Costuming: Luck Be A Lady

I mentioned in my last post that I am revamping some old routines for my solo show, and I just made a new costume for my routine “Luck Be A Lady”. I first performed this routine in 2010 at the first Miss Burlesque SA competition. I performed it for a while but the costume pretty much fell apart – probably because I made it primarily with a hot glue gun and a stapler!


Performing at Miss Burlesque Australia 2010. Hahah that guy 😀

After the costume fell apart I kept meaning to remake it, but just never got around to it. So the act sat in pieces in the back of my wardrobe. I recently decided I wanted to pull it out again, so I set about to make a whole new costume.

My crappy drawing haha! My sketching skills have never been the best

My crappy drawing haha! My sketching skills have never been the best

The first costume I made had a tutu covered with cards, which was pretty cool but a bit impractical really and I was never happy with how it turned out, so I decided to go a different direction with a poofy tulle skirt!

Tulle skirt in progress

Tulle skirt in progress

I had fun painting the fabric – it was actually the first time I had done stencilling. I think I’m hooked!




I haven’t got a picture of the full costume yet, but if you want to see it in action stay tuned! I’ll be releasing the details of my show very soon! Eeep! Just quietly I’m freaking out a bit. 😉

See you next time!


Cold weather makes for productivity (apparently!)

Today it is a balmy 10 degrees C in Wellington….brrrrrr! I know there are places in the world much colder but for this South Aussie it is definitely outside of my normal experience. It’s been too cold to do anything but stay inside and I’ve been starting to feel a bit restless and ready to get back into work. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a wonderful time but it’s not like me to take such a long break and I’m used to having tons of things on the go! So without really planning to I actually got a bunch of stuff done for my solo show today. I narrowed down some song choices, checked out some ukulele tutorials and sketched out some costumes.


Most of the material I’m writing from scratch, but I am using one or two things I have already done – revamping them, changing the music or sprucing up the costume. I’m excited to get back to Adelaide and into a fabric store to get working on some of these beauties!

I’m feeling quite grateful that I want to get back to work. I was a bit worried I’d come back from the trip and not want to do any at all. I’m not terribly excited about the boring paperwork stuff, but I am looking forward to teaching again and working on some awesome projects coming up at The Swing Sesh and Peaches ‘n’ Gin.

The next time you’ll hear from me I’ll probably be writing from Radelaide – see you then!  Stay warm NZers!