Costume Report – Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn Raks al Assaya

Harley Quinn Raks al Assaya

As a belly dancer, a nerd, and a crafter/seamstress, my interests tend to intersect a lot. In this post I will show you the costume I made for Bad Weather Burlesque’s FAN-tastic show in December. It was FAN-tastic indeed! If you’d like to see how I made my prop mallet you can see it on my craft-cosplay blog here.

Harley has had a number of different costumes since she debuted on the Batman: The Animated Series in 1993. I’ve noticed that as the years have gone by she has lost a lot of her clothing, but that’s another discussion all together. I’m currently hooked on Harley Quinn’s Little Black Book. I was looking for something a bit in between classic Harley Quinn and her modern costume, with a belly dance twist.

Classic Harley

Harley with less clothing

Here’s the complete costume:

Ignore the craft room mess please.

Ignore the craft room mess please.

From the top, I did my hair in high pigtails like she does in the current comic, but my hair is all red and I wasn’t going to bother with a wig or dye my hair so there you have it.

I made the collar pattern just measuring a circle that would fit comfortably around my neck and adding several triangles.

Collar pattern

Collar pattern

Finished collar

Finished collar

I cut a base out of white felt and the fabric on top is a scrap I had leftover from another project. I used heavy duty Heat n’ Bond to hold them together. I just cut out the center circle, and securely pinned the back, but you could add a snap or Velcro® or what have you.

For the shrug I just traced out a shrug I already had and like a lot but was the wrong color. It’s only 4 pieces to stitch together, no problem. I used the black and red striped fabric because I already had it. If you have a favorite shrug you love try making your own pattern. It’s easier than you think.

The bra was made using the basic bra covering technique that I’ve blogged about before. I made appliqués by creating a square with a felt base and covered with my bra and pants fabric and bonded with Heat n’ Bond just like the collar. From there I traced out square patterns with a pen and beaded and beaded and beaded. I cut out the empty space, since Harley typically has a three-diamond pattern on her costume. I then used beads and sequins in between the beaded diamonds and over the edges to secure the applique. I’m not going to go over the technique here, because that would be a whole other post, and Davina can explain it better than I. I made a smaller appliqué for the bra and a larger one for the pants.

Applique detail

Applique detail

Bra with applique

Bra with applique

The hip scarf is super simple – triangle with long rectangles to tie it on. It is lined with black fabric and covered in a sparkly black sheer fabric, which I chose because it was just lying around my craft room. I was pretty sure there was a free pattern somewhere online for this, but for the life of me I cannot find it. I may do another post on that. In the meantime, Simplicity™ has one. Special thanks to my friend Brenda, who just happened to have a whole bag of really nice tassels and was kind enough to let me have some.

Hip scarf

Hip scarf

The pants were a little extra challenge to figure out, but easy in the end. I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel. I picked up McCalls pattern M7198 for yoga pants and embellished the bottom part of the legs. I looked at some flare pants I already had and noticed that there is about a 30° angle on the flares from the hem. This is so the flares don’t become longer than the center part of the hem and drag on the ground. If you angle up everything will settle at the same hem line. So I measured out some triangles starting from my knee to the hem, and then measured out how much flare I wanted. I left the outer seam open from the knee to the hem so you can see a little leg when I kick. That is totally optional of course. This fabric was a spandex blend and therefore won’t fray, so I didn’t actually have to finish the edges. It was pretty easy in the end, and I’ll probably reuse this pattern a lot.

Altered Yoga pants pattern

Altered Yoga pants pattern

Unembellished pants

Pants with flair

My shoes are just black ballet flats. I never dance without shoes, especially in a club. There is just too much risk of injury.

So that’s it! I hope this may be helpful to your own costume plans. Let me know in the comments if you love Harley Quinn. 🙂

Bellydance Class Update

Class Starts Feb. 6!

Class Starts Feb. 6!

Hello lovelies! New class session starts Feb. 6. Please note, there is a chance this could be my last class in Fargo, as my husband and I might be moving to New Mexico this summer. Nothing set in stone yet but it might be your last chance to take a class from me. I hope you can make it!

Class schedule update!

Dec. 2015

To answer some scheduling questions, we will NOT have class Dec. 26, but we will have class Jan. 2 because you should be adequately recovered from your partying by then. 😉

Saidi Workshop

Pure Raks Saidi Workshop 2015

Pure Raks Saidi Workshop 2015

We had such a great time this weekend learning about Saidi from Jasmin Jahal. Thanks everyone who joined us on Friday and Saturday!

New Session Fall 2015

Sept. 2015

Sept. 2015

Greetings, Lovelies! September is here and our next class session is starting on the 12th. I have moved to a 7 week format to allow for more opportunities for people to start a new session, and so we can wrap up by May as summers are always busy. See my FAQ tab above for more info.

Also Jasmin Jahal is coming back to teach us a bit about Saidi style dance! Kismet is really excited to be able to present this workshop. Please see the WORKSHOP tab above for more info. The early bird gets the discount, so don’t delay, whether it is just the Friday intro or both days. It is worth your time to check it out.

On Oct 3-4 I will be traveling to Minneapolis to participate in Karim Nagi’s workshops presented by Jawaahir. Check it out!

Hope to see you all soon!

Mascara Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga and Miss Manga Rock

Rock, and Regular

Regular and Rock

Although I have enough Mascara from my Sephora Lash Stash to last me another year, I could not help but to check out the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascaras because, well, manga, duh. I did not realize that there were many variations on these, I had just picked up what was at my local Ulta store. In the picture above on the left is Voluminous Miss Manga in Black 373 (pink tube). On the right is Voluminous Waterproof Miss Manga Rock in Blackest Black 389 (yellow tube). I have been fairly conservative in the application, as opposed to their actual web site demos. I am surprised to say that the video is pretty accurate to what it looks like when you layer it on.

L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Miss Manga rock

L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Miss Manga Rock

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga

As you can see above, the applicators are quite different. The regular has bristles of varying lengths throughout, the Rock has very short, stubby bristles that are supposed to kind of bunch your lashes together as I understand it. The effect really happens when you pile on the layers. I actually got into Astro Boy level lashes at one point (not pictured) with the Rock version. I really like this stuff, and it might be my new favorite, especially for stage since I dislike falsies. To be clear, this is NOT for a natural look. It is not soft – it really stiffens your lashes. I’ve been using this stuff for a while, and when I went back to Benefit They’re Real I was a little surprised when my lashes looked more like normal human lashes.

Benefit They're Real

Benefit They’re Real, for comparison

Miss Manga is definitely waterproof and stays put. I actually have to scrub pretty hard to get it off. I use baby shampoo to remove my eye makeup. If you have extra sensitive skin around your eyes you might take that into consideration.

And the best part is that it is only $7.99 per tube. A little more than some other drug store mascaras, but way less than prestige brands, for sure.

So I do recommend this for people who like to go crazy with the eye makeup. If you like a natural look this is probably not for you. Have you tried it yet? Post in the comments if you love or hate it.

UD Event Makeover

UD Naked Smokey Makeover

UD Naked Smokey Makeover

The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette came out this week, after much breathless anticipation from my many fellow makeup addicts. Today there was an event and free makeovers at Sephora so I signed up (hey, free eyeshadow primer with purchase!) and told the artist to just go crazy. She seemed a little hesitant at first, but then got in the spirit of things.

So, I do not normally do a smoky look, especially accentuating my eyes in a rounder fashion. Hanging with burlesque artists I tend to default to an extreme wing/cat eye. It is interesting seeing what someone else would do with my look. I want to say we used 4 different colors from the palette, can’t remember the names but working in the cooler purple range. She also used a eyeliner pencil, but I did not catch what color it was. Urban Decay Naked Smoky is a really nice palette, but ultimately I did not buy it because I already have the Kat Von D Innerstellar palette and they have a lot of similar colors. They are both great brands.

The other thing I wanted to try was the Afterglow blush powder because they have some wild colors. I tried, and then ended up buying Bittersweet, which is purple (going for a theme). The artist was a little heavy handed on the application so I ended up blending it out a lot more when I got home. You can’t tell from the pic but it was kind of extreme. Not necessarily for every day but I could see me wearing this for a show. Major color payoff.

There was a lot of stuff going on with the eyes and cheeks so we went subtle with the lips. I believe we used the UD Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Failbait. I only wear gloss when I have my hair pulled back, which I do today. My hair ends up sticking in the gloss otherwise, as many people have experienced.

We did not do my brows. I use Anastasia brow gel in Amber typically.

So I walked out of Sephora today with Afterglow blush and an eyeshadow single in Fireball. Fireball is one of the new duo-tone colors they just released recently. I also have Sideline and Tonic, and I really like them a lot. But for me the more unusual the better.

So that’s my story. Did you run out and by UD Naked Smoky right away? Did you like it?

Shimmy Mob Thanks

Fargo Shimmy Mob Team 2015

Fargo Shimmy Mob Team 2015

We did it! In spite of the cold weather we performed during the Fargo Marathon – we kept warm with our shimmies, but the hats, scarves and gloves helped too. Thank you to the whole team for braving the weather! Top row from left: Enchanting Erica, Ezma Siddiqah, Lisa, Yarah Rasheeda, Danika, Nixie, Amaya, Aremi, Annette; bottom row from left: Narda, Annakiya Seher, Karen.

Also special thank you to my assistant TL’s Ezma and Yarah, who helped so much with writing letters and rehearsing. You ladies rock! And thanks to Kevin for coming out to take pics of us as we perform!

Thanks also to the Fargo Marathon and Happy Joe’s for giving us a place to dance, and the Spirit Room for giving us a place to practice!

We raised $550 $750 for the YWCA of Cass Clay during the total campaign. If you missed out on Shimmy Mob please still donate to them – they do important work!

Video courtesy Nixie – thanks a million!

Shimmy Mob is Imminent!

Shimmy Mob 2015

Shimmy Mob 2015

Mark your calendars and come out early to support your local bellydancers and marathon runners! Shimmy Mob will be at mile 2 of the Fargo Marathon at Happy Joe’s Pizza in the parking lot, north location, as part of Bands On The Run. We’ve been practicing hard and we’re pumped to be performing at this great community event!

What: Shimmy Mob performance, and troupe and solo performances from local dancers

Where: Happy Joe’s Parking Lot, 3132 North Broadway & 32nd Ave N., Fargo, ND

When: Saturday, May 9, 7:30am and 8:30am

Why: Raising awareness of the awesomeness of bellydance, and raising funds for the YWCA of Cass Clay

On Facebook, check out our event here.

Please check out more details on the tabs in the menu at the top of the screen, and please donate to YWCA in honor of the event. You might even win something for your donation!

Special thanks to:

The Spirit Room for giving us practice space

The Fargo Marathon and Happy Joe’s for giving us a place to dance

The dancers who have volunteered their time and effort!

No Class March 7

Just a reminder that we will not have class on March 7, but we will on March 14 and after. Have a great weekend!

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