Been busy working, traipsing around Malmö on a short weekend trip, seeing Laibach and a few other bands I don't care that much about, a couple of friends I do care very much about, and finally battling the mother of all colds. I won, but it took a while, and it was no fun at all.
The glove project hasn't made any progress, didn't really have time for it before we went among a heap of work projects, so I made another black garrison cap to match another little black wiggle dress with military-inspired details for the Malmö expedition instead. I'm getting good at it, and I have no less than four almost, but not quite identical black garrison caps now, to match two dresses, a skirt and a jacket. Maybe five, or six, I may have forgotten one or two. I don't think anyone notices much difference between them, but I feel good knowing that it's not just made of a similar plain black fabric, but the
same plain black fabric as the dress, with a matching button in front.
Malmö was fun, even with that cold sneaking up on me; Laibach were very good, if not quite as good as they were at the start of the same tour a little over a year ago in Stockholm. Still, it was completely worth traveling down for, as I think it's pretty likely that we will not get to her the Volk songs on coming tours; and electriXmas
, a one-night industrial festival that was held the same night in co-operation with the Laibach gig at another venue across the street, was fun, too, with a couple of good bands and lots of fun people to watch. I wore one of the aforementioned black wiggle dresses with matching garrison cap - ( picture behind cut. )
Now I'm having a couple of weeks off, and I think I'll use some of the time to work on a few projects of my own - I really need to begin working on some corset projects for a planned show, but I'm low on hardware at the moment, will have to do something about that. I am going to do some work on a pretty simple waist cincher for myself, in a gorgeous, sturdy black cotton fabric with a narrow, textured black-on-black vertical stripe pattern - it's hard to describe, rather simple, but incredibly pretty. I'll have to get some pictures of the various items I've made from it - that skirt I split during the Nitzer Ebb show, for instance.
The corset is going to have a functional button closure over the busk, anyway, because I'm sick and tired of looking at busks, but I love buttons. I happen to have the perfect buttons making their way here across the Atlantic as I write - namely, these babies:
Black plastic, American Red Cross. No idea how old they are - not very, I think, which is just as well, because that means that they will hopefully stand up to gentle machine washing. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I'm fond of uniforms, military styling and details in general; I've even done a tiny bit of collecting in the past, although mostly just female uniforms that I could wear myself, most of them nurse uniforms. These buttons speak to that side of me (mostly they said "buy us! buy us!").
They will be gorgeous on a strict little corset, with a pencil skirt in the same fabric, a plain cotton shirt with short puff sleeves, striped cotton shoulder straps, buttoned down with a couple of these, and a garrison cap in the same striped cotton with yet another one of these buttons in front.