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Lately, turning men’s shirts into skirts has been popular, but I’m not really a fan of the typical sleeves-to-gores method. So when I found a wonderful XXL Avirex label button-down at the thrift store, I knew it was destined for greatness. I proceeded to cut off the bottom half of the shirt, using the column of buttons as the main closure for the skirt. I drafted and cut a skirt yoke, figured out how jeans pockets work, and gathered and sewed it all together. This is the result! (thanks to my soul-sister Emily for the photos!)

I still have to work out a couple kinks, but overall I'm pretty satisfied. :3

I love how this fabric has that "classy punk" feel. <3 I'm gonna seek out more from this Avirex brand. All those brands they sell at The Buckle look ideal, too... so expensive and pretty tho... ;_;

Here’s the back. I had to cut off the bottom “flappies” of the original shirt to keep it from looking too, well… shirt-like. ^^;

This was a really fun challenge. The pockets were like working out a puzzle, since the side seams of the shirt had been flat-felled. I finished them the lazy way, but I think next time I do this I’ll re-do most of the seam. ^^ Also, working with dress shirt fabric is, ah… interesting. It washes beautifully, but it wrinkles like the dickens. xD

This design (not this skirt – your shirt turned into a similar one) is going up on the TeeWrex.Etsy.com store in a matter of days!! :D

As a special bonus, I’m also wearing my next jacket mod project. When I found these two shirts, I knew their “victorian tattoo” designs needed to be incorporated together somehow. Well, I began looking for a jacket… Ashley found EXACTLY what I needed when we were at Lula-B’s, and I set to work!

This is quickly becoming my "nerdy punk jacket", with tape measure appliques, odd religious paraphernalia,what have you. Don't you just love those diesel-punk details and that Victorian Military color and cut??

"His eye is on the Sparrow". The rest will be added later. :3

The back is unfinished, but turning out awesome. Roses crawling over the shoulders, a winged handshake (o_o?), and the enigmatic "Revolving Punk" moniker applique'd as a flying banner (I'm particularly proud of that one).

(Don’t forget you can click on the pictures to see them full size! :D)

My style has been all over the place lately. Some days I feel like looking exactly like a boy, sometimes I want to feel like some sort of cute biker chick gothette, and other days I dress like a sweet pastel Lolita princess (or a sweet pastel Gothic princess, take your pick). Since I just moved house and not all my clothes are here (similar to my situation in December), working within a limited wardrobe has forced me to become even more creative with my daily style, as well as wear my favorite clothes more often. This is an exercise I recommend to every fashion-savvy individual looking to update their look, as well as get the most out of their existing wardrobe. (Actually, it occurs to me that Doe Deere is doing something similar this week. :) )

Oh, I also made some more headway on the Marquis of Vaudeville costumes… My Lord, they look so beautiful so far…

Love and Creativity,

Naomi

P.S. Oh, remind me to blog about the carbon-atom-based dresses I learned about at Scarbie. This designer is a mad scientist after my own heart… <3

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To all my dear Texan readers, May 21st is a day you will want to be in Dallas! Marquis of Vaudeville, that Edwardian Entourage of Musical Phantasmagore, will be co-headlining with the great Saint Karla (celebrating their brand new album) at Deep Ellum’s legendary Curtain Club. They will be supported by the beautifully ambient Auxiliary Voice that very evening. So, if you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, join the cacophonously creative ranks of The Wild Lost and join us for a night to remember. Dressing up is encouraged, so go all out! Hope to see you there! :D

So, another day brings yet another introduction to one of my lovely tee-shirt modifications. Today, I give you…

The Lace Yoke Collar

me wearing the modified "Disciple" tee

Isn't she a beaut? ^__^

Funny enough, this complex number is actually one of my first tee-shirt modifications. The baroque, filigree design of the angels crossing swords inspired me to fill in the neckline with beautiful, sexy-but-modest lace. I am on the hunt for higher quality laces, but I think the demo/personal wardrobe piece turned out quite nicely, don’t you think? :3

It seems that I deal with grief by throwing myself into my work. I began the work on this only a couple days after my dad was killed… (see the “About Me” tab). However, this tee does not carry a sad memory with it. Instead, it is a testament to how my faith and God’s Peace came to my aid during a time of great tragedy… a time that is still not over, but that too shall pass.

back of the lace yoke collar top

The back's design needs some re-working. I might do more buttons, or maybe I just need to be more careful when cutting the lace! ^^;

I do offer a similar modification in my Etsy. If you have a beautiful tee that you think could use this treatment, send it my way!

Tomorrow, I’ll show off the inestimable “Hard Rock Rococo”! But if you can’t wait, you can go to my DeviantArt page and find it there… ;3

Until then,

Naomi

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So, I only happened upon this dapper sir’s blog a few minutes ago on Sart’s latest Tokyo post, but I find myself increasingly fascinated with the elegant strangeness of the years straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. Lord Whimsy’s latest post features a trailer for a hilarious-looking new indie movie, as well as a photoshoot based on 1908’s ideas of appropriate exercises to do while in your suit.

In general, I find myself more and more fascinated with men’s-wear… men’s everything-aesthetic for that matter. Headwear, suits, canes, grooming… it has such rich history, and for a while we all seemed to forget about it.  Thankfully, the world seems to be tired of ripped jeans and midriff tops for the time being (I am all for punk, but I do not like “grunge” at all), so there is room for Edwardian elegance, and it’s more elaborate cousin – Steampunk, to blossom. Several movies (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Sherlock Holmes)  and large social events (The Edwardian Ball, Dances of Vice, and of course, our very own fledgling “Wild Lost“) have appeared that herald this new interest in the old-fashioned. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working with a band that has that same vision. I love the off-kilter humor, the elegantly incorrect medical advice, and that wonderful, constant flirtation between the Classic and the Tacky.

This also appeals greatly to my long-neglected love of philosophical humor:

When I am in a particularly eloquent mood, I end up writing things like this, a note to some of the local radio DJ’s promoting the band:

Dear Mark and Angela,

Since you are both local purveyors of culture and have a hand in what gets played on the airwaves, I would like to draw your attention a little local band named Marquis of Vaudeville. Though they have only been together under this name for about a year, they have been playing Dallas, Houston, and everywhere in between. It is generally a hopeless effort to categorize them, but I usually describe them as Progressive Psychedelic Cabaret Rock… and they have a look to match. Top hats, turn-of-the-century waistcoats, and mohawks are all fair game on this stage, as well as within their dedicated audience: a growing creative collective known only as “The Wild Lost“.

Marquis’s sound and style appeal to all, from steampunk airship pirates – to us normal people who only wish for an escape from time to time. Their lyrics encourage finding they creativity within oneself, without the use of needless drugs; as well as the power of love and imagination.

Do check out the band and consider requesting a demo to add to your collection – you’ll be quite glad you did.

Regards,

Lady Naomi, Harbinger and  Couturier of the Wild Lost

Big words are fun. xD

p.s. Since today is bright and beautiful, I intend to employ my uncle’s aid in photographing my newest sartorial endeavors, including the Tee-Wrex you have waited so graciously to see. However, as we are still users of film, please extend your graciousness for a short while longer – the results shall be well worth it.

-Naomi

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