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Postby shroom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:47 pm

thank you so much!

My daughter and I check this thread a lot, love the ideas!
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Postby Savannah » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:41 am

I want to bump Ratty's marvelous thread with this amazingly catchy ode to Thrift. (Odd premise, but give it a chance).

NOTE: some profanity. :lol:

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Postby tattoogoddess » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:05 am

he he he i love that video. i just posted it a bit ago in on another thread. I want his coat!
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Postby Ratty » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:42 pm

Savannah, That really WAS awesome. Thanks for the smiles.
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Postby BAS » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:39 am

I just Shared that video on Facebook. ...and now I want to visit a thrift store, dang it! :D
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Postby Riv » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:06 pm

Hey, I totally have that dress from 1:50 in the video... and I got it at the thrift store! :D
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Postby Spryte » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:32 pm

can i just say how in love with this thread i am :) i love love love upcycling and always trying to get better at it! the thrift store is my BEST FRIEND!!!

these were a size 5 pant.....i am NOT size 5 lol, so i cut up the sides and added the pretty sparkly starry blue fabric!!!
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here is a little steampunk inspired mini top hat i made from cardboard, fabric, an old black rose hair accessory i never wear anymore, some cogwheels, and HOT GLUE!!
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here is a matching belt to my hat - VERY EASY TO MAKE and pockets slide right off of the belt! used from spare upholstery fabric and HOT GLUE!
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AND A MATCHING BRACELET!
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i'm always trying to make something new and will back to this thread quite often! can't wait to see what other things you guys come up with!!!
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Postby Savannah » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:37 pm

I especially like the cuff, Spryte!
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Postby Ratty » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:51 pm

Spryte, Everything is gorgeous. The pants are great and the top hat too. I'm really impressed. You will look and feel accomplished, (if that's the right description), knowing YOU made this startlingly beautiful outfit. I'm working on a long white fur vest. I'll post it when I get to the stage where it looks like something other than the old bedspread that it is. You are very talented. Thanks for the pictures.
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Postby Machina » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:10 pm

Nice job on the accessories!

Still love this thread for ideas/inspiration...
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Postby Ratty » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:56 am

I'm trying to post a link. I love browsing through this one. http://pinterest.com/kirstenhubbard/bla ... -costumes/

It changes all the time and has beautiful ideas.
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Postby Ratty » Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:40 am

I click on one photo on the link and end up wasting away in front of the computer. Here's another. http://pinterest.com/peyote2004/bm-costume-inspiration/
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Postby Ratty » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:29 pm

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Postby Savannah » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:00 pm

Ratty, I can totally envision you in the red & white outfit made of sweets . . .

Those are great pinterests. They remind me of a bunch of things I could & should be be doing. I've been meaning to make a recycled sweater coat for a couple of years--though never seriously enough, maybe this is the year. And I love the still from the film Scourge. I'm still excited any time I see a post-apocalyptic African-American girl. (Finally becoming not so rare!)
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Postby bbyjcam_19 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:19 pm

The light up top was pretty easy to make! Started with a padded bathing suit top, hotglued battery pack christmas light strands i already had(costs about $4 at krogers), covered the strands in an old purple lace top. rhinetones. and added a little bit of feather~which I would take off for the event. Then the back has a big bow covering the battery pack. Super fun (:
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Postby Ratty » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:35 am

VERY cute. Nice job. gitiup
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Postby Ratty » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:46 am

It's like a 'house of mirrors'. I can't get out of pinterest. http://pinterest.com/trishamead/burning-man/
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Postby Spryte » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Ratty wrote:I'm trying to post a link. I love browsing through this one. http://pinterest.com/kirstenhubbard/bla ... -costumes/

It changes all the time and has beautiful ideas.



too funny, i follow that board too!!! can't wait to check the others! very inspirational
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Postby Ratty » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:55 pm

I decided to transform this old plaid, man's jacket. The sleeves are now on the back. I used them as the tails and lined them crudely with dalmation spotted fleece. I cut a little bit off of the front and stuck it on the shoulders with fleece fringe.
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Postby MyDearFriend » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:20 am

Ratty that is utterly awesome. 8) 8) 8)

You are such an inspiration!!!
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Postby Spryte » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:56 am

hey beautifuls! if anyone is interested and has pinterest, feel free to check out and/or follow my BM board!! it's mostly clothing ideas i want to do/make, but i also have actual useful info/tips/tricks i want to try out too! check here! http://pinterest.com/spryte730/bm-love/
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Postby Machina » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:35 pm

I made this for an upcoming party in February, but I think it is also potentially Burning-Man-appropriate. Three men's dress shirts later, and voila: a straitjacket.

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I used the tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_KB7A3uJpI&feature=share&list=FLzTKWjxV1lc2Koml7wY9bzg

I used nylon strips from the fabric store instead of belts because I couldn't find 6 black belts of comparable size at Goodwill. It was also much easier to sew.
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Postby Ratty » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:46 pm

I love your straight Jacket!! Do bring it this year. It looks like fun.
The 'how-to' video was good BUT the hoola hoop one that followed was spectacular.
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Postby Machina » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:36 pm

Haha... looks like I shared my favorites list instead of just the one video! There are many hooping and Burning Man videos in there. :D
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Postby wandergirl » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:28 pm

aw hey guys, I'm glad you like my pinterest board <3 (I'm kirsten).
I've been avoiding brc stuff because we were considering skipping a year for various reasons (sob), but now it looks like a possibility! so this is me creeping back into my fave subforum. will probably not start costuming til we're sure, but omg ideas ideas ideas.

you guys should also check out these pinners for ideas, they're amazing:
http://pinterest.com/whatnext (specifically, this board: http://pinterest.com/whatnext/costumes- ... uture-more)
http://pinterest.com/stellra (especially http://pinterest.com/stellra/a-post-apocalyptic-world, if you like that kind of stuff)
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Postby Ratty » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:57 pm

I bought this for the comcept rather than the costume it's self. This is a black bulky knit sweater that was brush painted with shiny metalic paint. It looks like chainmail. I think this idea would work on any sweater knited with thick yarn. Black, brown, tan or olive colored would all look great under metalic paint. I plan to adorn this one with some metal hardware and leather trim. It will be quite a transformation.
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Postby maryanimal » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:32 am

I love your stuff Ratty! I have two identical fur type coats. I'll take a photo of one as soon as I figure out what I want to do with it.
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Postby TomServo » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:58 am

Machina wrote:I made this for an upcoming party in February, but I think it is also potentially Burning-Man-appropriate. Three men's dress shirts later, and voila: a straitjacket.

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I used the tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_KB7A3uJpI&feature=share&list=FLzTKWjxV1lc2Koml7wY9bzg

I used nylon strips from the fabric store instead of belts because I couldn't find 6 black belts of comparable size at Goodwill. It was also much easier to sew.


I LOVE IT!! Had an idea, of turning a backwards robe into a "Struggie". Complete with thick leather straps and buckles.
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Postby Ruhm » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:52 pm

Ratty wrote:Here are some other ones. I love these stupid things. I even wear one when I travel. Carry-on too heavy? No problem. I'll just stuff 8 pounds of crap in my vest..(I've done it).


Those are insanely cool :shock:
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