I made this.

The first time I saw the press-kit photo of Jimmy Page on the wall of the School of Rock, I was in love. Not with Jimmy, though his sloppy, many-layered solos and his squinty eyes are timeless and sexy. With the suit, the suit of dragons and poppies. It’s not a suit just any man can pull off, especially without good reason.

But a girl? A girl could wear the hell out of that suit! So when Serena signed up for the School of Rock’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin, I knew what had to be done—and, true to form, I waited until the last minute to get on it. Last Saturday, with a week to go, I dragged a friend to some thrift shops in search of white pants and a white jacket, and when I blew ten bucks on three pairs of too-tight white jeans, I dragged my kid with me to the Belair Road Goodwill. I hit the jackpot.

In case you want to know the details so you can try this at home (and you can!), I did a Google search for “dragon” and “dragon art” and “dragon clip art” and “dragon suit” “jimmy hendrix.” I didn’t find a single beast I liked, so I combined the perfect clip-art dragon head with the body of some guy’s back tattoo, using a cut-out filter to turn the photo into art. When I liked the results, I printed the dragon out (it took four transfers—it’s about 26″ long) three times, and ironed it on the clothing. I did the same thing with some clip-art poppies. Then I painted over everything with fabric paint, slopping some glitter-filled house paint on the dragon scales.

Every day, my daughter walks by the pants hanging on the door of the armoire in the living room, and she says, “Those are some fucking awesome pants.”

Hey, I make some good stuff. My kid is the best of the best stuff I make.

Serena—and her suit—are on about a third of the songs at this weekend’s School of Rock tribute to Led Zeppelin (4:00 Saturday, 1:00 Sunday at the Recher; $10). If you are in the area (and not watching the playoffs), come watch these amazing teenage musicians show off the chops they’ve been polishing since September, and throw yourself right back to 1975, at the Capital Centre. If I’d been born yet, I’d have gone with Andrea Palefsky.

I heard Page didn’t wear The Suit that night. We’ve got that show beat.

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10 Comments

  1. Kim Hosey January 14, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    I love everything about this — the idea, your tenacity, and of course the result. And your fucking awesome kid.

    She is going to rock so hard.

  2. HY-Girl January 14, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Ditto what Kim said! Wish I could be there for the show!

  3. jodi January 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    SO. AWESOME. seriously.

  4. Elizabeth (Beth) Westmark January 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    My 17 year old granddaughter wants to live in your house. She would especially like to wear that outfit for her next black belt stripe testing.

  5. Sheri J. Booker January 19, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    You're like the best rock mom ever! Is there anything you can't do??

  6. Jason Lee March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I'm not a rich guy,
    but I would pay you to make an outfit for me…
    A black version of this suit, except a bit tighter fit
    & maybe a long sleeved black knit shirt instead of a jacket,
    (my ab's won't let me be that bold & daring.
    LOVE the big flare on the bottom of the leg,

    This really looks GREAT.
    Guys can't buy stuff like this ANYwhere but girls can, right off the rack in Walmart for pete's sake!!!!
    SO not fair… 🙁

    I'm not from Beverly Hills,
    just a guy w/a wife & kid,
    that plays in bands on weekends.

    If you can get them done before the end of April,
    I'll be wearing your clothes for 3 nights here: http://www.vegasexperience.com

  7. Leslie F. Miller March 13, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    @Jason Lee Well, I'd just be happy if you read the post. I don't sew. I bought the clothes at Goodwill, ironed on a transfer, and painted on top of that. Wish I could make my fortune making clothes for bands, but I'm just an impoverished writer.

  8. Anonymous April 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Beautiful work. I tried to find a copy of the dragon you used but havn't had any luck. If you still have a copy of the dragon image, please email it to me. Thanks. daniel.hoffniggles @ gmail.com

  9. Anonymous October 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Hi there, i just would like to let you know that i really love what you did here and i was wondering that if you still had the dragon design would you mind emailing it to me please? mchllcrc@aol.com thank you

  10. Kurt November 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Hello, along with some others I've also spent a ridiculous amount of time scouring the internet for dragons so I can make some custom high SPF pants to play tennis in here in the sunny desert so along with the others before me I'm posting to ask if you can email the image files. Thanks, Kurt pdxkurt @ hotmail . com