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Jun. 8th, 2012

10:55 am - Mainly to have a record all in one place

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Last night in my dream I got issued a ticket by a parking warden for wearing gym clothes in public. I know plenty of people would say this is fair and just but please be reserving judgment till you've seen me in gym clothes! As far as crimes against humanity go, it's not that bad. Right? Right?

So there's this thing they have every now and then in Wellington, called Craft 2.0. It's a craft show where crafty people sell their wares and non-crafty people buy them cos they can't make stuff themselves. My folks used to have stalls at these and I remember as a kid being bored out of my tree because most of the stuff was baby booties and I couldn't buy the nice stuff what with no money and all, and the glass blower never let me play with their gear for some reason.


Anyway, yeah, my folks were crafty. Mum started with copper beating, then went on to: canework, bone carving, leather carving, making sheepskin moccasins, spinning, knitting, calligraphy, photography/card making, embroidery, quilting, probably a bunch of stuff I've forgotten. She'd get obsessed with something and do it till she was really good at it (like, she won national awards for her stuff), then sell it for a while, then get bored and do something else. Dad made toys and wooden furniture - his toys were the old school moving type that worked on interesting mechanics, from a pattern book (which I still have) published in the early 1900s. So, sort of new-antique, or something.

And I guess I inherited that making-things thing. My things, however, would be out of place at Craft 2.0. I like making one-off costumes that you really have to have an excuse to wear unless you are supremely confident and a little bit oblivious of social norms. Or a burner. *cough* yeah. I have yet to find anywhere that it'd be appropriate to display this stuff and I often make things for other people, but my Wardrobe Of Costumey Silliness is getting kind of full and I feel like I ought to do something other than occasionally turn up to dance parties looking like Rainbow Brite vomited all over me.

In no particular order, have some of the things I've made:


Ridiculous Tutu.



Raver Magnet Jacket.



Festival Functional Reversible Cloak.



Tutu Dress of Visibility in the African Darkness.



We Are All Made Of Stars. Not made under the influence of hallucinogens, honest.



Tailcoat of Shininess.



The first result of my foray into weaving with my homespun wool. There's more but I like this one best.



Flamenco Dress of Extreme Colourfulness.



Slightly Less Ridiculous Tutu with Backless Unitard Thing that I made to show my scar.


Um, yeah. You get the idea. I make most of my own clothes as well but generally don't photograph them because *yawn*. I enjoy the challenge of having an idea and then turning it into something I can wear. I have one of them in my head right now and the weekend will probably contain at least some making of things to stuff the Wardrobe Of Costumey Silliness with.

But one day, I'm going to have to part with some of these things. I proved last weekend that I can still get away with wearing a tutu and silly hair to a party at age 42, but with the making of new stuff I get bored with the old stuff and, well.. I don't want to end up on Hoarders, eh? So, um, suggestions welcome. What should I do with all these things?


Also, I'm thinking of popping along to Craft 2.0 just to see if it's still all baby booties and leather work, or if things have moved on since I spent endless slow, dusty hours hanging around craft shows with my folks in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, OsteoDude did not crack my neck. He did fiddle and prod and pull, but no cracking. Apparently it isn't necessary and I've made quite a lot of improvement this week. And also, the weather's improved so hey guess what dagging oh yay! And then sewing! And no writing! (maybe some gaming) *squee* omgfreetimeiloveit...

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From:tatjna
Date:June 7th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I think quite a few people would happily take away the things I make for you. And roll around on them, naked.

You needed that mental picture.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:June 8th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
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I read the first paragraph 3 times before I saw the word "dream".

You made that furry jacket? Wow. And that reversible furry jacket is amazing!
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From:tatjna
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
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The furry jacket was Dr Wheel's idea and apart from the fact that funfur is the hardest thing ever to sew (except for rubberised metallic lycra but that's another story), it was pretty straightforward.

He can't go to dance parties without getting glomped by etards though.
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From:weeweekittie
Date:June 8th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
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Your back is so gorgeous. Every time I see it, I feel awed and a little humbled.

There are probably countless people who are similarly sized that want to throw their money at you by the fistful to get a hold of those costumes. There has to be a potential for profit!
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From:tatjna
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
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Aww, thank you! I've been thinking about how to make something that reveals it without revealing everything else for over a year. There have been *cough* many failures. So far the unitard has worked the best but it's a PITA in portaloos...
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From:caycos
Date:June 8th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
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You could easily sell your stuff on somewhere like Etsy (or the NZ version felt.co.nz) or I've also seen costume type stuff on TradeMe as well - I got a blue wig that way...

I guess the thing to consider would be whether you want a 'shop' and thus the etsy/felt model, or if it's more one off things in which case trademe is your friend - just find the right category and be ok with waiting a while for someone to come along who needs just what you have.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't think committing to a shop would be a good idea. I'm not averse to doing the occasional commission but the idea of having to do it is a bit offputting.

I might stick something on TradeMe and see what happens.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:June 8th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
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speaking of neck tweaking, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18356045
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
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I loveloveLOVE your burn clothes. If I ever get my body back and enough time to go to a burn again, can I pay you to make me something awesome?
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From:tatjna
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
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I don't generally do this sort of thing for money because well I don't actually know why but it feels right to just do it.

What I usually do is get the person to purchase the fabric, then I make them a thing and when I come to where they live, they let me crash on their couch and show me where the good coffee is. ;-) I would be happy to make you burn stuff. Burn stuff is the ultimate challenge because it has to be fabulous, practical, lightweight, robust, good in extreme temperatures and easy to wee in a portaloo in while holding it off the floor. ;-D
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
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I did craft shows for a couple of years and they're much different than they were in the 80's.

I think some place like etsy would be perfect for selling your stuff. You could probably get a booth at a craft fair and sell it too.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
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You have convinced me to go check out the Craft 2.0 fair. It's probably good to see it with the eyes of an adult instead of a bored kid, and also there might be Cool Inspirational Stuff!
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:June 8th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Those things are super cool! I love the tutus!

I see a lot of people selling stuff like that at the conventions I go to. Do you have any LARPing groups near you? I reckon some of that would go down a treat there too. It would be super cool if you could sell it! I wish I could make my own clothes, but I was never really taught how to sew, and now I'm a little too nervous of making a mess of it to start.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 9th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
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I know there are a few, but I'm not sure if any of them want to LARP in tutus! Most of our LARPers seem to be of the black-clad, large-booted D&D variety. But I might be missing something! ;-)

Sewing is pretty easy really, especially if you have a pattern to follow. I thoroughly recommend doing one of those basic courses, just for confidence if you ever wanted to really do it.
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From:kehleyr
Date:June 8th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Well you've made some awesome stuff indeed. I wouldn't mind walking around in a tutu... if only I had nicer legs :-D!

I'm glad he didn't need to crack your neck any more :-D!
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From:meathiel
Date:June 8th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
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You make some really cool stuff - I esp. love the tailcoat and the bag ... :D

(Like the dresses as well but it's nothing I could ever wear!)
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From:goffburd
Date:June 9th, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
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Envying your crafty skills - specially loving 'We are all made of stars', but not totally convinced that this wasn't made under the influence of hallucinogens!
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