Posts tagged costume
Posts tagged costume
Last but not least, we have Amira, with a combination that I’m guessing many of us Star Wars fans and bellydancers have pondered- at least once or twice. ^_^ Her Leia is pretty spot-on as far as I can tell, and it is WONDERFUL to see an actual bellydancer do this idea justice. I’ve no doubt that folks have tried this before (given how bellydance-friendly the Slave Leia costume looks), so it’s great to know that at least one woman out there is doing it up well. ^_^ Oh, how I’d love to do my own version, someday! :D
And that m’loves, is it for me for today, and for -this- edition of Geek Friday vids. If you wanna submit something, suggest something, or otherwise give me evil, nefarious ideas, feel free to Ask/PM me, ‘cause I would -love- to hear from y’all. ^_^ Merry Weekending!
Some people look at me w/more than a bit of incredulity when I talk about how bellydance costumes can be expensive; like.. between a grand and up. Well, here ya go. Enter; one STUNNING bit of gorgeousness, that if it fit and I could afford it, I would SO go gold for. LOVE this dress, and all that sparkle! ^_^ ..And yep, it’s $1,495. (Which means it’d likely be more elsewhere, ‘cause BDS does their best to give customers really decent prices.)
In the vernacular of my darling drag queens; yep.. I am -totally- gagging. ♥♥♥
WUT??? A dragon done IN chain maille, in a halter?? O.O Unreal! Love the belt that goes w/this to, and I can SO see Belladonna (my former dance teacher and one BADASS Tribal performer) rocking this. ^_^ SO keen!
This is by @enchantress13 on DA. :D
(Please keep credits and links, so these folks can get credit! ^_^)
Now THERE’S a way to liven up a boring subway ride! :D
Looking for some FIERCE and truly EPIC bellydance costume design..? Check out Rose Harden and Rosehips Designs. She’s done work for The Indigo (yes, which means Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love and Rachel Brice), Ultra G*psy and many, more. Go check out her stuff, and observe the epicness! ^_^
(And if you buy something from her, tell ‘er Ylluria sent ya! ;D)
Btw, that listing from MoonDance reminded me of something, so I figgered I’d pass it on, in case some didn’t know it already:
One of the things I love about Chrome (the web browser, for those who’re not too tech-savvy), is that it can let you download almost any image- unless it’s suuuper embedded into a page. (Of course, there’re ways of getting around those too at times, but for those who’d need help w/this, those techniques would be WAY over the head, so we’re not gonna worry about them now. ) And of course no, I don’t recommend you use this feature to steal pics from the interwebz. I’m an artist, I know how crappy that can be, so don’t do it. But for those of us who don’t see well, this one little tip might help save some folks a little frustration- when shopping online.
If you’re on a page like MoonDance Bellydance (or Amazon. or any one of the places that offer bellygoods but not always zoomable pics), where they may not offer an incredibly good zoom of their images (and you don’t feel like using ZoomText or upping your browser’s zoom or screen’s aspect ratio to DOOM levels), you might try this: When using Chrome, click an image and hold down the button. Then pull your cursor up to the address bar (up top, where you see the URL/web address of the page you’re on) and let go. That -should- open up the image by itself for you, where you can proceed to right click and hit “Save As.” (And when you’re done, you can just right click and go Back a page, since this ostensibly shouldn’t have opened up another tab in your browser.) From there, you can just open that pic up in Windows Live Photo Gallery (or whatever image viewing software you use), and boom- you can then magnify it as much as you need. :)
Of course with some pages you can just right click and hit Save As from there, but I’ve found the drag-and-drop feature quite useful in a lot of places. (Especially sites that don’t let you right-click, even if you’re not trying to steal a bloody thing- and just wanna hit your “Back” button. :P) Mind, image quality can be a factor here, since not all images look great when you magnify ‘em a ton. But even if you can only zoom in to a point (before it gets all distorted and pixel-y), when you’re trying to see details on a garment, the cut of an item, intricate colors, or even the texture of a fabric, this can be a great little technique, so you always know what you’re getting (and, possibly missing.)
For example, some might have a hard time seeing the difference between sequins and velvet tye-dying, when the images are small. (Again, here’s where MDBD acts as a great example.) Or, you can also use this tip to look more closely at the patterns & beadwork many fancy bedlahs offer- say on bellydancestore.com. :) Personally, I’ve found this trick can be especially helpful when shopping for things w/lots of coins and metalwork, or intricate jewel designs. Not only am I a stickler for symmetry, but also lots of pieces offer different details, design and style options, and various Kuchi pieces can have all sorts of different colors in ‘em, so it’s nice to be able to see all that. :) (Think Tribal bras, belts, etc.„ and lots of those flashy-dashy items on eBay. :))
Or.. hmm.. let’s say you see a schmexy hip belt or a pair of blue n’ gold costume pants online; but until you zoom in big, ya may not realize that one has.. oh.. maybe lots of little rainbow threads in the embroidery around the waist that you hadn’t spotted. Orrrr.. perhaps that beadwork has little jewels or enamel touches in various colors that just do not go w/your outfit. Plus differences in metal styles, types, and general workmanship can also be seen better using this handy-dandy tip. :) (Can you tell I use this often yet..? ;D)
Of course, this isn’t rocket science, and many of y’all may be going “well duuuuh..,” buuuut I hope it helps some folks out, nonetheless. :) I just know that when it comes to web surfing for the visually impaired, certain sites aren’t always too fun (or easy) to navigate. (Especially when you may or may not have all the tools available on the market, and even moreso when the site is poorly organized, or if you’re trying to buy something important or costly or hard to return. -All of which belly garb can most certainly be- given its frequent manufacturing origins [far], intricacy [costly], etc..) -And that holds true for -anybody.- ..But if you’ve got low vision and say.. a tiny monitor, that can make things that much harder.
No matter WHAT your sight, your tools, your money or your know-how though, it’s hard to have confidence in making purchases online when you can’t seem to get a close enough look. (So to all your webstore maintenance gurus out there, keep that in mind. ;)) I hope this li’l trick helps folks, annnnd I trust that y’all will be honorable w/this wee tidbit of info. :) Happy shopping! ^_^
Have I pimped these guys out to you yet..? They’re plus-size hipscarves available on Ebay- FOR THIRTEEN DOLLARS!! I have the uuuuber-inexpensive cotton and coin version (in blue and red) from these guys, and not only have they stood up to my abuse for long over a year, they make me feel like a “normal” sized dancer, because I don’t have to worry about them tying -at all,- nor fear that they’ll look like 2 inches of string streeeeetched around a 20” sack. UCGH, that is SUCH a good feeling! ^_^ Seriously, w/their simpler belts being only THREE DOLLARS, and their more complex ones like the above being ten, I want one in practically every colour. ^_^ ..Buuut since I can’t quite afford all that.. and now I find that MDBD has some good fluffy-girl belt choices (though they -still- don’t have tops to fit my DD girls..), oh.. the decisions!
I’ve been meaning to buy more of their stuff for a long time, and with SM rolling around, I’m like “ooh crap!” I’ve been wanting some new belly garb ages anyway (yeah.. like we don’t we always anyway ;)) but with SM coming, it’s a great reason to get something that’ll go w/a simpler, but still belly-licious look. ^_^ Granted, with not knowing what color the shirts will be it’s a little hard to choose color and style.. but w/these, it’s still fun trying! :D
Ooh! Plus MDBD even has a net/mesh/crocheted hipscarf like I’ve been drooling over for the past 3 years-and in my size!! XD ..Now if onnnly I could find them more inexpensively.. my choices would be DONE. *lol* So many pretties, so little cash! ;D But hey, it’s nice to know that a girl my size can at least HAVE some options nowadays. THANK YOU VENDORS for that! ^_^
It SO needs ironing, I know, but look! My new, revamped overskirt works! Plus, check out my new belt! Just another $5!! :D
A few months back I got this skirt/dress thingy from Cato, and knew right away I wanted it for bellydance. At first sight I thought it was a peasant skirt, but then noticed it had this schproingy rouched stuff on top, and did NOT like the way that looked over my tummy. Sooo I investigated further, & found out the rouched bits were a tube-ish top- w/removable straps. o.O
Well I -swear- I gave it a go as it was originally meant to be, but dewd, it was just -so- not flattering on me as a dress, and every time I tried it on, all I wanted to do was remove the lining and cut the schproingy stuff off to make it a skirt. So.. that’s exactly what I did. ^_^ (Or, to be honest, had someone help me with, since I have no sewing machine, can’t hand-sew unless you want it to look like a bind, crack-addled monkey did it, and despite my artistic skills, can’t cut a straight line to save my life. ;) *lol*)
So I got it back over Easter weekend from my “sewing assistant” ;) (who actually just did some cutting off the top), and BOOM, there it was! I just cut off the lining inside it (‘cause no one needs to see my broke-ass scissor trails just berneath the waistband) since I didn’t like the weird volume it gave me or the extra layer I had to futz with when putting it on (by itself, let alone over another piece), et voila! :D
Now I have a cute little peasant-style overskirt that should go great w/all kinds of things, and my second white piece of belly gear- evar! :D It’s tucked up about 10” or so in this pic, so it also has some more length to play with, and now I want a beige or ivory full-length, 25 or 32 yard skirt to go with it (‘cause I think it’d look a smidge better w/something lighter underneath, don’t you..?). ..Man.. can you believe it..? -I- actually want white and light-colored stuff!! O.O If you know me at all, you know that that alone is HUGE. ^_^ (I like light and bright colors, just not necessarily on ME.) Who knew..?? This whole body acceptance and bellydance thing really IS turning my life & perspectives around! ;D *claps delightedly*
Now as for the belt, I got that at Darkling Designs. I love its big pieces and bold, Tribal look! (And don’t worry, I’ll be taking better pics of it and the rest of my haul from DD soon. I spent so little and got such great pieces, I wanna show these SUPER affordable doodads off! :D) Keen-ass bellygear for the big-ass broke girl..??? YES PLEASE!! ^_^
Hope you like!
Eee! Look what I got! (And it was just FIVE DOLLARS!!!! XD)
There’s more coming soon (as I got a few other items in this AWESOME haul), but for now— EEEE! SO HAPPY!! XD
Closets, Tubs, or What..?
What do you tend to keep your belly-stash in..?
I used to keep mine in a tub, but it’s kinda grown since then (and was really hard to haul from place to place); so now I use a big ol’ duffle. o.-
Lately however, I’ve noticed that the ruddy thing is getting pretty hard to close, and it’s even oozing out of the cracks (thank you giant, voluminous skirts which I adore ^_^). Plus I’ve grown weary of getting everything all tangled & wrinkled when I look for things, or fearing that I’ll hurt something when I rummage (‘cause many bd things can be rather delicate- thanks to all the goodies sewn on/in/through them). Nor does my duffle-stash include accoutrements such as flowers (for hair), my swords, or bd jewelry. o.O So I’m thinkin’ someone needs a new solution (and very likely, a belly-yard sale… But I’m still fighting that. ;))
So what (semi-portable) solutions do you other dancers use..? I’m not in a permanent dwelling so I can’t customize a closet or anything (though ohhh, that sounds so grand!), but I am willing to craft and hunt and make and thrift & finagle. ^_^ Now I just need the know-how- and the gee-ah. ;D
What do you guys think..?