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91  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new undies on: October 25, 2010 07:26:35 AM
While its no secret that Im a big fan of rainbow, when it comes to my non-Burning Man underwear Im a little more monotone. I prefer to keep it simple, so thats why my new undies are all the same easy to care for color: black.

They are awkwardly modeled by a pillow, and yes, the pillow has pubes.

Theyre really more of a bikini-style cut than they look on the pillow. I was able to get five pairs out of about 1 yard of slinky cotton jersey from Fabric Planet. I made the pattern myself a few months ago and have finally gotten it tweaked to perfection. Im able to make the most comfortable undies that fit me perfectly without ever seeing a label or size. The different elastics keep things from getting too boring in my top drawer.

Since I sew for hours a day at work my at-home production has gone down somewhat, but Im still keeping busy and making all the time.

 I've got more photos on my website.
92  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / convertable backpack/messenger bag on: October 11, 2010 11:55:32 PM
Ive been swamped at work, mostly on upholstery projects, but I managed to find some downtime to make something for myself.

I can wear this bag as a backpack or as a messenger bag. The latter will be perfect for keeping my back cool and having access to my stuff while riding my bike, and it will be great to be able to carry my load on both my shoulders. Of course another essential factor is that the bag looks good.

It measures 11″ wide and 14″ tall. Not too big, but my laptop will fit in if I ever need to carry it around or a 6-pack of beer. The bag has one long strap that runs through two loops at the top. If I pull the strap in the center, its a messenger bag. If I pull the strap through the underside of the loops I can wear it on my back. There are snaps on the straps to keep them in place.

Its made out of a durable red twill and lined with a grey and white floral cotton I got at Fabric Planet. I think the twill will age really well, so it will keep getting cooler the more I use it.

Im really pleased with the 2-way zipper top. I can close it up securely or leave it open if I need to keep getting in the bag. Theres also a pocket at the front of the bag and another on the inside, and the zippers on those compartments are oriented so that I can easily get in them while riding my bike.

 You can see more photos on my website!
93  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / painted removable bicycle seat covers on: September 28, 2010 12:02:34 PM
This new batch of seat covers is a synthesis of many earlier versions, but I feel like Ive finally gotten everything right.

The tops are all hand painted and original designs. The glossy sealant makes the saddle covers UV-proof, water-resistant, and highly durable to butt-wear. The sides are made out of some truly fabulous spandex with elastic around the bottoms to keep the covers fitting tight (I loved using underwear elastic for some of the covers).

Within each set there are differences in the drawings and color, so that even though I made three swallow seats each one is unique.

Whats great about these covers is that the painting allows me to do some really fabulous designs as well as customization. Im currently working on two different designs that feature college mascots.

The fact that they are removable covers make them less of an investment to the customer. I love that they are so easy to store and I can ship them for almost nothing. Plus, I get to share my dual loves of bicycles and making things!

If anyones got some suggestions for new seat designs, particularly more masculine covers, Id love to hear it!

 You can see more on my blog.
94  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / miniatures & green screen MUSIC VIDEO on: September 20, 2010 10:25:47 PM
This video involves a lot of making from a lot of people! First of all, it was completely masterminded by my film-making boyfriend Jason Siadek. The band, Bird City, is headed by my curly blond friend Jake Hebert. The diorama sets were made by John Preble, who runs the Mystery House in Abita Springs, LA. AND finally, I made the red velvet bodysuit Jake wears in the video.

Jason took a lot of creativities and turned it into one awesome music video!

HERE'S THE LINK FOR THE VIDEO:"Black Eyes" by Bird City

Some photos from the shoot:

95  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / remade Louisiana Bike Fest tee on: September 07, 2010 08:30:19 PM
My friend John Preble made this shirt for the Louisiana Bicycle Festival, which he founded. I love the image, but a unisex white shirt from Hanes is a little touristy for me. Im a traveler, and I dont like to look like an idiot. John, this is how your shirts would look if you had style.


See, the original shirt is just boring. Although what I great image. Its got bicycles, a rocket, hearts and stars, and dancing bikini girls.

I dyed the white around the image with some watered down acrylic paint and cut out the scallops after it was dry. I stitched it onto a yellow tank I made with Fabric Planet jersey using red embroidery thread.

Much better my way!

 You can see more of this project on my website!
96  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / RRR Challenge 1: gold top hat! on: August 21, 2010 06:51:42 PM
Here's my entry in Reduce Reuse Recycle challenge. You can vote for the challenge here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357291.msg4184907#msg4184907

I made this to go with a new costume for Burning Man but I think I'll be wearing it plenty off-playa.

I made it out of scrap cardboard that I hotglued together. The base was a little rough--you could see the seams and bends of the cardboard very easily-- so I covered it with foam shelf liner I had lying around.

The hat was then covered in this AMAZING mirror gold that I suspect is actually vinyl wallpaper (wouldn't it be fabulous in a powder room?). I can't get over how beautiful the reflections are, but unfortunately it scuffs very easily. For the top I cut out a spiral from a gift bag, which I just can't wait to see under the lights of the Sensatron on the playa!

The pink glitter lycras are scraps from a new bodysuit I'm making, as is the ruffle gold. I added on some Mardi Gras beads, and the flower applique.

So, for the challenge entry, the materials include cardboard, rubber shelf liner, and wall paper, as well as scrap fabrics and Mardi Gras beads.

Now that I've got that lagniappe project finished, I've realized I need a pink and gold light up cane. We'll see about that one.

You can see more photos and backstory on my website!
97  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / renegade sewing bandolier... just call me Rainbo on: August 15, 2010 06:47:54 PM
Ive been sewing for Burning Man for almost a year. Ive improved last years costumes, made plenty of new ones, and have been making wonderful things to gift on the playa. I wanted to continue this personal sewing theme at the event and share my love and skills with Burners in need, and so I made this renegade mending bandolier.*

Just call me Rainbo.

I love the idea of taking something that is normally made out of animal hide to hold bullets to kill humans and completely changing it around. Instead of bullets Im packing thread and safety pins! My bandoleer* is for helping people by mending their costumes for free. Its rainbow and beautiful but also completely functional. Admittedly, it was largely inspired by the Mad Hatters thread bandoleer, but I feel like Ive made it my own.

I bought rainbow webbing at Joanns, as well as the spools of thread and the plastic vials at the top. Everything else was taken from my stash. The belt is adjustable and attaches with an overall-style hook. On the back Ive got a row of gold safety pins to hand out to burners in need.

The plastic vials are actually glitter containers that I emptied out (no glitter on the playa!). Ive got pins, needles, and buttons handy, and the loops are also the right size for a Chapstick.

The spools were from a basic cheap-o sewing kit that I wound with my own thread. They are attached to the belt with some heavy gauge wire that has drops of hot glue on the cut ends to prevent them from scratching me. The wire loops arent attached to the belt, but the tension of the wire keeps them from moving around on their own. It was important that the spools can spin when I pull thread, and I placed them on the belt so that the notches face me, to secure loose ends.

The pockets are made out of scraps from other projects. One is the perfect size for my fleur de logo stickers, while the other holds my folding scissors, tape measure, and any other little tools I might need.

In addition to walking around doing repairs in the wild, I will also set up at a table in Center Camp with a sign advertising my free repairs. For this, Ive got another bag with larger buttons and some gold patches. I cant wait to wear and use this on the playa, and Im really looking forward to all the people I will meet through this project.

You can see more photos and info on my website!

*Both spellings are correct! Also, I put this on the purses board since this is about transporting what you need.
98  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / MONSTER coiled fabric basket on: August 07, 2010 11:30:24 AM
I've always loved the colorful market baskets sold at certain expensive stores for way more money than I can justify spending, but I recently realized that I could make my own using the same technique as the coiled fabric bowls.

This basket is huge, and the stitching is so strong that I never worry about loading it up with whatever needs to be hauled. Conveniently it fits pretty well in the front bicycle basket I have and is easy to strap down to my rear rack, making it great for a trip to the grocery store, or for carry towels to the beach. Of course I love the comments I get from strangers!

It's really to same process as the smaller bowls, just on a larger scale. It did get a little unwieldy on my machine, but nothing that a little patience and determination couldn't conquer. The project took about 6 hours, and I think it's about 30 yards of rope, although unfortunately I'm not positive about the exact length.

There are more photos on my website!
99  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / birthday dress out of chic "camouflage" jersey on: July 28, 2010 01:18:17 PM
I wanted to make something special for one of my loveliest friends birthday in July. She already has a massive collection of summer dresses, so I figured one more wouldnt hurt. Shes way cool and like bike rides but also works in an office, so I designed something that would be perfect for work and the all night party that follows.

This jersey has a wonderful weight to it, and the print is sophisticated without being boring. Its got lots of different tones but isnt garish at all. Whats more, the small print will hide a variety of stains, as Annie proved when we were out to lunch over the weekend. To me, the print looks like it was made with a small bristly paintbrush, and Im calling it a ladys camouflage.

The belt is sewn into the dress with elastic underneath to give it some structure, as well as to emphasize the green in the print, which is Annies favorite color. Theres also a pocket on the front that is hidden by the pattern thats the perfect size for a set of keys and a iPod for a bike ride.

I made the dress in Los Angeles while imagining Annies figure, and Im so glad that it fits her so well! Doesnt she look like the quintessential Southern lady? No wonder her middle name is Scarlette!

 There's more on my website!
100  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / summertime clothes--dress, leggings, and skirt! on: July 23, 2010 10:34:56 AM
I usually dont make clothes for my niece, figuring that my mom supplies everything she needs. But I recently found myself with some scraps too small to make anything for myself and too cute to trash.

Based on measurements I made Allia a sundress from my circus stripe fabric. It turned out to be a little tight and short, but it does look great on her, especially since she and I made some leggings together. Allia sewed the leg seams herself on my machine. She also picked out the elastic on the legs and waistband, and said the blue stripe fabric leftover from some tops makes her feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Id also saved some pink satin with glitter from a superhero costume that was just enough to whip up a skirt. Again, Allia sewed the sides and did about half of the hem before asking me to take over. She also designed the pocket, based on a sewing bandoleer Im working on for Burning Man. She drew the whole thing out and picked out shiny lycra scraps for each part.

Allia also put her mad design skillz to work on her loyal friend Scout. Using a coiled S I had lying on my worktable and a short piece of elastic she made a lovely flapper headband. After Scouts glamor shots Allia touched up some scratches on her eyes and nose with glossy black paint.

This was Allias first time on a machine and my first time sewing with a kid. It was fun to make her designs come to life, but there was an unexpected challenge in being supervised by an 8 year old. She wanted to keep me on task, and kept asking innocent but irksome questions like Are you sure thats right? and I dont think thats the way to do it.

You can see more photos on my website
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