Gosh, another year almost over! And here I am writing the last HSF/M challenge post for the year (ridiculously, ridiculously late, as it should have been done before the month started!).
It’s hard to know what to write about for the Re-Do challenge, as there is both nothing and everything to give you as inspiration. Looking back at the years challenges, you probably know which challenges you didn’t do, but really want to do, which challenges you did do, but wish you could re-do because you weren’t happy with what you made, and which challenges you enjoyed doing so much that you want to do them again!
Re-do is always a nice challenge, because it gives you the opportunity to do any of those things, and to get any leftover projects all tidied up for the new year.
I generally end up with so many leftover projects at the end of the year (partly because the biggest part of each project is planning and research, and too often I think of the perfect plan halfway through a challenge) that my goal is to not re-do just one challenge, but ALL of them.
OK, not with one item for each challenge, but with a handful of items that manage to tick off each theme.
So how am I doing so far?
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff, An Elizabethan forepart in brown & gold brocade
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff,
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff,, An Elizabethan forepart in brown & gold brocade
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff,, An Elizabethan forepart in brown & gold brocade
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff, An Elizabethan forepart in brown & gold brocade
- 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. An Elizabethan forepart in brown & gold brocade
- 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. An Elizabethan ruff,
Watch out for posts over the next two weeks as I check off Jan, Feb, May, September, & October with a corset, dress, and petticoat…and more if I get really inspired!