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LISA FRANK PARTY SKORT

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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!

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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.

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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.

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The top is reversible, depending on what colors she wants to feature on the front.

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She totally pulls off the psychedelic trapper keeper babe look!

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CAMEL TOE

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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!

Camel ToeHer 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.

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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!

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BUNNIES

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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.

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You can also see them in my Etsy shop, and you know, buy them.

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FLUEVOG KINGDOM

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Fluevog Kingdom

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.

Fluevog saddle shoesRather 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?

Fluevog Kingdom 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.Fluevog Kingdom dressThe 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.

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We didn’t win the costume contest but I’m satisfied that my mission was accomplished!Fluevog Kingdom dressNow that I’ve broken the seal maybe I’ll do better about posting more projects. Happy New Year!

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My Parable of the Houseplant

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I’ve been so damn prolific this year and this is all I manage to post. Burning Man is over but the cleaning isn’t, and I’ve spent most of the day in bed. Story time!

In March I completely rearranged the New Orleans apartment, and part of that redecoration was getting a plant for the bathroom. Something leafy to fill the corner behind the toilet and give the grime some jungle charm, and I got a plucky offshoot from a neighbor’s garden.

houseplant-windowI painted a pot and stand gold, I draped pink Mardi Gras beads on my plant, and got a ping of satisfaction every time I walked past my bathroom.

After a few weeks, the lengthening stalks told me the plant wasn’t getting enough light, so I moved it from its gold stand in the corner to the shelf in front of the window. It was still leggy, but it seemed to be adjusting. Over a few months I watched my plant grow thin and start to yellow. A larger pot helped but didn’t address the real problem.

houseplant-insideOne day I looked into the bathroom to admire my plant, and instead of satisfaction I had a reality check.

My desire to keep that plant in my bathroom was killing the plant and filling me with guilt. That plant’s need for sunlight had nothing to do with my desire for a plant that would thrive in my bathroom. I had to let go of how I wanted things to be and accept reality.

I immediately moved the plant outside, laughed at my foolishness, and have loved seeing the plant thrive on my back deck. It’s been an excellent object lesson in acceptance of myself and others.

houseplant-daytimeI’m looking forward to choosing an appropriate plant for the bathroom when I go back, and having a glass of sake with this creole queen.

houseplant-at-nightHow’s that for turning 30 tao reflection? I’ll mike drop on my favorite Gandhi quote.

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