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A recent email from a reader reminded me that I remade the classic Pink Lion costume way back in 2015. Whoops!

Pink Lion 2.0 (aka Pink Lion the Pink) is the silky tuxedo version of the dryer-singed original.

IMG_7806 (1)IMG_7810 (1)The new look features a shaggier, more luxurious mane, as well as a stuffed bowtie (he insists it’s all real). The gold zipper is replaced with a satin placket and gold buttons which is more formal that functional.

The pants have been remade in a lovely poodle minky (it’s technically called rosebud minky but whatever) with ankle tufts and a gold metallic waistband. Top and bottom are lined with pink satin. The new tail is sassier than ever!

IMG_7825 (1) I made an alternate set for this costume in 2016 that included a furry onesie, spandex manties, zipper mask, and a hood mane that exposed the back and chest. I like a modular costume wardrobe and now he has several options!

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I think I made 11 costumes for Krewe du Vieux this year, but I guess these two looks would count as twins. They were made for a couple with a lot of complimentary material swapping between the garments. Though fine city folk now, these two are originally from swampier lands and called themselves the Lost Bayou Ravers (a play on local band Lost Bayou Ramblers).

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His costume consisted of a long sleeve undershirt made of laser-cut spandex over green micro mesh; a wide-mesh tank top; LED headpiece; goggles made from plastic bottles; the JNCO-inspired sequin pants with cargo pockets and light-up suspenders; and sequin manties worn underneath.

Her costume was a snap-crotch bodysuit made from mesh and foil spandex with built-in bra; a hood covered in beaded appliques, ruffles, and EL wire; wide-mesh tights; aqua metallic leggings; a glitter vinyl fanny pack with plastic fish in a bowl; and leg warmers made from crawfish sacks. Whew!

Most of the costumes I make aren’t quite as involved as these, so I appreciate the opportunity to really explore an aesthetic through fabulous details and flashy accessories. Almost all of the fabrics and appliques came from Jefferson Variety.

Lost Bayou Ravers, made by JulianneGus got lots of great action shots of these two! They totally embodied their characters and brought the costumes to life, and people later told me that they really stood out in the crowd of paraders.

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They are such fabulous freaks and I love parading with them! (That’s me on the right!)

Lost Bayou Ravers, made by Julianne




One of the joys of Halloween is feeling like a kid, and a great way to harness that nostalgia is with a classic costume. My client wanted to be a skeleton, the best damn skeleton at the party! As I said during a fitting, “A tuxedo is a tuxedo, but some tuxedos are fancier than others!”

blacklight skeleton costume, made by Julianne

blacklight skeleton costume, made by JulianneOf course a well-fitting foundation is key to a badass costume, so I drafted a custom bodysuit pattern. There’s a center front zipper for easy dressing and toilet access. I used a black spandex for the base, and holo-printed spandex for the bones. I made the gloves and painted the shoes.

blacklight skeleton costume, made by Julianne

The bones were based on the client’s own body, and I got the anatomical details from research.

After I sketched the bones there were many steps involved in cutting and sewing every single edge. Then I outlined the bones using glow in the dark puff paint – a ton of puff paint! I wanted all the details to really fluoresce under all the blacklights and I must say it looks pretty awesome.

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This was my client’s first foray into adult costuming, and he went all out with the facepaint.  Now that he has a bodysuit pattern on file, I’m anticipating a surprising new trend in his wardrobe!

blacklight skeleton costume, made by Julianne




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