Purple Batik Costume Week 3 Part 2

Gold Bugle Beads
The belt base is now finished but needs a little more glitz so that when on stage the light will reflect and give little sparkles here and there.

I decided a nice way of doing this would be to outline a few of the paisleys with twisted bugle beads.

Below is the layout of the paisleys I decided to outline, I didn’t want to do too many as I thought it would detract from the already lovely fabric.
Belt Beading

Purple Batik Costume – Week 3 Part 1

Belt Scallop This week I pinned all the pattern pieces in place and cut out the belt pieces. The scallop trim then needed to be stitched onto the outter edge.

I decided to go with an applique technique called needle turn applique, where you tuck under the edge with the needle and ‘invisibly’ stitch as close to the edge as possible. It took a while as it had to be done by hand but the finish is beautiful. Below is a video of how I did it.

Purple Batik Costume – Week 2

Pattern Drafting

Prototype Belt and Bra
I started drafting and adapting patterns this week to create the design. I then used the patterns to make a prototype so that it could be tried on and any changes or adjustments in shaping and size could be made. Also this gave an idea of how the shapes worked on the body as well as visualising how the pattern could fall on the finished piece. After the fitting there was a few adjustments to the belt pattern pieces making the ties and triangle point longer. The patterning on the belt is also going to be different the scallop patterning will go down either edge of the point.

Belt Pattern Piece Belt + Bra Pattern Piece

 

 

 

 

I photographed all the pattern pieces so that I could overlay then on the computer to see how the pattern could be placed. The scallop edge will need to be appliqued on top, to line both the edges, the ties would also have the scallop trim lining the bottom edge.

Final Pattern Pieces

Purple Batik Costume – Week 1

Batik Fabric I have been asked to create a custom bra and belt set using a beautiful purple and gold batik fabric.

The main part of the fabric is paisley patterned, and all the edges are finished with a scallop border with flowers. At the one end is a wide welt of triangular patterning.

Batik Fabric 2

I starting by looking at the fabric and trying to visualize which pieces of the pattern would look nice where.

Then the designing stage!

 

The two designs are quite similar appart from the under skirt and the pattern placement on the bra. In one I have used the paisley section for the main part and edged both centres with the scallop and flowers

Designs

On the other I have used the triangular pattern for the main section and positioned the diamonds just above the bust line.

Different aspects of both designs are going to be used on the final costume. The under skirt will be made of a lovely netty gold fabric, the bra will have the triangular patterning, and the belt instead of having the scallop at the top will have it lining the bottom edge framing the point. The hanging ties will have the paisley patterning and will be edged with the scallop edging as well.

Next thing is to make the pattern pieces and pin them out on the fabric.

Egyptian Baladi Dress Part 5

I’ve finally finished all the beading on the neckline. It was a lot of work but I think it was worth it, the finished piece is really effective.
Pinning neckline to dress
Next was to attach the neckline to the dress. I started by pinning the neckline to the dress while on a dress former to make sure it was stretched slightly.

Turning under the edge all the way round the neckline, pinning as I went.

Stitching neckline to dress inside

Then I slip stitched all around the inner edge, making sure that the fabric was smooth and turned under enough not to be seen from the outside.

In the centre front I stitched two lots of bugle beads between the two sides to maintain a certain spacing while still being open.

 

Stitching outside neckline to dress

With the dress back on the former I pinned the outside edge of the neckline and again invisibly hand stitched under the edge.

The last finishing touches are to stitch the arm holes, hem and side seams.

How to make a Feather Duster

Feather Duster

Last week I noticed lots of cobwebs around the house and decided it was time I owned a feather duster.

As I’m still on a mission (as always) to use up all my scraps of assorted materials left over from previous projects. I remembered I had lots of multi coloured feathers and some bamboo – from my attempt at gardening.

This was a wonderfully fun quick project to make.

What you’ll need -

  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Yarn
  • Feathers
  • Bamboo /handle
  • Fleece (optional)

I used three pieces of bamboo to make a nice sturdy handle. Cut the bamboo sticks to the desired length. I made mine quite long to reach the ceiling.

Feather Duster Step 1

Feather Duster Step 1

Step 1. Hold the sticks together at one end. Put a small amount of glue between the sticks and wrap the yarn around to pull them together tightly. Cut and knot the yarn. Repeat this step in the middle and at the other end so that the sticks are firmly held together.

 

Feather Duster Step 2

Feather Duster Step 3

Feather Duster Step 3

 

Step 2. For the feather end I tightly wrapped it with sheep fleece and yarn to create a padded end so that it wouldn’t scratch the wall – it ended up looking a bit like a torch. This also give the end more surface area to apply the feathers to.

 

 

Step 3. Apply the feathers from the end working back towards the handle, making sure to keep the glue on the base of the feathers. Leave it to dry for about ten mins or so to make sure the glue has cooled.

Feather Duster Step 4

Feather Duster Step 4

 

 

Step 4. Enjoy dusting with you new duster!

Wonderwool 2013!

wonderwool

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Last weekend I made my way to Wonderwool Wales on the Royal Welsh show grounds in Builth Wells for a day of yarny goodness!

This was the third Wonderwool I had been too, and as usual it was full of varying stalls selling items from fleece to finished products. Armed with a short list of things I would like, I made my way round, once to look and at least once to buy!

Me looking at yarn.

Me looking at yarn.

I found some beautiful chinese tribal batik’s and embroidery at Slow Loris Textiles. Martin Conlan the stall owner told us a lot about the origins of the textiles and how they were meticulously created.

I spent most of the day trying to avoid being tempted by fleece and other such fibers. I was very aware that I still have about 8kgs of fleece in the utility which needs using first. But I did get a small amount of raw pink silk (as I needed it) to finish off a dress that is far from being finished.

Goodies from Wonderwool

 

As usual I had a wonderful time and came home excited for next years Wonderwool!

New Blog Launch Giveaway!

Modular Belt Giveaway

To launch my new blog I’m running a giveaway for a pair of handmade modular belts!

The Giveaway

You can enter through any of these blatantly promotional social media methods (you can’t blame me can you?). You’ll get one entry for each thing you do, so if you like Endenisia AND tweet a link, that’s double the chance to win!

Closing Date: 21st May 2013 at 11:59 GMT.

The Prize

The winner, picked randomly from entries through all of the above methods combined will win a pair of modular belts handmade by Endenisia.

Each belt section measures approx 37cm in length / 9cm wide and comes with a pair of brown fabric ties. They’re made using antique sari trim and are adorned with mirror trim, turkish buttons and kuchi chain. Great for dancewear or whatever else you think they’d go with!

Belt Giveaway

The Terms & Stuff

The giveaway will close on 21st May 2013 at 11:59 GMT.
No purchase necessary.
Entry is open to anyone who can legally use the services required to enter.
I’ll ship worldwide but in the very unlikely event that shipping + tax is in excess of £40, I’ll ask you to cover the remaining cost.
In the event that the operation or administration of the giveaway is impaired for any reason (technical issues, data loss, etc.) Endenisa will either suspend the giveaway until the issue is resolved or issue the prize to a random entrant from any eligible entries.
Endenisia may disqualify any entrant found tampering with the entry process with multiple entries by using multiple accounts/email addresses.
By participating in the Giveaway, you agree to release and hold harmless Endenisia from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use of any prize.
Void where prohibited.

Lampeter World Dance Festival

Lampeter World Dance Festival

Last weekend was the Lampeter World Dance Festival, there was free taster sessions for Flamenco, Tribal dance and Belly dance with a show on the Friday night.

The friday night had a wonderful atmosphere with lots of local dancers from around Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire performing. Zara came all the way from London to perform three dancers and brought her souk.

I performed a solo in my Gothic Lolita costume to Animus Vox by The Glitch Mob, it went very well appart from my bindi falling off at the beginning! I also had the opportunity to be part of Lyza Chthonia’s improvised Black Sheep Tribal group. Where we performed a slow and fast movements piece.