The first true Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge of the year (due 15 Jan) is Bi/Tri/Quadri/Quin/Sex/
Obviously people don’t throw away their clothes at the end of every year (as I write this I’m wearing a T-shirt that is at least 4 years old, and a pair of shorts that I bought at an op-shop and could be a decade old), and it’s hard to date historical garments to a precise year, so what you really want to do is make something that would be worn in 1813 (or 913, or 1613) without looking too outdated. If your item would have been worn by someone poor, it could be quite a few years earlier, if it’s a Paris ballgown, it should be very close to the date.
I’m making a dress based on a 1812 fashion plate – it’s a wool dress, so I presume it would have been worn during the winter, and would have been quite appropriate in January 1813. I’m so excited about it. I can’t wait to show you my progress!
If you haven’t picked a project, or just want to drool at some pretty pictures, here is some inspiration:
For AD 13, take inspiration from the frescoes at Pompeii, which were made in the decades before the town was destroyed in AD 64:
Wouldn’t the gold cap worn by the young woman (often referred to as Sappho) be a wonderful project?
For 1313, make a simple Medieval frock like one of these:
For 1413, be inspired by the Golden Gown of Queen Margaret (the Uppsala Gown) – Carbon-14 dating has shown that the cloth was very probably woven during the period 1403-1439. There is plenty of research and sketches of the pattern shapes available on the internet, and images of the beautiful reproduction on display in the Historiska Museet in Stockholm.
For 1513, no one wants to look like the Ugly Duchess (the poor woman probably suffered from Paget’s disease), but her headdress and bodice are quite magnificent, and meticulously rendered.
For 1613, this striking jacket is actually quite simple in cut. What makes it so special is that there is a painting of the jacket being worn some 10 years after it was made. It’s been updated for the painting and the change in styles with the addition of silver-gilt trim, and by wearing the skirt over the jacket to achieve the new higher waistline.
For s, not every creation needs to be a full dress. These delightful shoes date to between 1700 and 1715. There are various ways you could try to replicate them. Start with a pair of American Duchess Pompadour shoes and add gilt lace and sequins, or use the free tutorial on Your Wardrobe Unlock’d to re-make a pair of modern shoes in 18th century style.
For 1813, you can’t beat a classic white Regency frock, this one in white satin with a magnificent Kashmiri shawl.
Finally, for 1913 why not make yourself a spectacular muff, or the equally fabulous dress it’s being worn with? Or, if you need more inspiration from this era, I have an entire pinterest page.