spent a along time daydreaming of this, my idea was that someone crafty, clever, elegant, satin wearing girl was lost on an island... thus adding scraps and shells to her original bodice over time.
i used a pattern--made a mock-up and fitted it to me, then made my own. it has zip-tie boning, which worked wonderfully. the outside is brocade from a little set of 4, all golden. the inside is pirate my original idea was to wear it with a brocade skirt, deconstructed to look like seaweed and ocean had crept in, these pictures are how i wore it in the desert.
the close up pictures are post burning man, so dusty, but i suppose that adds to the effect?
not easy to hoop in, couldn't feel the hoop
details... there are shell designs running up the front seams, beads and patches sewn on here and there...
and the secret fun part... pirates on the inside
it can be worn inside out... the skulls glow in blacklight