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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!

Camel Toe sketch

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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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LADY LEWD Mardi Gras costume

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The plan was to head back to California in early January, but luckily plans aren’t forever. Through the help of many friends, I was able to stay in my city and contribute my own art to my favorite time of year.

I landed a dream gig designing costumes for LEWD, a sub-krewe of Krewe du Vieux (considered the start of parade season and a spectacle of weird and raunchy satire). For KdV’s 30th year, the theme was XXX and my group’s float was CaliguNOLA (or: The Fall of the NOLAn Empire). Over three weeks and an inconvenient illness, I designed and sewed nine costumes for that parade. I was working around the clock, even called in my crafty lovelies Maria and Patrick for last-minute help, and was hot gluing LED wreaths at the Den as the parade gathered. It was exhausting and exhilarating, and I can’t wait to do it again.

One of my favorite creations for the parade is Lady LEWD, a Medusa / Godiva hybrid with a thrilling laugh and a lot of sass.

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The gold spandex bodysuit has sparkly pink nipples and a luxurious bush, and is topped with a sheer red sequin gown. This hot momma decorated her own mask, and was accompanied by her Golden God of a husband and her delightful snakey sisters. She rocked the night!

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Mardi Gras Medusa, made by JulianneI was working late, recovering from a cold, and having the time of my life.

Thank you to Gus and Jason for getting such great photos. Check out more photos from Krewe du Vieux on Where Y’at! 

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Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes

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As soon as I got home from Burning Man this year I got to work! Story of the Running Wolf dropped their new EP, and I design and made a new set of costumes for the release party at V Lounge. These shots from the show were taken by my friend Brian Campeau.Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

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Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

I shared some progress shots on my Instagram. This was an incredibly labor-intensive project, done over 4 nonstop days. Basically there was a lot of tunnel quiltied lycra lamé.

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Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

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Story of the Running Wolf EP release costumes, Made by Julianne

As always, they looked amazing! I had a great time at the show, especially hanging out in the green room before they went on.

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CLASSIC GHOSTIE

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I made a Halloween costume for a 5 year old who wanted to be a classic ghost. Her momma sent me this as inspiration. And here’s the client’s original sketch:

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And I made this:

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Similarly to the original costume, I used sunglasses to keep the costume in place.

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She was just so cute (I mean scary) so here’s a ton of action shots. She told me that she died from eating too much candy.

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And then my excellent husband made this!

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ELECTRIC music video

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There’s a new Story of the Running Wolf video out, and it’s pretty great.

  And I made the band’s outfits!

Story of the Running Wolf Electric, made by Julianne

Theoretically there will be a photoshoot someday, and I’ll be able to share clearer shots and details from these labor-intensive costumes. I’m so, so happy with how they came out! That metallic pink striped fabric is one of my favorites, and there’s wire in the collars to help them stand up. As always, lots of spandex.

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It was through this shoot that I got connected with Freedom Fry, a perfect example of LA networking.

They’re playing a show this weekend, and I’m making a new set of outfits! Can I ever say it enough?: I love working with these guys!

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