The design has come a long way since the original convertible backpack. I got this groovy outdoor upholstery print from Joann, same with the aqua ripstop lining and blue nylon bottom. The zippers are from my stash (I love the brass teeth on colored tape!). The strap was cut from the last backpack purse, and is made from black nylon webbing sandwiched between two layers of thin cotton webbing.
I’m looking forward to many years with this purse, and it was great to sneak time away from my constant work schedule to make something for myself. It’s one of my ultimate acts of self-care.
There’s a new Story of the Running Wolf video out, and it’s pretty great.
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.
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!
I love my Ravey Crockett hat so much that I decided the idea deserved a second round of design.
For Ravey Crockett 2.0, I used a fur that’s more fluffy than hairy. I think it’s a more surreal texture, more like a Muppet and less like a pink version of an earth creature.
But perhaps the most exciting change is meant to be invisible! I inserted an invisible zipper in the lining, which opens up to a secret stash pocket. The pocket is about 4×6″, big enough for a phone, some money, some little baggies filled with treasure… When closed, the zipper pull is in the corner of the lining, so not too obvious for any nosy searches.
It’s obviously the perfect hat for Burning Man, so I think you should buy one now!
I’m deep in the glorious mess that is preparing for Burning Man (so many of you want fur suits this year!), so here’s a little project I did back in March. March was another time of extraordinary business, so sharing these outfits now is encouraging me in this current flurry of fabric.
Y’all know I sew outfits for my favorite glam synth band Story of the Running Wolf, but you don’t know how many outfits I’ve made. This particular wardrobe set was created for their DJ set at The Skybar at Hotel Mondrian in West Hollywood. Most of their outfits are black/silver based with neon details, created for their live shows at night. Since this was an outdoor daytime DJ set, we switched the color scheme to be mostly pink and blue, with gold accents.
This was such a fun party! I took my first Uber with half of the band, drank a ton of champagne in the fancy hotel room, bluffed my way into the party (of course I was on the list, but my companions were not), ate non-vegan pizza, didn’t get a sunburn, danced and jammed, took my second Uber, and was home by 9. I am a wild party animal!
I love sewing for these guys. Their style matches up with mine so wonderfully, and their input always intensifies the final product. I can’t wait to share some of the bigger projects we’ve worked on this year!
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.
My husband Jason took so many excellent photos! Of course I also made the leggings and sequin shirt with the snaggle-tooth fringe.
Burning Man is basically tomorrow. Lots of fun stuff to sew between now and then!