Hello Again Friends!
Hope everyone had a lovely summer and are settling into fall ok. Winter may be looming but the one thing I like about our city is that there is always something to do no matter the season. Although the city streets get quiet for that first bitter cold snap (which hasn't struck yet!), after awhile we remember that hey......"WE LIVE REALLY FAR NORTH....this is totally normal!". Then we step out of our little caves in search of adventure and entertainment.
One of those things that will get you out of the house this fall and winter is the Underground Showcase at DV8. An evening of Burlesque, dance, glitter, tassels, and more! I had the pleasure of designing a costume for one of the inaugural night's performers as well as hosting in week 3. What a blast! It's amazing to see so many talented and confident people wiggling what they got.
I've always enjoyed going to burlesque events in this city because it sends such a body positive message. You see gals and guys of all shapes and sizes shaking it with pride on the stage. I just love that! Our performers in this city get so creative too. Burlesque is traditionally a mix of tease and humour but even traditions can be broken. You'll find a bit of everything at this night; some performers focus more on the tease, some more so on the humour, some on the dance, and some on the costuming. Whatever direction it goes its all good!
The showcase is the brainchild of the super talented Maila Mustang! She's been performing and producing Burlesque shows for about 7 years and felt Edmonton needed a more accessible venue for it's many artists. The Underground Showcase was born! Doors are at 8 every Sunday and you'll be out of there just before 11 with plenty of time to rest up before work on Monday. Unless of course you fancy hanging around for karaoke too! It's the perfect way to cap off a weekend in our blue-collar city.
My best pal, Chantel, who you may remember from my previous post dressed as Marilyn Monroe, has been kicking around the idea of burlesque performing for a few years now. When Maila Mustang decided to produce the weekly Underground Showcase at DV8, it was just the spark she needed to get creative on her first performance.
With Chantel reborn as Chantilly Lace we put our creative minds together for her first act of the night. She had a tap dance routine planned to Teresa Brewer's "Music Music Music" but needed a jazzy costume to go with it. I suggested a cropped tuxedo jacket and Chantilly gave me full creative license on it. I went in search of fabric having sequins in mind. I ended up finding a silver disco ball-esque material that was just perfect for stage lighting. As always, I like to draft all of my own patterns from scratch so no commercial pattern was used in the making of this jacket. It was definitely a bit of a challenge because I've never drafted a peaked lapel and two-part collar before. It has also been a long time since I've had to sew one. I definitely took to the Internet and my textbooks for a sewing and draft refresher. I love YouTube when I need to spur my memory or learn something new. It took a bit longer to sew than I thought it would but in retrospect a weekend to draft and sew a bustled tuxedo jacket is pretty ok considering how long its been since I've sewn a tailored jacket. I also whipped up a pair of panties and a bra cover but the fabric was sadly too cheap! The knit kept stretching and breaking at the machine needle marks. That's what I get for giving into the Halloween bargain stash. It worked for the performance that night but not sure it'll hold up for another round. Thankfully, the jacket proved much more successful! I'm so happy with how it turned out! I love the narrow peaked lapels and the way it cuts away to the bustle in the back. I look forward to seeing what other sort of acts Chantilly can work it into and working on some new costumes as well! Take a look below.
The first three photos are courtesy of Tyler Baker Photography who was kind enough to capture some shots of Chantilly in action, the last is an iphone5 snap in my apartment/studio space to better show off the bustle back.
I'm also very proud to say that for her first burlesque performance ever she NAILED IT! It was cute, fun, and saucy all at the same time. Way to go lady!
In short, if you're looking for something different to do this season definitely check out Sunday nights at DV8. There will be a good rotation of different performers and hosts and I guarantee you a fun time! Maybe it'll even inspire you to get crafty and get on stage!!
Thanks for reading lovelies!
Nicole A Go Go