parasitegirl: (bunny dance)
If there is anything that I am trying to do on this, aside from making a bling-tastic Emerald City Garment, it is to use the negative space in the design. On my last 100% hand-made bra I think I spent much of the start time really filling every space with beads and in doing so did not fully take advantage of the lovely silk I was using. It was only at the back of the belt did I lighten up.

I didn't buy this lovely velvet simply to encrust it with another color.



p.s. Possible matching skirt:
http://www.dahlal.com/default.aspx?n=1&c=1&s1=1162&s2=0
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I purchased beads today, and even started a page in one of my craft-logs with each of the beads and sequins with numbers/sizes/brand information to reduce time when I need to re-up. I plan to do the fringe by hand so I can get some nice color variations in the fringe itself.
parasitegirl: (makeface)
The  construction time on the bra dropped this time.
Costume blah, blah, blah )
parasitegirl: (bitch)
Game on, Garth.

Don't worry, I'm mainly browsing costumes for inspiration...I am not going to order the poppies or the cobra or buy a new Bella.

I went to Nippori yesterday and looked at stores and stores of fabric and came out with the sort of  dark green velvet I could buy anywhere, but with the mental knowledge of great  stores to get decorative buttons for the future. Velvet isn't really the best fabric for something you're going to sweat all over, it soak up all sorts of smells, but I pre-washed it and have hopes of making a costume that I can gently hand-wash (with the usual removeable lining)

Cut for the crafty, technical stuff on how I start. )
parasitegirl: (makeface)

Well, I know you're all just dying to meet the female cast of my latest adventure... and to see the costumes... and to judge if I really do have a bizzaro silent screen thing going on when I put on a shit-load of make-up...so behind the cut you will find pictures of your favorite gaijin elementary school teacher, #4, Claudia, and the stunning Circus girl. I'm posting them all because I'm never gonna look this much like a silent screen glamour-shot gal again.

Mr. DeMille, we're ready for our close-ups. )



The Wait

Dec. 21st, 2004 04:25 pm
parasitegirl: (makeface)

I’m a little drowsy and I didn’t take notes on Friday. I suspect if I checked the schedule I would learn that we had two long periods of waiting and that I have compressed them into one for simplicity in writing and remembering. Suffice to say that there was a great deal of waiting going on in the cold, cold, Gaijin ghetto. I think the total time spent waiting was 3-4 hours.

TBS Japan, part 4. )


 

Occasionally, while we waited, young Japanese children would run up, look at us, and run away. I think I made a mother blush when I asked her child, in good Japanese, to please not ogle the gaijin. A few older women also approached me. The good thing about the few people who assume I do not speak Japanese is that they often inadvertently entertain me with a strange language of hand gestures and noises. One old woman thought I looked right sexy and kept grabbing at her own chest and hips to illustrate her point while making noises intended to convey the concept of large, sexy, and/or swelling. After the long wait and the obscenely grunting and miming lady, I was no longer feeling self conscious about my bare belly undulating around on TBS Japan. I had been assimilated in a scene stranger than I had imagined.

 

Show time!

 

parasitegirl: (makeface)

TBS, part two.

 

I think I left off with the panties. One obsessive reader asked how I knew they were hand-crafted panties. I can’t put it into words but there is a certain lack of store bought tags (or tag remnants) in combination with simple uniformity and types of stitches that tip one off to if an item is store-bought or custom made. All four of us investigated the panties in question and we all agreed; store bought bras, individually crafted panties, skirts, and veils.

 

We kept no parts of the costume and thus I will not be cashing in on the lucrative on-line or local used panty trade…I have my own Japanese school-girl uniform from my high school job and if I had wanted to go into the used clothing fetish market I would have already done so….which reminds me of the time I left my backpack on the train and it got lifted and thus I lost one dance costume, one Lomo, an electronic dictionary, a copy of Wuthering Heights, and my keys*…my dear friend Kazu and his wife put me up for the night…but Kazu was less than helpful when he kept saying that I would probably not ever get my belongings back because there was probably some pervert, sitting at home, wearing my costume and slathering himself with peanut butter….but I’m getting off topic.

Part Two, continues... )



 

*As off last night, all items lost were finally replaced. Thank you Wataguy. Lomogirl still enjoys her quirky lomoboy.

 

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The Bra of Frankenstien awaits my return.

Very few seamstresses will try to make their own bra, it is just too damned hard. I usually pay around 30$ per bra (well, Gulfie, Gus and Besh paid for my last shipment of bras from America…but they also paid around 30$ per bra)which isn’t that cheap. Sewing would be more inexpensive, but it just isn’t time effective.

Da Bra )

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