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( Feb. 26th, 2009 10:31 pm)
Went on a shopping spree yesterday, brought home a pair of vintage felted wool spats, six lovely Art Deco glass buttons and some odds and ends that are probably of even less interest to anyone but me. H&M sells coral seamed hose at the moment, as well as black, taupe and some off-white and champagne shades. Could not resist the sheer absurdity of the "yellowish pink" shade, so now I can match my lipstick to my seamed stockings - how awesome is that?

Size 46, whatever that means in spat sizes - probably the shoe size. Need some modifications to fit well over heels, but that shouldn't be a problem, and unlike both pairs of military spats and gaiters A owns these fit snugly around my ankles. I think the zippers are a very nice touch.

Yes, the colour is variable - some of them are browner, some greyer. The overall impression is taupe in person. I have no idea what to do with them, but they were marked down 50% in one of those honestly rather awful trendy vintage stores, along with the spats, so I couldn't resist. So pretty - a blouse or something, maybe?
This version will work better with the size of the buttons, and gives me the chance of using some grey leather I have been wanting to use for a while. Separates are so much more versatile than a dress, too.

Very similar to the corset with the American Red Cross buttons, yes. This one will have a high, princess-seamed back, though, and obviously shoulder straps. I'm thinking of doing something along these lines with the back of the skirt, but I'm not sure yet. Undecided on the hat issue too. Thoughts?

Good for Tinitus, perhaps.

On another note, Tech Noir is not back at Kolingsborg for the foreseeable future after all, as we thought. Last Tech Noir at Kolingsborg is on Saturday, with four live bands (Red Cell, Necro Facility, Kopfer Kat and one more as yet unnamed) and lots of guest DJ's. Kopfer Kat sounds promising (powernoise, very atypical of TN), the other two I have seen and don't give a crap about.
Sad to see Tech Noir leave Kolingsborg for good. It will very likely turn out to be a good thing for the local scene in the long run, they have completely dominated everything for ten years and a bit of a hiatus for Tech Noir will hopefully see the start of some new clubs, but Kolingsborg is a classic venue and I really like how the renovation is looking so far.
Horrible quality. I really must set up some kind of shoot in daylight, but I'm uncomfortable around cameras and I keep putting this off until later - when it's warmer, when the days are longer... The sun doesn't set until around five in the afternoon now, but still.

Two more. )
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( Feb. 15th, 2009 03:37 am)
My booze mojo from last Tech Noir is still going strong, apparently. I honestly don't know what it is, usually I'm not at all good at getting people to buy me drinks - it's a skill, I have met girls who were absolute champions. I can't do it, though, I feel like a leech.
I didn't pick up my booked Hootchy Kootchy ticket in time, so I spent the first half of the night at Tech Noir and then met the new friends at KGB. Have had a lovely time all around, and I took pictures. They are bad, but I'll see what I can do with the rest of them tomorrow.

I did have some grey fabric that worked after all - it has no green undertones, but looks fine with the M/59 buttons anyway in small amounts and will match several other garments as well.


Black cotton twill, the piping is a black and beige shot cotton/rayon fabric that reads as grey, and I have posted about the signalist badge before.

Oh, and I finally got my hair up in a halfway decent Swiss braid. Far from great, but definite progress, and for once I feel that my hair might actually be too short - odd, considering that I've been thinking about cutting it off and trying to go back to my natural colour lately.
Now there's Tech Noir on Saturday as well as Hootchy Kootchy Club, and a couple of people I'd like to get to know better will be in Stockholm, with plans to attend From Russia With Love at KGB. The current idea is burlesque first, KGB later, which creates wardrobe complications - Hootchy Kootchy is a great place to dress up, KGB has been fairly casual every time I've been there so far. I rather wanted to wear the Carmen Miranda turban or the corset with the American Red Cross buttons, but both are a bit much for KGB, I think. The corset might work if I dress it down a bit, but there is no way I can dress down the turban, it's just not humanly possible.

So I might fall back on that dress I made around Christmas, with the plastic M/59 buttons, and make a matching cap for it while I'm at it. Crossed brims in front and buttoned in the back would be fun, but the crossed brims model looks best with contrasting piping, and I don't think I have any fabrics that would work. I might look around for some tomorrow, but grey shades are difficult. There is almost always an undertone of some sort, the grey of these buttons pulls towards green, for example, and I think that would be hard to match.

This dress would make a great background for the subdued Soviet buttons, too. Pity I haven't got any of those yet, the olive drab would be much easier to match with a fabric for piping than this odd grey-tinged-with-green in the Swedish M/59 ones.

One more. )
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( Feb. 4th, 2009 11:59 pm)
...and damn, now all that looking at old photos of 16-year-olds with crazy 80's hair made me yearn for an undercut again. It is conceivable that the hot girl from Saturday night has something to do with it, too - she maintains a perfect balance between butch and feminine, with a short, sleek undercut and clean-shaven sides. It's still not going to happen, I don't want it now, I want it ten years ago. I think I may regret not shaving the sides of my head when I was 19 for the rest of my life.
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( Feb. 4th, 2009 12:48 am)
Just finished a new warm winter cap, my old one is very shabby and not that warm either.
This new one is made to match the fantastic vintage jacket I got before Christmas - I don't know if I mentioned that. First time I've bought a vintage suit and been able to wear both the jacket and the skirt without alterations. I have had a hard time dating it, I'm leaning towards high quality 70's (the lining has fusible interfacing and overlocked edges, the buttons are undersewn and rounded, vaguely military-inspired in metal painted black, and the collar points are insane) but the cut might be late 40's/early 50's just as well. The tags in it look older, the zipper in the skirt is the vintage, heavy-duty metal kind, the button in the skirt is an older plastic one, and the quality of the pieces and the level of work that has gone into it is not that common in off-the-rack garments made after the 60's (the collar is stuffed with horsehair, for instance).

Not that it matters, it is beautiful, especially the jacket, which has a couple of inverted box pleats at the center back accented with two buttons, like on an old frock coat and it fits as if it was made for me, in spite of being ready-made. No lapels, just a large collar with exaggerated points. The skirt is a wide, flared model with lots of panels in that difficult mid-calf length, both of them executed in a thick, black wool coating. I have been wearing the jacket a lot the last couple of months, it's very warm and looks good with practically everything I wear. I don't love that type of wide skirt,  and the length makes me feel stumpy, but it's a very comfy skirt, so it has been in circulation a little too.

The cap is a similar fabric, as similar to the jacket as I could find. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will not wear and age dramatically differently, but it doesn't matter a lot anyway. There's enough for a pencil skirt too, hopefully with a couple of inverted box pleats in the back like the jacket.

That's how I keep them in place, by the way, huge hair pin (groß Frieda!) skewered through my bun and a clip or barrette on the inside of the cap further to the front - I can headbutt someone with one of these caps on and it won't budge.
A has the good camera, getting something remotely useful out of the bad camera in indoor light was a bit of a challenge, but it is a couple of pictures, at least - far more than I manage of most of my projects these days.
Still haven't found that ancient hard drive, unfortunately, will keep looking. One of the photos I was thinking of was on the newer one I did retrieve some files from, though, the first one here, and I found some other fantastic pictures, too. More picspam to come, probably.
Sweden, late 80's. I don't know any of these people, I just love the style.



Max Andersson and others on Teufelsberg in Berlin in P1 right now, Kulturradion K1. I don't know how many Swedish readers I have, but it's very entertaining and will be available online for the next week at least. I love the Swedish Radio, I really do.
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( Feb. 1st, 2009 07:03 pm)
Much to my surprise I feel just fine today, took a long walk with a friend and had coffee afterwards. She wants some help with a flamingo costume for the local burlesque club in a couple of weeks, so I came up with a suggestion or two, and hopefully I will get to play around with pink tulle and feathers in the next week or two, maybe make a beak too - that would be fun.

Isn't animals a dull theme, though? I'm sure there will be hundreds of pussycat and bunny costumes, and maybe one or two really clever and funny animal costumes, like E's shrimp suit. Not at all tempted to go with the theme myself, I think I'll try to flesh out the Carmen Miranda turban a little instead. I would love to get hold of a taxidermied bird for it, but I might try to make a bird wing myself.

We didn't take any pictures of the green shirt yesterday night, unfortunately - A was in no shape to hold a camera. I'll try to amend that as soon as possible. It turned out allright, I'm always displeased with something, but it looks pretty good.