I usually try to write Historical Sew Fortnightly/Monthly inspiration posts wells in advance of the challenge, but I’m running quite late this year, so am writing this post only a few days before the challenge is over.
Challenge #1 for the Historical Sew Monthly 2015 was Foundations. I deliberately left the challenge quite vague: “make something that is the foundation of an outfit (however you interpret that)”
So what is a foundation? According to dictionary.com:
the basis or groundwork of anything:
Lots of scope there!
Interestingly, being able to write this post most of the way through the challenge, with a whole folder full of entries on FB, it turns out that most people have chosen a much more specific meaning:
an undergarment, as a girdle or corset, worn by women to support or give shape to the contours of the body.
Only you’ve extended that meaning to include any undergarment. Fascinating. One HSM-er mentioned that she thought foundations were anything that created structure – rather like the Shape and Support challenge from last year
Of course, undergarments are often also the foundation of a historical garment in the sense cited above: the basis of the outfit. Get your undergarments right, and it’s much easier to get the outside right. Get your undergarments wrong, and it’s almost impossible to get your outers right.
You could extend that concept, and the idea of foundations, even further. I like to say that correct fabric choice is the foundation of successful sewing. Get it wrong, and you just can’t get the garment right.
There are many other ways you could interpret foundations. By making an item that was the basis for a whole wardrobe, depending on what you paired it with. Or by making shoes, which are a nice twist on the idea of building foundations. Or socks – there is an old saying about being able to do anything as long as you have a good pair of socks. Or a skirt from an era when you had a different evening and day bodice – the skirt becomes the foundation piece for a whole wardrobe. All these ways to think about foundations! All interesting and valid
Tomorrow, I’m going to show you how I interpreted it – which is yet another way.
For now, here is a hint: