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Postby Savannah » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:05 pm

RosieTahoe wrote:For the first sparkly one, I cut necklaces in half and hand sewed them all onto a pretty sturdy bra that I had also found at the thrift store. It was ridiculously tedious to hand sew in between each bead on the cup...but well worth it for the end effect!


That kind of eccentric thoroughness is completely normal . . . for folks like us, anyway. :D RESPECT.

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Postby maryanimal » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:11 am

RosieTahoe wrote:You guys inspire the hell out of me! Especially you Ratty, I follow your pinterest board and this thread and you have given me such a gift before I have even arrived on the playa for the first time by inspiring my creativity :) So... I finally took some pictures of some of the costumes I've been working on over the past few months: First, I made two embellished bra tops. They both came into being because I bought an entire freezer bag full of mardi gras beads at Goodwill for THREE dollars. For the first sparkly one, I cut necklaces in half and hand sewed them all onto a pretty sturdy bra that I had also found at the thrift store. It was ridiculously tedious to hand sew in between each bead on the cup...but well worth it for the end effect! For the second one I just draped the pearls around a pretty bra cup (also thrift store found), hand sewed the ends onto the bra, and then hid those ends under a lace trim that I had bought for a couple bucks at a local fabric store.



Those bras are very pretty! I'm working on something similar! I found lots of sparklies and beads at yard sales last year! I'll post mine when I finish (if I can find some time!)
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Postby MikeGyver » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:11 am

RosieTahoe wrote:You guys are so fucking awesome ;) I don't know if I'm ready for grocery shopping in my quiet mountain town, but there is a yoga & music festival here next month during my 30th birthday and I think THAT might be the perfect time for my unicorn to see the world outside my living room! I hadn't even considered wearing it before BM, so thank you lovely eplayans for the inspiration and "push" :p


You may get a few weird looks but you will get at least twice as many compliments. During winter I wear my Blue Fur coat to Von's and most people just want to know where to get one.
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Postby RosieTahoe » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:24 pm

Mrpatatomoto wrote:You may get a few weird looks but you will get at least twice as many compliments. During winter I wear my Blue Fur coat to Von's and most people just want to know where to get one.

I'm thinking I will attract the "right" kinds of people and repel the "wrong" kinds of judgey people...

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Postby MyDearFriend » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:48 am

RosieTahoe wrote:I'm thinking I will attract the "right" kinds of people and repel the "wrong" kinds of judgey people...


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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:05 pm

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Postby maryanimal » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:07 pm

I received this HUGE stiff tulle, 3 tiered underskirt htat goes under a wedding gown. This thing cam make any gown look like a small air balloon! I have a few idea, but this would make one heck of a tutu!

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Postby Savannah » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:28 am

maryanimal wrote:I received this HUGE stiff tulle, 3 tiered underskirt htat goes under a wedding gown. This thing cam make any gown look like a small air balloon! I have a few idea, but this would make one heck of a tutu!


Hell yes it would! :lol:

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Postby RosieTahoe » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:28 pm

[quote="maryanimal"]I received this HUGE stiff tulle, 3 tiered underskirt htat goes under a wedding gown. This thing cam make any gown look like a small air balloon! I have a few idea, but this would make one heck of a tutu!

I would dye it a pretty color... or wear it under a skirt and go with the air balloon look!!
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Postby FIGJAM » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:29 pm

Too too much tutu!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:48 pm

So, I could cross-post this on lots of the costume threads, and other prep, too. But, I won't...
However, I could hardly not mention this at all...
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Postby Ratty » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:34 am

I always choose to ignore one bad apple when the rest of the barrel is tasty.
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Postby maryanimal » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:24 pm

Savannah, that's my cat peachy, she photo bombed the picture!


RosieTahoe, I plan on taking the tiers apart, dye them (what type of dye do you use on tulle?) and maybe add lights to them. I need to figure out how to unstiffen them a bit too!
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Postby RosieTahoe » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:20 pm

maryanimal wrote:Savannah, that's my cat peachy, she photo bombed the picture!


RosieTahoe, I plan on taking the tiers apart, dye them (what type of dye do you use on tulle?) and maybe add lights to them. I need to figure out how to unstiffen them a bit too!


I'm pretty sure you can dye tulle with "regular" dye but only if it's made of nylon (which most tulle is I think). If it is made of polyester or some other weird synthetic you might have a problem. Does it still have a tag on it so you can tell? Also, I think you can add white vinegar to the dye bath to help get a more even color if it's nylon. I don't know how you soften tulle, can you even? I would probably try washing or steaming it, because that can't hurt anything!
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Postby Savannah » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:27 pm

This is probably obvious, so I'm saying this generally, but tulle should be hand-washed. Don't put a tutu in the washer or dryer . . . [/ramble]
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Postby tattoogoddess » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:06 am

you might want to read this. rid is not going to give you a good effect. rid is ment for cotton.

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Postby Ratty » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:52 pm

I've been working on my new playa coat. The bottom half is coming together. Now I have to decorate the sleeves, front panels and the collar. I might even put some tiny bit of fur on it. The colors are vibrant in person.
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Postby Patsh » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:21 pm

Ratty wrote:I've been working on my new playa coat. The bottom half is coming together. Now I have to decorate the sleeves, front panels and the collar. I might even put some tiny bit of fur on it. The colors are vibrant in person.



Ratty.. you gotta wear this coat to the M&G on Wednesday! It's toadly OSSUM!!! :D
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:05 pm

Ratty, that coat is beautiful! I'd wear it in a heartbeat, and not just on the Playa. What was the round patch in its previous life?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:51 pm

A couch pillow cover? Not a purse...
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Postby Ratty » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:50 am

Thanks guys, It's just an embroidered circle. Maybe someone bought it on vacation. It looks like a tiny bit of 'traditional dress'.
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Postby dancingfairygirl » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:28 am

This thread is wonderful! I am so inspired & ready to start getting crafty! Thank all of you for posting these fabulous ideas, creations & tips - and the pinterest links. Really great stuff that gets the creative juices flowing! :D
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Postby ohCarie » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:50 pm

Ratty--this thread has made my whole Burn! I have the week off and was feeling uninspired until I read this and started rummaging through my donate pile and voila! I now have all kinds of outfits. I took this crazy princess tutu/bustle thing that was way too tight and cut it, attached it to an underused belt, and now I have the best thing for tutu tuesday and a white party and whatever! And it's much more comfortable. I then took a too tight tank top and cut the back and learned how to use this grommet tool I've had and now I have a sweet embellished tank! I used bleach to decorate an old dress and a top.
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:51 pm

Love the modified tutu-bustle!

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Postby Ratty » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:09 pm

Ohcarie, That outfit ROCKS. You did a great job. I love the tutu-belt.
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Postby shroom » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:28 pm

I haven't looked in here in a long time. Great ideas everyone!!!
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Postby ohCarie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:49 pm

Good eye TG. I heart Pandora. :lol:
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Postby Dr. Pyro » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:51 pm

You and me both. Uh, we are talking about the same Pandora, right?
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Postby Patsh » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:55 pm

Well, there's Pandora, and then there's Trilo's Pandorra.... :?
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