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Turn any boring evening into a night of burlesque performance art with your very own stage.
Gay Purr-ee (1962, rated G)
Boy Scout Burnout
5"/12.7cm W x 4"/10.2cm H x 1"/2.5cm D
High Drama Curtain Help (pdf format)
To get the look of richly figured jacquard stage curtains, I used a damask table napkin which can be found in most home decor stores. One napkin provides more than enough fabric for this project, and the rolled edge provides a perfect no-sew hem for the bottom of the curtains.
Create the Stage:
Measure and cut from the chipboard five pieces: 1 (one) 5" W x 4" H (12.7cm x 10cm), 2 (two) 5" H x 3/4" W (12.7cm x 1.9cm), and 2 (two) 4" H x 3/4" W (10cm x 1.9cm). Cut extras if you think you may need them. Glue them together with the Fabri-tac glue to create an open-faced box that will become your stage.
Now you are ready to pleat your curtains. I used knife pleats on this project because it allows the fabric to hang relatively straight and flat, while appearing to replicate the deep folds of a stage curtain. Knife pleating fabric is not a difficult thing, it just takes time and a little patience to make the folds do your bidding. I recommend working with one piece at a time and using the sewing pins to hold each pleat in place until you are ready to steam it into submission.
Using the Fabri-tac glue, cover the interior of your stage, and line it with the remaining piece of fabric that you cut. Ease the fabric into the corners and cut away any excess fabric to reduce bulk while maintaining adequate coverage. Set this aside for a moment to let the glue set up, then glue down the remaining fabric over the outside and around the back of the box. Trim away any excess to reduce bulkiness on the backside.
Cut a piece of the gold rickrack trim to fit snugly around the outside of the stage. Glue it into place, covering the cut ends of the curtains and overlapping the cut ends at the bottom where they will not show. Cut another piece of gold rickrack trim that will fit around the front and sides at the top, wrapping around to the backside. Glue this piece into place, making sure it adheres well to the curtains in front.
Follow the sewing guide for each curtain, sew one small jump ring to the edge of each fold using your needle and matching thread. Thread the tassles in from the outside and through each of the jump rings, and attach with thread to the last jump ring. If your tassle cord is not long enough to allow the curtains to fall smoothly, just extend it wth some thread.
Gild Your Pussy:
Coat the plastic cat figurine completely with the burnt umber acrylic paint and let dry completely. Use the other paintbrush to apply the Rub n' Buff gold leaf and let dry for a few minutes. Rub the cat figurine with the soft cloth to buff the gilding to a shine. If any areas need to be recoated, repeat the process until the figurine is completely gilded. Let dry for at least 20 minutes after the final buffing. Use the Fabri-tac glue to adhere the small flat-backed crystals around the cat's neck to form its jeweled collar.
Adhere the gilded kitty to the stage with the Fabri-tac glue. Position it so it will been seen perfectly when the stage curtains are drawn back. Your shiny pussy is center stage now and is clamoring for attention!
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