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Leopard Dress (after Nicky Wire)

Added Jul 6, 2013

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






My favourite band, Manic Street Preachers, don’t tour down here often, but they announced they were touring so they could also follow the British and Irish Lions Rugby tour. I don’t care about rugby, but getting to see the Manics again – and at both their Australian shows – was absolutely a must. It’s winter here now, so I needed something to wear at their Melbourne show that would mean I didn’t freeze. I found this Leopard print knit at Lincraft, and it was the perfect thing to use. The manics (or particularly, their bass player, Nicky Wire) have an aesthetic of glitter, leopard print, feather boas, and military prints, so leopard print knit was a shining beacon calling to me!

The pattern I used is a 1960s pattern, Butterick 3635. I’m not a fan of Butterick patterns because they’re often badly cut and oversized. I’d hoped being a vintage pattern this pattern wouldn’t have that problem, but it was far too long and shapeless when I put it together. So I made the back darts bigger and folded the hem up higher than the pattern asked for, and wore it with a belt to make it fit. Despite that, I do like this pattern, it has French darts which I love, and the collar has an interesting scalloped feature to it, which I accented with brown embroidery thread.

These photos weren’t taken on the day of the gig; we were busy during the day and it was too dark in the evening (plus there wasn’t anywhere good to take the photos properly). So these were taken at home on a nice sunny morning, but I am wearing the same outfit – pink cable knit tights and gold glittered high top sneakers – that I wore last Friday night.

Photos by Ezzles, except the last one, which is the glorious Nicky Wire.

Material Notes

1 metre knit
Embroidery thread




Garment Type
Mod, Rock


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