Mike is going to Burning Man! Of course he is! And he brought me this nice black mechanics jumpsuit and asked me to “rape it” with patches… I tried my best! I didn’t have many patches in stock, so I had to print most of them, iron, edges, sew by hand! But 15 patches later, and he’s ready for the Black Rock City!
This was a custom creation for my sister’s BM 2011… it was an awesome find, real leather but printed to look like snake skin. I made a bustier with shoulder straps, added a LOT of eyelets (to attach a leather/chain trim that could be removed).
Wish I had better photos of this one… it is HOT!!
My friends Mike and Nico were going to BM 2014 with a theme camp, the “Dusty Beavers”. Mike wanted a full beaver suit, but the fabric he chose didn’t want to cooperate and so it ended up a beaver hooded vest. I also pirated a logo for them and made a silk screen and about 100 patches for them to give at the festival.
My friend Nicolas asked me to sew patches onto his playa jacket… here is a photo he sent me to show him riding his bike on the playa proudly showing the patches. He said people were constantly asking where he got it, and the following year asked me to make a bunch of patches for him to take there and gift to people.
Been developing this idea in various forms, made from leather, upcycled brocade, sparkles, neon… basically really short, with pockets, some ruffles or pleats, grommets for laced size adjustment (butts get smaller after a night of dancing, and you maybe need to tighten up a bit so your skirt doesn’t fall down and pull your tights down with them! true story), and snaps. sometimes buttons…
I made one for myself out of denim, and it is hella short, but I love wearing it in the summer over some tights to go shake booty. Some girls though would prefer them to be a little longer… I still make them really short. Oh well!
My lovely sister and her friends went for their second year on the playa and asked me to help with their wardrobes. Two outfits per day, for a week, for 3 girls? plus a tutu and leather vest for her boyfriend? no problem! Unfortunately I was in such a rush that many of the outfits did not get photographed 🙁
I did a couple bloomers with wrap crop top hoodies… and a couple corsets, some wrap skirts, some fun fur (of course)… my favourite piece was a snake fringe collar and leather belt skirt with more snake fringe… it was spectacular! still hoping someday to get a photo of it.
I found this fabric in a fripperie in Pointe St Charles neighbourhood of Montreal called “Madame Prend Conge” which translates to “Lady takes leave”. It sounds very old. Something a Victorian lady might say… but being an organization for helping women, in the middle of a rather poor neighbourhood… I guess it is supposed to be an encouraging statement similar to “you go girl!”.
Anyhow, it seemed to me like a lady had donated her entire fabric stash which included a bunch of antique cushions, drapery, and even couches that were torn apart. I took a bunch of it with the intention of making romantic ruffle skirts and corsets… maybe I had been watching too much Game of Thrones?
So this corset, which I started and then stopped… went to work at an upholstery studio for 6 months… and when I came out of there felt I could do a better job of matching up the pattern of the fabric. I ripped the whole thing apart and re-cut it, and did it again. Considering it is very old and brocade likes to move around a lot, and I didn’t back the fabric with any stabilizer or anything, it turned out pretty nice.
I posted photos on facebook and it was sold almost immediately.
My sister Kyla is going to Burning Man 2012, her second “burn”, and asked me to help her make a colour coordinated collection of pieces she can mix and match. This is what we came up with this weekend…
- pink and orange spike faux fur lined bolero with long bell sleeves and orange grommets for attaching satchels and tie-up
- lavender faux snake skin PVC apron with front pouch and orange grommets, with matching satchel and tie-ups
- orange satin with geometric embossed design and pink elastic mini bloomers
- black satin with flower embossed design and green iridescent accented lace mini bloomers (to be worn with green faux fur halter top made last year)
- orange yoga shorts with extra tall waistband (matching jacket lining, can be worn up to keep tummy warm at night, or folded down like mini skirt in day) including matching orange arm bands and sleeveless mini shrug with pink edges
- mint green lace short sarouel onesie
How could anyone NOT have fun wearing these!
This corset top was made with a sample of fabric I picked up in Toronto. It is a printed faux fur… not really sure what it’s called. But I took all the guy had and have not seen anything like it since.
I made this reversible corset and a matching aviator hat, and one other cropped corset (no photo), and some bracelets. Wish I could find more of this fabric!
The grommets in the back were replaced and I added grommets on the top/front to attach the hat. I gave it to my sister Kyla for her birthday to wear to Burning Man 2011. She has worn it every summer since.