Wow! Back from the bachanal that was BHOF 2015 and what a fantastic time was had by all. I'm tackling my sleep depravation and general state of bleary-eyedom with a post for you all. I mentioned a few months back how I'd become obsessed with experimenting with fabric dye ever since I met with success in my feather dying experiment, and I've finally tackled what I held as my Everest of fabric dying. A wedding dress. Since I've been married, well, let's just call it more than o
I'm not actually talking about drills, saws or Home Depot, although that also used to be one of my fave things before burlesque invaded my universe. I'm talking about one of my burly-besties from Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, Gloria Gamms, and the collective of craft gals who co-write a great blog called The Craft Co. It covers all things, well... craft. But with flare. As I am the first to call a well-made cocktail a craft, my favourite post thus far is how to mak
The topic of today's post is one of the very reasons I started this blog. I used to look at photos of Vegas-style showgirls and wonder HOW on earth they managed to wear such sleek-fitting fishnets under such skimpy costumes. They seemed to just magically stay in place with no visible waist bands or weirdo bulges. I also wasn't sure WHY these women with perfect-seeming legs were covering them with fishnets. Particularly since my experiences with fishnets ususally resulted in s
Well holy cow. For the first time ever, I tried dyeing ostrich plumes to match a fabric I'm working with. I was prepared for dismal failure and was fully planning on sharing my results whether it worked or not. My expectations were low, so imagine my freaking surprise when THIS was what I ended up with! Well knock me down with a feather! This, just 5 minutes earlier, was a WHITE feather! So here's how I did it and what I learned. Lots of photos, so bear with me. Firstly, I
Here's a pretty quick and simple fix for you. Remember the shoes that I painted silver and bedazzled last week? I also mentioned that I rehearsed in them for a couple hours. These shoes are holding up great, EXCEPT the silver fabric is like rough sandpaper against the skin. I also like to strap my shoes super tight around the ankle. This shoe has two sets of straps, and the fabric loop that holds the upper strip in place literally shredded the back of my ankle much like one
After I posted yesterday's post about the many uses of either Gem-Tac or Weldbond glues, I realized I failed to illustrate the thing that launched my discovery of the alternative properties of these adhesives. In other words, I forgot something. Have any of you ever had your tassel fringe (or even just plain ol' fringe), start to look messy on the ends after lots of use? Tassels in particular can lose their nice compact shape. Now you may not care, and that's totally fine.