The challenges for the 2019 Historical Sew Monthly have been announced! I am excited to read about it but… also feel rather unsure about my participation, since in 2018 I didn’t get to many of the challenges at all. I made lots of things in 2018… (like the collapsible and packable truncated hennin to the left) just not a lot that worked with the challenges at the timeframe of the challenges…
Still, each year I do a post with what I’m thinking of and what I’d like to do… so this year is no different. Perhaps it will help inspire me!
- January: Dressed to the Nines: make something fancy so you’ll be ‘dressed to the nines’ – whether its the full outfit, or a little accessory. Or look at the challenge in a different way, and make something from a year ending in 9 (find a portrait or fashion plate or mention to support the date), or even an item with 9 major design elements (9 buttons down the front, 9 tucks in a petticoat etc).
- February: Linen/linens: make something out of linen, or that falls under the older definition of linens: ie: underclothes (lingerie literally means linen)
- March: Sewing Kit: create an item that makes use of your favourite sewing tool, instrument, or gadget; or an item made for your historical sewing kit (huswif, pinball)
- April: Upping your game: make something that really stretches you and that works on the bits that you tend to rush through or skimp on.
- May: Florals: Create an item that features flowers in some way
- June: Favourite Technique: make an item using your favourite sewing or embellishment technique.
- July: Unexpected: make an item with an unexpected feature. Will it be a snazzy lining, a hidden pocket, or something else? Surprise us!
- August: Out of a Portrait: lift a garment out of a portrait, and make it up to include in your wardrobe.
- September: Everyday: It’s not all special occasion frocks. Make something that would have been worn or used for everyday.
- October: Details: Sometimes the little things really make something fabulous. Focus on the details of your garment, to create something that just gets better the closer you look.
- November: Above the Belt: No hitting low! Let’s keep things on the up and up as the year closes, and make something worn above the belt.
- December: On a Shoestring: It’s an expensive time of year, so make an item on a tight budget (say, under $15, or less than you’d spend on a reasonable priced takeaway meal for one person in your country – and no ‘stash’ doesn’t count as free: you still have to count what you would have originally paid for those items 😉 )
Ideas (not a plan..)
|Month||Theme||Idea||What did I make?|
|January||Dressed to the nines||Really not sure… I feel like I don’t have the time to get started on something super fancy. MAYBE the Cross-tree headdress…
Ottoman empire blue and striped coat with silver ball buttons – are there 9?
|February||Linens||Finnish herringbone linen underdress
Red Tudor petticoat
|Saint Birgitta’s cap|
|March||Sewing kit||Well both huswifs & pinballs are later periods than what I sew for… but my favourite tool is the loop turner (tied perhaps with my mother-of-pearl handle awl). Not really sure either way here.|
|April||Upping your game||Erk.. my biggest “rush through” is doing machine sewing instead of hand-sewing, so if I do that… it’s going to be a SMALL project! LOL
Late-period sack-back Spanish gown (Alcega) this is my unicorn project atm, since I don’t really feel I’m ready for it yet.
The pleated linen Egyptian gown might work here too. It’s both simple and complex.
|May||Florals|| Perhaps an Ottoman Carnation, or a floral damask for Italian? Alternately naalbind something with the marigold & aster dyed yarn?
The gold silk Houppelande – the pattern of the silk is floral
1920s style kimono robe like the one at Rite of Ritual
Sideless surcote in a floral-ish fabric? Would it be the right kind of print?
|June||Favourite Technique||I think my favourite sewing / embellishment technique is probably self-fabric bias.. Though this lends itself to a lot of different garments.
|August||Out of a portrait||German Camp follower (woodcut instead of portrait)
Viking (from one of the pendants perhaps)
Fur-trimmed burgundian gown
Finnish underdress or peplos
|October||Details||Blue and silver Italian renaissance under dress with lacing rings
pleated linen Egyptian gown
|November||Above the Belt||Few of my costumes involve just tops or blouses – most are dresses, full length coats, etc… so I might interpret this as a shawl, or hat.|
|December||On a Shoestring||Not sure – but using fabrics from the Grandmother’s Fabric sale will likely help me make something within budget!|
Still on my UFO and wish-list
- Red silk Bliaut (UFO)
- Green diamond Bliaut (UFO)
- Parti-coloured sideless surcoat
- Just more surcoats – finding them really easy to wear when I want to go simple with a great hat
- Cross-tree headdress
- Fancy Burgundian gown
- Gold silk Houppelande (needs new collar)
- Starched linen ruffled veil
Finnish / Viking
- naalbound shawl, bag
- Heavily coiled Finnish apron (stretch goal)
- Finnish herringbone linen under dress
- Diamond twill (wool blend) coat
- Diamond twill (faux, knit) shawl
- Hedeby bags – possibly out of diamond twill cotton
- Viking Age Norse leather shoes
- Finnish basket headdress
- Simple ‘everyday’ kirtle
- Petticoat (red?)
- Gown (stretch goal) to coordinate with French Hood(s)
- Finish 2 French Hoods
- Pleated linen Egyptian Middle Kingdom gown
1500s German camp-follower
- Gown in navy & brown perhaps?
- Coordinating amazing starfish hat
- Coordinating gollar (need to figure out acceptable colour schemes)
1480s Italian Renaissance
- Blue and silver under-dress with silver lacing rings
- Overdress to coordinate with blue-and-silver under dress
- Large-scale damask over-dress (currently ivory and black, possibly over-dye)
- Grey or blue chenille over dress
- Purple dress (UFO from the 2014 yellow challenge)
- Cocoon coat (that purple devore velvet? red roses?)
- 1920s style kimono robe like the one at Rite of Ritual
- Blue and striped coat (WIP)
- additional vest at some point?
- red jacket (WIP UFO)