Rebecca Conrad is a striking beauty. She has the brightest red hair I have ever seen, she is tall and slender and has a 1000 watt smile. She also struck me as intriguing the first time I met her as she proceeded to buy about 15 shirts at the table I was vending at Monster Mania Convention. I asked jokingly if she was buying them for friends, and she just smiled and said “I make stuff from them” and scooted off. I would run into her countless times over the next few months. She always had the most bad-ass clothes on, and I never really connected the dots that there was no way she was lucky enough to find all of this stuff at the local five and dime. At some point one of our customers at Fright Rags sent me a link of an Etsy store where old t-shirts were made into hoodies, tank tops and dresses. It only took me one glance to see it was Rebecca who did the work.
I was blown away by the high quality work on display on her Etsy site: The Womanimal, and I knew I had to contact her to see if she did commission work…well she did! She made a Puppet Master shirt of mine into a hoodie, and a The Gate shirt into a 3/4 length shirt with lace trim! They both made me feel the sexiest and most effeminate I had ever felt in a Horror t-shirt before! I am a big girl, I wear an XL and have MAJOR curves (read: fat rolls haha), and she made me feel like a slim and sexy lady. I can’t say enough good things about how she transformed my shirts! The best part is she says she can alter mens shirts as well.
What does all of this mean? It means she makes kick-ass creations from old t-shirts, and that you can also send her shirts to make especially for you! Contact her through her Etsy shop for pricing and turnaround time! In the meantime, let me introduce you , via interview to the beautiful and talented Rebecca Conrad aka The Womanimal on Etsy!
When did you first realize you had a talent for recreating clothes?
When I was about 15 or 16 I took all my band t shirts and used them as patches for jackets, hoodies and skirts. I wanted to wear the shirts, but I was swimming in all of them. Eventually, I got a little more ambitious started taking the shirts in on the sides, cutting the necks out and making tight tank tops. I still do that; pretty much every day I am wearing a cut up men’s t shirt. Of course, when I was a teenager I had no skill whatsoever so those things were so poorly constructed they pretty much disintegrated when I washed them or wore them more than a handful of times. I still have a couple shirts from back in those days that I am unwilling to ever part with. They’ve been altered so many times at this point they’ll probably crumble if I look at them the wrong way!
What was the first shirt you recreated?
A White Zombie shirt my mom stuck in my easter basket (there was a Pantera shirt in there, too!) when I was 12. It has a tattooed clown on it smoking and holding a bottle of liquor. In retrospect, I don’t think she really looked at those shirts beyond recognizing a band logo. That White Zombie shirt is one of the ones I still have. It must have about 80 holes in it now…it’s light gray instead of black and the fabric feels like it’s going to evaporate, heh.
What is your favorite thing about this art you make?
It’s nice to be able to see a shirt that I love and know I can make it fit me perfectly, regardless of how it looks to start with. And while there’s a lot of DIYers at this point, and certainly tons of girls that are handy with a t-shirt and a sewing machine, it’s still not something you see everyone wearing.
Will you do custom pieces if the buyer provides the shirt/materials? How much would you charge for something like that?
Absolutely! I almost prefer doing stuff like that; then I know what I’m working on is going to someone who will appreciate it and that it is being made to perfectly fit them. The cost totally depends on what would need to be done to the item, but if the original shirt is being provided then it’s always a little less then what I’m charging for similar things on Etsy.
Do you sell these outside of your Etsy store? Ie. shows or any stores around Philadelphia?
No. I’d like to; I’m working on some designs right now that aren’t t-shirt recreations, rather regular cut-and-sew dresses, skirts and tops. It’d be hard to sell DIY t-shirts in a store or at a convention, I think; they’re so custom. But pretty soon on my Etsy page I’ll have a whole bunch of new styles that I’ve designed available in all sizes. Provided that works out, I may try some conventions with it and move on from there.
Is this something you’d like to do for a living, or is it just a fun way to make some extra money on the side?
I would LOVE to be able to sew for a living. That would be my absolute dream job…to sit around and sew to heavy metal all day, surrounded by piles of cats, haha. Thankfully, in the meantime, I have an awesome real-life, full-time job that I love
For the sake of this being The Blood Sprayer, what is your favorite Horror film of all time?
Trick or Treat!!! Honorable mentions to Creepshow 1 & 2, Dellamorte Dellamore and Rosemary’s Baby!
For more info on Rebecca’s work and to see more of it for yourself, check out her Etsy store: The Womanimal!
Here are a few more pics!