For this slice of New Orleans life, we’re living upstairs from my old apartment. My best friends Maria and Patrick are in the other upstairs apartment, and we have breakfast together on our back porch. Soon after our arrival, Maria told me about a dream in which she found a nest of baby alligators, and they were all pink. It’s such a charming swamp discovery. And so: fanny pack!
I used glitter vinyl, one of my favorite materials. The baby gator was cut with an exacto, carefully sewn, and the edges were finished with puff paint. I used puff paint for the teeth and claws too.
Such meticulous puff painting! I practice almost every night. I omitted the planned eyes, because this magic alligator sees through dream visions, of course.
I really love these findings! The metal parachute clasp is so smooth and shiny, and I love the durability of a brass zipper. The piping is reflective plastic, given to me years about by Patrick. The sides and backing are a metallic printed denim, and the lining is waterproof rip-stop nylon.
There’s a zipper pocket with contrast lining, as well as a slim pocket for ID. Enough pockets to keep your gear safe and accessible, but still easy to look through in a dark party.
It was a lot of fun to make, and since we share a studio space and live in adjoining apartments it was hard to keep secret! But I managed to keep it together.
I love the sparkle of glitter vinyl, it’s like a pool from my dreams filled with stars and David Bowie songs. At least that’s what I was going for when I designed these key fobs, but by 2am everything starts to feel like that anyway. And you can buy a piece of my mania for your own life!
Though colloquially called key chains, these are actually key fobs.
The base fabric is glitter vinyl, hand-cut and sewn on my Pfaff. I seal the edges with sparkle puff paint, which requires a steady hand and multiple layers for a smooth finish. Though flexible and wonderfully plastic, these fobs are incredibly durable and keep their seductive luster.
And some favorite shots (clearly this angle worked well for me):
These little beauties are listed in my Etsy shop, and would make an excellent gift (and fund further glitter vinyl purchases!).
As soon as I got home from Burning Man this year I got to work! Story of the Running Wolf dropped their new EP, and I design and made a new set of costumes for the release party at V Lounge. These shots from the show were taken by my friend Brian Campeau.
I shared some progress shots on my Instagram. This was an incredibly labor-intensive project, done over 4 nonstop days. Basically there was a lot of tunnel quiltied lycra lamé.
As always, they looked amazing! I had a great time at the show, especially hanging out in the green room before they went on.
I’m spending the next couple months back in New Orleans! Although I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 6 years, this is my home, and I couldn’t be happier to be back for the winter.
My sewing machines are set up in the studio behind Adorn & Conquer. I’ll be there throughout the week working on favorite products and new designs. You can also come see me at Magazine Art Market at Dat Dog on certain Saturdays and Sundays. Currently I’m booked for markets on 8 November, and 14-15 November.
To my wonderful Los Angeles clients: Thank you for making 2015 my most productive year ever! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t shared most of my projects on my website yet (a perfect task to do while drinking beers on the porch while I’m in Dixie). I’ll be back on the west coast by the end of January, and am already taking project bookings now. Email me about your project!
I made a Halloween costume for a 5 year old who wanted to be a classic ghost. Her momma sent me this as inspiration. And here’s the client’s original sketch:
And I made this:
Similarly to the original costume, I used sunglasses to keep the costume in place.
She was just so cute (I mean scary) so here’s a ton of action shots. She told me that she died from eating too much candy.
And then my excellent husband made this!