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RAVEY CROCKETT or CHESHIRE HAT

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I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with names for this design, and now I’m stuck between Ravey Crockett and Cheshire Hat. You can call yours whatever you like if you buy one from my Etsy.

Ravey Crockett Cheshire Cat Hat, made by Julianne Ravey Crockett Cheshire Cat Hat, made by Julianne

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My husband Jason took so many excellent photos! Of course I also made the leggings and sequin shirt with the snaggle-tooth fringe.

Ravey Crockett Cheshire Cat Hat, made by Julianne

Burning Man is basically tomorrow. Lots of fun stuff to sew between now and then!

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STASH BAGS

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I love little projects that use scraps of pretty fabrics, so zipper bags are right up my alley.

These bags are made with a layer of vinyl between the exterior and lining fabrics. This water-resistant shell also helps contain odors, specifically of the marijuana variety. You can carry your piece and green in this little wallet, and when you rummage through your purse at your doctor’s office the room won’t be filled with the aroma of better times.

The first bag is rainbow and psychedelic: zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

The rainbow is one of the last scraps from my husband’s shorts!zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

The second bag is made with a scrap of Kenyan cotton and a random remnant: zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

zipper stash bag, made by Julianne

I carry one of these bags myself, and I’ve been totally satisfied with the olfactic barrier

Both of these bags got snapped up in my Etsy shop, so maybe I should make more? Gotta get your smoke on!

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GLAM ROCK FANNY PACK

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Venice DJ CHRNIK (the front of the centaur from Story of the Running Wolf) sent an emergency text asking for a “dope fanny pack” in 2 days. Coming right up!

IMG_4105 I had all these materials in my stash (what a wonderful stash it is!), and I whipped this up in a lovely evening. Some of the fabrics are from other costume projects I’ve done for the band and yet haven’t blogged.

Here’s the late-night process (from my Instagram):

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The sparkle vinyl exterior is one of my favorite materials! I adore the way it looks, and I’m getting to know its personality as I make more fabulous items with it. I used a metallic printed denim for the sides. The bag is lined with aqua ripstop fabric. The front pocket is a garment-weight vinyl and metallic printed spandex. The adjustable strap is a vinyl braid.

IMG_4093Nothing fancy happening on the back, since that area is resting against the body. I’ve played with the idea of adding a little pocket here, but that would be rather awkward to access while still wearing the fanny pack. I assume that people will be extremely un-sober when romping around festivals, so I try to keep the functionality simple and not make too many pockets to misplace a special something.

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IMG_4088This fanny pack was a special order, and it can be re-created and customized! Email me about getting your own.

Fanny pack, belly buddy, hip purse, belt pocket: what do you call it?

 

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PERUVIAN RECON

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Lest y’all think I’m idle, here’s proof I’m not.

This handmade mandala was sent from Peru, and I stitched it onto a generic tee. But the shirt rode up in the arms, and I am not a pit stain fashionista.

preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

So I made new raglan sleeves using this scrap of mesh, and a lower neckline bound in a silk jersey scrap that I use for precious projects. preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

And then I went to party with all my handmade bags.preuvian tee recon, made by Julianne

Just a little project I did on a Saturday morning. It’s nice to have a favorite old shirt feel new again.

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PROFESSIONAL PJs: scrappy summer camisoles

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In any day, my schedule may include sewing at home, meeting with clients, and running errands on bike. What kind of outfit is appropriate and comfortable for all these activities? I’m developing ‘professional pajama’ style, for creative professionals who work from home. It’s going to be a movement!

The first entry into this bold new category of dress code is a camisole. I drafted the pattern and jumped right in with this sample. It was fun to make, and gave me lots of ideas for a second top, in terms of design and process.

rainbow camisol, made by Julianne

rainbow camisol, made by Julianne rainbow camisol, made by Julianne

The rayon drawstring pants are also part of this comfy fashion lifestyle.

I was so happy with the first top that I immediately made a second. I got more ambitious for the back, but unfortunately sewed the center back panels together along the wrong side. Since the jersey is so stretchy the design still works, but I was going for a neater fit. Next time!

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Both versions are made mostly from scrap jerseys I’ve saved from other projects, and a few fabrics I have stashed away in my cabinet. Some of the seaming is structurally motivated, and some of it was designed for the small and odd-shaped scraps available. The cups are lined with a second layer of jersey, and I used 1/4″ elastic at the underbust seam to offer a bit of support.

scrappy camisol, made by JulianneIt’s been tank-top weather in LA since February, and these two tops have been in heavy rotation. They go with everything, are very comfortable, and feel ‘me’. Posting these tops together makes it easy to see the design evolution, and it makes me excited for what else this can become!

As always, thanks go to my husband for the photography.

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