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Etsomnia™ 201: Unconventional Materials Challenge



“Rave glasses.” Materials: metal jockstrap, cheap sunglasses, dog.

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.Since the beginning, I have been a huge Project Runway fan, and my favorite episodes are always their unconventional materials challenges. And since the last season ended nearly a year ago, I thought I’d amuse myself while I wait with an exploration of what crazy/fantastic wearables Etsy had to offer. I was NOT disappointed!

For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts!

“Future bikini.” Materials: birthday wrapping paper, Cylon fetish.

“Upcycled party dress.” Materials: musty fabric, tea, no social invitations. Ever.

“Upcycled mini.” Materials: soda can tabs, diabetes, entourage.

“Lady Death Headdress.” Materials: rhinestone skull, tulle, exquisite taste! By Mascherina

“Avant Garde Prom Dress.” Materials: florist’s tulle, dust mites, no-show date.

“Rainbow Fairy Gown.” Materials: Unicorns, pageant entry fees, birthday-cake-flavored vodka.

“Dance Wear.” Materials: Plastic seagull (see crotch), metal seahorse lawn decorations, too many comic books.

“Beautiful Blue Everything.” Materials: almost everything. Question: Why no doll heads?

“Social Media Fascinator.” Materials: glitter, hashtags, desperate need for attention.

“Couture Corset.” Materials: hot glue, silver paint, third-degree burns.

“Metal Fringe Dress.” Materials: metal discs, silk, post-modern flapper fabulousness! By SHOPMORPHEW

“Kiss My Dress.” Materials: petroleum products, butt implants, bad manners.

“Fashion-Forward Cutoffs.” Materials: jeans, plastic, unanswered questions.

“Birthday Gift for Sewer.” Materials: baseball cap, vintage tape measures, Project Runway obsession! By UpcyclingByMilo

“Fabulous XXL Headdress.” Materials: rivets, live chicken, bad thoughts.

“Dress For Any Season.” Materials: plastic, prop gravestone, scoliosis.

“Bohemian Coat.” Materials: wool, tapestry, loads of style! By Aistefashion

“Life of the Party Dress.” Materials: paper fringe, birthday banners, Party City store credit.

“Unisex Recycled Coat.” Materials: quilt, roadkill, this stuff.

“Rave Bra.” Materials: rubber, string, stuck jars.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 201: Unconventional Materials Challenge

  1. Some of these look unbelievably uncomfortable. Love the metal tab dress though!

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  2. I’m going to hit the like button in a moment because there isn’t an ‘aghast’ button. On the kiss-my…. is that a real butt or are the implants within the dress (god I hope so). I actually missed the boobs on the last one because of the head/face thing. The ‘life of the party’ brings to mind the conversation ‘do I look fat in this dress’/’yes, it doesn’t hide the extra 40lb’. “Why no dollheads?” ->> ROFL.

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  3. As I stopped by the site before work, and the lengthy commute, I am now wondering how many similar looks I might see on my bus. Before you chortle and say no to yourself, I can assure you that is not the answer.

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  4. Your commentary is wonderful!

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  5. It doesn’t look like the materials were very spendy but think about all the wasted effort that was invested in making so much of this twaddle. I do love the metal dress. It’s like elegant, swooshy chainmail. That would have been right up my street in my teens when I did my best to be intimidating towards teen boys. I also love that hat with the sparkling skull on it and admit that, for an instant, I wondered how much my brother would snarl at me if I wore it to his wedding as a groomsmaid. Maybe if it comes in pink to match the dresses I will get away with it. Another thought I had reading this post is why people pose in such grotesque positions. Why, Donna, why? I need answers!

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