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I finally put this project together!
Please support and share my campaign with your costume, wardrobe and theater friends!!
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of requests to tactically alter or quick rig clothing for individuals with permits to carry concealed weapons.
Here are 2 easy ways to alter a pair of cargo shorts for quick access to a variety of thigh holsters. One method does not require any sewing skills or additional materials, the other uses a zipper.
If your one of those people thinking “who the heck am I going to sew this for me?” I am working on a retail line (QuickDrawTacticalClothing.com) of tactical cargo shorts, which will be for sale soon. Contact me if you’d like to buy or sell them. I can also do tactical alterations if you mail
me your garments and specifications.
First, Choose a pair of cargo shorts after considering these things:
1. They have a side cargo pocket with a flap or zip closure and that the sides of the pocket are gusseted (makes the pocket a 3 dimensional addition to the shorts). This will best hide the profile of your weapon.
2. Choose a pair of shorts that lets the cargo pocket land mid thigh or directly over where your thigh gun holster is situated in such a way that the butt of the gun doesn’t “print” or show.
3. Compare Shorts made out of darker, thicker, heavier weight fabric, which will work better than shorts with thinner, lighter colored and weight fabric.
4. Make sure the shorts are long enough to cover the gun and holster
5. Make sure the shorts don’t fit too tight. Looser is better. Go up a size if you have to and wear a belt. Try them on with your gun holstered to your thigh and walk around to make sure they fit well and and you can walk normal and comfortably.
One of the rules to legally carrying a concealed weapon is that you don’t unintentionally expose your weapon or you could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Method 1 “Quick and Dirty”
This one can be done without any additional materials other than a pair of scissors.
1. Basically, all you have to do here is turn your shorts inside out
2. Carefully cut a horizontal slit about 4″ down from the cargo pocket flap, on the inside part of the pocket fabric that sits against your leg, from side to side, staying inside the pocket. Make sure you can’t see the slit or inside the slit from the outside of the shorts. You can also completely cut out the inside of the pocket if you wish from inside the shorts. Boom. Done.
Once you turn the shorts right side out, you should be able to slide your hand into your cargo pocket and then through the slit or opening to access your weapon.
If you do have sewing skills there are a number of ways you can cleanly finish this slit by zigzagging the raw edges to keep it from fraying, making a simple welt, adding more fabric, an inside zipper here or a few small squares of Velcro. (The only problem I have with using Velcro is that the rip noise it makes could bring attention to what your doing if you’ve found yourself in a situation)
2. Method 2, “Zippered Access”
This one is pretty simple to do. There are a few kinds of zippers on the market or salvage one from an existing item. The zipper can be top sewn on, which is the easiest.
For this alteration what you’re basically going to do is install a zipper above your cargo pocket, so that you can open it you expose your leg and can easily reach inside your shorts or pants to access your thigh holstered weapon.
If you don’t have a sewing machine you can also hand sew the zipper on.
Done and done.
WARNING This post includes curse words and concepts that may be considered offensive to some of you hyper sensitive types, but the story just wouldn’t be the same if I censored it, so you’ve been warned!! If you can bring yourself to skip the curse words you might even learn something from a Psycho!!
As a work from home artist and creative type person, keeping myself on track or ahead of schedule, can be a challenge! I found myself in ruts of procrastination throughout many phases of my clients projects and taking the rest of the day off when there were plenty of productive things I could be doing to stay on track.
Recently I met this amazingly hysterical Lass from Belfast, Ireland. Our group of friends stumbled upon her in a hotel bar. She too, was an artist and sculptor, who made her living installing her giant works of art into hotels and other public venues all over the world!
She had some amazing stories to tell, cursed like a sailor, drank like a fish and quickly became the center of attention. We decided to kidnap her and took her out to dinner with us. One of her crass saying had us all roaring when she talked about her down time, she called it her “fuck the dog” time. LOL What she meant by that, was taking time out to do whatever she wanted… Take a nap, watch tv, masturbate or other self indulgent time wasted.
We got into a conversation about her recent work with a therapist who she credited with curing her procrastination. My ears perked up… I do that!!! She said she’d get struck by manic cleaning episodes, take to long to get started on things, diddle around and waste too much time on unproductive things. (I think we all do that!!)
She began to explain how the therapist made her schedule her day in 1/2 hour incriminates including her “fuck the dog” time. Her day looked like this: She’d get up at a certain time, then spend 30 minutes in each room and schedule tasks in 30 minute increments.
Starting with 30 minutes in the bath room, doing her business, getting washed up, teeth brushed, showered and then clean up the bathroom, with any extra time so she wouldn’t go on a crazy cleaning binge later, when she needed to be doing something else.
Then she’d move into the kitchen, making breakfast, coffee, doing dishes, take out trash and then misc cleaning, until her time was up.
Wow. I’m thinking two rooms cleaned and all that stuff accomplished in an hour and it’s not even 9am!
Then she’d move into her work area. Again scheduling 30 minutes per task and a few set times in the day to “fuck the dog” for 30 minutes.
Wow. I thought. This might be just the thing I need to get out of my rut, so I tried it!
My normal wake up time is between 6-7 am since I moved into a house with a lake view and opted for sheer curtains instead of my usual vampire black out drapes. I also live off a very busy street so the sounds of traffic are ongoing. I average about 4-5 hours of sleep and find it hard to get much more than that, but that’s another problem!! It has actually changed my work schedule quite a bit, because once the light comes in, I can’t sleep anymore. I would frequently lay around in bed for hours after waking.
I decided to designate my first 30 minutes to checking my email and social media while still in bed. Next, I spent 30 minutes writing from my phone or laptop. This can be anything from my email journal, list making, blog posts, updating my social media with recent photos, etc. I started doing this every morning. I also set up some 30 minute alerts between now and when my client arrived.
Here’s how they went…
30 minutes in the bathroom, instead of just doing my normal morning pee, then moving on, I would try spending 30 minutes in the bathroom. Since I had a client coming over I decided to put make up on, brush teeth, take vitamins, then spent the rest of the time cleaned up and organized a few things I’d been PROCRASTINATING doing. Time well spent.
30 minutes in the kitchen was spent preparing fresh and healthy foods that have cured some of my prior health issues and have now become part of my normal diet. Taking the rest of the time to clean up after myself and organize a few things before I left the kitchen, worked out great. Living in my little mother in law suite, away from my other roommates, I tended to leave dishes for later, because they weren’t in anybody’s way, so this was good for me to do it now!
30 minutes in the closet. LOL picking out clothes for the day, folding and organizing what didn’t make the cut and cleaning up other clothes that needed to be put away, then I spent the rest of the time getting dressed and accessorized for the day.
When I compare the segments above, to my normal schedule, I could have gone to the bathroom, ate and gotten dressed in probably about 30 minutes but by taking the time to do a few extra things, I felt like I was taking better care of myself and doing some much needed housework I would have left for later, it seemed like a really good use of my time and gave me a good feeling.
Next it was time to work…
I currently have 4 client project going and another new client was arriving in 2 hours. So I decided to spend 30 minutes on each project I had. I felt like I got a lot done on each project and had everything prepared for the next phase of work.
The bulk of my day was spent one on one with a client, who was paying me by the hour for Pattern making and sewing lessons. One of the things I try to do is schedule my work, so that I am making $xx per day vs. working an 8 hour day. This way I know I can get my bills paid, etc. Many times after I’ve hit my minimum, I will stop there, even though I’ve got other work I could be doing. After my client left, I may have just put in a movie or something, but I really had a lot of stuff I SHOULD do, I looked at the clock and decided since I still had several hours left in the day, it was time to do something other than “fuck the dog” for the rest of the day!
I cooked myself a health meal vs something quicker and took the time to sit down at my table and eat like a normal person! This took more like an hour, but it was again, time well spent and something I don’t always do for myself.
I spent 30 minutes working on this blog post.
-30 minutes working on a clients project,
-30 minutes going thru emails, returning phone calls and checking all my social media again
Wow. I got a lot more done today than I might have if I hadn’t managed my time as well.
By conquering small tasks and committing to spend 30 minutes on each, it wasn’t so daunting to work on the long list of things I NEEDED to do and SHOULD be doing. I felt good and accomplished.
Years ago, I learned something at a time management seminar, that helps me distinguish what is more important by breaking everything into 4 categories:
1. Urgent and Important = something that must be done NOW, go to the bathroom, show up to meet with a client, work on a project, something you must do now or today because its “on fire”, something positive will happen if you do this today, something negative could happen if you don’t do it
2. Urgent but not as important = something you must do by the end of the day, EAT, work on a project, return a phone call or email, something good will happen if you do it, something bad might happen if you don’t
3. Not Urgent but Important = return other misc phone calls and emails that keep your business and personal life going, order supplies, update social media, pay bills, mow the lawn, do housework, be social, doing these things keep your life on track, something bad will happen eventually, if you don’t to do these things
4. Not urgent or important, fuck the dog, play on Facebook, have a beer, play a video game, watch a movie, etc, nothing bad will happen if you don’t do any of these things, but one does need some down time for play and relaxation!
Here’s that chart they gave us at a $800 per person Time Management Seminar I attended!!
When I find myself wanting to take the rest of the day off, I think about what tasks are on my To Do List and make sure everything “on fire” is done, then go to items on list number 2 and 3 and spend 30 minutes to get me back on track or even ahead of the game. I must admit I couldn’t bring myself to actually write out my day ahead of time, because I am too defiant against having a schedule, but I do make lists of what needs to be done and the new concept of spending 30 minutes working on each task, especially the big ones, really worked well for me.
Try it and let me know how it works out for you!!
RIP Joan, thank you for launching my career as an A List Wardrobe Seamstress!!
March 21, 2011 So I’m working on wigs at Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein at Lakeland Civic Center, when my boss tells me Joan Rivers will be performing there the next night and she needs a really good seamstress, because she’s really fussy… Can I do it? Um, well, crap, really? Ah, How much? …$XX hr… Ah, wow, really? OK, YES! I’ll do it!
Crap. What was I thinking. OMG! Joan Rivers? Fashion Police? Red Carpet Fashion Critic? Comedian Joan Rivers? Crap! What have I gotten myself into? What the heck am I going to wear? OMG! What if I screw something up?
I arrived the next day at the venue about an hour early. Nervous as heck. This was really, truly the first time I had been asked to work directly for a celebrity, one on one like this. I was absolutely terrified. Was I really that good? Good enough…
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Those of you who’ve been following my work and have been reading my blog over the last year, you already know I had the honor and privilege of spending 3 days working wardrobe for the legendary Sir Paul McCartney during his Orlando tour dates in May 2013.
Working for Paul McCartney, for actually the SECOND time in my life, was an epic adventure. I did not realize at the time, the magnitude of that opportunity and the rippling effect it would have on my life. It got the attention of my home town newspaper and resulted in a front page news article written about my A List wardrobe seamstress work. http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/623123/-Psycho-Seamstress-.html?nav=5192
What I hadn’t put together until recently, was that I’ve actually had an earlier connection to the Beatles that goes back to the late 80’s. I was invited by Molly Hatchet to attend a Capitol Records party at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. It was on the middle of the building, on the outdoor pool deck, where I met and had a drink with Julian Lennon, son of the late Beatle, John Lennon and had my photo taken with him. Some how the old school camera I had, opened up and the role of film got exposed to light. I was able to have the photo of Julian and I somehow salvaged from the role!
It wasn’t until I shared the photo on Facebook during a Throwback Thursday, that my ex bf pointed out to me that I’ve met one and a half Beatles. Wow.
I have had some amazing and most fortunate opportunities in my life. So many people I know, have told me they live vicariously through me, in the stories I tell. I wanted this life, I ask for these adventures. I ask to be surrounded by people I admire and who inspire me. My life has evolved into playing an epic game of “calling my shot”. It’s the law of attraction. BELIEVING you can achieve something and then taking steps toward your dreams, no matter how small, can deliver to you, everything you desire.
Gina Vincenza Van Epps
aka Psycho Seamstress
Kim Kylla Dylla and her side kick Laurie were in the house at Fashion Incubator Design House, home of Psycho Seamstress and Gina Ms Demeanor!
Kim Kick Ass Kylla Dylla and I have been talking, texting and Facebooking for nearly a year now. We have collaborated on a few projects over last year and finally got to meet each other in person on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Her assistant Laurie, now VP of Kylla Custom Rock Wear and I got to work together as crew on the cruise.
Check out Kim’s page at: https://www.facebook.com/kyllacustomrockwear
and mine if you haven’t yet at: https://www.facebook.com/psychoseamstress
We’ve got some interesting projects we are working on so stay tuned!!
Church of the Pungent Stench was one of the most hilarious metal band names aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, in my humble opinion.
Although I did not get to catch their set, El Cochino, the lead singer asked me to cut the neck and sleeves off of his black concert shirt just prior to their performance.
I saved the scraps for my “Celebrity Scraps” collection, the stench is not so pungent as he thankfully had me cut them off BEFORE the show!
Working as crew for this event was a blast, as soon as I get a minute I will write more!