Well historical sewers, we’re halfway there!
It’s been an amazing six months for me. Last December, as the Sew Weekly wrapped up, I looked at what I’d accomplished in 2012, and what I wanted to do in 2013, and I had this mad idea that I should devote myself to my historical wardrobe: making an item for it every fortnight. And then, of course, I thought, “Hey, would anyone else want to do this?”. And some of you did! And the rest of you have been great as cheerleaders & coaches, which is just as important!
So, with the challenge half done, it’s time to take a breather, look back at what I have done so far, and review how things are going.
What’s gone well:
– Finishing up the UFO pile (without creating new UFOs)! I’ve finished the three big UFO’s on my pile (Luna Moth, the pet-en-l’aire, and the Polly/Oliver jacket), and am about to finish the skirt to go with it. Plus, I’ve got two big fabric UFO’s started or out of the way (1813 Kashmiri dress & Frou Frou Francaise)
– Stashbusting: So far, with the main fabric/notion for every garment except the Seersucker Sherbet frock, and the Pretty, Pretty, Princess Pearl Bracelets, has come from my stash. And, in using my stash so assiduously, I’ve identified pieces I am unlikely to every use, and have culled them.
– Making pretty things. It’s happening! Every two weeks!
What hasn’t gone as well as I’d hoped:
– My modern wardrobe. I know I said I didn’t need any more of it, but it turns out there are quite a few basics that need to be refreshed/replaced, and I haven’t had time for them, and I feel guilty when I see the fabrics for them in my stash.
– Coordination & facilitation. Wow. That takes a LOT of my time! I spend almost as much time updating things and managing the facebook group as I do sewing.
– Everything takes longer than I had anticipated! I just can’t get a full phenomenal outfit done for every challenge. On the bright side, that means that I’m getting a lot of small basics and accessories done, and those are just as important for an outfit.
What have I learned so far?
– The online historical sewing community is amazing! You guys have been so enthusiastic, and supportive, and it’s great to have you participating, and learning, and teaching. You inspire me!
– Just getting something, anything, done is important for keeping the momentum going, and for the sense of accomplishment. Once you miss one thing, it gets harder to get back in the fortnightly groove, but even a little item (like my pearl bracelets) keeps the momentum going, and will be important in the end for the overall look of an outfit.
– The amount of little things that I need is endless (and I imagine it would be the same for most historical costumers) so it would be quite easy to do the HSF entirely out of chemises and accessories, without making anything you didn’t need.
– I want to make all the things! The problem with the HSF is that I see the amazing things everyone else is making, and want to make them myself, and don’t have time!
Are we meeting the goals?
- To encourage collaborations and interactions in the historical costuming community; (Yes!)
- To encourage all of us to do more historical research, to improve our standards of historical accuracy, and to expand our historical sewing skills; (Yes! There are discussions all the time in the Facebook group about research and techniques, and people are trying new things and making new things)
- To provide excuses to sew amazing garments from throughout history; (Yep! I’ve heard “I would never have made this if not for this challenge” more than once!)
- To provide incentive to photograph these garments so they can be shared and appreciated; (Personally, this is the one I need to work on most)
- And most of all…
- To have fun! (Yes, yes and yes!)
In short, I think so! I hope those of you who are participating are finding the challenge as inspiring as I am!
If you haven’t done a challenge yet, please jump in!