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by Ratty
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

It you HAVE to join the army, let it be the, "Happy Face", Army. Any jacket can be military. Paint the buttons and start attaching 'stuff''.
by Ratty
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I like the way this worked. The sweater with a fur collar didn't wow me. I sewed a decorative t-shirt piece on the inside of the sweater. Facing out. Then I cut some of the sweater away so it showed through. After I got it just right, I sewed the hell out of it. I don't want the whole thing to rever...
by Ratty
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

This is kinda silly. I took this old leather dress and hung plastic things on rings on it. It really needed something. But not too much.
by Ratty
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: faux fur vest with lights
Replies: 6
Views: 1189

Re: faux fur vest with lights

Nikki is the lady that puts on the 'Preapare for the Playa' sale in SF. (two events). I'm just sayin.
by Ratty
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?
Replies: 29
Views: 14941

Re: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?

I've probably walked right past it a few times. It would be fun to lace up some leggings or fashion a bra from scraps. I'll put it on my list for next trip to the city. Thanks.
by Ratty
Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?
Replies: 29
Views: 14941

Re: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?

I've never even heard of it. Northern California has specialty stores of plastic storage containers, natural yarn, hemp clothing, synthetic decor and everything is 'made without any real micro organisms being harmed'. I love meat, leather, real fur and all animals that I don't have to feed and water...
by Ratty
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I just scored!! I work at a California card room. My boss just said I could have the old layouts from the Black-jack tables. The cloth covers. Picture a craps table with tons of writing silk screened onto it. These are a bit more colorful. As soon as I wash them up I'll be making some very interesti...
by Ratty
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?
Replies: 29
Views: 14941

Re: epoxy to glue sole back on boots?

Hides in Berkeley? NOOoooooooo. I'm fascinated. Tandy? You mean there are stores fully dedicated to animal hides. The closest thing that I see around here is Naugahyde. (I love that stuff) Cloth-backed plastic that I can sew.
by Ratty
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Realllly good clothing/costume source
Replies: 39
Views: 10690

Re: Realllly good clothing/costume source

Thank you. I'm adding it to my list. I usually take bart in and wonder, "What the hell was I thinking?" As I lug bags and armloads of stuff back to the station. I guess that's part of my SF shopping joy. With these wxtra stops I'm gonna drive in next time. Thank you.
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Realllly good clothing/costume source
Replies: 39
Views: 10690

Re: Realllly good clothing/costume source

Thanks for the 'scrap' link. I'll be sure and visit it on my next trip to the city. That reminds me. There is a good will or salvation army about 2 blocks west of the civic center bart station that is GREAT for textiles. It's on Mission I think. They have a larger than usual selection of drapes, spr...
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Annie Oakley anyone? This is so western looking. It should come with a water pistol. I had more of the same t-shirts to cut up. I like it!!
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Great idea Auntiem, That reminds me....Curtain valances are abundant at thrift stores. They are ready to run a scarf or ribbon through them. Gather up in the back for a bustle or spread around you for a skirt.
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I made one of the neck and sleeve portions into a sling bag that hangs over the empty part of the belt where there were no holes. You just reach in through the 'neck' of the t-shirt. A double bag.
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

There should be a different name for men's tutus. this started out as t-shirts. I cut them into long spirals from the bottom right up to the armpits. Stretched the strips into tubes and tied pieces onto a belt.
by Ratty
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Realllly good clothing/costume source
Replies: 39
Views: 10690

Re: Realllly good clothing/costume source

I was just in , "The East bay Depot for Reuse" in Berkeley. They have a mountain of new table cloths. Shiny satins and sheers. (Wow. Say that 3 times. Fast.) Beautiful, elegant fabics. All perfect for a quick conversion to capes, panchos, flowing skirts or decor in the camp. I fell in love with way ...
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I sometimes use the lining of a coat for a vest. Add some of your favorite old t-shirts and it's your new favorite. This one had some orange fur fringe added to the bottom.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

These are fleece 'Simpsons' pj bottoms. Fringe down one leg and conchos on the other. Think comfort.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Here are some other ones. I love these stupid things. I even wear one when I travel. Carry-on too heavy? No problem. I'll just stuff 8 pounds of crap in my vest..(I've done it).
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I picked up some Korean vests at the 2nd hand store Thailand. They ended up covered with all manner of fringe, lace and in this case shoe laces. It's handy to have 8 or 10 pockets!! I wanted to show you the fringe and foreign ads on the back but the picture won't load. Darn.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

It was just a petty coat till I sewed 50 tiny scarves on it. Each one has a shiney bead where it's attached. Twirl baby twirl.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I love PJs on the playa. What could be better than a pink cowboy? I sewed fringe down one pant leg and did conchos and a tad of fringe on the other leg.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Yes!! I want to see pictures. Your hat sounds great. I keep having to re-size my photos to be smaller and some STILL won't go on this thread. I''ll have to remember to set my camera on the tiniest setting first.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Yea!! Have fun and don't hurry. My favorite sewing tool is a razor blade box cutter. Thank you and everybody for the compliments. It's a nice group here. Minds wide open.




Join the 'Poker Army'.
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

You'll surprise yourself at how fun and easy it can be. Browse a second hand store or your closet. Take your time and cut, sew, tie, punch, lace or paint. The next thing you know, You've made a great outfit or accessory. Just keep it simple. Do it the easy way. There's no reason to get fancy. Be fle...
by Ratty
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:51 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

This was fun to make. I started with a severely shrunken wool blanket. The front, back and shoulders are just squares. It's for a warrior but iron crosses don't do a thing for me. I went with the spiderweb army instead. The sides have straps and 'D' rings. Easy to make and cozy warm at night.
by Ratty
Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

This was an old leather jacket and skirt. I sewed the spider web on, snipped it here and there. Then I shredded the skirt. I wish it still fit me.
by Ratty
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Not exactly a tutu. I started with a standard pettycoat and added some strips of sheer curtain material. There was enough for a sexy little neck scarf too.
by Ratty
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Tutu's
Replies: 38
Views: 6960

Re: Tutu's

All of my tutus are made on belts. NO sewing. Start with a comfortable belt that is a tad large. You may want to wear it over bulky clothes or low on your hips. You can use anything that has holes or that you can make holes. Virtualy any material can make a tutu. Tule, netting, sheer curtains, any c...
by Ratty
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

This darling was too plain so I sewed some of those 'wedding' cloth rose peddles onto it. It dressed it up just enough. I'm not much of a girlie girl myself. But I'm not the one wearing it. I enjoy looking at lace and sheers, just not in the mirror. The belt you start with dictates what material you...
by Ratty
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 81053

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

This came out Nice......Start with a cute dress. Cover one tit with fur. Sew a 12 inch piece of fur or fleece down both sides of the garment. You sew it in the MIDDLE of the 12 inches. This way you end up with 2 rows of fringe. Then cut it into fringe ,(about an inch wide), right up to the stitches ...

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