Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s a frigid day here in Boston, colder than it’s been in a long time and extremely windy. I hope wherever you are you’re keeping warm.

I know it’s been quiet here. I’ve been working on the second volume of my costume book, which besides writing, also means working on some sewing as I double-check some of my methods and techniques. Some of those projects will be seen in Alice in Underwearland at Deacon Giles on February 18 (the day before my birthday!)

With no further ado, here’s your tip, courtesy of Ava Fox!

If you have a costume piece that just won’t stay put, add a non-slip band of silicone.

Get a small tube of clear 100% silicone at the hardware store. There are big tubes that require a caulk gun; you want the little ones that look like toothpaste tubes. Run a bead of silicone on the inside of your costume where you want it (like the band of your bra or the top of your stocking) Then wet your finger and smoosh down the silicone so it’s a flat strip. Let dry and revel in how well your costume stays in place.

Pro tip from Scratch: wear a latex glove for easy clean up. Silicone is very sticky and water-resistant. Getting it off your skin is a chore.

Ava used this trick on the garters for her new Cheshire Cat act. Come see it on the 18th!

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