Costume Inspiration: Lily Elsie’s “Merry Widow” Assiut Corset

February 10, 2018

I just love the costume worn by actress Lily Elsie in the 1907/8 theatrical production of The Merry Widow in London. This amazing ensemble was created by Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon working under her professional design name Lucile.  She was one of the first British high fashion designers and was quite a character in her own […]

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Building Firm Belly Dance Bra Bands

February 6, 2018

One of the most frequently asked questions over on my sewing circle on Facebook is, “How do I make a solid non-stretch belly dance bra band?”  Because this question has come up so many times, I thought I would take a moment to share my current method, materials, and techniques. Studio Davina Behind The Seams […]

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New Whimsical Belly Dancer Tee-Shirts

January 29, 2018

True confession time. I broke my January “No Spend” challenge.  I hadn’t really told anyone about this “money fast” because I wasn’t sure I would succeed.  January for me is a time of intensive work.  Each year there’s a combination of wrapping up business commitments from the previous year, prepping for the dreaded taxes, and […]

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Color Like an Artist – Video Series on YouTube

January 19, 2018

Hello Gang! Just wanted to touch base on a little side project I’m working on.  Last fall, I released my first printed coloring book, Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas which is available on Amazon as a printed book and on Etsy as a digital download.  Read more details about my book here. I have […]

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Using Pinterest Sections

January 11, 2018

I Love Pinterest! Whew, I’m so glad I got that off my chest!  Since discovering the Pinterest website during its “beta testing” back in 2010, I knew it was love at first “site.”  As a costume designer and textile historian, collecting visual data have been a part of my process since my first fashion class […]

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