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Postby dancingfairygirl » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:03 pm

Ratty wrote:These darling little bustles are made from upholstery samples. Luckily they already had a 'channel' at the top to run the ribbons through. the ribbons with bows keep them gathered up. I used up some old scraps of lace to decorate and long scarves to tie them around my hips. So sexy.


OMG! Ratty, Were you just selling your things in Berkeley last weekend? The bustle on the lower left (black/gold ish - with cool woven ribbon) is EXACTLY the one I just bought last weekend! LOVE your work, and I am so inspired by your ideas. I plan to spend the next few weeks getting crafty to add more items to all of the great things I scored last weekend!

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Postby dancingfairygirl » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:05 pm

Katiebaby25 wrote:Ratty those bustles are absolutely amazing! I LOVE THEM!!!! I found this adorable pair of "bustle panties" online and they look so easy to make. I have bags upon bags of tulle in every color so my girlfriends and I are going to make a whole bunch and gift them on the playa! If anyone would like a pair just lemme know what size panites you need and I'll keep some aside for you! :D


Wow Katiebaby! What a great playa gift. I hope that I run into you before you run out! Those bustle panties are TOO cute! Make lots of medium size! :wink:
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Postby Ratty » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:16 am

This gives a whole new meaning to 'Sports Bra'. I made this lovely in the 10 minutes it took to figure it out and cut one piece of fleece to tie it around the bottom. It is/was a kids padded helmet for boxing? Now it's She Ra. Mistress of the playa.

I have some orthopedic equipment I'm working with. A leg brace, back brace and other black devices with lots of velcro & hardware. Scarey stuff.
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Postby Super Suz » Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:29 pm

Great ways to have fun at home and on the playa!
Too many costumes!
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:54 pm

Ratty wrote:This gives a whole new meaning to 'Sports Bra'. ...Now it's She Ra. Mistress of the playa.

I have some orthopedic equipment I'm working with. A leg brace, back brace and other black devices with lots of velcro & hardware. Scarey stuff.


:shock:
That would go great with my leg warmer cricket battle armor!
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:41 am

These nylon nightys and bloomers came out so nice with just some leopard trim. I cut strips of the red leopard and sewed it on ,(gathering it up to be ruffles as I go).
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Postby wh..sh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:59 am

Ratty, I am one of the inspired minions around here. I love your ideas!
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Postby wh..sh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:14 am

So, the other day, I picked up this satin bed cover (pink and cream) at thrift store for $2.99.
I tore one half of it and made it into a bustle and made it so the bustle can be worn with a belt.

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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:20 am

That is a startling beauty. I especially love the way you covered up the belt. Great idea!!
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Postby wh..sh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:02 am

Thanks Ratty, it was one end of the bed cover and I didn't want to waste it :) It really gives option to use belts with varied width.

So, the deal is... I would like to give this bustle away to anyone would like to have it.

I made this so I could try sewing, it's nothing great. I probably would not wear it and I would rather give it to someone who would.
The total width is 53 inches and its really wearable with most belts.
The bustle can be spread out or bunch up in the back as per choice.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:10 am

That's so generous!! You just reminded me. The lady that 'runs' the kid camp has an all pink camp for herself and other kid campers. I gave her a fluffy pink tutu years ago and now that you've reminded me, I'm gonna make some pink creation for her. I'm following in the footsteps of Wh..sh...Gift, gift, gift.

note to self: (and anyone listening), the P.O. needs postcard stamps, Pimp your Bike needs cloth ribbon fur and spray paint, my old Halloween costumes need to be donated this year, gift, gift, gift.

Thanks Wh..sh. You're awesome.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:07 pm

I like denim. Just added a little fur and a t-shirt piece on the back. 'I have no idea what's going on' seemed fitting at the moment.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:35 pm

This plain ol work shirt makes me laugh. the back says, "sponsored by...SEX." :lol:
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Postby wh..sh » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:14 pm

:oops: Thanks Ratty. These days whenever I make anything, I think about giving it to someone.

If there are no claimers for the bustle, do you think the kids camp lady would like the pink bustle? It might be little too big for kids but can end up being a skirt.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:24 pm

She would love it. I gave her a tutu for her, (not a kid). She is a full bodied woman and loved that I had something in pink to fit her. If you get a chance, wander around in kids camp. It's pretty amazing. They jump on the trampolines all night. I went to their campfire a couple of nights to see 5 and 10 year olds spinning poi with real fire. I love burning man.
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Postby Foxfur » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:00 am

Dear Ratty,
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Postby Ratty » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:22 am

Fox fur, You're pretty hot yourself in that picture of you sewing. (You do realize that I have t-shirts older than you.) Thanks
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Postby Ratty » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:40 pm

This stretchy denim dress is oh so sexy. I made slits up the front and back, fringed them just enough to be interesting and stop any moop. Then I added big buttons. It fits like a glove cause it's stretchy. Now, where's that big gold hat and silk scaves for my wrists.
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Postby RedHeaven » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:20 pm

Y'all are SO creative, these are all lovely.
I unfortunately have no time to sew, no experience, I am awful with making clothes. Desperately attempting to do some clothing recycling in my closet before the Burn. With the ticket at $400 that leaves no budget for new fun things.
I was thinking it would be fun to put cut slits in leggings, flashdance style
I always do a little RIT dying, especially on nylon slips, works great.
Gonna go thru this thread and get some inspiration possibly.
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Postby Savannah » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:51 pm

Does standard RIT work well on nylon slips, really? Or is it a RIT formulated specifically for synthetics?

I have used RIT a lot, but only ever on natural fibers.
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Postby Ratty » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:21 am

I know there are special dyes for synthetics but I haven't dyed anything in ages. Last thing I did was a wedding dress in blackish green and it was meant to be grotesque so I don't know what the results would be if you were shooting for pretty.
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Postby wh..sh » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:38 am

I love that denim dress with gold buttons!
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:36 pm

RedHeaven wrote: ...I was thinking it would be fun to put cut slits in leggings, flashdance style...


Maybe you could slit a black pair and then wear a neon or brightly colored pair underneath the slit ones - you'd still have some protection from the dust/sun and there would be multiple colors!
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Postby lazerfox » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:34 pm

BoyScoutGirl wrote:
RedHeaven wrote: ...I was thinking it would be fun to put cut slits in leggings, flashdance style...


Maybe you could slit a black pair and then wear a neon or brightly colored pair underneath the slit ones - you'd still have some protection from the dust/sun and there would be multiple colors!


My friends do that when they go perform. It looks awesome and sexy.
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Postby CrispyDave » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:54 pm

Got to have one of these...
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:31 am

Ladies, I don't think I'm going to be able to do my bra workshop at the Burn this year. I just can't get my shit together in time, lol :oops:

Next year I will plan ahead and make it an official camp event! I hope you all still come by and say hello though :)
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Postby wh..sh » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:47 pm

hmm... tore up a dress and made it into a skirt and a sleeve shrug.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:49 pm

I can't begin to tell you how GREAT it was to meet so many 'posters' at the M&G on Thursday. Some of you were a huge surprise. (Gender, age, appearance). Nice to put a face with the names. It was a spectacular burn. Good to be home. Just 355 days to get ready. :shock:
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Postby shroom » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:31 am

Any tips on getting fake fur cheap? (the very fuzzy kind like on leg warmers) My child wants a cheshire cat costume for halloween and the costumes and material I've been able to find are both very expensive.
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Postby nolaflamingo » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:11 am

shroom wrote:Any tips on getting fake fur cheap? (the very fuzzy kind like on leg warmers) My child wants a cheshire cat costume for halloween and the costumes and material I've been able to find are both very expensive.



Try http://www.distinctivefabric.com, They give free samples & they are burner friendly... Faux Fur Cheap? usually starts at $8.00 yard for the finer nap that is 1/4 inch thick, known as velboa. The thicker naps (very fuzzy kind) shag & feathers fur can run anywhere from $15 to $30 yard. Check out thrift store to possibibly upcycle fur.
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