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1  All you need is LOVE (and Vegas!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Sminking_of_gin on: March 07, 2009 01:13:46 AM
Alright, so a week ago.  My husband and I went to Vegas for my birthday.  We'd gotten a killer deal from The Mirage as we've stayed there before.  2 night stay and 2 tickets to The Beatles LOVE for $300.  Both of us are HUGE fans.  So, we planned to see the show, then hit The Revolution Lounge.

Me, being the tomboy I am realize, well crap...jeans aren't going to work.  I can be fashionable when I want to and (with a little help from my friends) made this fab skirt and finished the day before we left!  I just started sewing this November and it's mostly been tshirt reconstructions, so this was my first full project!  I'm very pleased and got loads of compliments while in Vegas!

I'm not used to being girly..and wasn't actually trying to be (my knee was bugging me a bit), but it seems to work in my advantage in the photo!

and because I'm a total geek...I have to post this.  I'm a Paulie girl and that's his original Hofner violin bass.  WANT!!!

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2  burlesque tophat (tutorial) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Sminking_of_gin on: October 30, 2008 01:23:21 PM
So, I'm brand new to posting here at Craftster (been watching a long time though).
Anyway, a quick bit about me;  I'm a burlesque performer.  I also am obsessed with the 1960s, needless to say that's my lil niche in our show.  I'm the psychedelic/60s/Beatles girl.  I should also mention I'm obsessed with The Beatles (which you'll see more as I post).  Even my own mother thinks I was born in the wrong decade.

Anyway, on the topic of burlesque...I had planned to debut a new number to the Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" I had the costume plotted out...except one thing I didn't have was a decent top hat.  I searched and searched.  They were all 50-100 dollars and with the economy being what it is, that's not feesible!
So, I decided "screw it!  I'm making one"

Well, I have never made a top hat.  I decided felt would be a good base and here's how I did it.
mind you, I also don't know how to sew well...so this was all done using glue guns (I had the burns to prove it!)

first, I took some stiffer felt and made the main part of the top hat

I cut a circular base out of softer, more flexible felt

After the 2 main peices were cut, I made sure they looked ok together and marked how tall I wanted the hat.

Here's where I got stuck, so I put the project down for the night as my brain was fried from various other things I was working on, woke up in the morning and had it figured out.  I took the top of the top hat, cut to the line I'd drawn out, a few lil cuts here and there (unfortunatly I didn't get a photo of that), then folded them toward the middle, one at a time, gluing the next peice to the previous.  it wound up looking like this when I was done

next, I took the base and measured the circumfrance of the top part.  after I did this, I made a small hole in the middle of that and began cutting so that I was making triangles outward from the middle. and it looked like this

next I took the base and started gluing those triangle cuts to the inside of the bottom of the top part (really it makes sense somehow).

So, I had my top and base glued together, but the sides needed to be a little curled up to be a proper hat.

I grabbed some fabric stiffener, curled those edges up and sprayed away!  I let the hat sit for about an hour and this was the result.

Now my base of the hat was done, but it needed to look a little less rough.  Somehow I had some random black satin I hadn't realized I bought (love it when that happens!).

So, with the fact I do almost all 1960's numbers, I'm always looking for psychedelic fabric to work into things.  Since I was doing a number where I'd be portraying a devil, I needed red.  I found a very interesting fabric and bought as much of it as I could.  here's the fabric and my dog testing it out.

The first thing I did with the fabric was I cut out a hat band and attached it to the hat.

So, I had also bought some feathers.  It seems like feathers are some of the greatest accessories to any burlesque dancer!
I attached those to the right side of the hat.

Finally, I attached some elastic to the inside of the hat as a fascinator and I was done.  Here's multiple views of the finished product (yes, there is an Abbey Road purse in some shots...my friends give me crap that that bag is everywhere I am).

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