Upcoming Costuming Workshops at Gothla UK

On July 22nd, I will be teaching two costuming workshops at Gothla. Tickets are on sale now, you can find more details at https://gothla.uk/workshops/ and book your space at https://gothla.uk/tickets/

Grouped under an “Appetite for Construction” theme, these are not the typical “how to decorate your outfit” workshops. We’ll focus instead of how to create costume pieces that have the structural integrity to withstand years of use and plenty of decoration. We will work on tailoring the fit to your own body and not some generic shape, and which tools to use to make things easier. Finally, we’ll cover types of decorations, how to handle the most common decorations, out of the ordinary details, and other extras that can make life easier for you as a dancer.
You don’t need to have previous sewing experience, but it would be advantageous.

Strap it up! Belts 101 Sunday July 22nd 10am-12pm
A sturdy, well designed, well fitted belt can cover up a multitude of sins. Skirt too big? Belt will hold it in place. Waistband too small giving you muffin top? Belt will smooth it out. Boring pants? A nice belt will make up for it.
In this workshop we’ll make patterns for our own belt bases, adapted to our individual bodies, then create the bases from scratch, sturdy enough to support the weight of our choice of decoration.
As we progress, we can have a Q&A about working with difficult fabrics like brocade or assiut; and decoration and beading basics, both from a design and a craft point of view.

Boobie Trapping 101 Sunday July 22nd 12:30-am-2:30pm
Bras are one of the focal points for our dancing costumes, and need to be supportive and sturdy while leaving us room to move comfortably.
In this workshop we’ll focus on creating a bra (almost) from scratch, reinforcing it to take the heavy decorations we use in Tribal Fusion and ATS. We will discuss how to give more coverage to the cups if necessary, how to create sturdy straps that won’t sag or stretch, and how to replace bra bands.
As we progress, we can have a Q&A about working with fabrics like assiut or brocades; and decoration and beading basics, both from a design and a craft point of view.

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