Historical Sew Monthly 2022 & sewing wish list

I’ve been working over the past week or so on cleaning up my sewing space (again…) with the hopes of getting a few sewing projects done over the next few months.

However, given what my mood and whatnot have been like over the past few months, I really don’t have a lot of hope I’m afraid.

Still, I wanted to make up my wish-list just to print out and keep in my sewing space to try to motivate myself, and thought while I was at it I’d take a look at the Historical Sew Monthly list for 2022.

This year they seem to be focusing a lot more on smaller projects which feels SO much more approachable to me – but we’ll see how I do!

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2021 – year in review

Last year I summed up what I’d been up to in 2020, so now I’ll come back and do it once again for 2021.

For anyone who can see how frequently I posted, and what I posted about – you’ll know that it was not a particularly good year for me.  I have been struggling with a lot of things, including keeping up with my beginning -of-the-year creative intentions, my hopes, and my endless to-do list/wish list.

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Financial accessibility in costuming communities

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

I wanted to talk a little about attempts to make costuming, cosplay, sewing (etc) more financially accessible to people who think that it’s too expensive to do well, to compete, to join in all.the.things that are out there.

In the last while it’s really jumped out at me – well-meaning folks who truly want to share the thing they love with as many people who want to be there as possible. There’s this big push “join us, it doesn’t have to be expensive!”

Much 🖤🖤🖤 for all those good intentions.

However… saying this kinda thing while posting photos from 3 different conventions in three different cities it becomes clear that a lot of the ideas on “how to save money” are steeped in a lot of economic privilege.
Well-meaning or otherwise – travel is expensive, conventions are expensive, costume college is expensive… While I do not fault anyone for prioritizing these things if they are passionate about them – they are often talking to people who couldn’t prioritize those things even if they wanted to. 

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Pink Ghawazee Vest (a UFO project)

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

Years ago, when I was attending my very first SCA events with my friend Deb (who then moved away, I lost interest, and it was only years later that I gave the SCA another go…) I was looking to make some cool costumes.

I don’t even remember how I came across the Ghawazee coat / vest, though I did end up buying a bunch of coin scarves and belts and things, and took a few belly dancing classes at different events, so I suspect the whole (fairly modern) belly dance + SCA thing was a bit of a trend at the time.

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