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One thing I love about Burning Man is the wide range of costuming. Bikinis in the daytime, and sweaters galore at night! My neon fleece sweatshirt was perfect for the playa, and has been essential to my survival in Monterey this winter.

neon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianne

Even with a Disaronno-induced hangover, it’s impossible to be cranky when I’m wearing this. Now where are my damn french fries?

neon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianne  I used a charming vintage pattern from 1972 (mine was bought at Fabulous Fabrics, which sounds like a delightful business model). The previous owner copied the pattern onto interfacing in order to make fitting changes, so I did the same.

Copying patterns (rather than making marks and cuts on the original printed piece) is a new step for me. I enjoy the meditative preparation, and my tracing the design onto fresh paper makes me feel really free to make all sorts of changes.

Like all recent projects, this was made entirely out of stash fabrics. Isn’t it convenient that I have yards and yards of neon fleece just sitting in my closet? Having not bought fabric for the past few months really helped me realize just how much fabric I already had. Ridiculous!

neon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianne

It’s sewn with all neon threads. It can be worn with the seams on the inside, but I rather like all those perfect lines of serging. It adds to the whimsy, and we gots to have that.

The bright neon fabrics make me feel like a kid, but wearing a sweatshirt while many of my campmates head out into the night wearing a single pair of tights and a lace corset makes me feel kinda like a mom… a warm mom. Not that marriage = end of sexiness, but yeah, when it starts to get a little chilly I start piling the layers on.

neon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianneneon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianne

I keep playing with the idea of puff-paint decoration, with a clear memory of picking at the pointy dots on my mom’s reindeer sweater in the 90s. With neon or glitter paint, it could be quite hipster-ironic. But what image? Lithium is always a good choice, but maybe I should do something stranger. Suggestions?

neon raglan sweatshirt, made by Julianne

There is another coordinating shirt, left back in LA for the time being. This top also inspired an awesome snugly onesie, but that will have to wait for another post…




Highlights from Burning Man 2013, mostly featuring stuff I made. Dana got on my case about posting pictures, so these are for her!

Hobo Death in random pants, made by Julianne

Jason’s long-time friend HOBO DEATH was really excited to get these leggings I made.

Starstuff Express, made by Julianne

The Starstuff Express is made from a 1982 Schwinn Collegiate.

A selection of glasses, made by Julianne

A selection of glasses I brought to the playa (this is not the full collection).

Jason's zipper mask, made by Julianne

My husband wearing his zipper mask.

zipper dust masks, Burning Man 2013, made by Julianne

I loved meeting clients on the playa!


Barbie bikini, made by Julianne

When I stepped onto the platform “Barbie Girl” started playing. I had walked off the art car to go see some friends in Black Rock Year Book.

Kayla sunset, made by Julianne

I gave Kayla the teal velvet bikini top that morning, and then we went on a ladies-only art car cruise (with mimosas!)

 There are lots more pictures to see!

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neon onesie, made by Julianne

My husband designed this neon fleece onesie and I sewed it up.

Goldfish on a rocketship, Burning Man 2013, made by Julianne

Goldfish on a rocketship

Goldfish on a rocketship, Burning Man 2013, made by Julianne

Goldfish on a rocketship


“Gearhead” was one of my favorite art pieces at Burning Man. The Sensatron is hiding behind the rocketship.

genie pants, Burning Man 2013, made by Julianne

Jason’s genie pants, sitting in the Sensatron driver’s seat

Which reminds me, one evening I was standing by Disorient as the lamplighters passed by. One lady shouted out “Hey Julianne! Come here!” She recognized me from my website! I didn’t know Melissa, but she had used my genie pants tutorial to make her own pair of pants. Another friend wound up meeting her a few days later. It was one of the coolest moments. Hi Melissa!

bodysuits, made by Julianne

Cosmo and I love our aqua bodysuits (mine is metallic and self-made)

Starstuff pendulum, made by Julianne

This pendulum was surrounded by large magnets in the ground, so you would be pulled back and forth. (picture from Maria Fomich)

zipper masks at Burning Man, made by Julianne

So many zipper dust masks in our camp! (photo by Jason)

Starstuff, made by Julianne

Squirt squirt!
(photo by Patrick Roddie)

Spiral crown and zipper mask, made by Julianne

Spiral crown and zipper mask
(photo by Patrick Roddie)

spiral galaxy cape, Burning Man 2013, made by Julianne

spiral galaxy cape

Disco Duck and Sensatron, made by Julianne

Disco Duck and Sensatron at the Man Burn

Sensatron, made by Julianne

Sitting on the Sensatron, waiting for the Man to burn, wearing my aqua bodysuit again (photo by Jason Siadek)

I’m so glad that there were so many great photographers out there. Thank you for documenting part of the experience!

Hopefully, at some point I’ll take more detailed shots of individual pieces. I just did not feel like posing for pictures most of the time when I was actually on the playa. It happens every year.



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