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The Fall of Tights


20july00120july002(This is one for the ladeez, or the gentlemen who would like the secrets of womanhood revealed.)

When I was in high school, we had to wear a uniform that consisted of a tartan kilt, a red bow tie on a plastic noose, a radiant blue jersey, a white polyester shirt and beige wool tights. My kilt would lose its crisp pleats days out of the dry cleaner’s and become festooned with patches of dried food, and my tights would work their way down, leaving me to walk around school hoisting them up as I went. All the girls did the same – we had a special cowboy reach-for-the-shotguns walk. I never wore my tie at my collar – when I remembered it, I wore it pinned behind the V of my jersey, flipping it out whenever a uniform-crazed teacher came by. My German teacher used to joke that we looked like breastfeeding mothers, pulling out our boobs for our babies. I was so relieved when my uniform days ended, but I continued to wear tights. The problem with tights is that you never remember that they are the ones to fall down until you’re halfway down the street and you find yourself waddling.

This reminded me of a comic I wrote about Katherine Mansfield’s tights (not that hers were falling down but she dyed them herself):


I start my residency next week, and that’s when I start my Katherine Mansfield graphic novel in earnest! I will be spending most of my time in Devonport, and a bit of my time at Auckland University.

Other news – next week I will be at Zine fest, launching issue 3 and 4 of my Let Me Be Frank comics. I will blog about it soon! And again, if you can’t make it to the zine fest and you want some copies, please email me: sarahelizabethlaing at

And, in The Fall of Light news, here’s a review on bFM and here’s a tantalising first paragraph of the Listener review.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/07/2013 9:00 pm

    I gave up on tights. If I found ones with long legs, the waists were too big…so I stick to hold-ups, though they come with their own set of peculiarities!

    Good luck with your residencies – very excited for you! The Mansfield taster drawings are great.

  2. 20/07/2013 9:05 pm

    Well, you’re ‘irresistible’. Fantastic! Nice bFM review too. I love how they discussed your Rudy like he’s real. Well done. Good luck with the residency. And with the tights. 🙂

  3. 21/07/2013 1:34 am

    This explains a lot.

  4. Alison Paulin permalink
    21/07/2013 8:21 pm

    half way through Fall of Light – really enjoying the story – and the writing! Thanks Sarah.

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      21/07/2013 10:18 pm

      Thanks, Alison! I hope you keep on enjoying it!

  5. 22/07/2013 4:34 pm

    Haha you saw me on the way to school last year didn’t you? I had to sneak between the teachers’ cars to hoist mine up.

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