Just completed: latest design for a child’s belly dance costume. The costume is made from suede. The skirt is chiffon. Both the top and belt are decorated with a self-designed trimming. I created the trim with my new machine. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think! You can see it here:
It is the first time I have worked with suede. I never thought about using it for costumes and am happy to discover that I can punch holes around the edges, and they will not need finishing. Then I can embroider the pieces together or use a blanket stitch to create an edging. It is fun experimenting with this, for me, new media. That’s the latest costume design, there will be plenty more!
This also means I can use different types of threads, even yarns and ribbons to finish edges. Appliques can also be produced with suede and decorated in various ways.
I decorated a barrette using felt which I cut out with my welding machine. I folded the felt and stitched it onto the barrette. Lastly, I stitched plastic butterflies on either side. The result was cute and fun. Here is a photo:
The felt edging is in my online shop as well to use for scrapbooking, napkin holders, clothing and costuming, and other craft projects. I wrote an idea book to accompany the project packages. I am also compiling a costume idea catalog which will contain most of the costumes made in my atelier in Istanbul. The catalog will be available for download. Just another of the many projects on the planning board! I am sure some of you have the same dilemma: hours in the day vs. projects in our heads! LOL
Beyond the latest costume design, more will be coming to the shop as I design and experiment, time permitting. Read about my workshop and the welding machine.