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What is a cross Between a leotard and a TARDIS? A LeoTARDIS!

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Some ideas are just too good to pass up. No, really, they are.  Even if the person who originally had the idea thinks it’s a horrible idea.

Well, we at Mad Art Lab have never been stopped by something possibly being a horrible idea. What’s the use of having a blog focused on science and art if you can’t experiment with art?

So, consider this my most recent experiment.

It all started with this.  A couple weeks ago The Bloggess had an idea as she woke up.

“a leotard… with a TARDIS on it. A LeoTardis.”

Now, when she woke up more, she decided this was actually a bad idea. This didn’t stop her from making a photoshop version of this bad idea and really really wanting it to be a good idea.

Of course, this being the internet, we know better. A leotardis is  not just a good idea, it is a FANTASTIC idea. The fact that there wasn’t one already is the source of roughly 90% of my disappointment with Pinterest. What use is a picture-based social network if no one has made a swimsuit based on a TARDIS to show me?

This was a sad, sad situation, and I pouted. I considered breaking up with Pinterest for good.

Then I realized that sometimes I can’t pin my happiness on anything else. Sometimes, I just need to solve my own problems.

So I decided to make a leotardis of my own.

There aren’t going to be detailed, step-by-step instructions in this post. This is for two reasons:

  1. I didn’t think I was going to succeed, so I didn’t take the time to document each step.
  2. Before I started, I had margaritas. Plural margaritas.

First (vague) Step:

Make leotard, or swimsuit in this case. Since I’m not really sure what the difference is. I could do gymnastics in this. Well, I could if I could do gymnastics without falling on my face. I suppose you could buy a swimsuit too, but what is the fun of a project if you aren’t swearing at your sewing machine at some point?

This was actually easier than I thought it would be. Stretchy fabric is forgiving. I took my favorite swimsuit and traced the fabric shapes onto the blue fabric and a lining. I didn’t really worry too much about getting it perfect, since I knew I would alter it to fit better once it was on me, or my dressmaker’s dummy in this case.

 

Second (vague) Step:

Draw TARDIS.

No, really. I don’t have better instructions. I used fabric paint markers and freehanded it. I’m not really a pattern person. There’s a reason I went into anthropology and not chemistry. Chemicals explode when you don’t mix them in the right quantities. Humans don’t.

Third (vague) Step:

Consider how to get a picture of the LeoTARDIS without your neighbors thinking you’re even crazier than they already do. Procrastinate for a week while you worry about this.

Fourth (vague) Step:

Realize that your neighbors saw you take out your trash in a Marvel Girl costume last week and stop worrying.

Ta-da! Leotardis! Now, I don’t have to break up with Pinterest. And it’s all thanks to The Bloggess.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go steal myself a Doctor and run off to see the universe.

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12 Comments

  1. GiGi – I fully endorse cheating! I would have probably cheated myself for this particular design, but I wanted to see if I *could* make it. It’s all about the challenge for me.

  2. I wash items with any paint decoration on the gentle or hand-wash cycle. They will fade eventually, but at least they won’t run. The packaging said you could wash in the cold cycle, but I tend to be overly conservative with homemade items.

    One thing you can do to test it out is put a mark on the inside of the leotard on a rolled seam (so the paint doesn’t run through) and wash it before doing the whole design. It won’t give you a durability standard, but at least it will show that you can or can’t wash that particular combination of fabric + paint before you’re too invested in it.

  3. Very cool work on the project, and nice picture, BTW. Note, I kinda _like_ crazy (outside of politics).

    “Chemicals explode when you don’t mix them in the right quantities. Humans don’t.”

    Actually, I’m not sure I’ve heard a better explanation for the existence of war. Humans. Mixed in the wrong quantities. Be careful with your anthropology!

    😉

  4. After the first photo and the title, the first question that popped in my mind was: “Why is Carmen Sandiego wearing a LeoTardis?”

  5. I’m going to get hit if I ask if it’s bigger on the inside than out, aren’t I? I just won’t ask, then.

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