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Costume Questions. [Mar. 27th, 2008|01:10 pm]
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Hello Everyone,

Well, i recently purchased a custom made Tia Dalma costume. I do plan to embellish it with some smaller details, like the shells on the belt.
Here is what my costume looks like:

Made by the wonderful Exclusive Taylormade costumes in Australia.

I don't plan to use cowrie shells, there has been a massive surge of zebra mussel shells at a lake near my house, and I got a bunch of them to use on the belt.
Does anyone have any recommendations for this? The shells are thinner compared to cowrie shells, I was thinking gluing them on would be better...but if anyone has any other suggestions I would be most grateful.


From: (Anonymous)
2008-10-28 04:03 am (UTC)

Tia Dalma, getting shells onto belt

I am making Tia Dalma for my 15-year old. My costume is pretty much an exact replica. I attached the cowrie shells to the belt (a piece of Persian rug) by first drilling a hole in the back of each shell with a Dremel tool. Then I sewed each shell to the belt. Then there was the beading!!--small glass Tibetan beads in a scallop around each shell, top and bottom, the length of the belt. Also, there is brown wooden beading around the perimeter of the entire belt. All in all, the beading itself was 12 hours of hand-sewing. The shells, which went on first, took about an hour to drill--I needed 34 inches of them--and sewing those on went fairly fast, maybe another hour. So far, the belt has been the most time-consuming aspect--but the coat will be worse, I expect. Also, the apron has a lot of trim at the bottom. Thank God for sewing machines!
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