Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014?

A lot of people have been asking if there will be a Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014.

The answer is: Yes: if you want one, I’m happy to facilitate it again.

So, let’s talk about HSF ’14.

Who is in?

What did you like about HSF ’13?  What would you like to be different next year?

What were your favourite challenges from this year, that you’d like to see repeated?  What new challenges would you like to see next year?

My only big thought as far as a change so far was that instead of having challenges due every second Monday, we should have challenges due on the 1st and 15th of every month, so there would be a (slightly more manageable) 24 challenges in 2014, compared to the 26 challenges this year.  That would also make it easy for people to do a ‘half marathon’ and only do the challenges due on the 1st or the 15th, making it a monthly challenge for them.  What do you think?

Anything else?

 

The HSF Challenge #26: Celebrate

This is it sewers!  The theme for the final challenge of the year!  Get to this, and we’ve done it!

To celebrate our achievement, the theme for Challenge #26 (due 30 December) is Celebrate.  Make something that is celebration worthy, make something that celebrates the new skills you have learned this year, or just make something simple that celebrates the fact that you survived HSF ’13!

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The possibilities are pretty much limitless.  I have no idea what I’m going to make at this point (I can’t believe I’m posting about it actually) but I can’t wait to see what you make.

The HSF Challenge #25: One metre

This is it!  The second to last challenge to be posted!

I was a little stuck on this challenge, as all my ideas were either too elaborate and demanding for such a busy time of year, and for the end of a marathon, or too similar to the challenges around it.  So I opened the suggestions up to popular opinion on the HSF facebook group.

Clearly you guys weren’t too worried about ‘too elaborate’, as the second most popular suggestion was ‘Copy a Painting’, but the slightly more restrained ‘One yard/metre’ suggestion won out in the end (Make something in under 3 hours was also very popular, which had me a bit worried.  If it ended up taking longer, did you fail the challenge?).

So, for Challenge #25, due 16 December, make an item that takes one metre or less fabric (I went with one metre, rather than one yard/or metre to be consistent).

So what takes less than 1m of fabric?.  Lot’s of things I’m sure!  I’ve thought of :

1920s & ’30s tap pants & camisole bras (my tap pants pattern takes less than a metre for up to 50″ hips):

Tap pants & Brassiere by Boué Soeurs, French, 1920's via Vintage Textiles

Tap pants & Brassiere by Boué Soeurs, French, 1920’s via Vintage Textiles

Swiss waists:

Swiss waist, 1860s, American or European, via the Met

Swiss waist, 1860s, American or European, via the Met

Regency short stays:

Wrapped corset, ca 1800, Musee Galliera

Wrapped corset, ca 1800, Musee Galliera

Mid-19th century evening bodices (truly, I got Rowena’s bodice out of far less than a metre):

Ball gown, warp printed silk, 1840s, Whitaker Auctions

Ball gown, warp printed silk, 1840s, Whitaker Auctions

Stomachers:

Lady Innes, Thomas Gainsborough, 1757

Lady Innes, Thomas Gainsborough, 1757

Pockets:

Pocket, printed cotton & linen, 18th c, American, MFA Boston, 48

Pocket, printed cotton & linen, 18th c, American, MFA Boston, 48

Aprons:

Apron, 18th century, British, silk, metallic, Met

Apron, 18th century, British, silk, metallic, Met

Fichu:

The Ladies' Home Magazine 1860 - Fichu

The Ladies’ Home Magazine 1860 – Fichu

Bust improvers:

Bust improver or reducer, made of cotton with metal boning, by Spirella Styles, (patented) 1907

Bust improver or reducer, made of cotton with metal boning, by Spirella Styles, (patented) 1907

Muffs:

Muff English, 1785–1800 England, MFABoston

Muff English, 1785–1800 England, MFA Boston

Crazy awesome men’s cap thingees:

Man's cap, American (Boston, Massachusetts), 18th century, MFA Boston

Man’s cap, American (Boston, Massachusetts), 18th century, MFA Boston

Those little teeny-tiny evening spencers that have been all the rage among Regency costumers over the last year:

And I’m sure that there are many more that you could suggest!

To keep within the spirit of the challenge, try to avoid making something that also involves metres and metres of trim (so a stomacher covered in ribbon bows rather defeats the purpose).

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