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81  Sustainable, Zero-waste Fetish Wear (corset, spats, purse)! (work safe) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smashu on: June 03, 2011 05:55:04 PM
I'm a grad student and for one of my classes this semester we had to create a sustainable garment out of vintage or second hand garments. The goal was to use 100% of the materials to create an upcycled clothing piece, something only two people in the class were able to do (me being one of them).

I knew I needed to do something that directly spoke to my own aesthetic. This led me to conceptualizing the idea of using unsustainable fabrics to design fetishwear! The fabrics used to create fetishwear are typically quite bad for the environment and the idea of 'sustainability'. For all it's shiny glory, PVC is completely horrible for the environment from production to disposal so I knew I wanted to use second hand PVC garments for this reason.

My first order of business was to find some interesting PVC material and I immediately thought of children's raincoats. They had fun patterns and didn't have excessive amounts of material or lining! I picked up three coats from a second hand store and opted for this Mickey Mouse version because it reminded me of my childhood adventures in Disneyland and the Minnie ears I wore for months after we came back home Smiley From there I also knew I wanted to make a corset so I found a kilt in my closet that I didn't mind parting with that would work for the lining.

This was the result of many many many hours of determinedly using every scrap of fabric and even THREAD from the original garments. Zero-waste fetishwear!


(Headband with ears and bow, corset, necklace)
(Spats with working snaps from the original button-down front of the raincoat)

(Small matching purse)

These were the original two garments that I started with Smiley

(Raincoat)

(Kilt)

I took over 300+ progress photos for this project to document the journey. I've got it whittled down to maybe 40+ on a blog post with all my detailed notes on the progress but it just too much to post here. Sorry! The notes are here if you'd like to read them over: http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2011/04/studio-deconstructreconstruct.html

I'm really happy with how it turned out. I finally got to wear it out to an event two weeks ago and people were coming up and asking me about it all night, it was great to tell them that it was completely sustainable Cheesy This is going to be an ongoing project for me so I'll likely be posting some more styles over the next few months. Yay!
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82  Re: TUTORIAL: Reconstructed Men's Shirt to Button-down Tank Top! (surgery prep) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smashu on: June 03, 2011 08:43:09 AM
Because the neckline is on a drawstring, you can pretty much slide it over as far as you like and cover up more bra strap if that is an issue for you (particularly in the back)! As for the shoulder, this is a quick picture I just took and you can barely see my bra. The good thing about this tank is that you can make it your own in that way. You can experiment with how you do the drawstring or tie at the shoulder to make it more comfortable for you Smiley

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83  TUTORIAL: Reconstructed Men's Shirt to Button-down Tank Top! (surgery prep) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smashu on: May 31, 2011 07:44:04 PM
Bear with me, this is my first tutorial ever! It's probably too much information but better safe than sorry Smiley

Last summer I underwent major surgery on my torso which resulted in a prolonged period of the inability to lift my arms. This, combined with the warm weather, made wardrobe prep very important! I was told I needed button-down shirts or things I didn't need to lift my arms up to put on. Alas, I found availability in stores for anything remotely cute and season concious lacking..

This led me to create a simple design which converted second hand men's button-down dress shirts into cute tanktops that could be worn in more than one way. I kept it simple in the hopes that someone going through any type of surgery on their torso or mid-section who knew sewing basics would be able to use this tutorial to create their own version Smiley Or someone who wants to make something sustainable and girly! This is the final result:


ON TO THE TUTORIAL! (*jumps around with excitement* lol)
I started with a men's short sleeve button-down shirt. You should get a shirt that is substantially larger than what you would normally wear in order to compensate for bandages you might have and also you don't want it to be tight. Normally I could wear a small or medium but for the purposes of this project, I got X-Large or Large if they looked big enough. Also, make sure you get a shirt with snaps instead of buttons if you can. You don't want to have to exert yourself trying to button up things manually.


Turn the shirt inside out and cut off the sleeves leaving the seam allowance on the piece you are cutting off. Once you do this, cut off the collar as well. Don't throw this stuff out! You'll need it for later Smiley


Now that you have a raw edge around the arm hole, you need to finish it so it doesn't come apart while you are you working on the rest of the shirt. In order to do this, I created a rolled hem. I measured 3/8 inch from the raw edge of the arm hole and then folded it over itself again at 3/8 inch, pinning as I went. If you find this difficult, you can do the first fold and pin it as you go and then iron it to create a crease which will make things easier when you fold it again. Once you have the rolled hem on the arm holes, you need to sew everything down. With my sewing machine I stitched 1/4 inch from the edge on both sides.


Turn the shirt inside out (with the snaps done all the way up) and lay it out on a flat surface you can cut on. In order to create a straight upper edge, cut horizontally through the front and back just enough to bypass the neck curves.


After that, you need to decide wide you want the drawstring casing (casing is a fabric tunnel that you can feed elastic or a drawstring through to pull or draw up fabric with) along the front and back neckline.

I wanted my drawstring to be 3/8 inch wide so I gave myself a good amount of room and decided on 5/8 inch width for the casing. For this you also need to make a rolled hem by folding the front and back edges. You can make the first fold a little less than 5/8 inch if you feel confident or are worried about the length. After folding it over itself again at 5/8 inch, pin and sew it down. You want to sew it from the inside so you can make it as close as possible to the  inside edge and give yourself enough space to feed the drawstring through.


The shirt is almost ready! Now you just need to make the drawstring. This is a sustainable design using the scraps to create a drawstring but if you want to make things easier for yourself you can use a ribbon, shoelace, or some other store bought drawstring notion and it will also work Smiley

Remember the sleeves and collar that you saved? Pull that stuff out now. First cut off any edges that contain the seam allowance. It is too bulky to use for the drawstring and will be a huge pain in the butt to use. You can discard those or use them for another project. Now that you have some pieces of fabric you can start cutting it into strips that will be sewn together to create the drawstring. The more you have, the better because along with the neckline drawstring, there is also one that goes around the waist! I cut my strips 1.5 inches wide then sewed the ends together to make a continuous strip.



Now you should have a pretty darn long fabric chain! Before going further, I folded the ends of my fabric so that they looked pretty and finished but this isn't a big deal if you are getting tired of all the sewing. It will just keep the ends inside and stop them from fraying!


Next iron it in half width-wise from the outside. This will give you a guide when you are folding the raw edges in so they are hidden inside when you finish. Fold each raw edge to the fold line and then fold it again along the ironed crease you made. This will create a type of double rolled hem that is a bit thicker and also has no raw edges. Pin it like this and then stitch twice, once to close the drawstring so as close as you are comfortable to the open edge side and then a second stitch line down the other side. This will keep your drawstring flat and the top-stitching just looks nice Smiley


The last step is optional. If you know how to make a button hole (it's pretty easy on most new machines as they have an automatic button holer) you can create one to feed the drawstring through. Where you put it is up to you, I put mine a little higher than my waist so that I wouldn't be pulling down on my bandages if it was tighter. I sewed the button hole through the front and back as close to the side seam as possible. This way you can have the drawstring entirely outside of the shirt.


And that's the end! You can tie the shirt in a bunch of different ways, my favorite is to have the drawstring tied entirely across the back, it makes a gathered kind of ruffle in the back and keeps the front a bit more fitted Smiley

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84  Little Big Planet Themed Props! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 21, 2011 07:08:00 AM
I have some friends who have a show on escapistmagazine.com and they asked me to make some props for an upcoming episode they were doing which included a live action production of a Little Big Planet skit! I was super excited because I love the game, I'm sure I'm among many creative people that feel the same way! Aside from the crafty looking landscapes and the COSTUMES Cheesy, gosh darnit it is just fun to play!

I created a plush mushroom and a popsicle that were bottom weighed. First I sketched it out and then drafted a framework pattern which I cut out in cardboard. I then cut the outer layer from polar fleece and used a combination of machine and hand sewing to put the outside all together! Hopefully this is the right board to post these in, I'm usually over at costumes and clothing Smiley





For those of you who want to check out the video, I'd probably skip ahead to 3:40 (the first skit has to do with kinectimals being like furries and might make some people uncomfortable lol)!
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/show-about-games-show/2658-Kinectimals-Big-Planets
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85  Steampunkesque Mini Top Hat and Bustle! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: January 30, 2010 09:38:45 PM
For a recent 'Kinky and Geeky' event I decided to indulge my love for steampunk and finally do something somewhat inspired by the genre. I designed a mini top hat and matching bustle! I used a felt base and covered it with the vintage fabric I used from the skirt. The ribbon is a really soft velvet and I found vintage buttons to cover up where the chains were tacked into the front.



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86  Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Muldoon in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 11:35:12 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic_12.html



In the film and the book, Robert Muldoon is a man. For the production we cast a fiesty redhead female Muldoon, dubbed as Sexy Muldoon by all. I kept the essence of the safari uniform but converted the idea of the vest into a leather harness. It was my first experimentation using leather like this and it actually turned out very well.




I also designed ID tags for the human characters in our cast as closely as I could to the originals in the movies. I don't have the personal ID tags images for the moment but these are the ones that were designed for the minions:



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87  Jurassic Park Live - Trannysaurus Rex in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 11:14:51 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the robotized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic_09.html



As all the dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park island were female, it only made sense to dress our one male dinosaur cast member as a female. Being as he was also the director, he thought it was a great idea! I don't have alot of photographs for this costume unfortunately, missing a closeup full costume design, harness, and most regretably the neck corset. The neck corset was made of red faux leather to emulate the mouth of the T-Rex with white faux leather teeth along the top. It had a velcro closure at center front and was boned for structure.

The scale of the T-Rex is much larger than that of the other dinosaurs in the movies so I played with the proportions using the collar, and then instead of the hooded type heads on the other dinosaurs, designed a fascinator with only the eyes on it. It was a big hit!




I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.


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88  Jurassic Park Live - Dilophosaurus in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:59:16 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, you can find them on this post: http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2010/03/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic.html



For the Dilophosaurus costume, I had the unique challenge of figuring out how I was going to make a practical design for the neck frill that expands like an umbrella in the movie. I decided to make a modified neck corset that could be worn like a mini cape or flipped up as a frilled collar. I added boning for structure and it actually worked out very well!




I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.


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89  Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Raptors in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:47:29 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage. Note: During the performances, the Raptors were required to do a tango for the entire duration of the kitchen scene with Timmy and Lexi Smiley

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic.html



For the Velociraptors I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.





I made a matching purple elastic harness for the girls to wear over the black bodysuits.

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90  Woven Faux Leather Clutch (bane of my existence) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:26:32 AM
I love how this purse turned out but it was possibly one of the most excruitiating and time consuming pieces I have ever made. It measures about 12 " x 7 " and has a magnetic closure inside. There is a bit more about it on my blog if you are interested!

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