Miss Tess

January 19, 2009, 9:47 am
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What started out with my demonstrating how one of my coworkers wore her cardigan (around her neck as a big shawl/cravat/cape) turned into a cardigan cravat at launched a small infatuation with them.

The post cardigan cravat turned into the silk blouse cravat:

Jacob the Rabbit

and morphed into the “length of fabric bought in haste at walmart pre-burning man” cravat:

Mr. Blue

I know you can’t really see the detail but they looked wonderful but didn’t do so well when they moved around (CURSE THEM! jk) and had funny lumps where they shouldn’t have them. So my next mission is to make a simple cravat, which is just a long rectangle of fabric. The mastery here is in the different ways to tie it, the design is simple (unless my 1 minute of research is completely faulty which is entirely possible) but the possibilities are endless. I then want to move onto something a little more sculptural that you won’t have to tie but will have snaps or something to secure it and keep it from shifting during important tea parties. I suppose if you don’t tie it yourself it won’t be a cravat any longer but we’ll just ignore that little detail.

Here’s a great illustration of different cravat styles. It’s a bit satirical of dandies but it still has some useful ideas:


I’ve stayed up far past my bedtime so no more cravat pictures. Imagine, if you will, the biggest and most cartoonish and/or garish cravat and that’s what I’m hoping to make. Stay tuned, I know you’re on the edge of your seat!


Miss Tess Costume

Busy working on stuff for my show, check out what I’ve been up to!

More from Miss Tess Costume!

Click on the photo to see it up close! Here’s the descriptions of the garments left to right:

Circus Ballerina Dress: This is from my personal collection. Old prom dress reconstructed to be awesome. I added panties w/snaps on the crotch after a disastrous evening at a club…I had tights, a bathing suit, and underpants on and it was very difficult to go to the bathroom! John washed this so it’s a little wrinkled, since it’s dry clean only 😦

Hello Nurse Crinoline: I love crinolines, and love to wear them on their own! This can be worn as a skirt, the appliqué makes is saucy and the pocket makes it practical, or wear it underneath something!

Bunny Mutant Dress: Andy is a mutant alien bunny. His parents landed on earth and set up their burrow near a nuclear waste treatment facility. He had only 1 eye and 2 noses, but he’s happy and doesn’t mind.

Big Bow Dress: This is from my personal collection. I received this dress from a costume donation thing at burning man last year. I couldn’t exactly go selling it, that wouldn’t be cool! It was super stained and super unflattering. I gave it a big sparkley bow, a big pink bow on the waist, and pink rick rack on the bottom!

I heart Alice Crinoline: This reconstructed cutie reminds me of Alice in Wonderland! Wear it was a crinoline or a skirt, the hearts are pockets!!

Leopard Star: A reconstructed slip with black, green and white stars and leopard print ruffly trim!

I am a little bit nervous, it’s getting closer and closer to the show! I need to do so much and I’m beginning to feel a bit lightheaded thinking about it! And it doesn’t help that editing photos sucks up a ridiculous amount of time! Then I feel as if I have to TELL EVERYONE and show them since I put so much time into it…and here we are, at 1 am with a totally dirty house in need to cleaning since someone is coming over tomorrow, and 100 items to sew in 9 days. AHHHHHHH

Anyway, before I have a nervous breakdown thinking about it…here’s more pics!!

Leopard Star

"Hello Nurse" Crinoline

"I heart Alice" Crinoline

Bow Dress

Bunny Mutant Dress

And the grande finale, my favorite! My circus ballerina dress! Made for D6 in boston, and promptly broken in by pouring my disgusting drink on it. Watermelon vodko+tang+a handful of limes. Yes, a handful. I don’t know what was going through my head. Oh yeah, i know what it was. “OMG there are so many lime! I want a handful!”

365 Le Circus Ballerina

DJ Space Love Monkey
May 1, 2008, 2:09 pm
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I’m diverging a bit from my normal posting of a funny thing from the internet to post a funny costume that I made. Hey, I did find this picture on the internet so I guess it does fall into my “interesting things I found on the internet” parameters.

Behold, le DJ Space Love Monkey:

And Now For Something Completely Different

Hilarious.  This was for a party in Boston called “Debauchery”, and this was the 6th year.  It was held at my friend’s house, and I know the guest list was something like 300. No clue at how many showed up.  It seemed like everyone loved Jeremy’s costumes, and lots of folks I didn’t know came up and talked to me about. Right now my head is swollen from all the compliments, I guess it’s time to go to school and screw up an assignment or something 😉

I love working with this group of friends, especially Jeremy.  He is really willing to go for anything, gets his idea to me fast, and will like it so long as it fits and is awesome.  I think it’s going to be a hit at burning man as well. Wahoo! Success!