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1  1950s Secretary Burlesque Outfit [image heavy][nsfw possibly?] in Costumes: Completed Projects by Dicentra on: February 28, 2012 12:39:39 PM
My burlesque troupe, Rigor Mortis Revue, performed back in November at the Kentucky Tattoo Convention in Lexington, KY myself as well as some of the other girls took a super long road trip from Philadelphia down there to perform several numbers.

I first got the idea to do this number when sitting around the house listening to my boyfriend's Itunes, a strange song came on and I knew it would perfect for a burlesque number it was I need you by Shelly Duvall. I built up this whole image in my head of what it would be, a zombie secretary obsessed with her boss. I sketched up an outfit and came up with the most gorgeous and intensive costume I've put together yet (well maybe not as intensive as my dress robes). Here is my costume for the number. I sewed together everything but the top the gloves and the stockings, everything else I either made or embellished all by myself =)

Here you can see the skirt, shoes and hat that I made for the outfit (hair and make-up done by me as well)

A close up of the front of the fascinator

Here you can see more of the details of the fascinator that I made, it's made from french netting, green/black shift taffeta, there is a flower i made from the taffeta as well as some tule, mesh and chiffon and lace i had sitting around and the center has grey swarovski elements in it and the whole thing sits on a black&green feathered semi-circle

photos of the skirt in action!

You can see a little more of the shoes and the HUGE petticoat I wore to make the skirt all flouncy <3

Here is the beautiful beaded bra I made to go with the whole thing, there are tons of layers of trim and I covered an old bra and completely reconstructed parts to give it the perfect look.

Here you can see more details of the bra (wonderfully modeled by my pillow who is also modeling the super awesome spiderman pillow case I made for it)

The back of the bra

The original shoes, both a before and after I pulled everything off of them

The shoes once I was finished with them, and my cat who refused to move for the photo

A side view so you can see the beautiful trim I used

The pasties to top the whole thing off

I also made panties to go with it but I only have a shot of them on me so I figured I'd go without adding those in. Plus since I performed my number I have bedazzled them with gorgeous rhinestones!

[EDIT: I finally got around to adding the front piece of lace and bedazzling it]

I hand laid over 150 rhinestones in a gradient from white to yellow to green to black. Took about 3 hours with breaks and time to look up and watch grey's anatomy but not too bad if I do say so myself.
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2  Faux Leather Outfit in Costumes: Completed Projects by Dicentra on: October 03, 2011 12:05:24 PM
I'm a burlesque performer based out of Philadelphia, performing with Rigor Mortis Revue, our troupe had a photoshoot for Girls and Corpses magazine and they wanted to do an on location shoot with an apocalyptic theme. All the girls were made to figure out their own costume based out off of their character and personality, I immediately got to sketching out a design for it and this is what came from those sketches!

The "leather" is faux leather vinyl stuff, I know nothing about fabrics just how to make them into pretty stufff. I probably spent less than thirty dollars on the whole thing too!



Group shot

The skirt laces in the back and then the bustle is attached after. The top laces in the front and the back. This fabric was actually pretty easy to sew through. I got up to six layers through my machine before I had to hand sew!
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3  Harley Quinn Costume Help in Halloween Costumes by Dicentra on: September 21, 2009 03:35:38 PM
I'm making my own Harley costume from scratch sans pattern and I'm curious if anyone can help me with fabric ideas and how much of each kind I would need. Plus tips on making the horned hood. I live in Philadelphia and would like to buy the fabric in person so that I can know what I'll be purchasing. Anyone in the Philadelphia area able to help out with where in Philly I can buy some nice fabrics. I want more of a metallic look so I was thinking about going with either lame, vinyl, pvc, or some type of wet look/metallic lycra/spandex blend.

I would also like some help with her shoes, she wears flats and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get flats like hers.


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4  Harry Potter Robes in Costumes: Completed Projects by Dicentra on: July 11, 2009 04:08:45 PM
So me and my best friend are going to the midnight showing dressed up, I'll be Luna and she'll be Hermione, I'm having some difficulties with my sewing machine so I don't yet have my robes but she does. I made them without a pattern =) I'm pretty sure I did a good job

I also hemmed her skirt. =)))
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