Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More history ...

OK - so this is nearly too funny to talk about - circa 1991 (thanks for your previous comments about my sewing past - seems to have sparked some of your memories too!) - final year Textiles Project (actually it was a Fashion subject - again, too funny)....

Inspired by a talk by Patricia Black ... (1. How did I remember that name??? and 2. Here is her website!!) - I took a piece of leather - not lovely soft handbag type leather but affordable CRAFT type leather -hmm OK - then I wet it and then moulded it around my torso and tied it tight with bandages - the idea being that it would mould to my shape as it dried. And I do actually have photos of that process somewhere ......  When it dried (many hours later) it was snipped to reveal a corsetty type of shape and I put holes up the back and tied it with leather thonging. The corset was also tanned.

The rest of the ensemble is dyed cheesecloth made into extreme harem pants (!!!!) with a matching wrap. Plus note the little leather anklets and wristlets.

Photographed in my backyard - my Dad was a plumber so we had an interesting back yard of just about everything .... not sure what the look was that I was actually after - experimental? viking? hippie? Probably a combination! Enjoy laughing at with me!!


  1. Just awesome. I married the son of a plumber so i understand the 'props'. Well you can see it's beautifully made. I like the "i claim this upturned wine barrel" pose, brilliant. Love Posie

  2. Fantastic! Everyone should experiment when they are young.

  3. OMG! My youngest daughter has a similar pair of harem pants that she can also pull up as a strapless jumpsuit. but she has always had an edgy sense of style.

  4. Looks a little 'Heathcliffe, it's me, it's Cathy' (aka Kate Bush)?

  5. Oh, this is very fun! You look awesome, and did an amazing job of dying that cheesecloth! How did you get that gorgeous faded-out stripes effect?
    Brilliant idea for moulding the leather into the shape you required...
    And I think that wrap could easily be worn today and look very now. I hope you've still got it!

  6. You look like you could be hanging out with Xena the warrior princess. :) It looks like a fun outfit though.

  7. I gotta say, this is a pretty inventive ensemble!


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