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RAINBOW WEDDING DRESS

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You’ve already seen the boots I wore for our wedding at Burning Man 2012, and now here’s more of my outfit.

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, Photos by Blake Gardner

When we got engaged in 2011, I really had no idea what I wanted my wedding clothes to look like. I’ve never worn white, and we have no traditions to honor, so I was free to wear whatever I wanted! The main idea was to dress as more fabulous versions of ourselves.

First the skirt:

The body of the skirt is a dupioni silk. On the bolt it was gold with a red tone, but once I threw it in the washing machine to get that gorgeous drape it turned into a pumpkin. Go with the flow, right?

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, photo by Alex Finseth

photo by Alex Finseth

Instead of just one circle, this skirt has 1.5 circles to it. It’s divided into three panels (each a half-circle), with a center seam at the back and pockets in the front/side seams. It has such beautiful fullness when I twirl in it, and is delightfully extravagant. In order to get an even hem, I let the cut skirt hang for about 4 days, and then had my friend Danielle mark the hem line while I stood on a table. I usually try to do this myself, but I was not cutting corners with this outfit!

The waist is an elastic band in modal jersey–comfortable against bare skin, stays up fine without pinching into my belly. And no zippers to break! [The playa dust at Burning Man can be very harsh to fine devices like zippers]

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, photo by Blake Gardner

photo by Blake Gardner

The stripes at the bottom are finished with a rolled hem on my serger. Most of the fabrics were random remnants, and my favorite band is the gold stripey fabric that matches Jason’s pants.

The mirrored shisha trim is from India. Anticipating the hanging mirrors to not hang for very long, I restitched every single one of them. It was a nice little project that I could pick up for 5 minutes at a time, and it took about 6 weeks of very casual work. And then… the green and blue dyes bled all over the skirt! I actually don’t mind, although I was kinda stressed when I first discovered it.

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, photo by Alex Finseth

photo by Alex Finseth

It wasn’t really necessary, but I added a silk charmeuse lining. It does feel so fabulous against my skin! Since it isn’t visible, I made the slip as just a single circle. As a wink to traditional bridal white, I added the lacy fringe that can only be seen when I pull up my skirt.

BODICE:

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, photo by Blake Gardner

photo by Blake Gardner

The original concept for the top was “rainbow bustier,” except it had to be a comfortable bustier! I had to be able to sit, and dance, and breathe all day and all night. The main fabric for the bodice is a metallic lycra, and I don’t mind admitting that I never thought I’d wear lycra at my own wedding. The torso is lined with purple modal jersey, and the bust is lined with black and white striped jersey.

To give some structure to the top I inserted plastic boning, which also prevented the chunky zipper from getting wavy.

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, photo by Blake GardnerPink Lion cameo!

The bust appliques were all sewn by hand after I completed the basic construction. I pinned each piece while I was wearing it, then stitched them, then pinned on some more. There’s no way to convey how time-consuming this was, but I had so much fun. I worked on this in private, so Jason didn’t see the top until it was mostly complete. Flashy rainbow boobs, I never would have planned on this but it was so perfect and made me so happy!

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ACCESSORIES:

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I went back and forth on a veil. Traditional bridal white was never a thought, but I like the drama of a gorgeous headpiece. I wound up adapting one of my recycled Mardi Gras necklaces into a headband, adorned with charms I made. The fringe bead is just that: fringe wrapped around a bead! I’ve since worn the headpiece as a necklace, which happens to be irresistible to babies.

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Jewelry was simple: glass stud earrings Jason bought me earlier in the year, and a pearl necklace that my grandma gave me (and my lady cousins) for high school graduation. I also had my right hand covered in henna by a lovely lady who was camping next to us (while I was swinging in a hammock sipping juice from a coconut, no less!).

During the parade, I wore a rainbow vest. You can see the front and back in these photos, but I think I’ll do a separate post on it, since I didn’t make it specifically for the wedding.

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I also wore sparkly silver hotpants, which I have since worn as bikini bottoms. No pictures from the wedding though!

This hasn’t happened yet, but my idea was that I’d be able to wear each component after the wedding. Someone’s got a birthday coming up and might wear her wedding dress to her own party!

rainbow Burning Man wedding, Made by Julianne, Photos by Dan Hamilton

photo by Dan Hamilton

If you’d like to read more and see more pictures from the day, we have a whole post about getting married at Burning Man.

You can also check out pictures of Jason’s groom outfit.

Most of these gorgeous pictures were taken by Blake Gardner and Aleck Gandel – many thanks to these talented photographers as well as all the friends who both captured and contributed to our wonderful day! K Alexander took the pictures in front of the glass wall at the Abita Mystery House.

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FLEUR DE LOGO MAKEOVER

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Years ago I made a fabulous reverse appliqué of my sewing logo, and while I love the embroidery the shirt wasn’t that great. Some combination of the color, V-neck (often awkward on me), and clinginess of the fabric meant that I never wore the shirt. I don’t think I ever actually wore it out of the house after that photo shoot in 2010. That’s insane, because it’s a great design (courtesy of my husband Jason) and I put a lot of time into the stitching.

fleur de logo tee, made by Julianne

I had a really hard time making the first cut into the shirt, but I’m so glad I did it! This fuchsia and white jersey was about to be donated to the local Boys’ and Girls’ Club, but at the last minute I snatched it for this project. I whipped up the top in about 20 minutes, start to finish, and just cut into the fabric without worry about patterns.

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I’ve been a big fan of kimono sleeves on knit tops for a while, and of stripe fabric, and it’s purely a coincidence that these two elements are a trend! right now. I went a little loose on the torso of the shirt, cause I can always take it in later.

before:

fleur de logo tee, made by Julianne

It’s been so warm in LA lately that I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to wear my tee shirt immediately. I mean, I know that LA is SoCal, but last year I was bundled up every single day!

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GOLD DISCO COAT

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Considering it’s made of gold, silver, and black lamé, I think this coat is pretty elegant. It does have a touch of Golden Girls glam, but it’s perfect for a rave and there’s something about that hood that makes me feel gangsta.

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Gangsta at a disco!

Right, it’s a lamé brocade, and I think the pattern is either scales or fabulous raindrops. For the lining I used black minky which makes me feel like royalty… Or maybe its that giant gold embroidered collar. That’s positively Aztec, but it’s also spacey, and I’m pretty sure the coat was designed for wizards.

The two-way zipper means it can be opened from the bottom and worn as a cloak. Little Red Riding Hood I am not.

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As usual, I got the fabrics and the appliqué from Fabric Planet. The two-way zip came from Stan’s Sewing Supplies, and since his prices are so cheap I find it much more convenient than going to the Fashion District.

Of course this was designed for Burning Man and other such fabulous events. It would be perfect for the chilly roof of a loft party, or walking 8 blocks to your car afterwards.

I made a second similar jacket, but this one is an original. I’ve got a couple yards leftover that might turn into some blinging pants. Shazzam! In the meantime, this coat is in the Etsy shop, and totally worth it.

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Chalice Girl!

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A friend of ours is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and she’s created a Unitarian Universalist superhero to use in Sunday worship with the children–Chalice Girl. To aid in that purpose, Chalice Girl needed a costume, something that she could quickly put on while ducking behind a pulpit that would still get the kiddos excited.

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Tera had a pretty good idea of the basic design she wanted, but still gave me enough freedom to make something we’d both be excited about. I incorporated the UU icon of a chalice in two intersecting rings, which was fun to re-imagine in textiles. I was able to take advantage of the crazy stock of prom-dress material in the fabric store, so Tera’s cape is a fabulous hot pink with silver glitter. The cape has snaps at the neck, so it can be quickly and securely fastened.

To attach the appliqued fabric to the cape I used double sided iron adhesive and then stitched over the designs with yellow and pink thread. The silver and gold is 4-way stretch lycra, one of my favorite fabrics ever, which was also used for the stretchy wrist cuffs. You can’t be a super hero without wrist cuffs!

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My favorite part of this project was making the flame. It’s got the gold lycra layered with some shiny swatches I got for free.

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bicycle seat covers

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After I made my upholstered and painted saddles I wanted to come up with other ways to customize a bike. Well, I’m still focusing on the seat, but this time with a removable cover.

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These covers are completely made from recycled materials! The fleurs des lis are cut out of cotton, and then glued and stitched onto durable teal corduroy. The tops are lined with thick vinyl, adding some serious rain-protection (this way, only the fast-drying cover gets wet, instead of your whole saddle getting saturated and taking days to dry!). The sides are stretchy polyester, which will wear great and fit well over any seat. There’s a drawstring cord at the bottom of the cover to keep it tight.

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Plus, they look awesome.

fleur de lis bicycle seat cover

I’ll be selling these for $30 each at the Freret Market on 3 April, or you can get one at my Etsy shop!

I was super psyched to see my covers featured on Miss Malaprop’s blog!

Also posted on Craftster.

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