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Panel Skirt Workshop

January 7th at 12:30 PM

Glittertribe Studios
3052 Clairemont Dr, Ste 9
San Diego, California 92117

Panel skirts are a constant favorite in burlesque. Their feminine draping adds an element of tease with just their silhouette onstage. In this workshop Eva Mae Garnet will go over the basics of panel skirt construction. From various technique like adjusting patterns for use, to quick tricks from the legends, come learn how to add this burlesque costume staple to your showgirl closet.
Eva Mae Garnet is a performer, producer, and costumer from San Diego. Making all her own costumes and studying under a handful designers and pattern makers, she has earned notoriety for her custom corsets, headdresses, and panel skirts. Be sure to check out her work at evamaegarnet.com.

For this class, please bring a notebook, pen, fabric shears, pins, and a measuring tape if you will be working on your skirts in this workshop.

Cost: $20
Please reserve your spot online:
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=291245&stype=-7&sTG=24&sVT=11&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=20&date=01%2F07%2F17

Feisty Thoughts: Showgirl Mama

Some of you may already know this, but beyond being a performer, a producer, and a traveling showgirl, I am also a mother to a very feisty little girl who will be three this April. From the moment that I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, literally the next day, I was onstage and determined to not let this pregnancy trample my dreams of being a traveling burlesque performer. I worked diligently throughout my pregnancy, altering costumes and acts, to better support my growing belly and growing ambition. I performed up until a month before she was born. When she was only two months old, I traveled with her across the country for my first burlesque competition in Charleston, South Carolina.

As she got older, I continued to travel and perform whenever I was given the opportunity. She came with me to Charlotte when she was young and still breast-feeding. Later I went to Seattle, Texas, Toronto, New York, London, and so many other places on my own. Sometimes I would opt for a quick trip, landing the day of the show and leaving directly after the conclusion of the event, which could be either a night or a weekend. Sometimes my husband would care for her like when I took off for nine days to go to New Orleans and Albuquerque. But one thing was for sure, the older she became, the more difficult it was to leave her.

Every trip I cry. Not just a few tears streaming down my face, I mean ugly cry. I text my girlfriend, Sassy Stiletto, to remind myself why I do what I do, and if I am making the right decision as a parent. Each time I read her response through my tears telling me that if I don’t take care of myself, of my own dreams and aspirations, then I will have nothing to give my daughter. And although that makes me feel better, as I tuck her into bed, or kiss her goodbye at the airport repeating the one phrase that I have told her since she was an infant in my arms, “Mommy always comes back to you,” it doesn’t make it any easier. But still, I get on that plane, and I give the audience every ounce of me that I possibly have to give.

Once I get to my destination it’s usually easier. I see my friends who I don’t always see and performances that inspire me to continue bettering my craft, but every now and then you just have to have a moment to yourself. I remember when I was competing in London, about an hour before I was supposed to hit the stage with my stage make-up in tact and nervous energy flowing rampantly, I heard this family from the other table call to their little girl, about three years older than my daughter, “Brody”. Now Brody is not a very common name for little girls, and I had yet to meet another one until this moment, but I looked to the family and clarified whether or not their daughter’s name was Brody. Of course when they responded yes, I sat there, attempting to continue a polite conversation while fighting back tears. Finally, as my voice started to crack and I could no longer hid the tears running down my face as I was forcing myself to smile, I excused myself directly to the bathroom where I broke down in a crying hysteria all the while trying to save most of my stage make-up.

At the moment, I have cut back my travel significantly. This decision wasn’t made directly because of my daughter, other goals and aspirations definitely weighed in, but at this very, very, very, VERY difficult stage (yes moms to older children, I know it only gets worse – I mean new “challenges” later on present themselves) I thought it would be best to spend more time with her until we get past this phase. But if you do find yourself traveling with little ones, I have a few tips to help you survive.

  1. Remember the reasons why you do this. Being a mother means giving so much of yourself to someone else. It’s easy to lose your own identity in this mix and will continue to be a juggling act as they get older. Remember to take care of yourself and remember your dreams pre-baby.
  2. Facetime/Skype often. Technology is remarkable, and calling and seeing my baby girl, even before she talked, really helped to alleviate the guilt and longing… a bit.
  3. Have a support system back home you can trust. Having people who know your child, and who you trust with your baby’s life is imperative. Whether it’s mom/dad, grandparents, relatives, or just a very good family friend to take care of your little ones, make the decision that you will be most relieved with.
  4. Give all the information you can before you leave. Make all the lists you need to feel like if something happens to your child, they know where to call. It’s okay to have plans A through Z mapped out if it’s going to make you feel better. Whether or not they will follow it to a T is another story, but if it will help you sleep at night, then do what you have to do.
  5. Have a special phrase for you and your little one. I was terrified that Brody was going to think I left her for good, so I always reiterate to her that no matter what, I will come back. Every time I get off Facetime or when I leave, I repeat this to her, and after a while, she just knows. It’s almost like a mantra for just you two, even if they can’t repeat it yet.
  6. Allow yourself moments to disconnect. Don’t forget to make friends. Have fun. Do all the things that non-parents do when you are gone. Don’t feel guilty about having fun. If you spent all your time doing that, then what’s the point of leaving in the first place.

Being a mama and a traveling showgirl is a difficult challenge. But I promise you, you can do it. <3

Burlesque Legend, Patti Waggin

If there is one thing to be said about the legendary Patti Waggin, it’s that her energy was intoxicating. Born in 1926 to vaudevillian parents, Patti, born Patricia Artae Brownwell, grew up with show business running through her veins. After dropping out from Chico State College in California, she began to perform burlesque throughout the country. She was well known throughout her career, and by the time she met her third husband, professional baseball player, Don Rudolph, she was appearing on the top 10 lists of strippers in the country.

Patti Waggin’s burlesque numbers were fun, energetic, and quirky. Her movements were very reminiscent of her times, performing mostly bump and grind burlesque. She was captivating onstage, often giving a smile and a friendly wink, inviting the audience to have fun with her.

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Off stage Patti was quite the athlete, having participated and won in various motor cycle races. While she was married to Don, she would often put on a catcher’s mitt and help her beloved husband warm up for the game. Don was incredibly supportive of his wife and her chosen career, often ignoring the field chatter from the opposing team and their thoughts on Patti’s profession. One of his plans for life after baseball was to open a club for his wife and call it Don Rudolph’s Patti Waggin. Sadly, he died in a tragic car accident in 1968 at the age of 37.

Patti was considered one of the friendliest girls on the burlesque circuit and even answered all her own fan mail. She kept these letters and incorporated them into a book called, “Fan Letters To A Stripper: A Patti Waggin Tale.” In 1992, she passed away from an intestinal disorder.

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Patti’s style of burlesque is one of my favorites. The athleticism she incorporated into her routines, her delightful smile, and her bumps that won’t stop are reasons why she is one of my favorite burlesque legends. You can read more about here on her official website here.

Traveling Showgirl Tips

The last couple of years I have been on the road and in the air quite a bit. I have traveled both nationally and internationally, and along the way I have come up with a few traveling showgirl tips. Are you an experienced traveller or maybe a novice who doesn’t know where to begin? Then check out my ten tips for a successful showgirl tour!

  1. Water – You may think that drinking water is only important when you are flying, but throughout your trip, drink as much water as you possibly can. I can’t tell you how many times my mood and energy levels were affected because I was unknowingly dehydrated. When I was traveling in the UK, I didn’t pay attention to my own advice, and with all those tea breaks and no water in between, I was an absolute mess by the time I got home.
  2. Sleep – For me, when I travel sleep is nearly impossible. I can’t get comfortable enough to sleep on a plane, time difference is always a factor, and with burlesque performers performing at night, our hours are already all over the place. I’m not a big fan of sleeping pills because of the hangover effect, but I have had a lot of success using melatonin, which is a natural, over-the-counter sleep aid. You can find this at any drug store, Whole Foods, or even online.
  3. Vitamin C – Traveling is often being in confined spaces with random strangers. Glamorous, I know. Be sure to up your Vitamin C intake to help combat any traveling colds that are floating around.
  4. Research the area you will be staying at. – Research for more than just restaurants that you want to eat at, or shops you want to see. Google search time, distance, travel, and price points for the best methods to get around. Can you walk from your hotel to the venue? What time is call time? When would you have to leave to get to where you are going? Do you have a point of contact in case you get lost? How much are cab rides? Will you have WiFi to use GPS? Many times I will make print outs of directions in case my phone decides to fail me. Make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the worst.
  5. Have a good traveling bag. – I’m not talking about something cute for the plane. Have a show bag that you can easily take around town. Often I take public transportation when I travel, and going back to whatever your home base is may not always be an option, unless you have a car at your disposal or the extra income to request Ubers. Many times I will go explore the city with all my showgirl necessities for that night. Always be prepared. You never know what kind of time set backs you may encounter.
  6. Bring acts that you can travel with. – When you are performing and traveling, it’s much easier to bring acts that are easily transportable. Unless the production you are performing in has paid for you to bring out that giant pain-in-the-ass prop that looks gorgeous on stage, but your stage hands hate, leave it at home. In fact, if you are traveling, keep set-ups minimal. Sometimes it’s best to only have to worry about whether you start on or off stage.
  7. Music – Always have a back up of your music. If you will be on the road, and are performing in a weekly production, chances are they won’t request your music till the week before your performance. I like to use Google Drive and have the downloaded app on my phone. Also keeping a USB back up of all the acts you will be performing while touring is incredibly helpful.
  8. Make-Up – As a performer rule, I always show up to the venue with my make-up already done. You never know what the lighting situation will be, and really it makes you look more professional when you show up to the venue ready to go.
  9. Be Gracious – Producing is hard. Having performers in a production who the producers don’t know is something you should be gracious about. I have performed with producers who I’ve met before, and I’ve also performed in productions where I’ve never formally met the producer. Be kind. Don’t be a diva, and make sure you roll with the punches. I know producers who above everything else, want to make sure that their backstage is a safe zone. Be kind and respectful of everyone involved. You represent yourself, your affiliations, and your community.
  10. Get to know the community. – If you have a few days off to catch another local show, go show some support if it’s in your time and budget. Go meet and talk with the other performers. Make some new friends. You never know where your paths will cross again.

So these are just a few of my traveling show girl tips. Do you have a specific question or maybe a really good point to add? Comment below! Thanks for reading. xoxo

A Showgirl’s Prayer

As I step onto this stage, let my light shine through.

Let me connect with all in the audience, and leave each person feeling special and desired.

Let each glance, wink, and smile translate into love and appreciation.

If I fall, let me think quickly to turn my stumble into a graceful transition.

Let me dance in the moment, and seize the opportunity to give my all onstage.

Let my music start and finish correctly, and my lighting look most flattering.

Let me make a moment to remember, a story to later tell friends.

And if I mess up beyond repair, let this act turn into a comedy that will be forgiven with a smile!

Anticipation

So as Burlycon draws closer and closer, I am excited about the seemingly endless possibilities that can happen while there. I have my itinerary made, my hotel and tickets booked, time requested off work and now… I just want to get there! Classes from Perle Noire, Coco Letric, Jeez Loueez, and Jo Boobs JUST to name a few! I have been working my ass off to develop as a performer, so this fountain of knowledge that I’m about to dive into just makes me so insanely excited! For now I will simply have to sit back and go over what I learned in Kitten De Ville’s last workshop down here in San Diego. 1380678_758887827461319_213565153_n