Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Animated Mummy Sack Tutorial

I found an awesome tutorial about making a life-size animated, struggling bodybagged victim for your front yard Halloween display. It just looked like a lot of fun, and the tape strapping and trash bag look could definitely add atmosphere to your next fetish party. It's not too hard to make, either. I could just see a whole front yard filled with these guys... C'mon, the neighbors already know you're a little weird. 

Of course, it's not a sexy as the real struggling Mina over at Restricted Senses.
But we all don't have a Mina, do we? (Also, would you really our beautiful leather sleepsack used on the front lawn? I think not...) 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bitchsuits Part II - Tumblr galleries

I can tell from the traffic of visitors to my blog that there are lots of "bitchsuit" fans out there. Technically, I've never tried making one, although sometimes I'll see the f-suits I make lumped in together with them. Without getting too far into it, the primary difference from a design standpoint, is the f-suit is more for restraint and play in a supine position, while true bitchsuit designs are geared towards having your pet slavegirl walking (or crawling around, more specifically) on all fours. 

There are many better sources out there for galleries of bitchsuit images, and I thought I'd share a couple with you that I recently came across: this one and that other one. (Probably from something my friend sammy posted.) Lots of great stuff to see, and many images I haven't seen before. (And I thought I'd seen everything...) Go have a look! 

Boot Binder Sleepsack Pattern

Download it here. And make one for yourself (or someone you love)! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Some Great News from the Googleplex

Looks like Google is giving some thought to not shutting down blogs just because they have adult content, but being more selective about only blocking sites that violate their policy against commercial porn content on their blog platform. 

It's a happy day (and a big relief) for me and the future of this blog. Many thanks for every single person who reached out with messages of support and offers to help me move the content somewhere else! 

Happily, it's not the end. There's lots more to come...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dark Babies photos by Karen Hsiao

My friend and artistic collaborator Karen Hsiao sent over some images she created recently. She calls them her Dark Babies. Oh, I like these...

That black lipstick...
Prints are available at her store

We're working on an entire new series that unfortunately I have to keep under wraps for now, but I can't wait until it comes to fruition. If my blog does go away, you can find my work on Karen's site. We still have lots of things left to do together!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The End is Near?

Well, it's been fun while it lasted folks, but according to an email I received today from Google, they're getting ready to crack down on blogs with sexual content... so this may be one of the last posts you will see from me. I haven't had a chance to decide what comes next, but at this point this particular blog's days are numbered. Just though I'd give you a head-up in case you never got around to downloading that hood pattern PDF or those f-suit images...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How To: Make a Boot Binder Sleepsack - PART III

Time to finish up the sack. First we need to fine-tune the connection between the hood and the body to get a smooth line. You can see in the image below, the hood seam needs to come in about 1/4 inch to meet the body seam. I usually try to have a little extra here, as it's better to trim down to size than to come up short...
 Once the lines are drawn and seam allowances cut, the entire rear opening is glued and turned in along the edge. 

 From the bottom of the heel pocket: 
 To the top of the hood: 
Glue is applied, allowed to set up, and the whole seam is turned and flattened with a mallet. 

Lately I've been sewing in the first half of the zipper without any tape or clips holding it in place. I just cut the zipper a bit oversized, separate it, and sew in the first half freehand. 

I also created a zipper stop on this piece, which allows me to have a neater finish (and less bulk) at the beginning and end of the zipper opening. 
I cut small rectangles of leather, and skived them down to minimize bulk and create a clean turned edge. 
These are sewn to the end of the zipper. 
 And held in place with double-sided tape. 
 I don't actually sew these to the zipper until it's partially sewn in. That way I can position it precisely based on what is needed. 

For the second side of the zipper, I'm using double-sided tape to hold the it in position. 
 This allows me to close up the entire second side (kind of a dry-fit), and make sure the leather on both sides of is properly aligned. 
 Once I'm happy with the placement of the 2nd side of the zipper, I carefully unzip and use binder clips to hold it in place while sewing. The clips provide additional insurance that the zipper won't move out of position while being fed through the sewing machine. 
 It seems to work pretty well for me so far... Next, long strips are cut for the rear tongue. 

The tongue is also held in place with double-sided tape, and topstitched in place. 

 This sack has two additional sliders, so it can be opened anywhere you like along the rear. 
Next up: two internal sleeves with turned and sewn edges. 

These are positioned according to the pattern and sewn in place: first from the inside following the line. 
 And second: topstitched from the outside, using your first line of stitching as a guide. 
 Instead of backstitching, I just cut the threads long and tied them from the inside. Gives a neater look...
And finally, this sleepsack features nipple access. Circle shapes cut out and placed in just the right location... 
 These are held in place with double-sided tape, and topstitched. Very, very carefully - it's about as front-and-center as any stitching you'll do. Highly visible. 
 So, that brings to a close our sleepsack project. 
Hopefully I've given some ideas you may use for your own projects. 
 The ability to make things to your own specifications, and to fine-tune the design to meet your requirements is what custom leather crafting is all about.