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Post by Savannah » Tue May 01, 2018 12:42 pm

LOVE the ponytails, Ratty!

. . . And the silver.
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Post by Ratty » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:31 pm

So now what? Costumes and sensible clothing of course. There's still time to bling up that coat or cut off that dress. Hey you big guys will find the best stuff on the 'plus' racks at the 2nd hand store. Get the most outragous colors. You wont be sorry.
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Post by Ratty » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:36 am

I've been playing in the necktie box. This lovely thing is made from ties completely taken apart. It flows in the wind.
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Post by Ratty » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:43 am

This horrible zombie coat is just a sports coat sew and unsewn. I cut off the front and used it for tails. Then I cut off the cuffs and used them for epaulets. The logo on the back was sewn to the inside and THEN the back was cut away to reveal it. I'm getting ready for a costume class called, 'The costume is in your closet'. This will be fun.
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Post by Ratty » Tue May 14, 2019 10:36 pm

Well, it's time to start thinking about playa clothes. They aren't exactly costumes. You could wear some of them to the store and not get a second look. These two are barely altered. The wine colored sweater has a shiny gold piece of a t-shirt sewn under the back of it. Then the sweater is cut away in a ragged fashion. The raggged pieces are zig-zaged to keep from unraveling.

The blue velvet dress was remade for a Christmas party. It's very large so I sewed some loops up the back, (in a pretty rough way. They don't match up at all.) This way it can be cinched tight. One size truely does fit all.
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Post by Patsh » Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 am

Ratty wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 10:36 pm
Well, it's time to start thinking about playa clothes. They aren't exactly costumes. You could wear some of them to the store and not get a second look. These two are barely altered. The wine colored sweater has a shiny gold piece of a t-shirt sewn under the back of it. Then the sweater is cut away in a ragged fashion. The raggged pieces are zig-zaged to keep from unraveling.

The blue velvet dress was remade for a Christmas party. It's very large so I sewed some loops up the back, (in a pretty rough way. They don't match up at all.) This way it can be cinched tight. One size truely does fit all.
That's a great way to take in any top, with the loops! Thanks for the inspiration, Ratty!
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Post by Ratty » Wed May 15, 2019 7:47 am

This painted lovely is only a wisp of see through fabric. First thing I cut out the lining. Then I tried a tye-dye with spray paint technique in black. When I tried it in flouresent orange the can was faulty. It dripped everywhere so I didn't fight it. Lastly a light sprinkling of gold. I'll never wear it but it was fun to make.
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Post by Ratty » Thu May 16, 2019 7:06 am

This old thing...I decided to sew it all by hand while watching TV. I christen it, 'Intentionally Shabby'. Part of the front is sewn on the back as a tail coat. It's the illusion of a military zombie.
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Post by Ratty » Thu May 16, 2019 8:15 am

Just another picture trying to show where the front was cut off to add to the back.
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Post by Ratty » Fri May 17, 2019 7:34 am

This silly vest started life as a XL man's dress shirt. The sleeves became long tails on the back. I used some old flame patterned cotton fabric to fancy it up.
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Post by Ratty » Sat May 18, 2019 10:04 pm

Sometimes you just want to wear pajamas all day and night. This comfortable pair is dressed up with fringe, conchos and a t-shirt pocket sewn on the back.
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Post by Ratty » Sun May 19, 2019 8:44 am

This fleece hoodie was screaming, 'Make me into a costume'. So I did. A little bit of hand sewing made it look homemade. I cut off the bottom and the cuffs. Some of that ended up as fringe on the hood. A few darts taken around the wrists made for elegant sleeves. It practically made it's self.
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Post by Ratty » Mon May 20, 2019 8:24 am

These are giant red velvet pants. They are so stretchy and comfortable. (Would have been great for Santa.) I adorned them with 3 colors of trim. I did it at different heights in a different order just because.
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Post by Ratty » Tue May 21, 2019 7:18 am

This breast plate is something I've made before. This one is simply 4 squares of felt. Thay are all the same size. (Front, back and one on each shoulder.) I chose the quickest method of attaching them, machine sewing. You could sew it by hand, punch holes and lace it together, use glue or brads, even staples would get it. A belt with 'D' rings keeps the sides closed. A painted iron cross or fleur de lis would finish this off quite nicely.
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Post by Ratty » Wed May 22, 2019 7:02 am

Some of the simplest designs work the best. Ladies, it's hot out there. I want a small comfortable top that hides my belly. This is a swim suit top with some soft lace sewn on it. You can sew lace all the way around or just in the front. Cut the length to suit you. I even wear short shorts at the event. Can you imagine?!
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Post by Ratty » Thu May 23, 2019 1:22 pm

This fuzzy-fleece house coat makes a perfect morning jacket. The front is shortened and the back now has a tail. I made several seams across the back to desguise adding fabric for the tails. The only downside is wearing tails to the porto potty.
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