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« 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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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012 12:57:39 PM »

very original idea and a wonderful costume to go with! I love the impact the costume has, the effort you put in was totally worth it Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012 02:04:17 PM »

 First off, AMAZING concept for a burlesque number!! You Rock!!!

  Secondly, this whole outfit is beautiful. The bra looks flawless. The Petticoat and everything is just gorgeous!! You did an amazing job!

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012 05:51:07 PM »

Amazing! I especially love the shoes.

« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012 08:09:22 PM »

Everythiing is gorgeous! Great job! I especially love the bow on the back of the bra to cover the clasp, its just one of those little details that makes the whole outfit.

Great job on your makeup too!

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012 09:56:19 PM »

Love it! You did a wonderful job. Grin

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012 10:51:14 PM »

Honestly can't decide which part of your costume I like best. The skirt ... The fascinator ... That bra ... Those shoes. You've made me very curious as to the look of the panties, can you perhaps model them on your spider-man pillow too?

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2012 11:03:23 PM »

I love everything! You used my favorite colors. Cheesy I'd love to know how you made the shoes, I've had a few very unsuccessful attempts to cover old shoes..


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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012 07:01:18 AM »

The shoes were hard and I kinda messed them up but they're only for stage use so it didn't matter to me if they weren't perfect, I got glue alll over the outside of the fabric. I basically just laid the fabric over the shoes cut a similar pattern to their shape and glued it to it. I used an exacto to cut away all the extra and then put a black trim along the top edge of the shoes...Adding the bow also helped to cover some of my mistakes.
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