Historical Sew Fortnightly (Monthly) 2015 index

As I did in my 2014 index, I wanted to show off in one spot what I made for each of the 2015 challenges. This year the creator decided to only do a monthly challenge instead of a twice-per-month challenge, so there are a lot fewer challenges, with more time between each to work. In some cases this meant I could spend a lot more time on each project, but realistically it just meant that I used the challenges as jumping of points to other projects which I completed outside of the HSF timeline.

White UFO Camicia

Finished camica. Photo taken after event so I look a bit ragged, hence the blurred face!

Finished camica. Photo taken after event so I look a bit ragged, hence the blurred face!

January – Foundationsmake something that is the foundation of a period outfit.

For this challenge my fabric didn’t come in time for the event I needed this for, so I opted to take an unfinished project (UFO) and re-make it into a Camicia for my Italian Renaissance costume.

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Blue silk sideless surcote

 

Blue silk sideless surcote (over a silver silk underdress)

Blue silk sideless surcote (over a silver silk underdress)

To go along with the dark silver underdress, I made a blue silk sideless surcote as a slightly ‘upgraded’ version of the sideless surcote I made earlier.

The blue silk was from 3-star fabrics in Calgary, but I forget how much it was. It’s not at all slubby – it’s very smooth :)

I used the same pattern, and trimmed the dress in black dupioni silk. I know that dupioni is a bit too slubby to be ‘upper class’ – but I didn’t use a lot of it, and I didn’t have any other smooth silk to use (and no inclination to go out and hunt some down…)

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Re-fashion: Turisas shirt alteration

Skull-print circle skirt (with an altered Turisas band shirt)

altered Turisas band shirt

I love the Finnish band Turisas, but I NEVER wore the tour shirt that I bought in Toronto, when I flew there from Calgary JUST for the show… (I was going out of the country a few days later, and would be missing their slightly-closer-to-home show in Vancouver because of the trip). Finally, I got around to altering/modifying the t-shirt from the boxy square shape into something a bit more interesting.. and I thought I’d show it off here!

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Black & White Skull Print Circle Skirt

Skull-print circle skirt (with an altered Turisas band shirt)

Skull-print circle skirt (with an altered Turisas band shirt)

1950s style circle skirt in a skull & crossbones cotton print.

1950s style circle skirt in a skull & crossbones cotton print.

After finishing off the blue taffeta circle skirt, I quickly wanted to make the skirt up again in a new fabric – the pattern cuts up so quickly, sews up so quickly, and I’ve had a lot of fun wearing my skull-print skirt from before, and I love how it wears too – so once I was on a roll, I wanted to keep it  up.

From my stash of skull-print fabrics, I picked out another black and white skull print, this time a much larger print; much more white than black, but I still thought it would be cute.  Just like the original skull-print skirt, it’s just a cotton print, so it’s lightweight which means it should hang nicely with or without the crinoline under it.

The hem is a wide band of horsehair nylon braid, which gives the circle skirt nice shape and fullness – plus I didn’t need to worry about hemming the wide circle.

Skull-print circle skirt (with an altered Turisas band shirt)

Skull-print circle skirt (with an altered Turisas band shirt)

I really need to start taking photos in daylight!