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Crafting A Costume Bra

Posted by Tessa Thompson on November 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Do u belong to the itty bitty committee or was the song do your boobs hang low written for you?

Well I have the solution to all our bra woes from the small to the busty, the perky to the low hangers....the one wonder bra for all! Let's admit it we all want bigger boobs, perkier boobs, fuller boobs and for a few of you smaller boobs (if this is the case this bra may not be for you)

What magical thing is this you wonder? Well....The incredible Uplift Bra...you know the ones that increase your chest by 2 sizes? I know some of you are like wait no i don't want bigger breasts! Well the thing with this bra is it is very sturdy for all your decorations...has pretty good coverage and makes your chest perkier.

I for one wear about a 32A yea try finding a pretty bellydance bra to fit a child! HA

For those that are on the smaller side you can buy one that is just slightly too big but i would advise a size bigger....for those that are chestier you will want one that is a size bigger than you wear. What? Yes as the bra will become smaller as you start crafting it into the most awesome bellydance bra ever! (often you can find them on clearance....maybe grab a couple so you can practice if you find them on sale.)

First: Find the bra....Target, Kmart, Walmart all carry them around 20.00-40.00 (this one is a whole size too big for me picked up at Kmart for 2.99)

Second: Stitch your bra together in the center (this will make the bra smaller and snugger for those not so blessed and will add more support and coverage for all breast sizes and shapes....yep it is true.....see this bra is already much smaller.

Third: Decide what kind of straps you want....either a halter or criss cross back and if you plan on covering the bra in material.

Four: Add your straps unless you are cutting the band and adding rings you will need to cover the bra first.

Five: Cover the bra (google tutorials for this part and try on before adding any embellishments....you want to make sure you have the right fit and coverage with no gaps revealing too much.

Now....embellish away!!!

The shape of this particular bra is completely changed and is a very snug bra with full coverage.

Voila!

~ Kelley

False Eyelashes!

Posted by Tessa Thompson on February 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi, I'm Indaya, one of Spiral Skies bellydance troupe sisters. I love to dance and we perform often, as a result I've learned a few things about preparing for a belly dance performance. In this case I'm going to discuss an aspect of costuming. Belly dance costuming of course includes hair, head pieces, make-up and so on. And, adding a good pair of false eyelashes to your belly dance costume can add a little more drama!

In this article I would like to address how to properly apply and remove false eyelashes. I feel that using eye lashes while performing your belly dance routine adds a lot of drama to your facial expressions. Depending on the type of lash you use to perform, you can achieve many different looks from just having full lashes to having a very wide eyed elaborate look. Since we are belly dancers you are free to be as elaborate as you want! Performing with Spiral Skies Belly Dance Troupe has really given me the confidence to be more creative in my costuming than I was doing before and I think it would be awesome to see all the belly dancers in the community be more elaborate too! Plus it's fun :)

False Eyelashes Application & Removal:

If you are new to fake lashes I would start with a light pair and work my way up to the big full long ones. Eyelashes can be very uncomfortable if you are not used to them or if not applied correctly.  My preferred product is "Proclaim" Super Bond Professional Formula Dark." (Small bottle with a red lid.)  Also, purchase "Weave Bonding Glue in Black" from Sally's (always test for allergic reaction before applying this glue to your skin.)

1. Carefully take them out of the package and place them on your eye. If they are longer than your eye trim them to a good fit. You don't want the edge of the lash at the corner of your eye as it can be pokey and very irritating.

2. I use "weave bonding glue" in black from Sally's. It is far less messy, very tacky and sets fast so you are not messing with sloppy eye lash glue that gets in your eyes and takes forever to set. Test the glue on your arm for allergic reaction.

3. Holding the lash in your fingertips in the middle of where it will be on your eye.....use a toothpick and apply a thin layer of bonding glue the whole length of the lash.

4. Immediately and carefully set the eyelash in the center of your eye along the lash line but not on the eyelashes themselves.

5. Take a clean toothpick and lightly tap the length of the lash against your eyelid until the whole lash is in place.....sometimes you have to remove and do over until you get the hang of it.

6. Wait about a minute for the glue to adhere completely then lightly use an eyelash curler...this mixes your eyelashes into the false lashes.

7. I use a light layer of mascara to keep my own lashes mixed in with the false lashes.

8. To remove....DO NOT just pull them off! This can lead to you pulling out your natural lashes! Use soap and water in a downward motion and they will remove. After you get them off carefully peel the glue off the fake lashes and use a dry cloth over the fake lashes to straighten them back out and remove the water and place back into the lash tray....you should be able to use a pair numerous times if handled correctly.

Bindi Application:

I find eyelash glue annoying and messy! I apply Bindi's using Flexible/Stretchable fabric glue. It sticks really well, adhere's fast, easily removed and holds like a charm!  (As I stated before, always test for allergic reaction before applying this glue to your skin.)

This glue also works great for applying individual rhinestones for those that are really ambitious!

Have fun & Shimmy On!

Indaya