It’s that time of year! Time to decide what the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #22: Fortnightlier’s Choice should be.
What do you want the 22nd theme of the year to be? A fabric? A colour? A motif? A construction method? A particular source of inspiration? A kind of embellishment? The possibilities are endless!
Leave a comment with your theme suggestions, comment on those suggestions that you think are really good ideas, and in a week’s time I’ll collate the most popular suggestions (based on comments on them)*, and we’ll vote on which one we most want to do.
There are a few things that I keep in mind when I set themes (I don’t always get it right, but I try!)
- It should be a theme that works for any period, so everyone can participate (e.g ‘Handsewing’ would work, because there are handsewn garments and elements of handsewing in garments right up to the end of WWII, but ‘Sewing machines’ isn’t fair to those who costume pre-1860, and try to do it accurately)
- It shouldn’t be a repeat, or too close to a theme that we’ve already had this year (that’s what #19 HSF Inspiration, and #21 Re-do are for!)
- It should work for both hemispheres, and a wide range of cultures (so ‘Season switch’ works, but not ‘Winter’, and ‘Holiday’, but not ‘Christmas’ etc.)
- How simple/elaborate is the theme, and how busy is that time of year likely to be? With most themes, you can make very fancy or very simple garments within the theme, but some themes do lend themselves to full-on costuming (Art, for example), and it’s disappointing to only have the time to make a simple thing, when you have an idea for something spectacular.
- How does it fit with the themes around it? #19 is HSF Inspiration, #20 is Alternative Universe, #21 is Re-Do, #23 is Modern History, and #24 is All That Glitters. So you have a couple of themes that could be anything (#19 & #21), a couple that aren’t necessarily particularly historically accurate (#20 & #23), and one that is far more likely to be a fancy garment than an informal one (#24). Maybe time for a theme that is particularly suited for simple, quite historical items? Though, of course…
- The very best themes are open to lots of interpretation!
* A Note: if needed I may combine some similar suggestions or edit the wording of others for clarity for the final vote.