To all the people who have asked - the Bandages will be available next week as part of a little mini collection I have been working on. There will also be an old favourite that I get asked about a lot... ;) (hint, hint)
1. My little secret is out - I finally succeeded in making the Bandages work!
TECHNICAL STUFF ALERT! (If you don't like technical clothing design stuff, skip ahead)
Creating a great bandage leggings was a real challenge. These kinds of leggings were known to have a couple of potentially fatal flaws (and by fatal, I mean consigned to the back of the cupboard, half way to Narnia).
- Holes can be stretch too wide when it is put on, leaving big chunks of leg visible.
- Unflattering at the top where the widest part of the leg is, and where the largest holes will be.
- Getting them on the equivalent of wresting a giant tapeworm (i.e. really hard)
So the design had to eliminate all these problems. The most important modification I did was to double up the bandage section, with one piece having the straps going one way, and the other piece having the straps go the other way. This meant that you got great leg coverage, but still kept a very strappy effect.
It also meant that when you pulled them on, great big holes didn't open up - the doubled up section meant that there was always equal force on both sides of each strap, so they wouldn't open up.
Last of all, I did something a little different at the top. I wanted the panty section non-strapped (for obvious reasons) which meant the strapped panels had to finish at the top of the thigh. Instead of having a straight line at the top, I angled it upwards and outwards. It's hard to imagine, but much more flattering (it doesn't 'chop' your legs off).
Anyway, they're very sweet.
3. Worst. Idea. Ever.
4. Flourescent yellow strip going down the crotch. Discuss.
5. Check out these two pics:
How about no. (For reasons why, see pictures above). Although... I am working on a draped dress at the moment. For real!