Lately I've been working on half a dozen waistcoats and a new set of stays. As the reenacting season starts up again and we gain more opportunities to perform through our dance group, I am becoming resigned to the fact that our costume collection(we already have two plastic tubs full) is doomed to be always growing. Not only do I have a large family to outfit if I want them dressed historically, but the more I organize costume events the more I will (apparently) need to have costumes on hand to loan out. I enjoy the sewing, but the end product just takes up so much space!
As for the stays, I've been wanting to sew a second set for a while now. The one set I have is only a few years old and little used, but they are made of very thick cotton and just a tad too big, which can be uncomfortable in such a fitted garment. I'm using the same pattern that I used for my first set, and I'm finding it easy to recreate again. I had help the first time which makes it easier to remember the instructions. I'm using blue linen as the outer fabric and white linen as the inner lining. These stays are much more dainty than my other set and I look forward to using them well.