Almost a month ago I mentioned that I was making a pair of panniers. The panniers are long since done, I wore them, but I haven’t had a chance to photograph them properly and blog about them.
I’m calling these the Mistletoe Panniers, because the fabric reminds me of mistletoe.
Occasionally as I was making them up Nanny Ogg would come and sit in my brain and smirk and drop suggestions that making undergarments for one’s nether regions out of mistletoe patterned fabric is rather indiscrete. Then Granny glared at her and Magrat looks confused. My brain is complicated.
I’ve used Norah Waugh’s pannier pattern from Corsets & Crinolines – basic, easy, and oh-so-quick to make up.
For my waist tie and the channels for the pannier hooping I used this fabulous twill tape that I picked up in Napier on a road trip with the Naiad a year ago. I bought 10 huge rolls of it for $1 a roll – score! It’s lovely and strong and just the right width for the hoop channels.
For my hooping I used the very last of my stock of cloth-covered steel hoopskirt boning from Lacis. Sigh. Now I need to wait for my next US trip, or suck it up and pay for shipping if I want any more. And either way, I need to plan ahead for new panniers or bustles or hoopskirts. I simply haven’t been able to find anything here that really does the trick properly. I love New Zealand, but sometimes being at the end of the world sucks!
The best thing about these panniers? I took detailed notes and pictures as I made them up, so that I can publish a tutorial on how to make your own pair. They are really so simple that you don’t need a pattern (there is, or was, a pattern online via Tidens Toj, but they have just updated their website and none of my links work, and I can’t find anything!), but a tutorial should help.
So keep a watch out in a week or two, when I have a bit more time!