We’ve now got all the important but boring bits out of the way in our Burning Man planning, and we’re starting to get into the sewing part. Because I don’t have any money to spare for costuming, I’m planning to sew as much as I can from my stash. This has a couple of bonuses – a) it will deplete my stash, and b) by limiting my options, I am less distracted by what could be. Some of the others are struggling to decide what they want to wear at BM, because they have so many options, so much possibility. My extremely limited budget is perversely freeing. I’m trying to keep that in mind as a benefit, especially when I have to cut things from my wishlist, or eat leftovers at planning meetings while everyone else eats pizza. 😛
So what am I planning to make? Here’s a bit of a list:
- A night-time jacket (deserts get pretty darn cold at night) – out of my old car’s sheepskin car seat covers.
- A kimono – from cloth napkins I got from REmida. I’m planning to dye the napkins with shibori techniques, then sew them together into a kimono.
- Turning an op-shop skirt that’s too big into a dress, by adding shoulder straps and some darts.
- Thai fishermen’s pants from some silver satin from the stash. The satin is graduated, so the pants are light at the top graduating to dark grey at the bottom. I might make a couple more pairs depending what I find in my stash.
- Some light tops made of voile, in various loose, floaty, wrappy styles – I’ll make these up as I go, but I’m aiming for simple but unusual construction – inspired by the awesome Pattern Magic books (now available in English!) that I spotted at the craft fair. I’ll probably also be dying these – I’m a little obsessed with shibori.
- A couple of miscellaneous skirts from the stash. Like the voile tops, there’re no detailed plans for these – it’ll depend what I’ve got and how big it is.
- A corset, made from some stripy upholstery fabric from REmida. This is a fairly ambitious one – lots of seams, lined, with boning and busk and lacing.
- And, of course, the electroluminescent wire night-time personal lighting garment, so I don’t get run over by an art car in the dark. I’m going to make a jelly-fishy skirt with hanging bits of EL wire and other fabric bits, with a wide waistband to hold the wiring, inverter and eight-AA powerpack(!).
- A crazy crocheted sun hat, inspired by Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.
So, yeah, I’m going to be kept busy for the next few months. I’m planning to document it all here. Step 1 is to work out a rough schedule and a budget. There are quite a few new things in there – the dying, EL wire, and practically all of the corset stuff, but most of the rest is very straightforward, so it balances out a bit. I’m pretty excited about the shibori. Should certainly come out of this with more sewing knowledge than I had going in!