The theme for the 7th Historical Sew Monthly challenge of 2015, due by the end of July, is Accessorise (or Accessorize, depending on what part of the world you’re in – either’s fine!).
The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look. For this challenge you’ll bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe. An accessory is any small non-garment piece carried or worn with an outfit: hats, shoes, gloves, bags, glasses, watches, chatelaines, spats, mitts, jewellery etc.
To get you started, here are some tutorials for making period accessories from my blog and across the internet:
From the bottom up you could:
For the far-more ambitious, Isis’ Wardrobe gives instructions on knitting your own 16th c Stockings
or, if you prefer sewing and an earlier period you can make your own sewn cloth medieval stockings following these directions at the Medieval Tailor
If you are really feeling clever, Crimson Griffin has given a good description, with photographs, of making gothic poulaines.
This post is (I’m afraid) a bit heavy in feet-and-head things, but there are plenty of pretty things that can go in the middle, like this cute Regency reticule from the Regency Society of America boards.
Making History Now has a pattern and instructions for your own 18th c mitts – you might have to do a bit more research to get them made, and historically accurate, but it’s a great start.
Not a full tutorial, but you should be able to figure out how to make my 18th c pearl bracelets by looking at what I did:
And (of course!) there is always the infamous Regency Pineapple Reticule. There are a couple of patterns available, including the instructions on JaneAusten.co.uk.
There are clear and effective (if not necessarily HA) instructions for making an impressively huge and fabulous 16thc German hat at Katafalk
And here on my blog I teach you how to make your own 18th c bergere from a straw sunhat:
If straw isn’t your thing, Lynne McMasters has an excellent tutorial on making a fabric Regency style turban.
And Loran at Loran’sWorld has gone through the process of making a ’20s hat from the original ’20s instructions.
For more inspiration, check out my Tops & Toes inspiration post from the HSF ’14
Know of other tutorials? Share them in the comments!