Historical Sew Fortnightly

I started this blog to track my sewing progress making and remaking new garb, because I wanted to join the Historical Sew Fortnightly group. I’m late to the game, but I’m going to do what I can in the list of challenges.

Below the cut, I’m pasting in the challenges I’m interested in doing for this year, for my own reference. My notes are in bold.


#1: Make Do & Mend – due Wed 15 Jan. Let’s start off the year with a clean slate, and with a bit of a tidy up. Use this challenge as an opportunity to get your historical wardrobe in order by fixing any little bits that have worn out and gone wrong. Alternatively, you could focus on the historical precedent of making-do by re-making something into a historical garments, whether it be a bodice from a worn-out skirt, a chemise from old sheets, a bosom-friend from an old cardigan, or a new historical hat from an old modern one etc. Finally, you could just those people who had to make-do by making something for a historical character who would have scrimped and saved and re-made and mended until the fabric entirely fell apart.

#4: Under it All – due Sat 1 March. Make the foundations of your outfit: the things that go under it to provide the right shape and support, and to protect your fancy outer garments from sweat and grime. (new long-sleeved chemise)

#5: Bodice – Make a bodice – a garment that covers the upper body. You can either abide by the strictest historical sense (see the blog post for history of bodice terminology) or can explore the idea of bodices in a more general sense.

#6: Fairytale – due Tue 1 April: imagine your favourite fairytale set in a specific time period, and make a historical garment inspired by the fairytale.

#7: Tops & Toes – due Tue 15 April. Create an accessory that goes on your head, or on your feet. (Done: St Birgitta’s Cap)

#8: UFOs & PHDs – due Thur 1 May. Use this opportunity to finish off something that’s never quite gotten done, or stalled halfway through. Check out the post from last year for more information on how to interpret this challenge. (finish yellow linen GFD)

#9: Black and White – due Thur 15 May. Draw on the opposite ends of the shade spectrum to create something in black and white, or black or white. (Done: Black & White Linen Hood)

#10: Art – due Sun 1 June. Make your own masterpiece based on a work of art. (Done: Purple Tacuinum GFD)

#12: Shape & Support – due Tue 1 July. Make a garment that changes the silhouette of the human form through shaping and support. (GFD shaped chemise)

#13: Under $10 – due Tue 14 July. Whip up a fabulous item for under $10 (we’ll use US$ as the de-facto standard)

#14: Paisley & Plaid – due Fri 1 August. Plaid is the most universal pattern, found in the textiles of almost all cultures and periods. Paisley is more unique and recent, but has had a lasting impact on design. Make something that utilises one or both of these patterns. (plaid particolored cotte?)

#17: Yellow – due Mon 15 September. Embrace the sunny side with something in any shade of yellow. (not my favorite color, but could do some yellow hose)

#20: Alternative Universe – due Sat 1 November. Create a garment from an alternative universe: fantasy, steampunk, dieselpunk, etc. Your item can be perfectly historically accurate within our own universe as well. (historically accurate Leia would be kind of awesome – maybe the white A New Hope gown in 13th century style?)

#21: Re-do – due Sat 15 November. Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time). It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again. (probably repeat #8 and finish the teal wool surcote)

#22: Fort-nightliers Choice – due Mon 1 December. This one is up to you! In June I’ll ask for suggestions for a theme, and we’ll vote to pick the one you most want to do as our 22nd Challenge of the year.

#24: All that Glitters – due Thur 1 January. Celebrate your completion of HSF ’14, and the New Year, with a glittery, glitzy, sparkly, shiny, something. (metal plaque belt or an aumoniere with gold thread)



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