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I'm just making pretty things out of other pretty things.

The underwear out of t-shirts: I can't really get enough of shopping for t-shirts with underwear in mind, the innuendo is out of control. You should try it some time, just for the fun of it, and if you find a t-shirt too good to pass up, you can send it to me and I'll turn it into underwear for you!

The high-waisted bikinis: My bikinis are made of the bed sheets and pillow cases of yesteryear. Famous for their strength of fabric and lovely patterns, they make for classy beach wear. Plus: bikinis with pockets? holy awesome!

The Audubon undies: These are done free hand with sharpie marker, I put a good deal of time and love into each of them, they are one of a kind and they make you look super gorgeous.
They hold up just…

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  • Born on January 17
  • Joined April 13, 2010

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recycled fabric, hem facing, sharpies, underwear as outer wear

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About

I'm just making pretty things out of other pretty things.

The underwear out of t-shirts: I can't really get enough of shopping for t-shirts with underwear in mind, the innuendo is out of control. You should try it some time, just for the fun of it, and if you find a t-shirt too good to pass up, you can send it to me and I'll turn it into underwear for you!

The high-waisted bikinis: My bikinis are made of the bed sheets and pillow cases of yesteryear. Famous for their strength of fabric and lovely patterns, they make for classy beach wear. Plus: bikinis with pockets? holy awesome!

The Audubon undies: These are done free hand with sharpie marker, I put a good deal of time and love into each of them, they are one of a kind and they make you look super gorgeous.
They hold up just fine through the washing machine and the dryer (sharpie is a permanent stain) but I’d recommend you hand wash them in cold water and line dry them just for the sake of longevity.
A while ago I got it in my head I wanted to do studies of old ornithological drawings because I like that they are creepy and intricate and beautiful and I thought I’d like to be able to draw them. I decided to do the drawings on women’s undergarments so that you could wear my finished studies. With two exceptions, these are all from prints by John James Audubon, an ornithologist and US pioneer who went against the grain in his day, changed the face of ornithology forever and made a big name for himself in and out of the birding community.

If there is a particular print that you love and would like me to draw on some particular undies for you, just ask me and I’ll give you a price quote and a time line and we will work it out.

I’ve just started this account and it is all a little bit daunting, I don’t have any standards yet posted for over seas shipping or special requests or time crunches, but if you write me a convo and tell me what you need done in terms of shipping, I will figure it out for you post haste and get right back to you with answers and prices and the like. And then I can understand better how to work this amazing Etsy thing and change my site to reflect that new understanding. Hooray.
I also make bloomers and undies, hence the name Slippery Slope Bloomer Co, and will have some of them up some time this summer along with stories and pictures and three part harmony et al.
Thank you and enjoy!

also: There has been a growing trend in the crafting community these past few years to work in a medium made up exclusively of found objects and junk, and I am so very happy about and proud of this trend. It is made up of a small but growing faction of folks who have chosen to pay their bills by producing items to be consumed but have managed to do so with out adding to the pile of mass made-for-consumption THINGS our culture insists in churning out at a progressively disconcerting rate year after year.
They are people who have some how developed the strength of character and responsibility in the face of this terribly seductive but devastatingly wasteful culture we've got here to ask the question, "Hey! Is this really trash yet? Come on!"
And what's more, when these thrifty crafters ask their customers with playful incredulity if the trash is in fact trash, their customers find themselves replying in awe, "why no... NO IT'S NOT!" and a new world of recycled wonder appears before their eyes.
In the etsy land there are a very great deal of customers. With each new creative use of heretofore trash that is displayed, there are countless more of us out here realizing that spending might not actually be better than mending. We buy the brilliantly repurposed crafts we find, but we also are inspired to build our own brilliantly repurposed goodies. And slowly but surely, the world is changing. And things built to last but none the less abandoned are getting sparkly new lives and contributing once again to joy instead of clutter.

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