Let’s talk about harnesses. They rock. Not only do they make anything you wear them with more form-fitting and show off your boobs in a season of relatively conservative necklines, but I love the ambiguity- light bondage gear with clear echoes of a shoulder holster; dominant and submissive all at once. Plus, I’m all for accessories that let you make more use out of the clothes you have.
However. Leather harnesses are pricey- the ones here are couple hundred bucks each or more, with the possible exception of the Garbage Dress ones (I’m not sure what she charges). The I Heart Norwegian Wood elastic harness is quite affordable at $45, but if you are crafty you can pull one together for under $10 from Joanne’s.
Here is me in one I made using 1/2 inch elastic, an O-ring (in the back between the shoulders, and some super-cute fasteners I found at Joanne’s that rotate to close securely. Please ignore the Troll Doll hair. This was taken back stage at the Bay City Hookers fashion show, and I had hair and makeup on for the show but was still in street clothes! I meant to go as press, but ended up on the runway due to a last-minute model cancellation.
Here is the basic layout on the harness if you want to try your hand at it. It is very similar to the Norwegian Wood one, except that I off-centered the clasps instead of putting them all in a line. The whole thing is constructed of 1/2″ elastic. Sew it like this first, making sure you leave enough elastic for the shoulder pieces to come all the way over and meet the bottom belt. Next make sure everything fits- each belt will probably be a little different, as your ribcage varies in size right there. Then sew the shoulder straps to all three bottom belts and add closures. I got stuck in the fastener aisle for a half hour- so many cute choices! Also make sure you are trying it on as you go over the sort of clothing you plan to wear it over.