To build the pearl chorus costume, you will need:
- a flesh-toned thong or G-string
- a flesh-toned bra
- 2 yards of 5/8"-1" wide flesh-toned elastic
- 20+ yards of pearl garland
- a large metal snap
- flesh-toned thread
- a needle
- a thimble (trust me on this one)
- a pants hook and bar
- a swimsuit hook
- 1 gross rhinestones and 5 gross pearl studs (optional - most of the pearls I got were used on the pasties)
|Pearl garland - 22 yds. per roll|
Prep the bra for embellishment by clipping off the straps. Measure for your halter strap. (I estimated 18" per costume, but your measurements may vary.) Machine stitch or hand stitch one end of the strap to the top of one cup where you clipped off the old strap. (If you use lingerie elastic, make sure the plush side will face your body.) Turn under 1/4" of the other end and finish it so it doesn't fray. Attach the male side of your snap to the finished edge of the strap so it will face the bra. Make sure your strap isn't twisted before attaching the snap to save yourself a headache. Attach the female side of the snap just inside the top of the free cup. Be sure everything fastens correctly before adding any embellishments.
For stripping ease, replace the bra hooks with a pants hook and bar. You can leave the factory hooks and eyes on the bra and attach the pants hook and bar over them. You may consider taking jewelry pliers to bend the factory bra hooks closed so they don't catch on fishnets when you remove the bra.
|Where to start & round the edges|
|Hand stitch garland across center of cup|
|Follow the arrows from the X|
|Note the strap, the snap, and 7 rows of beads|
|Clarus stones & plastic pearl studs|
I finished off the bra by using Clarus (very inexpensive Korean) rhinestones between the rows of pearls, and alternating the rhinestones with pearl studs on the wings and strap of the bra. I needed a little more dimension and a little more pop for the costumes I made since they were going to appear in a film.
|Loose garland on front|
|Thong center back|
I used spare Clarus rhinestones and faux pearl studs to embellish the rest of the thong. I didn't embellish the crotch or the crack of the thong because the pearl garland was embellishment enough for what the audience would see in the number.
If you got the 20+ yards of pearl garland, you should still have some left. You can use the remaining supplies to make a sexy choker.
|Swimsuit hook & lingerie elastic|
Stitch a length of garland from one seam of the collar to the other. Don't tighten your hand stitches too much or the collar won't fit. Try the collar on to be sure it fits, then cut the garland.
|Notice the center of the collar|
You can use the remaining garland to add more swags to the bra, panties, or collar.
|Cheap plastic pearl studs|
I'll share photos of all the ladies in these chorus costumes from the film shoot. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you try to make these costumes, and I'd love to see photos.