Historical Sew Monthly 2015

Life got in the way of completing the 2014 HSF projects I wanted to do, but I have high hopes for 2015. At least for some of the months, anyway. So!

1. I have lost over 30 pounds since the last time I sewed for the SCA. Which means that none of my clothes fit, including the perfectly beautiful Tacuinum GFD I made in May. Sigh. That is now going in the “to be refitted” pile.

2. There is a new list of projects at The Dreamstress. It’s already March, but nevertheless, here are the 2015 projects:

  • January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.
  • February – Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.
  • March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
  • April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.
  • May – Practicality: Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone, even princesses, sometimes needs a practical garment that you can DO things in. Create the jeans-and-T-Shirt-get-the-house-clean-and-garden-sorted outfit of your chosen period.
  • June – Out of Your Comfort Zone: Create a garment from a time period you haven’t done before, or that uses a new skill or technique that you’ve never tried before.
  • July – Accessorize: The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look. Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.
  • August – Heirlooms & Heritage: Re-create a garment one of your ancestors wore or would have worn, or use an heirloom sewing supply to create a new heirloom to pass down to the next generations.
  • September – Colour Challenge Brown: it’s not the most exciting colour by modern standards, but brown has been one of the most common, and popular, colours throughout history. Make something brown.
  • October – Sewing Secrets: Hide something in your sewing, whether it is an almost invisible mend, a secret pocket, a false fastening or front, or a concealed message (such as a political or moral allegiance).
  • November – Silver Screen: Be inspired by period fashions as shown onscreen (film or TV), and recreate your favourite historical costume as a historically accurate period piece.
  • December – Re-Do: It’s the last challenge of the year, so let’s keep things simple by re-doing any of the previous 11 challenges.

Whew! I don’t know how many of them I’ll get done. I certainly could do March’s, since my stash is extensive, but first I’ve got some non-historical (belly dance) costume commissions to complete before I can sew for myself. Or at least, I have to get those done in a timeframe and if I’ve also got time for a project for myself…