Since my neck has been giving me so much trouble, I've had a bit of extra time to think about fun new designs I might like to try. I'm still behind in my orders, trying in particular to get one of these tuxedo dresses completed:
and the back view:
The bodice is all hand sewn, with French seams and tiny 1mm long stitches and since it's white on white, I get snow-blinded if I work on it for more than 10 minutes at a time! Actually it's been near impossible to get anything sewing-related done at all these last 6 weeks, seeing as both off-spring and SO are home distracting me and driving me crazy (and yes, I complain now, but as soon as they go back to school/work respectively, I'll be crying about how I miss them!). Even so, I took a bit of time to make up these high-waist pants, the design for which I'd been mentally tossing around for a bit. They're meant to echo the design of vintage girdles, with all the heavy-duty metal hooks and eyes up the front, and the way they hug the torso. They feel really sexy on, although they're a bit large on me (I'm still fine-tuning cut and construction)!
I'll most likely end up narrowing the leg some more, then I'll make them up in XS, S, M and L.
I've bought a whole bunch of corset tape, hook n eye tape and super wide elastic that I'll be playing around with, exploring the girdle and corset theme. But I imagine nothing will really get off the ground until the school holidays are over!