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What I’d like to know about your Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge

One of the things I really loved about The Sew Weekly was their little guide to a garment, giving the basic facts in a quick rundown.  I’d like to do the same for the Historical Sew Fortnightly.  Here is my suggested guide to your garment.  You’ll see my first one shortly! Just the facts, Ma’am: The Challenge: Fabric: Pattern:  Year:  Notions: How historically accurate is it? Hours to complete: First worn: Total cost:

The Historical Sew Fortnightly – come sew with me!

One year, a challenge every fortnight, and at the end of it, 26 fabulous historical garments. How it works: Every fortnight in 2013 I’ll post a themed challenge and we’ll each sew (or knit, or crochet, or tatt, or embroider, or whatever it is you call making a hat, or otherwise create) a historical garment or accessory that fits the theme. I’ll post the challenges 7 ahead, so that you have plenty of time to plan and work on more elaborate challenges. You can do as many or as few of the challenges you want – I’ll be trying my best to do all 26, but if you can only do 6, that’s fine. For the purpose of the Historical Sew Fortnightly, ‘historical’ means 75 years or older, so pre 1938. Your item can be as basic or elaborate as you want, from a simple fichu to fill in the neckline of a gown, to a full ensemble from the undergarments outward: whatever you need and can can handle time and skill-wise. I’m hoping that …

Want to sew along with me?

I’ve been doing Sew Weekly this year, and have amassed a great wardrobe of self-made stuff, both vintage and modern. However, my historical sewing has suffered.  It’s been a very un-prolific year for me history wise, and I miss getting really dug-in to elaborate dresses and hand sewing.  All I got done this year was the pet-en-l’aire (and it still needs trimming), the tea gown (and it needs a re-working), Nana’s corset (and it needs straps, and I haven’t even shown you photos), and the 1883 pleated skirt. Thinking about next year, I’ve decided I have quite enough clothes, and I want to focus on historical sewing.  I’d love to do a historical sew-weekly, but I don’t think that’s feasible – I’d just end up creating a ton of drawers and cartridge pleated skirts and would always be in a rush. Instead, I think 2013 will be the year of the Historical Sew-Fortnightly.  Over the course of the year I’ll set myself themed challenges, and sew 26 fabulous historical garments.  Some will be quite elaborate, …