More photos from the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Fundraising event. The festival is fantastic – you should check it out if you are in the city in May of 2014.
Lux Mystica at the Biltmore cabaret. Pictured is my beautiful assistant. Great fun! Met lots of cool folks and saw much neat stuff…
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Lux Mystica table to chat and check out our sparklies!
The photo is a little blurry. It was dark and atmospheric and very burlesque.
I hear there will be more VIBF events coming up and I encourage you to come out and participate!
Lux Mystica will be setting up shop at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Burlesque Bazaar 2014 Fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Doors open at noon the Biltmore Hotel.
This will be a great event – lots of vendors, fashion shows and entertainment. Come on down if you can!
I will be at the Seattle Burlycon November 8 to 10th. I have new stuff: cuffs, fascinators, bags and PASTIES. Here’s a sneak peek!
These are lightweight but sturdy and will last until your burlesque days are long gone.
More on it’s way…
A while ago I started a headdress by making medallions. I called the project “Gatsby”.
I left it for a while as I thought about assembling the medallions into the headdress the way I wanted. I changed my mind a couple of times, but finally I decided how to link the three circles. I used the thick interfacing that I used to back the medallions, making a band of two connected strips which are darted to form a curved centre. I was going to put a plastic headband under it, but I am still not sure it needs that. A wire sewed under might suffice, but we shall see once it has been completely beaded so I know the final weight of it.
These are pictures of it in progress – not done yet, but to show that I haven’t forgotten old Gatsby, it’s just that it’s a big project and I want it done exactly right. Click for larger views!
Two new beaded appliques for a fascinator / hat! A lock and a key in golds and browns, bugle beads for structure and solidity. And they’re BIG. The key is 15cm ( a little over 6 inches).
These will be sewn onto a teardrop hat form base, which has been covered with a faux suede fabric.
The lock has the keyhole opening cut out and filled on the underside with dark lines of beads for a three dimensional effect. It works pretty good, I think!
The hat will also have netting on it, to tie all the elements together.
Cute and saucy hat pics coming soon….
This is a project I did a while ago. I made a gold bra and belt for a belly dancing costume. The bra and belt bases were made to fit, then covered with shiny gold fabric. The fabric is stretchy and the “shininess” is a bit awkward to get a needle through. Not impossible, it just takes a little more time. Once the pieces are covered they are ready to be embellished!
I began by sewing the gold gimp trim on to get the pattern started. Once that was on the rhinestone chain was couched down on top of the wavy gimp. So that the fabric gimp didn’t look lame and unglamorous, I added AB (aurora borealis) finished and silver-lined glass beads on top to sparkle it up.
Then on to the bottom of the belt, which is a simple sequin-bead arc with gold holographic sequins and three silver-lined gold beads. This always goes much faster than you think it would, which is a nice change when doing beadwork!
Back up to the top I spent a long time laying out the crystals and short bits of rhinestone chain between the gimp and long chain. When I settled on the final design the trick is to keep it in mind while sewing the bits on. A quick sketch on paper that you can keep beside you (even better if you place the items right on top of the drawing, so you know exactly what you are doing) and it goes fairly quickly. I also put a few larger flat holographic sequins held on by one chunky AB bead in there to tie the sequin look together and a few gold bugle beads to strengthen the look of the thin rhinestone chain.
The edges of the belt are finished off with a spiral edging stitch. This stitch lays more to the front, with the spiral going just over the top (or bottom) edge, then around again in a diagonal line. Again, this generally goes faster than you think it will. It takes a lot of beads, but it looks fantastic and gives a smooth, thick and lovely finish. The bottom spiral is looser because the looped fringe is sewed on and it doesn’t need as much.
Lastly, yes the looped fringe. The hardest part of this is getting the loops even and the proper loopiness by marking the belt where the loops start/end. It takes time to test and retest and once you have got it figured out write down the exact number of beads / patterns / belt marking measurements for each loop or you will be slowed down and frustrated.
The loops are best double sewn with doubled thread (so 4 threads for each) and sewn on separately so that if one gets caught and breaks, it won’t affect the rest of the belt.
Line the inside with complementary hued and non-slippery fabric, sew on a few huge snaps and trouser hooks to hold the belt together and shimmy on….