I've been eyeing this ensemble in my closet for a while - it's the last bit of Mental Health Outfit Planning from several weeks back. Time to wear it!
I built it around this lovely tiger-print linen top, pairing it with a bold bright pink leather. Yes, I'm wearing boots, and yes, it's still August.
- Shirt - Jones New York, consignment; purchased here for $24.00
- Skirt - Evan Davies, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in August 2021 with my optic cardi
- Boots - Rockport, thrifted; last seen here in April with a spring green dress
- Welsh cape (below) - vintage 60s, Dafydd Snowden,thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June
I really like the fit and cut of this top - it will go well with many of my solid bottoms.
My pink leather skirt is getting its annual outing - this is its 17th wearing (Flashback here).
The skirt is quite high-waisted, so I added this leather/metal belt over the shirt to define the waist a bit more.
Masked up - pink for matchy-matchy!
- Mask - by Mom
Outerwear returns! It's cold enough at night now that it's chilly in the mornings.
I found myself wanting gloves on my walk to work.
- Celluloid snake cuff - vintage 1920s, antique shop, Sidney, purchased here for $60.00
- Brown bangles - vintage, Lazy Susan's
- Chain bracelet - thrifted
- Earrings - Biko, consignment
- Wooden ring - Dots
- Bronze Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
- Belt (not shown) - Club Monaco, thrifted; purchased here for $12.00
I added the belt after I took the "bling" picture.
Snake Jacket Art Project, Part I
On Sunday afternoon, L and I have the lovely habit of reading while we listen to music. It's become a wonderfully relaxing and soothing part of our weekend. Instead of my book, I decided to delve into my next art project this week: my tan leather jacket, which I plan on covering in snake, skull and roses motifs.
I'm a methodical person, so I started by gathering my supplies.
Here's the jacket all stripped down - buttons removed from the front. I'll sew the replacement glass buttons on last, as I don't want them to get chipped or dinged.
The holes from the thread remain.
Learning my lesson from the Fluevog Shoe Art Project (end result here), I used the buttons to test all of my pens. Not all ink is created the same, nor are all leathers.
I did a smudge test on all of the different kinds and colours - only the Staedtler didn't smudge or rub off with water.
Fortunately, the lacquer didn't hurt or stain the leather when I tested it on the buttons, so I gave the entire jacket a light spray and then let it air on the deck with all the windows open (and doors shut, phew, it was stinky!).
I also tested my gold pens on the leather.
No smudging - but I reminded myself to give any gold pen-work time to dry before handling it.
Once I realized that most of my pens would just rub off with water, I sketched out the design on the back of the jacket with a grey felt-tipped marker.
There's no going back now - permanent ink is going on it!
I erased my sketching after I got the main lines in, then started working on the roses first, as some of them overlap the snake and skull. I didn't like the snake's head or pattern in the main inspiration picture, so I copied a different head from another image.
I filled in the scale pattern on the snake - this will be further elaborated on with a Zentangle-ish pattern and shading.
Speaking of lumps...
Vizzini, aren't you excited by my new project?
"I can't believe you kept me off my deck for an hour, Woman!"
Silly bub, I can't have you inhaling that stinky spray! Besides, you were sleeping on the laundry most of the afternoon.
"Oh, that's true. The warm t-shirts called to me."
Oh, to be a cat.