Last Chance to Vote

Dear Constant Reader,

This is it! Voting for the Golden Pasties ends tonight! It would mean so much to me to win one of those oversized pasties (made by Canova Studios), especially for the 20th anniversary of the festival.

I’m a finalist for the Dorian Gray Award, for the performer who looks younger now than when they started performing and the Producers Dream Award, for the performer who is never late and always sends their music on time (it’s true!).

Voting is super-easy, barely an inconvenience! You have until 6pm (eastern) tonight.

And then we wait until the ceremony on Sunday!

M2

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Published in: on 27 September 2022 at 7:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Exciting News

Dear Constant Reader,

I’m a finalist for two Golden Pasties!!! Thank you so much for your help getting me nominated. I had a terrible day yesterday, but it ended with this news, so at least I could go to sleep on a positive note.

Now I’m counting on you all to vote for me the Dorian Gray Award and the Producer’s Dream Award. I’ve got some really stiff competition!

We’re encouraged to make silly campaign promises. I haven’t come up with any yet (I’m working on it!) but I do promise you all a treat if I win one of those coveted giant pasties!

M2

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Published in: on 13 September 2022 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Golden Pasties

Dear Constant Reader,

I believe I neglected to tell you that I had been selected to perform at The New York Burlesque Festival. I am incredibly excited! There’s a lot of competition for a relatively few slots and this year happens to be the 20th anniversary.

I’ll be performing Thursday night at The Bell House (where I’ve performed at previous NYBFs) with Whole Lotta Mina, which you may have seen if you were at the most recent Expo or if you’re one of my Patrons.

This all means I am eligible for a Golden Pastie award! Nominations are open until September 11 and then voting starts. I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts on being nominated for The Producers Dream Award (for the performer who is never late and always sends their music on time) and for The Dorian Gray Award (for the performer who looks younger now than when they started performing) (maybe not younger, but enough people have said I look much the same as when I started this burlesque stuff over a decade and a half ago).

So, I am asking you, Dear Reader, to please nominate me in those two categories. If I am fortunate enough to be a finalist, you will surely know. I have never won a burlesque award and despite the silliness, a Golden Pastie would mean a lot to me.

Thank you in advance,

M2

These writings and other creative projects are supported by my 14 Patrons. Thank you so much! To become a Patron, go to my Patreon page. Or you can just tip me if you liked this.

Published in: on 30 August 2022 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy New Year!

Dear Constant Reader,

I hope 2020 is treating you well!

I’m often asked if there’s a place you can find all my Friday Tips and until now, the best way was to search on the tag “tips”, which wasn’t so helpful if you were looking for a specific tip. Now you can find all my Friday Tips right here in a helpful chronological list. Just click the tip and you’ll go to the original post.

I’d like to create some tutorials! Please pick your favorite on this little poll.


Next week I’ll announce the winner.

M2These writings and other creative projects are supported by my Patrons. Thank you so much! To become a Patron, go to my Patreon page. Or you can just tip me if you liked this.

Published in: on 6 January 2020 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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So Close

Dear Constant Reader,

The Boston Babydolls are in a tight 3-way race for Best Theatre Group on The Boston A-List. Your vote could make all the difference! If a burlesque troupe won, it would go a long way toward continuing to have our art form recognized as legitimate theatre.

We’re in the last few days of voting and we need your help. Just go hare and cast your cote. You’ll need to make an account and then you can vote for us and other nifty businesses in the Boston area. Like B.A.B.E. for Best Dance Classes…

As always, thanks for your support! And to show my appreciation, here’s a picture of The Boston Babydolls playing Twister.

M2

Published in: on 28 July 2014 at 9:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Signal Boosting

Dear Constant Reader,

The Boston Babydolls have been nominated for Best Theatre Group by The Boston A-List. We’re delighted but we’d be even more so if we won (and you know how Brigitte feels about winning!). Please vote for us!

And while you’re at it, please vote for B.A.B.E for Best Dance Classes.

While I’ve got you in a generous mood, I’d like to mention The Wages of Sin, my favorite band for punk rock sea shanties & Appalachian death polka. I’m not kidding. The Wages are putting out a new album for the first time since, well, I went to the release party during the very first BurlyCon, so let’s just say that it’s been a while. Because they’re all old-fashioned and cool, they want to put their album out on vinyl (as well at the usual CD & download) and they’ve got a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Check it out!

M2

Published in: on 12 June 2014 at 10:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Out of the Running

Dear Constant Reader,

I know so many of you wanted me to make the Leading Lady Gown for my little Dress Me contest, but after really looking over the pattern (I didn’t actually have it in my hot little hands when I so blithely included it), it wants a lot of time, care, and potentially much cursing and stuffing it out of sight for a while while I sulk in frustration.

So, I’m taking it out of this contest. Never fear, I will make it at some point in the future, but when I’m good and ready.

So, if you voted for the Leading Lady Gown, please cast your vote again. The options are…

Butterick 4790

Butterick 4919

Butterick 5281

Butterick 5556

Butterick 5557

Butterick 5813

Butterick 5882

Butterick 6582

Craftsy Bombshell Dress
No picture because it’s a class

Sew Chic Tia Dress (also a Craftsy class)

Decade of Style 1933 Evening Gown

And the current standings are:
1933 Evening Gown: 3
Butterick 6582 View A: 1
Butterick 4790: 1
Butterick 4919: 1
Butterick 5556 View A: 1/2*
Butterick 5556 View B: 1/2

M2

Published in: on 7 May 2014 at 11:30 am  Comments (2)  
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So far…

Dear Constant Reader,

I got a lot of responses on the first day of my Dress Me contest.

So far the results are:
Leading Lady Gown: 6
1933 Evening Gown: 3
Butterick 6582 View A: 1
Butterick 4790: 1
Butterick 4919: 1
Butterick 5556 View A: 1/2*
Butterick 5556 View B: 1/2

I put up this poll before my 1930’s patterns actually arrived and, despite its commanding lead, I might pull the Leading Lady Gown out of the competition. Now that I’ve actually looked it over, it’s going to be a challenge and I want to take my time and a lot of care with it. It might not be the best option for this particular project, where I want to be giving you frequent updates.

Have an opinion on which dress I should make for myself next? Leave a comment on the original post.

In other news, tonight is Teaseday! Brigitte Bisoux is currently in the lead for ticket sales (shock!). If you want some say in who the Cookie Queen (or King) is, buy your tickets now!

M2
*If someone gave a second choice, it got a half vote.

Published in: on 6 May 2014 at 9:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dress Me Again

Dear Constant Reader,

Last year I ran a little contest where you, my Constant Reader, picked which dress I should make from my vast collection of unused patterns and I would blog about it.

The winner was Folkwear Fifties Fit & Flair. Unfortunately, it was not so successful… Live, learn, and make muslins first.

But I’m willing to try again!

For the next week, I’m going to let you pick what dress I should make next. Just leave a comment below and the dress with the most votes wins! I’ll make that one and keep you updated on my progress from fabric to wearable, hopefully with lots of pictures. Please specify which version of the pattern you like, if there’s more than one variation. Click the picture to go to the full description.

The candidates are :

Butterick 4790

Butterick 4919

Butterick 5281

Butterick 5556

Butterick 5557

Butterick 5813

Butterick 5882

Butterick 6582

Craftsy Bombshell Dress
No picture because it’s a class

Sew Chic Tia Dress (also a Craftsy class)

Decades of Style 1933 Evening Gown

Decades of Style 1930s Leading Lady Gown

So, you have until next Monday to leave a comment with your vote!

M2

Published in: on 5 May 2014 at 10:06 am  Comments (13)  
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Thank you!

Dear Constant Reader,

I am so proud to announce that The Boston Babydolls were named one of Boston’s Top 5 Theatre Groups by the A-List! The A.R.T., Huntington, SpeakEasy, Winthrop Playmakers, and us!

Thank you so much for your support and for showing that Greater Boston recognizes modern burlesque as a legitimate form of theatre.

M2>

Published in: on 5 August 2013 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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