Lazy Tights

Lazy Tights

Ok, so I did this bout of tights cutting up as a feature for a magazine a while back, but it seemed a shame to not put it on the blog seeing as the mag will have limited circulation.  I repeat, it was a hasty experimentation that needs fine tuning but then again, when have I ever given you guys pictures of perfection?  Work in progress, slow and steady wins the race, unfinished results and all that….yup, that’s me.  Seriously though, when the next season of lycra tights wearing comes about, a proper investigation will be undertaken to see how the waist bands of tights, legs and toes can be cut up in various ways and used to good effect, because right now, the bloody sun has come out and I’m sorry, but my mosquito bitten gams are going bare and I don’t give a crap who sees them. 

I present you the cheapie Primark tights cut-up rage making bandeau tops, tight skirts, sleeves and hair sculpting bands… with 1st time trial messy imperfections that hopefully come next winter will be alright for the night…


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  1. Anna

    2008-05-05 at 1:29 PM

    That’s something I’d never thought of doing, never….. It actually works when you make it into a skirt. Love the t-shirt, love the colours.

  2. missmilki

    2008-05-05 at 2:02 PM

    Thats a great idea. I hate when you get a great new pair of tights in some hard to find colour and they rip after you wear them just once. I never want to throw them out, it seems like such a waste…next time I’ll try some of these ideas! Thanks!

  3. alicepleasance

    2008-05-05 at 2:48 PM

    Having a thing for color block skirts, I like them a lot this way 🙂

  4. giancinephile

    2008-05-05 at 2:55 PM

    The effect is very Herve Leger!
    I love it… creative! haha

  5. Winnie

    2008-05-05 at 3:05 PM

    oooh, very fun 🙂

  6. WendyB

    2008-05-05 at 3:44 PM

    Very Herve Leger.

  7. ally

    2008-05-05 at 4:04 PM

    the pink headband tights is fantastic

  8. evie

    2008-05-05 at 4:17 PM

    ooo… i quite like how this looks as a skirt.

  9. anna

    2008-05-05 at 4:25 PM

    I give you points for trying. I often wonder what to do with old tights. I like what you did with the sleeves and the color block on the legs. I myself have made sleeves out of freaky patterned tights…good work. Let us know what else you come up with. Like you, I am convinced there are a million things I could and should be doing with these stretch pieces of fabric.

  10. selina

    2008-05-05 at 5:21 PM

    ooooo how interesting! i love the tops! can tights have no end possibilities?

  11. floraposte

    2008-05-05 at 6:06 PM

    I do a bellydance class and one of things the teacher recommends for when you are too cold in the costume is to cut the feet off tights and wear them as a shrug. It looks good under a sleeveless t-shirt too!

  12. Hanna

    2008-05-05 at 6:21 PM

    I love the rainbow bandage skirt! Were the bands stitched together or just worn over another skirt? Is it grotesquely unforgiving to any presence of fat?

  13. MER

    2008-05-05 at 6:52 PM

    I love the last picture!!!

  14. enc

    2008-05-05 at 7:22 PM

    A cool idea. I like the colors together!

  15. Amy

    2008-05-05 at 7:44 PM

    oh wow. I love the bandeau idea. I never can find one that quite fits me, so hopefully this will work!

  16. Kyky

    2008-05-05 at 8:11 PM

    Amazing idea! Will they fray at all when the ends are cut?

  17. Anonymous

    2008-05-05 at 9:02 PM

    i love the blog but good heavens girl, quit tryin to look awkward when youre takin photos of yourself. do you scrunch you shoulders like that when you walk down the street?

  18. miss. lee

    2008-05-05 at 10:00 PM

    congrats, saw your blog featured in the new asos may mag 🙂 x

  19. Cupcakes and Cashmere

    2008-05-06 at 12:03 AM

    Though worn together or separately, I love the bright pops of color that the headbands bring to your dark hair. So pretty!

  20. Anonymous

    2008-05-06 at 12:04 AM

    i used to make sleeves out of patterned tights when i was a kid! i really like the skirt idea i might try that out..which bits did you cut?

  21. belle

    2008-05-06 at 12:39 AM

    the skirt looks wicked.

  22. Jill

    2008-05-06 at 1:30 AM

    My favourite would have to be the bandage style skirt, and sweet colour choices!

  23. angelastories

    2008-05-06 at 5:36 AM

    For me,I’d like change the pink one into yellow.It would be sharpper.

  24. a dreamer

    2008-05-06 at 9:25 AM

    i cut up some tights a while back but i couldn’t get the edges to stop rolling up.
    you got any ideas on how to stop that?

  25. susie_bubble

    2008-05-06 at 9:28 AM

    Hanna: Nah, they weren’t stitched together but they should be really… they were just worn on top of one another over really thick opaque tights.
    Kyky: They don’t fray and surprisingly they didn’t curl either which is what I expected them to do…I think it does depend on the tights too…
    Miss Lee: Ah…haven’t seen that yet!
    Anon: Yup… I am the special slouchy one…
    Anon: For the skirt, I cut out the waistbands of the tights… the ‘top’ bit as it were…
    Angelastories: Yes, except Primark didn’t have a good shade of yellow…more neon than mustard…

  26. susie_bubble

    2008-05-06 at 9:31 AM

    A dreamer: It’s odd how these cheapie tights did not curl up…. other than stitching them down, I don’t really know how to combat the problem…applying a little clear nail polish to the edges to weight it down is another idea but ruins the colour of the tights I guess….

  27. Imelda Matt

    2008-05-06 at 10:00 AM

    loves it!!!

  28. Cate

    2008-05-06 at 12:19 PM

    cool! i love your fashion experiments! you inspired me to get a bandeau dress – you know, herve leger.
    and thanks for your comment. i’m always happy if someone comments on my music or youtube madness ^^

  29. super kawaii mama

    2008-05-06 at 12:31 PM

    I love the sleeves. I think a set of these with cut up fishnets over the top as arm warmers could be right up my alley.

  30. Francis Girard

    2008-05-06 at 12:34 PM

    ps susie i love your “awkward” photos, i think they are super creative, edgy and young. keep it up lady. always a fan. xf

  31. mica

    2008-05-06 at 12:44 PM

    I like the headband idea best 🙂 very original though, and so colourful too!

  32. fashionherald

    2008-05-06 at 8:30 PM

    love the headbands and plaid shirt ones…reminds me of years ago donna k. did black headbands on the runway, all made out of black opaques-inspired by an assistant.

  33. Ayesha D.

    2008-05-07 at 3:31 AM

    You have such nice hair o_O.

  34. Make Do & Mend

    2008-05-07 at 9:21 AM

    Love it! Such fun and lots of colour

  35. Make Do & Mend

    2008-05-07 at 9:21 AM

    Love it! Such fun and lots of colour

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    2008-05-07 at 10:53 PM

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  37. lady coveted

    2008-05-12 at 11:54 AM

    oh my… i had this in my starred folder… you look amazing in tights.. wow

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