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ALLIGATOR DREAM PURSE

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For this slice of New Orleans life, we’re living upstairs from my old apartment. My best friends Maria and Patrick are in the other upstairs apartment, and we have breakfast together on our back porch. Soon after our arrival, Maria told me about a dream in which she found a nest of baby alligators, and they were all pink. It’s such a charming swamp discovery. And so: fanny pack!

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

I used glitter vinyl, one of my favorite materials. The baby gator was cut with an exacto, carefully sewn, and the edges were finished with puff paint. I used puff paint for the teeth and claws too.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

Such meticulous puff painting! I practice almost every night. I omitted the planned eyes, because this magic alligator sees through dream visions, of course.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

I really love these findings! The metal parachute clasp is so smooth and shiny, and I love the durability of a brass zipper. The piping is reflective plastic, given to me years about by Patrick. The sides and backing are a metallic printed denim, and the lining is waterproof rip-stop nylon.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

There’s a zipper pocket with contrast lining, as well as a slim pocket for ID. Enough pockets to keep your gear safe and accessible, but still easy to look through in a dark party.

baby pink alligator fanny pack, made by Julianne

It was a lot of fun to make, and since we share a studio space and live in adjoining apartments it was hard to keep secret! But I managed to keep it together.

baby pink alligatorIt’s seen a lot of action since our swampy Xmas celebration, but I don’t think the little critter has a name yet. Maybe it will earn a playa name at Burning Man this year!

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PSYCHEDELIC DREAM BACKPACK

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The design has come a long way since the original convertible backpack. I got this groovy outdoor upholstery print from Joann, same with the aqua ripstop lining and blue nylon bottom. The zippers are from my stash (I love the brass teeth on colored tape!). The strap was cut from the last backpack purse, and is made from black nylon webbing sandwiched between two layers of thin cotton webbing.

I’m looking forward to many years with this purse, and it was great to sneak time away from my constant work schedule to make something for myself. It’s one of my ultimate acts of self-care.

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STASH BAGS

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I love little projects that use scraps of pretty fabrics, so zipper bags are right up my alley.

These bags are made with a layer of vinyl between the exterior and lining fabrics. This water-resistant shell also helps contain odors, specifically of the marijuana variety. You can carry your piece and green in this little wallet, and when you rummage through your purse at your doctor’s office the room won’t be filled with the aroma of better times.

The first bag is rainbow and psychedelic: zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

The rainbow is one of the last scraps from my husband’s shorts!zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

The second bag is made with a scrap of Kenyan cotton and a random remnant: zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

I carry one of these bags myself, and I’ve been totally satisfied with the olfactic barrier

Both of these bags got snapped up in my Etsy shop, so maybe I should make more? Gotta get your smoke on!

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GLAM ROCK FANNY PACK

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Venice DJ CHRNIK (the front of the centaur from Story of the Running Wolf) sent an emergency text asking for a “dope fanny pack” in 2 days. Coming right up!

IMG_4105 I had all these materials in my stash (what a wonderful stash it is!), and I whipped this up in a lovely evening. Some of the fabrics are from other costume projects I’ve done for the band and yet haven’t blogged.

Here’s the late-night process (from my Instagram):

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The sparkle vinyl exterior is one of my favorite materials! I adore the way it looks, and I’m getting to know its personality as I make more fabulous items with it. I used a metallic printed denim for the sides. The bag is lined with aqua ripstop fabric. The front pocket is a garment-weight vinyl and metallic printed spandex. The adjustable strap is a vinyl braid.

IMG_4093Nothing fancy happening on the back, since that area is resting against the body. I’ve played with the idea of adding a little pocket here, but that would be rather awkward to access while still wearing the fanny pack. I assume that people will be extremely un-sober when romping around festivals, so I try to keep the functionality simple and not make too many pockets to misplace a special something.

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IMG_4088This fanny pack was a special order, and it can be re-created and customized! Email me about getting your own.

Fanny pack, belly buddy, hip purse, belt pocket: what do you call it?

 

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ZIPPERPALOOZA

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My friends Maria and Patrick of Adorn and Conquer are finally opening their own store in New Orleans! They are also carrying pieces by many artists and makers, including yours truly. The first merchandise order I shipped out was all zipper bags – 27 of them!

zipper bags, made by Julianne

They are almost entirely scrap fabrics, lovingly saved for years. Every bag is lined, most have a loop for attaching a clip or wearing around the wrist.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

You know I’m usually about getting as many different colors onto one piece as possible, but I totally love these all-green bags. They each have both of the above fabrics (one on each side) and even the lining and zippers are green. I hope at least one of them gets used for some stylish stoner’s smoking kit.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

zipper bags, made by Julianne

These embroidered fabrics were saved by my step-sister-in-law Ilaan (who also provided the fabric for my sofa, psychedelic bathrobe, and Miimii dress). They were such tiny scraps! These bags are backed with solid fabrics.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

You’re never too old for a fabulous pencil case! zipper bags, made by Julianne

I totally gasped when I found this amazing blacklight sequin fabric. It’s just too perfect! I look forward to making a few fabulous pieces from this. Any suggestions?

zipper bags, made by Julianne

I made them in so many different shapes and sizes, which was dictated by the individual remnants. They’re each the perfect size for something! I envisioned the smaller bags as the perfect wrapping for a jewelry gift.

zipper bags, made by Julianne

Y’all know how I’m a sucker for projects that use up those wonderful little scraps. On one hand, I try to resist hanging on to “someday could be” materials. Sure, someday it could be used for whatever project I have in mind, but it’s more likely that stuff will just clutter up my life until eventually I get so frustrated that I just want it gone. On the other hand, I love using up every bit of possibility, and some fabrics are too special to let go, not matter how small the pieces are.

I’ll also have turbans and a special new shirt design in the store, but that’s for a special post. Congratulations to Adorn and Conquer on this exciting milestone!

 

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BACK IN THE SADDLE

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In the past 6 months, we’ve only spent 3 weeks at home. We’re in Los Angeles for a week, then it’s up to Monterey for the month of May. I’m unpacking from one trip while packing for another, and oh yeah, working. I delayed starting on costumes for a magic show to make this little case, because I simply had to have a new bag for my markers.

vinyl bag, made by Juliannevinyl bag, made by JulianneIt’s so nice to be back with my stash again! All the materials came from the deep recesses of my fabled fabric cabinet. Even I’m surprised at how much I had stashed in there.

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These are my cheapie markers, used for sketching out designs. The Prismacolors stay in their special box.vinyl bag, made by JulianneThis was just a warm-up project, but I’m still super pleased with how it turned out. Little bags for organizing and packing, who doesn’t love that?

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