When I mused about the midpoint of the Historical Sew Fortnightly earlier this week, I realised that I couldn’t truly take stock of what I had done, and where I was so far, unless I actually took stock of what I had done, and where I was so far. So, here is what I have made so far, and some thoughts on it:
I love this! I wore it constantly all summer, and got lots of compliments on it (my MIL, Gran’s daughter, said it was her favourite of everything I’ve ever sewn). It’s a perfect ‘period piece in a modern wardrobe’ look.
This was the least successful of everything I’ve sewn so far. I had to work, and work, and work on the fit, and the sleeves are still too tight, so it needs a tiny adjustment, and yet, it’s still one of my favourite pieces, and it can be made perfect. So still a win.
I am so glad this is done. It was such a long process! I still don’t love it though. C’est la vie.
Not glamorous, but I had fun with the sew-along, and I’m pleased with the paniers.
The cloche was a super simple, easy, soft entry, but really made my outfit, which just goes to show how important accessories are!
The trim on the pet was a long time coming, and I’m so in love with it, and so in love with the finished pet. Yay for the HSF for motivating me to get this done!
Another deceptively simple (or is that deceptively hard? Because it looks simple, but took a lot of time) project, which will be very useful, and had the bonus benefit of encouraging me to do a lot of research into brown linen and onsaburg.
The petticoat was a fairly simple project, but really made the pet-en-l’aire outfit, and will be a very useful and versatile piece for other late 18th century separates, so I’m thrilled with it.
And I’m madly, madly in love with the Sherbet Seersucker frock. I feel so ridiculously chic every time I wear it, with my self-made cloche and turquoise shoes.
It took me a long time to really get going with this challenge, and none of my accessories was really spectacular, but they are all super useful. And hey, not all period accessories were hand-embroidered diamond encrusted shoes 😉
Two ‘softer’ entries, in which it became clear that I could whip up a 1930s outfit every week all year long, but earlier periods are a bit more challenging!
And I still need to tweak the Sea at Sunset frock:
The two items I did for this challenge delight me because they are both perfectly done – there isn’t a thing about them I wish I’d done better, or more meticulously. And also, they are shoes and a muff. Be still my frilly girlish little heart!
Oh goodness! I almost gave up on this one! I can honestly say if it weren’t for the HSF, I would have finished it! I’m reasonably pleased with it, but the final verdict will be delivered when I finish the skirt and have the full ensemble. Bring on the White challenge!
It’s just a muff, but it makes me so happy. What is it about muffs to warm the cockles of a girls heart? And her cold little chillblained hands!
The bracelets were quick & simple but still took me longer than I expected. I love them though. They were my birthday present for me.
And my petticoat! Oh swoon! Oh happiness! It’s handsewn, it’s meticulously researched, and I made punched trim! It was such an indulgence, and I adore it, and I can’t wait to make the robe to go over it. And then wear it with my bracelets, and my Fur & Scales muff!
I really needed an 1890s corset, and I really wanted to try this style, and I enjoyed the experimentation. A good excuse to try new things and perfect old skills!
Wow. That’s actually a lot! Three full full-on historical outfits, four historical-wearable dresses, four undergarments, three hats, two muffs, a pair of shoes, some jewellery, and half of two other full outfits. For half a years work, that’s pretty amazing. And I can guarantee that more than half of these (1813 Kashmiri, Luna Moth, paniers, shift, bergere, pet, striped petticoat, both muffs, Flora’s Secret shoes, Polly/Oliver jacket, bracelets & Queen Charlotte petticoat) wouldn’t be done if not for the HSF. Suddenly I’m really pleased with myself!
For everyone else who is doing the Historical-Sew-Fortnightly, I hope you are also pleased when you tally up what you have done!