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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tribaret bellydance costume finished! (img heavy) on: July 02, 2007 05:39:38 PM
I've finished another bellydance costume.

The bra cup base is hard cups from sugarpetals.com, the belt base is of my own design and cut from thick felt reinforced with interfacing. The fabric is chinese brocade.

Usually I do beading intensive costumes, but this was mostly layers of beaded lamp fringe to speed up the time. The metal accents are kuchi jewelry.

I an currently working on a similar costume and photographing it at most steps.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
(with a navy trumpet skirt)

(with a satin lilac skirt to pick up the light colors in the brocade)
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bellydance costumes (tribal/tribaret/casual) on: June 21, 2007 07:12:14 PM
I bellydance, and while I specialize in American cabaret with an increased interest in Turkish-rom, many of my dancing friends dance Tribal style.

For the last few years, my yearly birthday gift to my friend Anaan has been that I'll make a corset belt, using the Tepest Corest pattern, with the fabric of her choosing.

This year she waited 11 months before cashing in. She emailed me that she wanted something deconstructed and "ethnic albino" to go with an off-white costume she was gatheirng parts for. I mailed back asking "Your grandmother's unreveling silk dresses from time gone by meets tribal?"


And after some emails back and forth:

And then, for a recent duet I made this belt and halter (halter my own pattern) out of traditional Japanese fabrics.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Completed Bellydance costumes (cabaret) on: June 21, 2007 07:02:35 PM
This is going to be image heavy, it's been a few years since I posted regularly here and my crafting has not slowed in the meantime.

I'm a bellydancer on the side, and while I now have the income to buy new costumes I usually either buy used fixer-uppers or make my own now. I'll breakthis post into two, one for cabaret styled costumes and one for more casual costumes. These are all built from hard-cups and built up from there. I'm happy to answer any questions about process. I also blog about my costuming obsession ( and many obsessions) at parasitegirl.livejournal.com (you'll want to click on the costumes tag, because I write daily and most of it isn't costumes)

This is my most recently finished bedlah (belt and bra) I bought the hard cups from sugarpetals.com, covered them, and built the bra. I drafted a pattern for the belt constructed a base in flet and interfacing.

All the beadwork is my original design, and the fringe was done by hand. I bought the skirt.

Before that I made a new belt for one of my existing bra and belts so the set could be used with a wider range of skirt styles.

And between the two I built a bra and base for a coin cover set I7d bought used and fixed up. This helped me get in touch with my swearing at needlenose plier skills.

(in progress)

And I am currently working on a tribaret set (and doing some comissions for three local tribal style dancers):

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Yutakota on: December 02, 2005 08:12:48 PM
I had a knitting breakthrough while starting on my first attempt at making a knitted plaything from a pattern. I had just started the jess hutch free bunny pattern (http://www.jesshutch.com/bunny.html) when, all of a sudden, knitting 3-d creature in the round made sense to me. So I put the pattern aside, opened my stash, and knitted this without a pattern in three evenings.

It has been named Fuzzy Yutakota after two ADD twin boys (yuta and kota) who I teach. Soon it will travel to America in an art exchange for jewlery.

P.S. Any ideas on how to start pricing such goods? I have had a great deal of on-line feedback from my blog but I am used to pricing large drawings and not small creatures.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Dance-top two, shimmy bugalooo on: December 03, 2004 01:49:11 PM
In my continuing effort to make a bigger,better,cheaper, Bellydance costume this side of the Pacific (Japan) I offer my latest.

My first dance top was a bra I had covered with cloth and coins. This bra and belt were built up from a fondation layer of reinforced interfacing and individual bra cup forms which I ordered from http://www.sugarpetals.com/  fabric I purchased here, and some eBay fringe I bought for 9.99 a meter.

I may eventually add more bling-bling ( I will definately get a skirt that is a similar color.)

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mikado, You-kado on: November 19, 2004 02:30:34 AM
I knit here and there, solid with a pattern but that's about it. Last spring my knitting Grandmother passed away in America. I have just recieved a package from my family (I live in Japan) with her knitting needles. The family seemed to have gone on a very random yarn buying binge....assuming that a few random small balls and a few large ones of yarn will no doubt keep me busy. True, it will....but there is no store in Japan where I can easily match the yarn and I don't even know where to start looking for patterns...free sites can be overwhelming.... I usually start with a pattern first and then find the right yarn...

The most amazing yarn is https://interlacementsyarns.com/product.asp?id=439 one big skein (150 yard 2sts/inch on #11 needles )which is actually made by some friends of my fathers that I haven't seen since gradeschool...

I haven't the foggiest what to do with it. I'm thinking some sort of loose poncho. Any solid suggestion of patterns? If it is a pattern for purchase I will have to order it on-line some how...the lack of English language knitting pattern stores....
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Dance Top...yay!!! on: September 30, 2004 05:29:03 AM
This thing has haunted me, and now I think it is finished.

I have an upcoming solo bellydance thing, and no fancy costume, and no money for a fancy costume...so I found all the info I could about covering my own bra and.. here we are. I made the bra top and the sash ( which is over a coin hip scarf because I couldn't face having to put coins on anything else for a little while and I have to dance Saturday night.

I am so happy and only ya'll really understand what kind of work this took.

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Panel Skirt on: September 02, 2004 06:04:34 AM
I've been panicked about an upcoming bellydance thing and having no costumes. so I went through my scrap and hit this website http://homepage.ntlworld.com/crispin.roche/sewing.htm which has a nice generator for panel skirts.  The pattern is mainly for flamenco, so I had to drop the waist and put in elastic, but it's not half bad for an evening after my first day assisting a homeroom teacher in a Japanese elemantary school (which is why my face looks like that)

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / tissue box cozy on: August 23, 2004 07:23:43 AM
I know folks like to dis the tissue cozy...it reminds us of horrible crocheted crafts and those damned toilet roll cozy-dolls of crazy aunts...at times cozys represent the image of craft many of us are trying to escape....

But lately, here in Japan, I've been seeing funky cloth covers for tissue boxes at all the interior decoratig shops I like to window shop....and thus I started to think of my tissue boxes as ungainly creatures interupting my decor...throw in some financial belt tightening, a scrap pile, a recently purchaced used machine, and a night of staying in so I don't spend money and voila!

It snaps together in two places on top (I would have used velcro as it is more forgiving...but I didn't have any I just had tiny snaps and I was determined not to spend an extra cent on this project) and has a white cotton lining. I only had bright white cotton cloth, so for the outer layer I dyed the cloth with tea and then reinforced it with interfacing, following up with some very easy quick stitching for decoration.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Grace on: July 07, 2004 05:55:08 AM
Finally finished a sweater, flaws and all, that I might actually wear occasionally when the weather here cools down! Made a sweater...whoo-hooo. NOt perfect but functional and that's a start

Now, it would probably be helpful if I could tell you what substitute yarn I used, but, like the pattern designer, I also live in Japanand I suspect that the random on-sale acrylic-mohair blend is probably only available here.

I'm a beginer at joining anything, so the front center was a bit tricky at first, but other than that I would recommend the pattern for newbies like myself
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