Jul 30

3D Flowers Tutorial

The poppies costume is finished and went to its rightful owner and I am having a difficult time letting it go :) So under the disguise of a tutorial I spent several hours staring at the pics.
Hope you find it useful! If you are using this technique to create your costume or accessories, please let me know, would love see how it turned out! Here we go...

Jul 30

Poppies Costume

Jul 30, 2012 20:32////

I'm behind on updating the blog, so I am preparing a tutorial to compensate for the procrastination :)
I have been working on this custom order for the past month and half. A dancer who takes private classes with me brought this gorgeous chiffon with satin poppies. Unfortunately she bought only 2 yards of it! So after some calculations I decided to make a half circle skirt out of two quarter circles. You could see on the pic below how close I came after cutting the first one, it was about 5mm... The fabric was very tricky to handle, so instead of cutting along the belt line I marked it with basting stitches, then serged it along the stitches. There is another light pink chiffon skirt under the poppies and the red insert is professionally pleated (hard to see). The unhemmed skirts hung for for about 2.5 weeks to allow them to stretch on the bias.

In the meanwhile I made the bra and the accessories. Then finally came the day when I could hem the skirt.

Once hemmed I proceeded to decorate the whole costume with rhinestones. I used 3 kinds of rhinestones (way over 1000 stones) and sew on Swarovski crystals, so it turned out to be smashingly blingtastic! Yesterday Ayelet picked it up. I can't wait to get my hands on the professional photos from her performance and from the photo shoot she has scheduled! In the meanwhile it feels so weird and lonely without the costume on the dress form. So I spend a couple of hours staring at the photos of the finished costume and preparing the tutorial on 3D flowers. Stay tuned, it's coming soon!

Apr 11

Sofsof I decided to take the plunge and...

I am now accepting custom costume orders. It's something I've wanted to do for a while now. Today Galit came to pick up her sets. I hemmed all of them and then we did a mini photo shoot. My photography skills suck big time, and this is something I'm definitely going to work on until I could afford to hire a pro :) But it was super fun to do because Galit despite her irl shyness turned out to be friends with the camera. She posed with ease, was very patient, let me play with her hair and was very sweet all around.

Regarding the name. Sofsof is my nickname among some friends, plus it means "finally" in Hebrew. The abbreviation came later on when I was playing with the collage, at first as a joke, but I decided to keep it despite its tackiness. After all I'm making costumes for belly dancers, we love this kind of stuff, don't we? Say yes LOL

Anyway, I have already started working on stage costumes. I drafted a few designs a few weeks ago and been accumulating really cool fabrics, so let the stash bust begin!