Gothic Fashion: How To Tuck Your Skirt

Hey, motherTUCKERS!  I’ve been asked by a few people (and noticed by fellow belly dancers) about the 25-yard skirt that I often wear in my outfit-of-the-day videos.  The 25-yard skirt (also known as a tiered skirt) is a staple of belly dance costumes, particularly tribal fusion and tribal (i.e. ATS® and ITS).  So, I decided to show you all how I tuck in my skirts, achieving a frilly, gothic look.

 

 

I encourage you all to watch the video, but you can read the basic instructions below on how to tuck your skirt.  I’ll show you 4 different ways to tuck in your skirt: the Right-side tuck, the Hitchhiker tuck, the Double-cross tuck, and the Bustle tuck.

 

 

THE RIGHT-SIDE TUCK

Grab the left side of the skirt about 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down and pinch these pieces together.  Bring these pieces up and hold them out to your left side.

 

Take the skirt that’s in your hand and bring it around the front to your right side.  Twist the fabric together and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 

 

Once these pieces are tucked, fluff out the ends to accentuate the frills on your right side.

 

 

THE HITCHHIKER

Grab the skirt 1/2 to 3/4 of the ways down.  The further down you grab the skirt, the less the ends will stick out, creating less poof.

 

Bring the skirt up, flatten the side with your free hand and tuck the skirt in.  Repeat this step on the other side.

 

This is the tuck that I wear most often in my gothic wardrobe.  It’s one of the easier tucks to achieve and can easily be undone and re-done.  This is essential when “nature calls”.

 

 

THE DOUBLE-CROSS TUCK

Grab the skirt 1/2 way down on your right side, then flatten the front of the skirt with your free hand.  Tuck the skirt in on your left side.

 

Reach 1/2 way down the other side of the skirt.  Pull this end out towards the side.

 

Take that end, wrap it around the back, and tuck the skirt in on your right side. 

 

You may need a full-length mirror for this look, in order to keep the front and back of the skirt flat.

 

 

THE BUSTLE

Reach 1/2 way down the right side of the skirt and hold the skirt out to the side.

 

Wrap that side towards the back and tuck in the skirt.  Repeat this same step on the other side. Again, a full-length mirror will be helpful in making sure the front is flat and that the bustle is nice and fluffy. 

 

I used the reflection of myself from a large window instead of a mirror, resulting in a sloppy bustle.  Not only should I have used a mirror, but I also should have tucked the ends in more.

 

 

Now, let’s discuss yardage for a bit.  Tiered skirts used for dancing typically come with different yardage: 15 yards (13.7 meters), 25 yards (22.9 meters), and 36 yards (32.9 meters).  Tiered skirts also come in 10 yards (9.1 meters).

 

As you can see below, the more yardage a skirt has, the more fluffy the skirt will look.  Keep in mind that more yardage may also increase the weight a skirt, depending on the type of fabric used.

 

That’s it for now, my dear lovelies.  I really enjoyed creating this video and more importantly, my viewers found these tucking tips helpful.  You’ll find that these tiered skirts are very versatile and are suitable for a whole range of body types.   If you’re into long, frilly skirts like I am, these skirts make an excellent addition to a gothic wardrobe.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!

 

That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise