I totally forgot to show you finished costume pictures from RomaFest. But you need to know that I got there nice and early for pre-show rehearsal and spent times napping dressed like this. The show was huge, those of us dancing in a Turkish Roma influenced style were but a small part, probably making up … Continue reading Finished Costume Pictures.
I hope to get better photos at the show on Sunday but here we go! RomaFest is this Sunday. I am having some strong imposter syndrome feelings but I know I love to dance. I didn't have time to make something from scratch nor the money to buy anything that would be of the same … Continue reading Costume Finished!
Today brings me to sewing I don’t really want to do but need to do. I have two jobs. One as a mild-mannered English teacher (for Japanese children) and the other as a belly dance teacher/performer (for Japanese adults, Turkish restaurants, etc.). My English teaching is within set hours that don’t fluctuate from week to … Continue reading Costume Alterations.
I've been thinking this but not typing it...for fear of jinxing it...it's nice to be writing. I used to blog daily...yes...Live Journal. I'm older than you may think. A lot of things squelshed it. Depression hitting new lows after 3/11 the Tohoku quake and everything at Fukushima. The great NEED to write for emotional reasons … Continue reading Gratitude and pictures.
Let me start with corrections and omissions regarding this passage from the last post: “Oh, ancestors go-to-China!” exclaimed Emery Bag. “We live in the present, and I demand—I demand justice. I leave it to anybody if it’s fair to have twenty needles stuck into your heart at once!” A friend of mine contacted me to … Continue reading Chapter XII & XIII: Mary Frances’ Treasure Box & Making a Doll’s Apron.
I brought Snow home and I set to making a dress to check to make sure the patterns worked for the doll I'd bought. Unfortunately this meant skipping ahead in the pattern order. The Mary Frances sewing book comes with a series of inserted patterns and mine magically had all...except the first insert for Night-Gown, … Continue reading Making the Morning Dress
Part of why I started making the projects in the Mary Frances sewing book was to up my hand sewing game. I actually hand sew a whooooole lot of dance-related costumes, they'll make some cameos here as will my homemade clothing because many of the leftover fabrics that are going into the projects are from … Continue reading Baste it!