This corset is pretty badass. Model: @dani_shock #pinup #pinups #corset (at Johnny’s Saloon)
Blaine drove me to Dinah’s over the physically grueling weekend so I could replenish my calorie deficit with chicken and waffles. If you are in L.A. and have never been to Dinah’s, GO NOW!
I had a marvelous time at the Ahmed “Hurricane” Hussien belly dance workshop this past weekend! It was 8 hours of intense, fast-paced, sweat-wringing instruction, plus a fantastic belly dance show on Saturday evening catered with delicious Indian cuisine. Even though the idea of dancing to live music is very intimidating, I volunteered to dance at the show despite having zero experience performing improvisation with a live band. I am so happy I did, as it was an amazing experience. I didn’t even know beforehand what song I was dancing to (eek!), and to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing, but there is nothing like dancing to live music. Literally feeling the vibrations of live percussion is invigorating! There were so many beautiful dancers, and I met such lovely people. Watching them, talking to them, and receiving their support while venturing outside my comfort zone has given me invaluable confidence as a dancer. I am so inspired!
Thanks to our instructor, Anoush who put it all together. If you are in the North Orange County, California area and are interested in taking belly dance classes, check her out at www.AnoushDancer.com.
And thanks to Ahmed Hussien for the experience. I learned so much, and I am eager to put the lessons I learned into practice! You can find him at www.AhmedHussien.com.
Drab to Fab - Japanese Print Silk Dress
Every once in a while, I find something at the thrift store that strikes me, but is so ill-fitting that it needs to be taken apart, re-cut, and sewn anew. I found this beautiful—thingy—at the thrift store for five dollars! I don’t exactly know what it is. Is it a kimono? Is it a caftan? Is it a nightgown?! Anyway, it’s obviously oversized, but I was so taken with the color and print, as well as the fact that it’s 100% silk, that I thought I would re-purpose it into an everyday dress. I knew immediately that I wanted to make an easy pullover dress. I sketched it out, and then found a sewing pattern (New Look 6181) to fit my vision, with a couple of alterations. I kept the original boat neck, and went with shorter sleeves, as I didn’t quite have enough material for full-length bell sleeves. I’m pretty pleased with the result. I particularly like the cowl back, and it’s so light, breezy, and easy to put on. Remember, for those days when the thrift store is completely picked over, it’s still fun if you look at it more like a fabric store!
Batman Doggie Bandana Giveaway!
I had some fabric left over from my camera bag insert project that I didn’t really know what to do with, so I made some doggie bandanas! I made one for my dog up there (isn’t he freaking adorable?!), and I’m going to give away the rest.
Reblog this post, and I will pick three winners at random by next Thursday, May 16! I think your dog will look adorable in it! ;) Oh, and it’s perfect for cats, too!