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« on: January 25, 2013 05:27:41 PM »

I always have a great time wearing my goldfish costume! The inspiration for this costume came from the copper paillette fabric I used on the center panel.

Each element of the costume is separate, so that it can be easily adapted to different temperatures and concepts. The stretchy base fabrics give me full range of motion, and I can sit comfortably without damaging the tail fins. The leotard has pressed snaps at the crotch, elastic contouring at the bust line, and a center back seam to flatter my booty.

Most of these photos were taken at Burning Man 2012 by Blake Gardner: http://www.blakegardner.net/

For the leotard I used a lycra thats printed with a metallic sequin designI love the bizarre faux sequin concept. The scale panels on the front and back are the copper sequin fabric that inspired everything. For an organic psychedelic look, I added individual scales on the edges of the panels and scattered throughout the panels themselves. The tail fins are layers of organza with pipe cleaners acting as supports. I really wanted the tail to stand up more, and I could always add a couple strands of fishing line (!) running from the tail to the back.

In front of our art car, the Sensatron, at Burning Man:

I love these weird arm fins! They are made out of a plastic netting that I manipulated into the shapes I wanted. Theyre lots of fun to squeeze, and I keep calling them polyps.

I used plastic Xmas ornaments and a few clear buttons strung on a clear elastic for the bubble necklace. The gloves are lycra triangles with organza ruffles. I also made a bubbly drawstring bag out of organza, which I filled with little vinyl fishies to hand out as treats.

I used a damaged metallic lycra for the leggings, but the silver streaks were perfect for this project. I used purple and blue organzas to make the bubbles and the trails on the back of the legs, something to simulate water as I danced.


I think the fin helmet is my favorite part. For the base, I used a felt helmet from the craft store. I covered the felt in my sequin lycra, then hot-glued scales made out of different gold fabrics, papers, buttons, coins, and a few round mirrors. The fin is 4 layers of poly organza supported by metallic pipe cleaners, with sequin and metallic trims sewn on as veins. The pipe cleaner supports are anchored through tiny holes into the helmet, and then glued in place.

With our camp on the art car:

More pictures and words on my website: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=3145

« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013 09:28:57 AM »

What a wonderfully funky costume! I love those bubbles, having them both around your neck and up your legs is great.

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014 10:09:10 PM »

This is fantastic!

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014 04:36:52 PM »

Fantastically unique costume idea. And oddly punk rock looking. XD

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