New Orleans is always a stylish party, and of course my clients strut their best for the Gay Easter Parade! Seersucker was the order of the day, and these two ladies stayed cool during our march through the French Quarter.
Deven’s dress was copied from a well-worn off the rack garment. I made several fitting corrections in my own pattern, including a swayback adjustment. The tie back was an Easter-inspired addition, and of course I added pockets!
I used the client’s vintage embroidered tablecloth for the ruffle and pockets. The crocheted lace edging was removed from the original hem and added to this border. I happened to have the tan seersucker scraps from another project, and I feel like it really ties the concept together. I love this dress!
Doody’s blouse was a thrift store recon, which is a fun change of pace for me. I used pintucks to fit the garment precisely and comfortably. But more than that, I love how the seams emphasize not only her figure but also the dimensionality of the crinkled fabric itself.
I know these troublemakers from Krewe du Vieux, so basically Mardi Gras never stops for me! New Orleans is filled with endless opportunities to look good while having fun.
Obviously we had a wonderful afternoon!
I always enjoy making outfits for friends: working on the fit, imagining how they will energize the garments, what kind of adventures they will find. This outfit was commissioned by my friend Sara for another friend’s Lisa Frank themed birthday party in Los Angeles. She sent the fabric and her measurements and one request: matching scrunchie!
Inspired by the 90s theme, I went for a party recess concept that could only mean skort. This one has a cotton lined crotch panel which makes it perfect for bike riding and grinding on the dance floor.
Of course there are pockets!
The tie die lycra has a holographic splatter all over it, which I enhanced with neon pink and holographic lycra accents. I used my serger to make a rolled hem with neon threads, to echo retro lettuce hemming, but kept the hems flat for a cleaner finish.
The top is reversible, depending on what colors she wants to feature on the front.
She totally pulls off the psychedelic trapper keeper babe look!
I love a client who keeps requesting sparkly nipples and prominent crotches on her costumes. It’s funny, gets a great reaction, and I have a great time making it. Lady LEWD has expanded her wardrobe of sparkly nude suits! For Krewe du Vieux 2017 she’s a Mardi Gras disco humpin’ Camel Toe!
Her boobs, butt hump, and crotch are stuffed with polyfill, and I used sequin fabric for a disco ball effect on the humps. The bodysuit has a snap crotch and is worn over leggings. I also made a set of over-the-knee legwarmers out of purple faux fur but it turned out to be quite a warm evening.
The tail is made from lycra and gold float fringe and is pinned onto the hump.
The camel toe concept was Panika’s idea, and she handed out Camel Toe buttons. She styled the wig and did her own makeup as well!
I treated myself to another entertaining day of puppet making. It’s doodling with fabrics while binge watching Community, with the windows open on an idyllic New Orleans spring. I’m busy and happy and starting to post again.
You can also see them in my Etsy shop, and you know, buy them.
Not only is Fluevog an excellent design line, they’re also a cool company to work for. My friend Tanaya runs their French Quarter store, and commissioned a dress for their company retreat costume party in Canada this summer. The theme for the party was Moonrise Kingdom, and Tanaya already had the perfect Fluevog saddle shoes for a Suzy look, as well as a designer friend who loves all Wes Anderson movies.
Rather than taking a cosplay approach to the retro Suzy look I decided to design a dress to compliment the shoes while still fitting into the film’s aesthetic. Why follow someone else’s design when I can make my own?
What a cutie! Another concern for this design was that the dress be versatile enough to fit into her regular wardrobe. Of course I drafted the simple pattern myself.The fabrics are all from Joann. The blue polyester has great texture and a little bit of stretch. I layered ivory knit lace over black satin and obviously had fun playing with the pattern layout. The zipper is a vintage metal one from my stash for that authentic touch.