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The HSF 14: So far, so…?

Back in January I did a post considering the HSF ’14 and my sewing year, and looking at what I hoped to achieve. Well, I’ve just posted about my item for Challenge #12, the year is almost halfway done, so how have I done so far? #1: Make Do & Mend: due Wed 15 Jan.  I made a 1930s dress inspired by making-do, and mended my 1770s silver stays and my 1905 Time Lady blouse.  Challenge accomplished!   #2: Innovation – due Sat 1 Feb.  Finished a pair of 1930s trousers, and also making a 1860s petticoat (post and photos soon!) #3: Pink – due Sat 15 Feb.  The late 1920s blush pink ‘Bambi’ Dress – just as I’d planned!  #4: Under it All – due Sat 1 March.  A 1900s corset.  The Truly Victorian pattern has been on my to-do list for ages.  And with any luck I’ll FINALLY have my masquerade stays done by then as well.  February was a little mad and crazy for me, so all I did was finish the paisley petticoat I had originally wanted to do for Innovation …

The HSF 2014: sewing plans

This year I announced all the HSF challenges at the beginning of the year, which was scary for me, but does give me the opportunity to try to plan my entire sewing year in advance. So what do I aim to make? #1: Make Do & Mend: due Wed 15 Jan.  I made a 1930s dress inspired by making-do, and mended my 1770s silver stays and my 1905 Time Lady blouse.  Challenge accomplished!   #2: Innovation – due Sat 1 Feb.  Already finished a pair of 1930s trousers, and also making a 1860s petticoat (post and photos soon!) #3: Pink – due Sat 15 Feb.  A late 1920s dress in blush pink to wear at Art Deco Weekend.  I thought about tackling Emily’s skirt, but that’s a project where I just want to put everything else aside and focus on it, and now’s just not the best time for that. #4: Under it All – due Sat 1 March.  A 1900s corset.  The Truly Victorian pattern has been on my to-do list for ages.  And with any luck …

The 1924 Hula Goddess dress

After a bit of modification to my design idea, and some hemming-while-wearing the dress fun, my 1920s green dress is done. I’d originally planned to make the dress entirely out of the amazing green silk, but it was a little overwhelming en-masse and I ended up breaking it up slightly with a shoulder strap and sash of gilt linen (the same stuff I made my silver stays out of, only gilt gold not silver) The design was mostly based on a process of basting things and draping until things looked good.  The dress ended up looking like a lot of frocks and sketches from 1923-24: very low waistline, low calf length, asymmetrical draping, low straight-or-asymmetrical neckline. I’m calling it the Hula Goddess dress, because I spent a lot of time dancing around the house in it after my post on hula dancing, and the draping is both very pa’u/sarong/lavalava-y, and rather Grecian.  I feel like it’s exactly the dress that a 1920s Hollywood starlet would have worn to a fancy party in Honolulu. A rather …