March 29, 2015

My way

I have been dabbling in doing my own thing for ages, I have done Burlesque, Pole dance costumes and dance costumes. All while working or studying.
So why not venture out and start my very own label.
I have a bit of a love for lingerie and Pole dance of course, but that might only be the start.

I knew it was going to be hard to start something from not much, and I decided I would do it anyway. Since I had taken the hard road all my life this wasn't going to be any different.

While working for a Jewellery company as a Christmas casual in Arbon, I met a lovely lady that was a seamstress herself. She was a constant inspiration and always helped me along the way. It was great to have someone to bounce ideas off and also show her some stuff that I had learned over the years.

She was starting her label at the same time as me, hers being more of a up market clothing label we helped each other when we needed to.

This gave me the confidence and also backing of a person who has lived in Switzerland longer than me, and I could count on her honesty and help.

I am going to start with my Etsy store, see how that goes.
My main problem will be the strength of the Swiss franc, export will be tricky. People like cheap and cheerful but I am not planning on being that kind of label.
I am hoping to make good quality items with great fabrics that will last several washes and wears.

Once I have sold a few items I am also planning on making a Couture range, which will be limited edition. Probably more for the stage and performances.

I have had a photo shoot with a great lady called Mara to give people a idea of what these items look like on the body. She is not a pole dancer, but a great sport and circus performer with Gravity Riders.
And she did me a great favor posing on and off the pole. 

 I am also very grateful for the help I got from the team at Kühnis Augenoptik in Rorschach, for letting me use their in equipment and cellar to shoot.

I am hoping my general line will become a great source for people to use in the gym, circus or on the pole.
These are just the start I have more designs I would like to make reality but for now I have to earn some money first to be able to purchase more material.

there will be more in the future :)

Lady A

October 30, 2014

With or without shoes?!?!?!

I am a lady that enjoys her pole dancing, its great for my strength flexibility and fitness. I have found a great hobby but also met some really awesome ladies and gents in the studio's of Bobbi's Perth.

I have now moved to Europe, and I have started looking for a place where I could do the same. My very first impression was not very friendly, there was no smiling reception lady happy to explain all the levels or even a teacher happy to ask me to come back after class so we could talk a bit more about the levels.

But I persevered and tried a smaller studio owned by two sisters. Since the first attempt was a visit I thought maybe email first so its easier. They told me they are happy for me to come by and do a trial class so I could see if I would be happy at the studio.
But, they don't wear heels and its a aesthetic choice. 

I thought fair enough but I want to wear heels, because I look better can do lots of fun things with them and I can collect them.

So then I started asking why are people so anti shoes in Europe?
Is it because they prefer to make it a sport, or gymnastic thing rather than a dance or even be associated with the clubs?
Okay yes they are generally more conservative, specially in Switzerland. I might have been a bit presumptuous to think I could just drop in and start off where I left it in Perth.

The other question is will this change how I feel about pole dance?
  I am a seamstress/ designer of costumes and I have enjoyed the dressing up and wearing fun outfits to classes maybe a bit more than most. So loosing that simple little accessory the shoes could make it less dress up and fun.

I had my trial class and they were super nice and inviting, I could pretty much slot in and continue just bare feet. And I will do bare feet, but I might go down a few levels to get my footing with the German lingo and also the static moves. Its always good to polish up technique and now learn how my lines look without the pretties on the end of my feet. ;)

I am not giving up on the shoes never, but I will give myself the time to learn things both ways.

I would love to hear why people like shoes to pole dance with, and why not.
I think its a personal thing but its interesting to hear how others feel about it.

until next time

Lady A 

September 30, 2014

Pole dance with Champayne

So I got to make another pole dance costume for the amazing Champayne

She is a inspiration for me and I am sure for many other too.

Soo strong so flexible and just plain cool :)

I made her the knickers the chaps, neck piece and hand cuffs.

 As you can tell I love the tassels on the chaps ;)

the idea came from her and we worked together to make it work.

Photo's by Damo Photography

I loved this it was soo much fun

next one will come soon :D

Lady A

August 13, 2014

Raw Showcase for Lady A

I did this thing called Raw Artist Showcase, where a bunch of artistic people come together and put on a show for one night.

there is usually Visual artists, performing artists, Music, Fashion and make up people.
You make something or bring stuff along and show your talent to the audience on the night. 

I decided to make some of my corset designs that have been living in a draw for the last few years.
And I was lucky enough to have many amazing friends model them for me, and help me out with finishing them off.

There were old things in my catwalk show like the tubeless garment

Models: Caitlyn Estes and Bridget Moore

the watermelon I made last year

Model: Zoe O'Neal

There was Fish scale corsets

Models: SJ Mac, Jadez Tan and Cecile Mimieux

some simple but pretty corded corset and a flower corset

Models: Jade Rice and Michelle Bailey

a bit of a sixites flared corset

Model: Robyn Bailey

and two mens corsets
Models: Johnny Domino and Andre Santos

It was great fun making these, and I am hoping that I can either sell them or take some with me to Europe. it all depends which ones I am most attached to I guess ;)
For the one on sale until September 2014 check out etsy

if you are interested in the Raw Artist idea here is their website,
its free to join in but you do have to sell 20 tickets to the event.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed the photo's
until next time

Lady A

May 16, 2014

More stretch and flex wear

Last year I started pole dancing classes, and it has become a big part of my life now.
Its very good for my bones and it gives me goals to strive for and also keeps me fit.

But as we know I will always try to find a way to make a costume for something I am doing.

So I entered a amateur pole competition as a beginner and made a costume for it :)

It was great fun making a routine, and rehearsing it. But what was more fun was making the costume.

Since I am not a pro yet I decided to make the routine more about the fun of pole dance rather than the amazing strength and fitness. 
(I was still sweating trust me )

the idea was to go down the line of 60's Go Go dancer, with tassles to shimmy all around.

here are some photo's of the event.

the photo's are by Damo Guy photography

And I can't tell you how much fun it was, even though I was nervous as.

Lets hope I get to make more costumes for other pole dancers in the near future.

lots of love

Lady A


February 22, 2014

a dress to be remembered

Last year I  made a wedding dress for a Lady at work, one of the guys at work did a sketch to work from we went fabric shopping, did fittings and many hours later a dress was made.

It was one of the only wedding dresses I have made that I can say was a pleasure to make.
The bride knew what she wanted and she appreciated all the work that went into making this garment. 

Here are some Images of the lovely couple

Thank you for the images and thank you for the lovely day :)

wishing you many happy adventures in the future

Lady A :D

January 1, 2014

2014 and beyond

What is to come in 2014 and beyond for me and my artistic ideas?

I have decided to go with ideas that have been burning in the back of my mind and old sketch books for years now.
I would like to take my time sample ideas, drape patterns and really be able to do my best to get things just how I imagined them.
Its a luxury you can only afford if you decide to do such things outside of work and with no ideas of profit or success other than enjoying the process and honing your skills.

I will start with small things such as corsets, they are easy to store, small and don't require too much material. (depending on the design ;) )

Undergarments have always been something I have been interested in, even when I started to sew as a little girl. It started because I though it was odd that Barbie didn't wear any underwear, non of them came with any undergarments. So I started making her many different types and styles of lingerie, all of them were basic and child like, but I looked at my own undergarments to see how I could make a tiny versions. This is why they were never something you could imagine being used on the catwalks of Paris or Milan.

 I think I was only about 8 or 9 if I remember correctly, and ended up making dresses and other garments after Barbie had enough underwear to make her modest. :)

I always loved lingerie shops and still do, there is something about a nice set of lingerie that can make you feel lovely even when wearing ordinary clothing. 
And I guess the corset is something that can lend itself to all sorts of design ideas and creative thinking.

This is what I hope to do more of in my outside work projects, self funded design and construction.

I will share some of these processes with you as soon as I have enough to make up a bit of a post.

lots of Love
And all the best for this exciting new year :)

Lady A

December 21, 2013

Saying goodbye to Burlesque Costuming

The day has finally come, where I have decided to leave the custom burlesque costumes alone.

I haven't made that many in the past, and I am glad I never went into the industry too deeply. But before it all gets too serious I realized it was not for me.

I had fun designing and nutting out ways to peal off clothing with my clients, and I even got to see some pretty cool ideas come to fruition.

From Roses loosing her petals, swans peeling layers off and a male flashdance sparkler costume. 

I would like to work towards my hobby and dream to do more odd garments, such as wearable art, up cycled and just plain strange.

And I hope that my clients get to go forth with many more years of fun and flirtation all over the worlds stages and clubs.

thank you very much for the interesting times
I wish you all well

lots of love

Lady A 

August 16, 2013

Tubeless the jacket

So I did the Bicycle tube corset and head piece photoshoot at the start of the year.
Now I did a shoot with the jacket,
It was very different, darker and in a outdoors location.
David Woolley was the photographer an he did great things, but the model was not really on form.
That model was me, I knew I am not the best in front of the camera.
My job is doing things backstage and behind the scenes, it seems to be my strength not the modelling.

here are some of the photos

I like the background, the texture of the trees and ground full of pine needles

The jacket seems to take on a shiny look on these images

I have already started the next wearable art project, this one unfortunately wont be a recycling one.
My machine needs to recover from the tube beating it got while making this.

hopefully more soon.

Lady A 

July 20, 2013

quiet times on my blog

Has some of you may have noticed I have been posting less over the last 3 months,
My day job has become a little bit more involved, with new people coming and a change of manager.

And then I went on tour with my company for nearly a month.
Now there is lots of things happening that I would like to blog about.
But they are things that need a premier and therefore require silence from me to achieve the surprise.

So this is where I am stuck.

The only thing that I can promise is that I am having a photo shoot with the tubeless garment, mainly the jacket. This I will post on here so there is something visual coming.

Please be patient and I hope to be back asap.


Lady A