I want to show you something I'm super proud of. These are the tulle bras I have been designing, making by hand, wearing and performing burlesque in for the past year.
They are beautiful. They are supportive. Some of them look like magical frames around your bosom, with invisible elastic cord holding them on and making them pieces of art. They take me WAY too long to make. The sequined pasties are almost always purchased elsewhere (except for the chicken bra, you'll see) and I add a tassel if I want. I spend a lot of time at the fabric store staring at trims and fringes.
I have had so many requests for these bras, from audience members and dancers alike. I wish I knew more about pattern making and whatnot so that I could make them in any size, for any body. I do know how to customize them for my body, so I am hoping to be able to sit down and write a coherent tutorial on how to make a tulle bra in the near future.
In the meantime, feast your eyes!
For my December act I decided I'd had enough, for the time being, of struggling with roll after roll of tulle and went commando for the first time. With the assistance of these extra large sequined pasties (below), I was able to bend, spindle and mutilate myself into them in such a way that they even gave me a little lift. It was really freeing to not be in one of the tulle bras, but those bras were lifesavers for me for so many performances, and I am glad I didn't discover the oversized pastie trick until after I had created my beautiful tulle bras.
Here is my inspiration from the most fantastic book on American burlesque dancers and costuming from the days of yore, "Pretty Things", by Liz Goldwyn. The tulle bra pictured here has more of a diamond frame shape, which I find very appealing. Any good pattern makers out there? xoxo