Going to music festivals has been a huge part of my life over the past few years. My boyfriend, Garrett, introduced to me festivals when we had just started dating and it’s now something that we love doing together. The environment is always energetic, loving, and fun. We both enjoy dancing to the music. However, half the reason I enjoy music festivals has nothing to do with attending. Having a creative outlet and a place where I can design, create, and wear something that is tailored to me is thrilling. It’s so rewarding when others compliment something I made. I feel that as we get older we have less opportunities to share our creativity, festivals give me the excuse to begin a new project. Regardless of if we have a festival coming up or not I’m now always looking for inspiration and thinking of what is to come.
I decided to include this paragraph at the beginning of each festival post so you know what you’re getting yourself into:
When I had the idea to do these posts outlining how I make my rave bras I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go. To give a step -by-step tutorial would be close to impossible because I go into making my rave costumes with no expectations and no plan. Yes, I know the theme of my outfit and I have a blurry image of what I want it to look like in my head, but my bras rarely come out that way. In addition, I barely come up for air once I get a good thought going and the materials start working in my favor. I get engrossed in the creative process and it’s difficult for me to interrupt that. It’s a lame excuse, I know, but I forget about taking pictures. So, in this post I’m going to give you a very rough step-by-step of how I created this bra, some tips for creating rave bras, all about the materials I used. Plus, where I find my inspiration. I’m 100% ok with anyone copying these bras, but another reason I’m not going to give clear cut direction is because rave bras and costumes are meant to be unique and this post is meant more to inspire you.
What better inspiration is there than the iconic Britney Spears?! It was only a matter of time before I recreated one of her looks and when I saw her perform with G-Easy at the Grammy’s I knew this was the year to do it. The “Slave For You” costumes is one her most well know looks and the original costume translate very easily to a rave wear so I decided this would be the look I went with. Plus, I was excited to carry a giant snake around with me!
This rave costume ended up being a lot more work, and a lot more complicated, than I expected. Although it was well worth it, I would make some changes to my method if I ever made it again. First of all, the fabric that I purchased for the top was far too sheer. At the time it was all I could find at the craft store and I thought it would be easy to layer on the bra. It wasn’t easy. I ended up having to cut the fabric into strips, layering each one over the next and attaching them individually. Sounds easy in theory, but laying the fabric on the bra in such a way that it looks good and doesn’t buckle or crease is anything but. In retrospect, I should’ve just bought a green bra and layered one or two pieces of fabric over it.
On the flip side, for the bottoms, I wish that I had purchased more sheer fabrics. Some of the fabrics I purchased were stiff and therefore didn’t lay the way I wanted them to. However, with a little TLC, I was eventually able to make them work the way I wanted. When you go to the craft store in search of your fabrics make sure to play with them a little and see how they move before you purchase.
- Take the green fabric and cut it into 1 inch strips, they don’t have the be perfect. Start laying them horizontally across the bra one by one. To help attach the strips glue rhinestones down along the edges of the bra. Be careful to not burn your fingers, the hot glue bleeds through the fabric and makes it difficult to hold the fabric in place while it dries. Play with the fabric as much as you can, it’s going to want to buckle over the center of the bra since the cup is rounded. Don’t get frustrated just go slow you can always put another piece of fabric on top or rip that one off and try again.
- I cut the strips really long to give me room to play with them. I started by laying them down where I wanted them and attaching with a small amount of glue. I didn’t want to permanently attach them until I was sure they would lay perfectly with the next piece. The extra fabric was left hanging off the edges of the bra.
- Once everything was laid out how I wanted it, I used a ton of glue to place the rhinestones down, which would help secure the fabric. Then, I took scissors and cut the along the edge of the bra to remove the extra fabric. Along the top edge I folded the fabric around the bra and glued it to the back side.
- I had to add a second row of rhinestones along the bottom because the edges of the fabric were still a bit messy.
- The straps were a last minute touch because I wanted some more bling. I used blue rhinestones to bring out the color in the bottoms, and the clear stars because they seemed very Britney. The clear stars also helps cover where the fabric wrapped around the strap at the top.
- The center piece is a large clear teardrop rhinestone that I glued feathers to. The feathers came pre wrapped together with a loop at the top so I just had to glue that loop to the back of the rhinestone.
- The pieces that wrap around my waist are scrap pieces of fabric from the bottoms, they just happened to be the perfect size and length. Sometimes things work out perfectly! I put the bra on and placed the fabric where I wanted it and eye balled where I wanted to glue it. I wanted to make sure it laid at the perfect angle. Once I had a good idea I removed the bra and went at it with the glue gun.
- I purchased a few different fabrics from the craft store, each cut 6” wide. I played around with each fabric and decided how long I wanted them to hang. I decided to double the length and fold the fabric in half. Then, I tied the fabric in a knot at the corner to make it more dimensional, like a handkerchief or scarf.
- To attach the fabric to the bottoms I first glued the knotted part to the shorts, and then covered the knot, to the best of my ability, with the gold sequined ribbon. Thus, sandwiching the hanging fabric between the shorts and the belt. You’re going to need a lot of glue.
- Once you have all the fabric placed take your extra feathers and figure out where you want to place them. The feathers are so light you can easily glue them to any surface.
THE BOOT COVERS:
1. Find rhinestones that match the color scheme and place them randomly all over the fringes of the boots.
Boots Covers: Here
Fabric (Joann’s Craft Store): 1/2 yard green fabric | 5-6 6″ strips of colored fabrics | 1 yard gold sequined ribbon
Feathers: Joann’s Craft Store
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