I have decided to embark on the journey of making a business out of my hobby, making bellydance costumes and accessories as well as children's toys and other items. I have opened a store on etsy, http://www.fabulouspants.etsy.com , and I thought that keeping a blog would be a great way to easily look back at my progress and celebrate victories. I also have a flickr account, http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabulouspants/ . So for the long version about why this all happened, continue reading below.
I began sewing in 1997 when I joined the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society. Through this association, I not only learned about costume design but also learned about the art of bellydance. I worked off of tape until joining Pangaea Dance studio in 2005. While dancing at Pangaea, I found that there were few options for comfortable practice pants that were also fashionable enough to wear in restaurants and clubs after practices. I wanted a way to transition from different venues without having to take different clothes with for each place. I also like clothing that is multipurpose and can pass itself off in many different venues. After working on costuming for the resident dance troupes, Reflections and Patchwork Silks, as well as my own costuming in Medieval and fantasy clothing design for Belegarth, I began working on my pants design. This exploration could not have come at a better time. Another member of the studio, Bastet, approached me about beginning a Gothic Fusion duet now known as Maelstrom. We decided to use Fabulous Pants as one of the bases of our unique costuming. I love making these pants and other items available for your bellydance needs. I am concerned not only with the beauty of design but also with quality fabrics, notions, and workmanship.
Lately I have also started to fall in love with homemade toys for my nieces and nephews. After popular demand from different members of playgroups, I am going to start posting toys on this shop as well soon. We hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I am also working on some new accessories for the bellydancing section of the pages. Look for them soon as well.