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Postby jella » Thu May 24, 2012 7:28 pm

I love it ratty,,very clever :)
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Postby lazerfox » Fri May 25, 2012 8:11 am

theCryptofishist wrote:I did buy one--to put on my wall at home. It's gorgeous, and even while $35 is a screaming deal, I'm too cheap to cut that apart for the playa. Plus with all the sequins on playa.

And it's backed.

But, Ratty, my first instinct was to let you know about this spectacular stuff in our back yard.

lazorfox, this is a page that gives you basic advise for starting one of these anywhere. (SCRAP is in San Francisco--across the bay--so it's not as near and dear to me, but I consider them also a worthy organization and I love being able to post this page.


Thank you fishy!! Now I just need to become more organized. :)
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri May 25, 2012 8:47 am

You might want to find some people to work with...
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Postby lazerfox » Fri May 25, 2012 9:04 am

that's true. I may actually know just the right folks too.
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Postby Ratty » Thu May 31, 2012 7:29 am

I love the fabrics of neckties. Small pieces of the best. This gladiator skirt took 22 ties. I only used the large half so I can make a second with the skinny ends. Or I can add them to this one for a larger sized tutu.

Measure from the large end. (I made each piece 20 inches). Cut. Fold them over the desired amount and sew. I also sewed the ends a little so they don't get unruly. I'll have to slip them on a stiffer belt. This one buckled under the weight. Last year I made one out of pieces and adorned it with gold stars. Buttons will do.
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Postby Drawingablank » Thu May 31, 2012 7:38 am

Nice, a use for ties that doesn't involve making a neck uncomfortable.
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Postby Savannah » Thu May 31, 2012 12:18 pm

I have wanted to do the necktie skirt thing since reading Sassy magazine as a kid. :)
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Postby shroom » Thu May 31, 2012 7:16 pm

This is my new favorite thread! I'm inspired to make something now. :D
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 31, 2012 8:35 pm

Ratty's an inspiration.
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Postby Sail Man » Thu May 31, 2012 10:16 pm

Last year at Lakes of Fire a friend was wearing a tie kilt and it looked so awesome in it's simplicity. What kills me is I see all these great ideas, yet space it off during winter working on them, when I should be creating.

And now, when I'm gearing up for a burn, I think about shit, and don't have near the time to be creative lol
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Postby FeetOfClay » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:18 pm

i've been making lots of Playa wear from stuff that i already have (thrift store clothes, fabric scraps), and i want to upload pics on this thread to share with all of you...but i don't know how to upload pics to e playa :(
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Postby Savannah » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:32 pm

Try setting up a free account at a place like flickr.com or photobucket.com, and follow their instructions to upload photos to one of those sites (there are other good sites out there, too). Those places will host the photos, and give you lines of code to share them here using BBCode.

You don't need to use your real name on those, even.
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Postby catinthefunnyhat » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:43 pm

FoC: You can attach a pic to a post directly, too. I think there are limits to the size and number of pics, because they don't really want us using up all their bandwidth turning this into a photo-sharing site, but if you just want to share a few, here's how:

(1) Below the box where you type your posts is a blue box with two tabs. The left-hand tab, which is active by default, is called "Options" -- it has all the stuff like "Disable BBCode," "Disable Smilies," etc., with checkboxes beside them. The right-hand tab, which is inactive, is called "Upload attachment." Click on there.

(2)You'll now see some boxes to fill in under "Upload Attachment." You can type in a filename or (this is probably easier) click "Browse." After you've selected a file, click "Add the file."

(3) Now, the "Upload Attachment" tab will be inactive again. That's OK. Your picture has been attached! If you decide you don't want it in your post, just click on "Delete File," and it will be un-attached.

It took me way too long to find that stupid tab. For months, I thought uploading attachments was disabled on my account for some reason. (Ever heard of Ockham's Razor? Me neither, apparently. My M.O. is generally to jump to the most insane and elaborate conclusion possible).
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:53 pm

But cat, what if they really are out to get you and only you?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:00 pm

catinthefunnyhat wrote:(Ever heard of Ockham's Razor? Me neither, apparently. My M.O. is generally to jump to the most insane and elaborate conclusion possible).

Ah, you are qualified to take walks with my father and myself.
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Postby inthecolumbiagorge » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:21 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Ratty's an inspiration.


Yes she is! So many great ideas in one small package!
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Postby catinthefunnyhat » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:53 am

Last night, my partner was rummaging through drawers and found an extremely hideous mini-purse made out of brown vinyl/naugahyde, all "sewn" together with plastic craft cord through pre-fab holes. I have a vague memory of actually using that thing back in the 1990s. I probably bought it at a folk festival. Anyways, I discovered that everything about the purse was reversible -- the wrong side of the naugahyde was smooth black vinyl, and even the snaps were not riveted by attached in the manner of those old-school bendable paper fasteners. (The whole purse reeked of a pre-fab "craft" you buy for a 5-year-old at a toy store.)

So I undid all those cords, reversed all the pieces, and re-"sewed" it using a narrow black ribbon instead of craft cord. Where there had been a hideous (and unusably flat) pocket on the front flap, I sewed on a patch pocket I made out of black velvet. (The pocket doesn't actually look that great. It's bunchy and crooked. BUT it turns out to be exactly the right size to hold my flask! I took off the hideous strap, and where the holes from that are, I'll use large key-rings and carabiners to hang it from the holes in my belt. Huzzah! A large black belt-pouch!
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Postby Ratty » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:37 am

Cat, Very Cool! You have a good eye to see things inside out. Be proud! You made a great looking, useful accessory out of yesterday's cherished object. I love the binder rings.
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Postby Elorrum » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:39 am

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Postby tattoogoddess » Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:03 am

upload ur pic to tinypic then it will give you a code with [img] in it use that. copy and paste and walla!

I have a ton of sewing projects going right now. I have like 2 of them done. I will post when I get some more done:) I REALLY want to make a pair of these. Just have to make a pattern from the pants I am using cause they are comfy and fit well so I want to make more.
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and this is a shirt I have all ready to sew. made from an old tee and a old tee hoodie.
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Etsy is the best place if you are not creative in thinking up idea and well, are broke but know how to sew. I know they wont look the same but the general idea is kick ass!
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Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:30 pm

Here is what I did today-
Leg warmers- Old T-shirts and sweaters. Even has a hidden pocket :)
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Extra cord fabric and a bed sheet.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:25 pm

Love it and love it! That dress from pieces is way sexy (Like Nightmare before xmas sexy). Great job on the button holes and lacing too.
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Postby catinthefunnyhat » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:47 pm

Yeah, what Ratty said! Beautiful work, TTG. I love those rectangular buttonholes!
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Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:01 pm

My mom's sewing machine has a button hole thingy setting but it wouldnt want to work so had to do it just by using the normal foot and a strait stitch. Pain in my toosh! lol.

Thank you though! I tried it on when I got back home and the ribbon is a bit itchy so going to switch it out I think.
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:28 pm

TG - any tips for sizing on the leg warmers?
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Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:46 pm

Wing it! lol
Ummm make them bigger then you need and make them in a Triangle (minus the top, in needs to be flat of course) If they are to big then just sew again and chop of the extra. It is "pinned" already for you sense you sewed it once already.
Making a triangle makes them "bell" when you sew the tube together.
The pair I just made are way to long. I did not have my shit kickers with my at my mom so I just eye balled it. Yeah to big.

Here is a wrap skirt I made a few months ago for BM out of found fabric. No pattern again. It bells out at the bottom.
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Here is my tutu. ( and top hats, Glitter band not coming with of course!)Made this a while back to, Just forgot to post it. IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!
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Postby Ratty » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:56 am

You are making me smile. This is all great stuff. Love the tutu and top hats. Thanks for posting em. The trim on the bottom of the tutu is a nice touch.
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Postby shroom » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:27 am

I'm making plans for 2013----not this year---so I'm cleaning out my closets and cabinets. As I do I'm making a box of costume possibilities. It's been fun so far!
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Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:45 pm

Wow Ratty, that is the cutest outfit ever!

More people should have avatars of themselves in playa-type getup.
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:37 pm

I made this little top last night out of stuff I had lying around the house... old bathing suit top and some old fishnets plus a few embellishments from other projects!
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