Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Butterick 2907 meets Sid Vicious

How do you get from this nice, mid 60's raglan sleeve dress:

'Can I help you?'
To this punk inspired party number:

'Are you wasting my time'

This view looks like a superhero outfit
Close up of the zip sleeve detail
Words failed me when I tried to explain my inspiration, so see if you can figure it out from these photos -

Sid Vicious. I've been waiting for an opportunity to wear one of these belts since I was 13 years old.

Zandra Rhodes punk inspired collection from the 1970's.
Catherine Deneuve in 'The Hunger' - I've always loved the 40's as filtered through the 70's.
Jean Brooks in 'The 7th Victim' (1943) - creepy horror about Satanists in New York. They use a beauty parlour as a front for their evil activities!
Anya Phillips - manager of the Mudd Club. Classic sexy punk.
Debbie Harry in Stephen Sprouse

John Willie's 'Bizarre' Magazine - kinky stuff, but some brilliantly sexy images.

I made this dress specifically for the annual explosion of alcohol fuelled frustration known as my work Christmas Party. It started off civilised enough, but after a few hours of free prosecco, soaked up with a couple of canapes, scenes like this were commonplace:

Trying to pretend I'm a model in 'Bizarre' Magazine

'Not more dancing on tables, I already had my turn! Oh, alright - since you insist'

And yes, those are latex stockings in the 2 photos above - well, you only live once, and hey, it was Christmas! And now I'm probably going to end up with all sorts of weird search words on my blog stats ......


  1. Oh! that sleeve is flawless!I love your dress and Sid Vicious's belt and Jhon Willie's allure goes perfectly with it..very inspiring!

  2. You are a genius. The dress is magnifique and you look stunning in those pics.

  3. Wow, you really did a number on that dress! Love how you spiced it up!

  4. Love the dress! Thank you so much for all the lovely goodies you sent me - everything is just beautiful!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. God Golly Miss Molly!!! UTTERLY AMAZING!!! Those sleeves are just genius! 2907 certainly has a saucy sister! and you wear it with the perfect amount of sass!! Fabulous!!

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  7. Amor,
    how did I miss this post?
    You totally belong on the cover of Bizarre you sexpot biatch!
    that dress is gorgeously vampire gothica meets 80's.
    now I want latex stockings.


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