mekyria: (strass stenen)
 Warning: this post contains images of extreme amounts of rhinestones and may cause temporary blindness due to all the glitter.

In part 4 you could see the progress on the front of the skirt, replacing the old beading with new beading. I'm not extremely pleased with the beading on the front, as I think the middle curl is too small. It would look better if it was bigger, but then again I vowed to myself to finish as many projects as I can in 2011. On January 1th 2012 everything that is left from my fabric stash, sequins, rhinestones, etc, will be given away to people who will make good use of them. My standards of what a finished costume should be have been lowered so I can get away with making more costumes this year. 

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The only thing left to do is making gloves/armbands and a headband, edged with gold seed beads. I also wanted to add a waist strap to the skirt, starting at the indentation in the waistband on the left hip, traveling around the waist and back to the waistband. For now I'm going to let the costume rest, as I have a student recital next weekend and my students might need to borrow skirts from me. I have two huge pieces of chiffon like fabric that I want to turn into skirts. To be specific, I've had those two chunks of fabric for over three years now, with the intention of making skirts. It's a good thing I'm making an extra effort to use the stuff in my stash this year!
mekyria: (strass stenen)

It's been a while since I've updated on the green velvet costume, but I assure you that there have been tons of things going on. I finished the bra about one or two eweks ago and posted a close-up on bhuz, but I didn't post it here because I wanted to give you a full update.
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More on the back of the skirt tomorrow.
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Since I screwed up on the dress I might as well do something fun with the leftovers. I designed a modern caïro costume from the leftovers and I think I can make it if I scrape everything together. This is the belt sofar:
 

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IThese pictures were promised to you three weeks ago, but today I finally had the time to dress up, take a snapshot and post it.
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pictures )

I want to add more square beaded medallions, inbetween the ones already there, maybe edge them with strass too and add pieces of silver beaded fringe to the bottom of the medallions. I'll get back to that later, first I'll add the fringe and continue on the front of the belt. Small adjustments are easier to make once the beading is done, at least it feels that way to me. Stuff that I watched while beading the belt: "Save the last dance', several episodes of the X-men animated series and reruns of ATWT.Henry is kidnapped, Katie is going undercover to find him and tries to get close to creep BJ (who obviously is a psychopath). The plot thickens around Gwen's  baby that isn't hers. There has never been a  baby born into a soap without complicated plot theories sofar.
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I had some extra time to work on the red costume last week because I had to work this weekend. SOmehow I get more done on weekdays then in the weekend. Questions about fit and design are included Anyway,

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mekyria: (strass stenen)
the two shirts that I made today:
hotfix fun )
mekyria: (find your inner dancer)
The hotfix rhinestones came in this morning. I decided to throw out some old shirts and buy new ones so I can decorate them. I didn't wear the old shirts: they don't fit right and they're not very presentable, they had to go. So what shall I put on my shiny new shirts?

I'm considering the following text, please add if you think of something:
-Raqs Sharqi
-Bellydancer
-bellydance (how original!)
-Kyria (I might as well advertise myself as well)
-flower design, butterfly, swirls.... (no, not the text)

While thinking about shirts, I came up with a great idea. How about creating artwork for different styles of bellydance? Like saidi with a nice picture of a saidi dancer underneath, meleya, egyptian, turkish... Not the whole picture of the dancer, just a cut from below the chin down to the hips. I think Egyptian and Turkish would be the most populair, but sofar I haven't seen shirts that play into the different styles of MED. I'll see if I can photoshop some examples tonight.
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I've been eyeing the rhinestone setters on ebay and on tellsell for a while. The tellsell system sucks if you want to use it for dance costumes as far as I can tell. I borrowed [livejournal.com profile] ikaiya 's rhinestonesetter and ordered 900 assorted s20 stones on ebay (15 euro's or something). If I manage to search through my closet for t-shirts that need extra glitter, I'll be good to go next week. In the meantime, I have a poll for you! see my other post for the fringeplacemet question of the bue costume.
mekyria: (find your inner dancer)
The idea of this costume came to me when I was digging through the piles of fabric that I have in my fabric stash. About 6 years ago I bought heavy, luxurious black stretch velvet and started making a catsuit out of it, but never finished it. The catsuit is still almost done, so I'm going to use the bottom part as pants for this costume. I also bought purple/pink/black iridiscent fabric two years ago, because it's so shiny and I wanted it. the rhinestone chain came into view when I vistited a local craft store who sells expensive sewing stuff. I decided to go for the minimalistic look, mainly because the fabric is so lush. The rhinestones really stand out (there is a strand in the draped part too, but it don't show well in the picture). The bra is almost finished by now.

meow! )Working on this one got me some more ideas in my head. The bra is progressing faster then I expected, when I made the drawing I expected that it would take much longer. This cossie needs a sleek choreo with a lot of fast, snakelike move, leaning towards modern dance, or something with arabic pop.

the rest of the costume )
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I'va been very busy with costuming the last few days. I made 5 veils (retty fast and easy) and a mermaid skirt from heavy forest green velvet. I had this fabric since the start of december, but was a bit afraid of starting this project.

I made a mermaid skirt out of it, with two front slits. The waist/hip is reinforced with cotton fabric so it doesn't stretch, and I made it assymetrical with a light dip on the right hip. I'll post pictures later to make things clearer. It turned out well, even the zipper in the back. I'm free-wheeling on the beading pattern right now, I put the skirt flat on the ground and am working with a white thread creating a nice pattern with curls. Hey, it doesn't have to be symmetrical, why not go loose when it comes to beading too?

I'm going to use gold beading, perhaps some rhinestones inbetween. I want the complete edge of the skirt covered in beading. Ambitious? yes. Impossible? no.

I'll muse over the bra later, I want it to be a strapless bra (like the one Jillina wears in one of er instruction dvd's, the brown bra) with a strap running from the middel of the bra to the back. So not completely strapless, but the bra should provide all the support by itself.

I also transformed a bodystocking from the second hand store into a bellydance practice top. Cut of the lower part, sewed a casing on the bottom and added elastic. Easy does it!

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