Anyhow, here is what has been taking up most of my time lately:
My coat design, inspired by the 1930s (we had to pick a decade). Features a beaded waistband and exposed gold zip.
Swatching, left (the silk below will become wide palazzo style pants, inspired by the 1930s "beach pajamas). At right, the beginning of the beading process - about 1/4 done with the waistband!
At left, crystals being used. I ordered 425 and if you'd believe it, that's ending up being HALF the amount I need! At right, a close-up of the beading.
See why I've been busy? :)