A while ago I posted a picture of a top I was working on. Tbe plan was to customise an M & S undergarment with chainmaille and scales to make it look steampunky. I quite fancy doing more of these because with a minimum of chainmaille you can get maximum effect, if you see what I mean. A proper full chainmaille top can literally take weeks of work and the materials alone cost a fortune. Customising items is quicker, plus I can get more precise sizes if the base garments are pre-chosen by the customer.
Well, that was a waffly paragraph, I’m just thinking aloud and justifying my reasons for pulling a perfectly good piece of lingerie in pieces and sewing bits of metal onto it. Here’s how it looked the first time I blogged about this. It looks rather different now as you can see in later photographs.
You can see above that all the chains are pinned rather than sewn in place and that the straps are still intact. After a lot of pondering, I changed my mind about this design. The scales looked too much and the chains on the seams would restrict the flexibility of the material. Plus the metal rose on the bust looked like a big bobble …sooooooo I took the straps off and attached a japanese weave choker with chains supporting the bust – added a dangling pendant with a sparkle of red beads and scales to emphasise the neckline – echoed the pendant design along the bust and finally, I sewed solid metal rings that look like studs below the bust and around the back so the design continues right along the bra line.
My dad doesn’t know what steampunk is and I swear he thought it was some weird fashion to do with odd people, alternative music and steamtrains. My mum thought it was ‘interesting’ and fekkit, I like it anyway!
This is for sale if anyone is interested, although you do have to be a 34B. It is £50 plus postage and it’s completely unique. the materials are bright aluminium and they are glass beads, I think the ‘studs’ are steel, although I can’t be sure as they’re upcycled from an old bracelet. If you think I can do any customisation for you, please do let me know. Happy to help, any suggestions as to further projects, contacts with people or businesses who would be interested in selling things like this, anything……would be appreciated. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it wouldn’t do if we were all the same would it.
P.S I’m not modelling this so don’t ask me. 😉