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my stylishly snuggly jersey jacket


taken from my Craftster post

The inspiration: Last February I found myself sleeping in a car in the Austrian Alps, with the snow 2′ deep, and I was cold… and uncomfortable, and frumpy! So even though this winter I am in mostly warm places, where I have snuggly beds to sleep in, I wanted to have something that would be comfortable enough to sleep in that I would feel confident in when walking around fancy cities.

So I made this jacket out of dark grey sweatshirt jersey. It is stretchy, wears well with no wrinkles, and looks pretty damn good.

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I really like how the princess seams line up with the shoulder seams at the neck.

The lining is a fancy printed fleece (I made sure the pattern was centered on the inside), so my jacket is sooooo warm!

The pockets are lined with fleece and big enough to hold a honey’s hand in. There are also pockets on the inside to keep my goodies safe.

I didn’t use any patterns for this, and I’m not sure how many hours went into it (maybe 7?). The total cost wound up around $35, which was way more than I wanted to spend, but I am so happy with this jacket that I don’t mind. Whenever I wear it around my boyfriend he makes a point of telling everyone around that I made it myself. And I did wind up wearing it in to sleep in the car at the Grand Canyon, where the temperature at night was 17.

My jacket was selected as a “Technical Beauty” on the Craftster clothing forum in December 2009!


white striped sundress


I made this dress a few months ago but am just getting around to posting, now that it’s too chilly to actually wear the thing… The fabric is from an awesome vintage sheet that I had sitting around my collection for about a year, and I based the pattern on a dress my mom made me many years back.

I love the fabric because it’s cool and breezy, but not so thin that it’s transparent. The fit is fabulous and I don’t feel the need to wear a bra with it (cha ching!)

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It’s pretty simple, no pockets or anything. I used an invisible zipper, so the stripes look really great from behind too.




So I came up with this idea on the looong drive back from Burning Man (2,500 miles=lots of time to think). Fungitron debuted at Halloween but its real venue is Burning Man, with a planned appearance at Mardi Gras along the way.

These Smurfs and I danced in the street to the Fraggle Rock theme song.
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I wore it to Voodoo Fest during the day, which was awesome! People kept coming up to me to pose for pictures; I was the unofficial mascot of a music/head shop called The Mushroom; at the Gogol Bordello show I really stood out and was easy to spot on the jumbotron, as well as by the band! Also I was interviewed for a spot on Fuse TV, which was pretty cool.

The bodysuit is silver sequins lined with nude spandex. I added silver rick-rack and some rhinestones for extra pizzazz. The hood is not attached to the suit.

The cap is paper mache! The white spot are cut out of milk cartons and actually cover little bowls, which eventually will have LEDs in them. For Halloween I put in glow sticks, so I really stood out at the festival and on Frenchman Street later that night.

Of course, there had to be a utility belt. My friend came over and borrowed another bodysuit. My boyfriend bought our socks.

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