Hey! Y’all liked that last post with the leather hoodie quite a bit, so how about some original content this time? 

If you’ve been following me around for any period of time, you would know that I’ve been wanting to get a latex hoodie for awhile. I’ve showed a number of different designs in the past from designers like Latex101, Eustratia, Regulation, Polymorphe and Rubaddiction. These hoodies are all great in different ways, but there was always something that I didn’t quite like about them. For example, Polymorphe hoods are way too big and I feel like I’m swimming in them. Rubaddiction hoods, on the other hand, seem too small. In general, the vest sections of the latex hoodies are a little too standard.

For that reason, one of the main reasons why I decided to try latex crafting was so that I could attempt to make a latex hoodie that would be everything that I wanted. Having only build armbands and a couple of 1/2 masks until now, this was my first attempt at a big project, and it didn’t turn out perfectly. In fact it was a bit of a clusterfuck.

I started building this shirt by marking out a pattern on cardboard. I have this triathlon top that I quite like the pattern on, and decided to model it on that top. Dutifully, I started tracing out the patterns, then I cut them out and traced them onto sheet latex. Everything seemed to be going great.

Industriously, I started to cut the pieces out of the latex, and then I was gluing, gluing, gluing. Previously it had taken me a couple hours just to cut out one latex armband, so I was pretty proud of myself when I managed to cut and assemble all the pieces of my shirt in the same period of time. Unfortunately, my sense of accomplishment quickly left when I tried to put on the unfinished vest. I hadn’t added the zipper yet, and I barely managed to squeeze into vest….it was too small by about a chest width!

Lesson of the day? Spandex stretches…a lot. So if you’re building a pattern with a spandex item as a guide, make sure you add extra width/length to your patterns if you’re working with a less stretchy material. In the end, I had to add the centre blue stripe down the front of the shirt in order to make it fit properly (the rest of the vest pattern is as the original triathlon top). Okay, whew…crisis averted. I had a shirt that kind of fit me properly. Now I just needed to finish it off with the zipper, hood and trim.

The zipper, was actually surprisingly easy. I had bought a bag of various zippers from Dressew. The colour that I wanted was too long of a zipper, so what I ended up doing was cutting off the excess portion and then using thread, I sewed up the top of the zipper to prevent the fly from coming off.

The trim was also really easy. Since my first attempt at trimming armbands, I’ve discovered a method that works really well and all you need is a ruler.

Now the hood…the hood. The hood was a nightmare. I don’t have the best spatial thinking ability, and it was really difficult for me to visualize how the flat pieces of the hood would fit together into a 3D structure that sat on top of my head. I ended up looking at all the hoods in my house until I settled for my rain jacket hood pattern. The patterning and the construction of the hoodie were really not that bad. However, figuring out how to attach the hoodie was incredibly difficult. My pattern had been based on a rainjacket hood that snapped on with snaps, and it turns out that it didn’t translate well into a small necked vest made of latex. I ended up having to fold the sides of the latex in on itself to make it somehow fit on the collar. Upclose, it’s a bit messy, but I think it ended up working well by giving the hood some folds and structure. 

Anyway, I’m sorry that this post probably isn’t the most coherent piece of literature out there. It is reflective of the chaotic process of making the hoodie vest, perhaps. In the end, I still have an item that I am quite happy with, and no longer lusting after all the hoodies out there. I now just need to clean up the little bits of glue at the seams, and get some proper photos taken.

I think the thing that I enjoyed most about this project was seeing how my previous experiences all fit together. The curved seams for the hood were made much easier by my experiences with the face masks. The drawing and cutting of the extra centre zip was quick and easy because of my arm band making. The trim all over the shirt was so much faster. It seem like all my practice had been building up for this, and I feel like it’s only going to get better in future!

This is just a quick preview of one of the catsuits that Rubbout weekend pass holders can win! This Dainese-style suit is from our sponsors at LatexCatfish. I’ll be wearing it at the Friday night party before giving it away to the winner on Sunday. Hopefully, before then, I’ll be able to get twohandstochoke to take some non-cellphone photos of me!
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This is just a quick preview of one of the catsuits that Rubbout weekend pass holders can win! This Dainese-style suit is from our sponsors at LatexCatfish. I’ll be wearing it at the Friday night party before giving it away to the winner on Sunday. Hopefully, before then, I’ll be able to get twohandstochoke to take some non-cellphone photos of me!

Sooo…I was in a bit of a car-bike crash yesterday. A van cut me off, and caused me to crash into the back driver’s side of his vehicle. Luckily, I escaped with all my body parts attached. The muscle pains on the right side of my back, neck, arm and leg, however, prevented me from going out running or cycling as I usually do on weekends. On the plus side, this gave me an excuse to stay home and work on some latex projects that I’ve got on the go. 

Here’s the second of the ninja masks that I’ve been making lately. Last time, I accidentally made two same-sided metallic pewter pieces so today I decided to completed the other half in navy blue. I also tried a new way of securing the mask to the face by having two straps, rather than one thick strap. I think I must have been incredibly lucky in my first attempt at the curved seam used to unite the two pieces together. This second attempt took a long, long time and still isn’t quite what I wanted.

Anyway, it’s done now.  We’ll see if I have time to make anything else today. If so, maybe I’ll sell some of it at the Gearswap at Rubbout next week!

I apologize that all I ever talk about on this blog lately is Rubbout. It’s one of those things that just ends up sucking up all your time, and then it’s suddenly over and you realize it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Of course, I’m not complaining because compared to the amazing rubbercanuck, I’ve been doing nothing at all. All the same, in my previous post I did mention that my job doing some of the sponsorship work had finally begun to bear fruit. I didn’t really want to say too much then because the deal hadn’t been finalized yet. Now the sponsorship is finalized, and I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell people about this exciting sponsorship.
Anyway, I’ll stop dilly-dallying and just get on with it. As you  may have guessed from the posted pictures of themanoloortiz, I managed to secure a sponsorship with Latex Catfish. Basically, Latex Catfish has agreed to supply us with 3 beautiful catsuits: the two above and a secret one that will be revealed later. The plan is to raffle off one of the catsuits as a prize for people who register online before Rubbout begins, and the other two catsuits would be raffled off as prizes for the regular Rubbout raffle. Since there will be a maximum of 150 early registrations, attendees have a pretty good chance of winning a 200+ dollar catsuit. People who are attending should sign up now. I’d enter the draw myself, but it would look pretty bad if I won the prize :p!
In addition to advertisements, Latex Catfish also wanted me to wear their suit over the Rubbout weekend and get some photos in it (courtesy of our weekend photographer Twohandstochoke). It was really difficult to get me to agree to that, though the winner of the suit will probably have to rip it off my body to get it!
I should end by saying that I think part of the reason why Latex Catfish went along with this sponsorship idea was because of this Tumblr. They liked some of my posts, and especially like twohandstochoke’s posts, and I think they got to know me a little through the blog. So thank you all for supporting me! I know I may not have the most followers, and I might type waaay too much, but I’ve enjoyed tumbling around with all of you :).
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I apologize that all I ever talk about on this blog lately is Rubbout. It’s one of those things that just ends up sucking up all your time, and then it’s suddenly over and you realize it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Of course, I’m not complaining because compared to the amazing rubbercanuck, I’ve been doing nothing at all. All the same, in my previous post I did mention that my job doing some of the sponsorship work had finally begun to bear fruit. I didn’t really want to say too much then because the deal hadn’t been finalized yet. Now the sponsorship is finalized, and I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell people about this exciting sponsorship.
Anyway, I’ll stop dilly-dallying and just get on with it. As you  may have guessed from the posted pictures of themanoloortiz, I managed to secure a sponsorship with Latex Catfish. Basically, Latex Catfish has agreed to supply us with 3 beautiful catsuits: the two above and a secret one that will be revealed later. The plan is to raffle off one of the catsuits as a prize for people who register online before Rubbout begins, and the other two catsuits would be raffled off as prizes for the regular Rubbout raffle. Since there will be a maximum of 150 early registrations, attendees have a pretty good chance of winning a 200+ dollar catsuit. People who are attending should sign up now. I’d enter the draw myself, but it would look pretty bad if I won the prize :p!
In addition to advertisements, Latex Catfish also wanted me to wear their suit over the Rubbout weekend and get some photos in it (courtesy of our weekend photographer Twohandstochoke). It was really difficult to get me to agree to that, though the winner of the suit will probably have to rip it off my body to get it!
I should end by saying that I think part of the reason why Latex Catfish went along with this sponsorship idea was because of this Tumblr. They liked some of my posts, and especially like twohandstochoke’s posts, and I think they got to know me a little through the blog. So thank you all for supporting me! I know I may not have the most followers, and I might type waaay too much, but I’ve enjoyed tumbling around with all of you :).
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I apologize that all I ever talk about on this blog lately is Rubbout. It’s one of those things that just ends up sucking up all your time, and then it’s suddenly over and you realize it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Of course, I’m not complaining because compared to the amazing rubbercanuck, I’ve been doing nothing at all. All the same, in my previous post I did mention that my job doing some of the sponsorship work had finally begun to bear fruit. I didn’t really want to say too much then because the deal hadn’t been finalized yet. Now the sponsorship is finalized, and I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell people about this exciting sponsorship.

Anyway, I’ll stop dilly-dallying and just get on with it. As you  may have guessed from the posted pictures of themanoloortiz, I managed to secure a sponsorship with Latex Catfish. Basically, Latex Catfish has agreed to supply us with 3 beautiful catsuits: the two above and a secret one that will be revealed later. The plan is to raffle off one of the catsuits as a prize for people who register online before Rubbout begins, and the other two catsuits would be raffled off as prizes for the regular Rubbout raffle. Since there will be a maximum of 150 early registrations, attendees have a pretty good chance of winning a 200+ dollar catsuit. People who are attending should sign up now. I’d enter the draw myself, but it would look pretty bad if I won the prize :p!

In addition to advertisements, Latex Catfish also wanted me to wear their suit over the Rubbout weekend and get some photos in it (courtesy of our weekend photographer Twohandstochoke). It was really difficult to get me to agree to that, though the winner of the suit will probably have to rip it off my body to get it!

I should end by saying that I think part of the reason why Latex Catfish went along with this sponsorship idea was because of this Tumblr. They liked some of my posts, and especially like twohandstochoke’s posts, and I think they got to know me a little through the blog. So thank you all for supporting me! I know I may not have the most followers, and I might type waaay too much, but I’ve enjoyed tumbling around with all of you :).

Early this week, Jakke asked me how the planning for Rubbout was going. I’ll try to answer that question in this post.

I really cannot believe that Rubbout is only a couple of short weeks away. All of the members of organizing committee have been working crazy hard, with special shoutout to rubbercanuck for all his insane hard work. I feel really bad because ever since the photoshoot with twohandstochoke, there wasn’t really a lot that I was doing. My other main task has been to work on trying to build contacts with the various latex designers and try to get them to sponsor the event with  latex clothes that we would raffle away as prizes. For a long time, it didn’t seem like anyone was going to bite. All of a sudden things are changing and I think I’ll have something to show for it all.

The past few weeks, I’ve also been really really busy with my thesis work. I had to prepare an exit seminar for the department, which is one of those things you have to do before being allowed to graduate. Fortunately, all the hours I put into that paid off and I think I did a pretty decent job with my talk. I felt a bit guilty about working so hard on this, because it meant me kind of shoving off from my Rubbout responsibilities for awhile. I know they don’t read my blog…but sorry!

Anyway, the theme for Rubbout is “GearUp!”, which is meant to inspire sports themed outfits. Of course, all fetishes are welcome and I’m really looking forward to pulling of this event. Rubaddiction’s Motocross-style shorts and sleeveless shirt are a great combo that would suit this year’s Rubbout theme to a T. I don’t know if I’d be able to stop myself if a guy in this lovely outfit walked through the Rubbout party doors!

(Source: rubaddiction.eu)

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Sportsman suit at FANTASTICRUBBER

Considering all the tumblr notes that this image already has, it doesn’t seem like the Sportsman suit from Fantastic Rubber needs any more attention than it already has received. Nonetheless, here it is and here I am talking about it.

The Sportsman suit is probably one of the most interesting/unique catsuits in the Fantastic Rubber lineup. The panels in this catsuit are not typical, and a bit odd, but nonetheless eye-catching in an appealing way. At least in my mind, this suit is slightly misnamed and doesn’t inspire thoughts of a sportsman when I see it. The swoops and lines are unlike any design I’ve seen for any sport, and I’ve seen lots of crazy cycling jerseys, triathlon gear, soccer kit, etc. More than anything, the patterns in this suit (and the model’s posture) remind me of a speedy ungulate like the antelope. Antelope are lovely creatures, so this is certainly a positive comparison. 

Anyway, tell me what you think. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see this outfit?

In past, I have expressed my appreciation for this model for EgoAssassin.  The adorable little moustache and his awesomely long hair are just too much for me! In any case, we’re here to talk about the latex and not the model.
Pictured here is the lovely Flynn shirt with Hex patterning on the top panel. The laser-cut hex pattern adds texture and variation to a top that, while lovely, is not super exiting or different. The forearm gauntlets are also a nice addition. I’m terribly curious as to how this hex latex feels against the skin. I think a huge part of the enjoyment of wearing latex is to have it covering and restrictive on your skin. The hex pattern would make it much more stretchy and perhaps not quite as durable. The thick but sharply edged hexagon pattern make it similar to fishnet, but different enough to make it inspire a different look altogether.  A great accessory all around!
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In past, I have expressed my appreciation for this model for EgoAssassin.  The adorable little moustache and his awesomely long hair are just too much for me! In any case, we’re here to talk about the latex and not the model.

Pictured here is the lovely Flynn shirt with Hex patterning on the top panel. The laser-cut hex pattern adds texture and variation to a top that, while lovely, is not super exiting or different. The forearm gauntlets are also a nice addition. I’m terribly curious as to how this hex latex feels against the skin. I think a huge part of the enjoyment of wearing latex is to have it covering and restrictive on your skin. The hex pattern would make it much more stretchy and perhaps not quite as durable. The thick but sharply edged hexagon pattern make it similar to fishnet, but different enough to make it inspire a different look altogether.  A great accessory all around!

(Source: store02.prostores.com)

The other day I had this great conversation with tumblr user JdoggieX about how great it would be to get a latex outfit built in the style of Tron: Legacy. You can certainly pick up something in that style from some latex companies like Latex Catfish. However, without actually installing lights into the suit, it’s difficult to achieve the similar glowing effect seen in the movie visuals.

The two main options that we decided on were to choose a really light colour (white, light blue, etc.) that would show up really well against the backdrop of black latex. The other option is to go with metallic colours that catch the light and shimmer a bit in regular light.  Neither of us really know what would be the best choice. 

Regulation provides one additional option (though you’d have to request a specially made Tron suit) in their recent addition of fluoro-colour latex. Take their new Reactor Suits for example. The coloured latex is formulated in such a way that it reacts to UV black lights (the ones you find at night clubs that make gin and tonics look oh so cool). Were it not for the insane heat and dripping sweat, it would be so cool and amazing to see a guy in a glowing latex Tron suit dancing up a storm at the the next Rubbout party or other event (yes, that is product placement).

You all know that I love cycling, and I have one addition option (not tried on latex yet). Sugoi, a Vancouver area cycle gear designer, recently released this new reflective jacket that shines incredibly brightly when a bit of regular light is flashed on it. It achieves this affect by installing little glass particles discreetly into the fabric. Maybe something similar can be done with latex? That way, you could could shine like a star without having a black light following you around all day!

(Source: regulation-london.com)

Oh my goodness, I was so excited to show you all my latest latex creation that I forgot to put clothes on! This is my first attempt at a latex half-mask that is modeled after the ninja mask that I have from Hypershine Latex. It was my first attempt at a curved seam, and also my first time cutting latex in a curved line. Because the latex is thinner than my Hypershine mask, my first idea was to make a double sided (reversible with different patterns on either side) but the process of laminating two sheets of latex proved too tricky to me.

My first mistake was made during the pattern tracing step. I wasn’t thinking carefully and made a two left-hand pieces instead of flipping the pattern and making a right-handed mirror image. Because one side of the latex is shiny and the other side is matte, I ended up gluing the similar pieces together anyway and then trimming from either side until they were more-or-less mirrored. The red piece across the mask ended up a little scary to me. I keep imagining this creepy clown smile cracking open from the mask. I was attempting to make it straight across, but I glued the strips before I glued the 2 halves together, and I couldn’t actually tell what was up or down in the intermediate item. Time to start marking that on my patterns!

Anyway, I’m more or less happy with the finished product and I will produce another pair soon enough. I have two more LH sides of the mask in pewter (remember I was originally going to double side it?), so I’m thinking that I’ll try a half-pewter/half-blue mask, and maybe something else.

We’re getting this weird and unexpected snow here in Vancouver today. All my poor plants have been busy producing new growth after the last unexpected freeze, and I can just see them thinking, “Not again…”.

In such trying times as this, I can imagine this hooded shirt from Eustratia might help keep warm and dry in the snow. Haha, I’m kidding of course. Latex doesn’t seem to keep warmth in very well, and also gets extremely sweaty and wet on the inside. You’d die of hypothermia pretty quick if you wore this out in winter…but at least you’d look good doing it?

Long time followers will remember that I have this weird fixation with sleeveless hoodies, whether they are latex or otherwise. I like Eustratia’s design, with the slightly tapering torso for a tight fit, and the small arm holes. The middle panel of the hood also helps the hood sit nicely on one’s head, and prevents it from looking too pointed. Creating the hood can be a tricky thing, as your chosen cut can change the look from a broad executioner’s cowl to a pointed cult fanatic hood, to a tight speed skating type hood. I’m hoping to make something like this for myself with the latex that I purchased over the winter holidays, and I’m going to go for a functional hood cut that doesn’t droop over my eyes, but can be worn comfortably.

(Source: eustratia.co.uk)

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