How rad is this weeks challenge? the 1970′s!! I know right! there are so many options, we have: Body Stockings in lycra to do the Lady Bump in at Studio 54. Flared trouser suits or jumpsuits in heavy crepes, wool jersey or polyester, to solve a crime in like the spunky Charlie’s Angel girls. Maybe a Diane Von Furstenberg wraparound dress, or perhaps would you prefer the androgynous look of Diane Keaton in Woody Allens, Annie Hall? You know where I’m heading right? straight back to 1977 to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shop ‘Seditionaries’
In high school my friend handed me a tape with the words ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ scribbled over the TDK label, she said stop listening to that New Romantic crap and put this in your walkman. Not long after, the Simon Le Bon poster was pulled down from my wall and was quickly replaced with the glaring eyes and snarl of Johnny Rotten, he was, my new Jesus.
This week I have my very own Johnny Rotten and Nancy Spungen—I wouldn’t wish Nancy’s life on anyone, but for the sake of this post and punk rock, lets just go with it.
My daughter, Nancy, has been eyeing off my 2m for $2 red tartan/plaid in my stash for months, asking for a pair of pants just like these. It’s a pity it took a sewing challenge for me to pull my finger out to get the job done, so I immediately went into fifth gear this week and made two pairs. Yep! Johnny’s snarl turned into a smile. Best mum in the world right here! but, there was a trade off…photo’s.
Both Johnny & Nancy slipped into character without any drama’s, they were both very professional and looked absolutely smashing in their new bondage pants; I think these pants are timeless—well they must be if your ‘cool as’ kids are asking you to make them a pair some 35 years after their initial creation. I watched Johnny’s attitude alter as he slipped into the zippered and bound pants, it was like he took on the whole punk rock persona as we walked the streets of Collingwood and Fitzroy. These clothes changed him, he just morphed into this kid I couldn’t stop admiring. Clothes are powerful like that.
Each pair took around 3 hours to complete, I copied the pattern from a pair of pants they both fit into comfortably. Both pairs are different in their own little ways just like their new owners. I spent a huge $5 on rings and zips for the front closures. I had a stack of open-ended zippers that were given to me years ago that I had no use for till now, the dog-clips I had buried in a bag in my junk draw. Nancy’s Doc Martens were found at the Trash ‘n’ treasure for $2 and Johnny’s at the opp shop for $5. Johnny’s T-shirt is mine from my youthful anarchic days as a rebellious punk *coughs*. We all know how much this outfit would cost brand new? God damn, I love my Janome.
Will you look at the attitude bursting from Johnny’s fingers? He’s getting ready to play the 100 Club later. Nancy’s waiting for the Bromley Contingent to turn up so they can wreak havoc at the gig as per usual.
This weeks challenge was super fun, I’m dead chuffed with how the pants turned out and I’m particularly pleased that both Johnny and Nancy loved wearing them. I’m also happy to be behind the camera for a change. AND to add to all this happiness I just read that next weeks challenge is all about plaid. Plaid, plaid and even more plaid. Oh what to make, w h a t t o m a k e?