and Marjan looked really cute trying to explain the steps they learned sofar. Is it a good idea? I do not know. But it will be fun nonetheless. The party is on the 5th of february.

After that, people dropped in. Like Sellie, little brother, J.'s friends and parents, fellow trainees, Ikaiya, my mother and aunt, three belly dancers from our local get together group, and then some. Ikaiya brought her chocolate fountain,it was a big hit with the women. I've been spoiled rotten by all the nice and thoughtful presents! Jeoffrey's parents got us cutlery, now we have six of each and they all match. I've been drinking tea all night so despite going to bed around 4 am I'm lucid enough to clean up and surf the webs.

The pink sim is on it's way to a new owner in Germany. I was sad to see that amazing crystal studded costume go, but its a good decision since it was too short for me. I'm once more eying the white Hanan on the swapmeet, decided that I should finish the red dress first. Ah, two weeks of holiday to look forward too :-)
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pictures )
Skirt in picture is a piece of burned velvet pinned at the waist, so I think I want to make a pink skirt out of it. Any suggestions?
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the two shirts that I made today:
hotfix fun )
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Yesterday was my day off and since I wasn't feeling very well wednesday, I decided to take it easy and do stuff that I like. Working on the medieval dress that I finished last week made me realise how much I miss sitting behind my sewing machine, so I took a dive in my fabric stash for a tie-dye batik fabric that I bought in september with the intention of turning it into a summerdress.

The sun was shining and I got into a summery mood, so I decided to make the dress now. Out in the streets it's too cold for summerclothes, but on the terrace in the back it's warm enough to sit in a bikine. Having houses all around that keep it out of the wind has it's good points too.

I took a break and sat in the sun, chatting with our neighbours whom I don't see very often. I read a bit, went to the sewing supply store because I ran out of thread and needed a hidden zipper, went to the gym with Asha and cooked for Jeoffrey. In all, it was a perfect day!

The only thing is that I didn't have time for dance practice, which goes to show that you can't have it all. At least I got in touch with my sewing machine again :)

I used a Burda pattern that I wanted to make for 9 years (burda nr 5, 1997). I got up early today to finish it, it has a 'island girl' feel to it. Ofcourse I cursed myself for wanting THREE shoulderstraps over each shoulder, but I like it this way. I've added an extra strap in the waist, it ties at the back. The model needed a slightly smoother fabric, but this works well too. The bra cups are reinforced, so I can wear it without bra (even dance around!).

The front

and the back. I swear that the straps are misbehaving in this picture: I measured and alligned them in perfect symmetry.

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