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PURPLE PANTS

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I’ve got a thing for purple pants. Purple is a neutral color in my wardrobe; it goes with pretty much everything I own. These purple jeans are rocking my world these days and we are kicking ass together.

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I drafted the pattern over the summer to be made from lightweight woven cottons, so this stretch denim was a bit of an experiment. I’m happy overall with how the pattern translated between fabrics, but I do suspect that the horizontal wrinkles throughout this version are due to the stretchiness. So I guess that means I’ll need to make another experiment, maybe next time in cobalt corduroy…

purple pants, made by JulianneYep, center back zip. It gives me the fit I want and is really great for Vespa riding.

purple pants, made by Julianne purple pants, made by JulianneLooking at these photos, I’m inspired to add some grape accents to pull out the contrast of the zipper color. Nothing a little paint can’t handle.

Of course, there’s more purple fabric earmarked for pants!

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BLACKLIGHT SKELETON

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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!

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RESCUED ON THE RUNWAY

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I have a costume show this weekend! Bad to the Bone is a fundraiser for local animal rescue groups, and the focal point of the event is a runway show featuring me and other fabulous designers. The models will be wearing costumes while walking down the runway with a dog, also in costume.

There’s also live performances, a silent auction, buffet, and of course a bar.

2017 Flyer Graphic layered 2This is the first time my own designs will go down the runway, with professional models and HMU to boot! My models will be wearing shoes from Fluevog‘s fall collection loaned from the French Quarter store. I’ll have a variety of garments and costume pieces in the designer boutique inspired by my collection.

What’s more, the centerpiece from the float I designed for Krewe du Vieux will be in attendance! LEWD Garou rides again!

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Needless to say, I’ve been working my butt off on this project and really pouring my heart into it. I’ve managed to clear my schedule for the past couple weeks to focus exclusively on producing my own vision – it’s every freelance artist’s dream! I’m so excited to show my city what I can do!

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If you’re in New Orleans and interested in kicking in for local animal rescue (including hurricane refugees) come check us out at Eiffel Society. Tickets can be bought in advance for $20 or at the door for $25.

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