Monday, December 31, 2012

oriental adventure

I'm currently on my way to Japan! I'm researching for my Masters along the Kumano Kodo Trail near Wakayama, and then travelling to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka with a few days of skiing in between.

Missing James will be closed for all of January but will reopen on February 2nd when I get back. You may guess that I'll be loaded with piles of Japanese silks - so if anyone is keen on a custom japanese silk costume let me know ASAP as I'll get a specific colour for you.

Have a fabulous January and I'll see y'all when I get back! In the meantime I'll leave you with a stunning pin-up by the Japanese illustrator OneQ (check out more amazing pin-ups here



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

be jolly.

Merry Christmas, one and all!

Hope today is full of love and family.

Wishing you all the best.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

leave of absense.

Dear Customers,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Unfortunately, Missing James will be offline until February in the New Year, as I will be travelling for research for the month of January. The store will open again on Feb 2nd. I am sorry If this causes any inconvenience. I am still available to contact via messages so if you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask as I will try to read my messages as often as I can.

Best wishes,

Maple Rose

Friday, December 21, 2012

a burly yuletide Christmas special

Come to Dome Bar tonight for an extra special Christmas extravaganza hosted by the burly girls - Lauren LaRouge, Danica Lee, Holly J'aDoll and Maple Rose! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Update

It's less a week till Christmas and we're gearing up here at Missing James to get orders done for Miss Burlesque Australia! Sequins are flying fast here at Missing James headquarters.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Flower Costume by Missing James

Here's a full costume shot done by the amazing Zoran at Dream photography. Make up by Nick Plummer.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

peak a bloom!

Here's another peak at the photo shoot of my Flower Act with Zoran from Dream Photography with make-up by Nick Plummer!

Monday, December 3, 2012

dancing in the dark

Below are photos from my recent photo shoot with Alex from Hoi Images. It's our take on "20s fetish burlesque" with make up by the amazing Nick Plummer.

I'm wearing the classic Black Beaded Fringe Waist Cincher by Missing James. Custom orders for this corset are available at the Etsy store.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bloom me up, Scotty

I've been dying to create a flower costume every since I designed the perfect flower tutu for Pippin that was cut even before we started making it. Luckily, all the materials were already bought by the production, so when it came time to make a flower costume for myself I had everything I needed already! The only good thing that came out of that production :D

So when the final Peel for 2012 came up, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to break out the flowers. Dancing to "White Rabbit" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a tutu wasn't quite appropriate so a belly dance costume was made and moved tantricly with me.

The final piece-de-resistance was the unravelling of the skirt, which was a design element from the beginning. The final piano solo of the music works perfectly for this act, and stripping down to the breathtaking c-string.

Below are the preview shots from my photo shoot with the amazing Dream Photography. Make up and Body Paint was done by Nick Plummer.

more ruffle to my backside

After a bit of though I added more ruffles to the ruffle undies I made yesterday to create more a tutu effect. More is always better!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ruffle my bum

Today I spent the day sewing a cute pair of ruffle undies for a client. I thought this would be a fun little project to share as the final result are adorable yet modest, and quite easy to make.

For this specific project I modified the Colleterie's pattern of these adorable bloomers. Go to the website below to download this easy pattern.

I've used this pattern a few times for costumes, but this pair called for something shorter and sitting higher on the waist. I used tracing paper to drafted a new pattern with these specifications.

Then I cut the pattern out of red satin.

To stop the fabric from fraying during the sewing process and wear, all edges of each piece were overlocked.

I then placed both A pieces together and both B pieces (with wrong sides out) and ran the front and pack seams of the undies to create a front half and a back half.

I then attached the front to the back by creating a crotch seam and the side seams. Again, making sure wrong sides are facing out.

Now after only a few easy steps - I've made a pair of shorts!

To create the bloomers, a hem along the top and leg seams was made large enough for the elastic to be pulled through to scrunch up the fabric. I made sure to leave a gap in the seam so you can pull through the elastic.

To create the ruffles, I cut stripes of black fabric and sewed them together to create a really long strip, almost 2m long! Folding it in half, I ran a seam along the long edge to create a tube and then turned it inside out. This process took a while and was a little bit frustrating - but a good TV show always makes it a little bit easier.

Then, I sewed along the middle of the tube in large stitches and pull to scrunch up the fabric. I pinned the ruffles onto the undies while doing this to save time and to find out how much tubing I needed to go around.

I hand stitched all the ruffling down and added a second strip. You could do this on the machine if you wanted to save time - but I don't like how a sewing machine flattens the ruffles in this process.

To finish the panties I pulled the elastic through the waistband and the legs and VOILA!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bigger than Bells

I'm currently working on some amazingly LARGE bell bottoms. Research for this project has just been mind blowing - how much fabric can really go into a pair of pants!?!? Just type in Wide Led Large Bell Bottoms in Google Images and the most extravagant pants appear.

It's amazing what you can do with a pair of pants! They can be so big you can make a skirt out of them, or the bell is so large they wing out, or you cross the front and back over to create the most amazing slit up the side of the leg!

On my travels through cyber space I came across this handy little blog post on how to make your own Bell Bottom yoga pant! It's easy to follow and the results look fantastic! My bells are quite larger than this and a teeny weeny bit more sparkly, but it's a good place to start!

Check out Me Sew Crazy and cute tutorial on DIY Bell Bottom Yoga Pants!

Below is a collection of my image research. It was a blast looking at all of these - some are amazing and some are just hideous!

Wish me luck on my time travelling trip back to the 70s!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Missing James is honoured to create a unique costume piece for the glamazon herself, Miss Holly J'Adoll! Tune into Miss Burlesque Australia to see what Missing James has created for her.

Check out Holly on her Website:

Alice's Talking Flowers

For my next act I've decided to create the most amazing flower costume yet. After designing PIPPIN last year, I have a garage full of unused fake flowers that were bought to make gorgeous burlesque costumes for the production but were never used. The sexy rendition of "White Rabbit" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals creates the best narrative for an onstage performance by one of Alice's talking flowers. The costume will consist of a large head piece, flower covered bodice and skirt - very eastern influence with a belly dancing touch. The piece-de-resistance will be that the skirt unravels into a flower garland to show the bits all audience members want to see - a c-string underneath! This is the furthest I've ever gone, and I'm feeling quite comfortable about it because I'll have full body paint done by the amazing Nick Plummer (MUA). Nick and I have been friends for years and have worked together closely on many productions (including PIPPIN) as costume designer and assistant. With the costume by Missing James and the make-up by Nick Plummer, I don't think Alice's flowers will have ever looked so good!

Check out Nick Plummer's work on his facebook page and please 'like' it!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Oh so sweet!

I am proud to announce that Missing James by Maple Rose will be collaborating with the amazing Bella Bee Sweet for her costume designs for Miss Burlesque Australia! Bella and I have been incredibly close friends for a number of years and actually met on a corset making course - so we've both been experimenting with similar styles in costuming since. Bella is another amazing burlesque performer, songstress and fire dancer, and is incredibly classy as her stage persona leaving the audience grasping for more with her choice to keep clothes on. Some incredibly sassy and elegant numbers will sure to be the result of this career-changing collaboration.

Follow Bella's quest towards MBA on her blog 

Ahoy there!

Just had a quick coffee date with the adorable Sparkles Ahoy to talk about her costume for the upcoming Miss Burlesque Australia! Won't give away any hints, but it's an adorable little number that will be a hit with all the boys!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Studio, New Look

I have to apologise for the lack of activity on this blog for the past year. I've been working on many theatre shows and even went back to uni, so time has become quite precious. I am now back to only creating costumes and burlesquing over the summer months, so activity will pick up on this blog. In the meantime - check out Missing James on Facebook and Maple Rose's Burlesque Website.

On another note - I finally have my own sewing studio! More and more corsets have been designed that they will start coming out of the wazoo!! Missing James is also taking custom orders for performers, so if you are in need of a costume, please contact me via Facebook.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Epitome of Good Girls Gone Bad

Miss Maple Rose will be performing her "Elizabeth the First turns dominatrix" at 34B's Good Girls Gone Bad on September 14th. It's the epitome of good girls gone bad. The virgin queen turns into a sex pot. Wowza!

Get tickets now or you may risk missing out!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What's Next?

So, I guess some of you are wondering what's next on the cards for Miss Maple Rose and her designs? Well, next week on August 29th, Miss Maple will be headlining the Queen of Diamond's Edition of THE PEEL, debuting her new ELIZABETH I act.

Yes, that's right, the little red headed rocket will be impersonating the most famous red head in history, THE VIRGIN QUEEN.

The dress is going to be an act in itself - a modern take on the Elizabethan wide skirt and carrying a tea pot and cup.  Beautiful sequin black silk will adorn the bodice and thick red velvet will make up the skirt. These glamourous garments will slowly be peeled off to reveal the woman underneath.

So come down to the Slide Bar on August 29th for  yet another PEEL!!! Tickets only $10 and available from the Slide Bar Website...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Custom Corset for Brianna

Another custom corset done and posted! The lovely Brianna contacted me via my Etsy store to create a custom red corset for her red chiffon dress. She's had an idea for a red chiffon gown in mind for a while and came across my "Let Them Eat Cake" corset on Etsy and thought it would be perfect for the bodice of the design, only in red!

I sent her a few designs and we finally decided on a tudor style corset with a front panel with zig zag velvet ribbons and trimming with boning channels showing on the sides. The top of the corset was finished with ruffles to frame the face.

The fabric is a beautiful red silk tafetta, and silk flowers adorn the top of the front panel. Chiffon roses continue the ruffles along the top and red velvet ribbon creates the zig zag pattern on the front. A modesty panel was fitted into the back for comfort.

If you are interested in a custom design by Missing James, contact me via my Etsy store.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Missing James and Philippa Gregory

Recently I was designing a show at the New Theatre in Newtown (Entertaining Mr. Sloane), and the stage manager turned out to be a window dresser. To my surprise, she was incredibly interested in production design and asked to help out with the dressing of the set. I was so glad to have an extra set of hands and we hit it off.

A few weeks later she researched Missing James and found all the gorgeous costumes that are custom made. She contacted me and asked if I would be interested in helping her find costumes for the window dressing for Philippa Gregory's new book, The Kingmaker's Daugter, in the Dymocks on George Street. I was ecstatic! The opportunity to create and then get free advertising on George, win!

So, with my help, the window is now up. Missing James designed all the costumes but also made the Queen's. The gown is a sage brocade with a gold underlay and an adorable green velvet cape drapes over her shoulders. I feels so regal.

If you've popped onto this blog because you saw my work on George Street, please also find me on Facebook and Etsy. The links are in the column on the right.