I can’t believe we are more than halfway done with the Historical Sew Fortnightly! I’m half thrilled with what I have accomplished, and sad looking at the rest of the year and realising I’m never going to get all the things I want made. My wish-list is just too long!
Once again, it’s time for me to share with you the projects that I have drooled over most, that I have most wished I had the time to make, and that best embodied the spirit of the Historical Sew Fortnightly; the quest to explore history, raise our skill levels and standard, stretch ourselves (or sometimes just get something done, rather than just procrastinating); and the spirit of the individual challenge.
I shared my favourites for Challenges 1-5 here, and for Challenges 6-10 here. You can see all the creations for each challenge (because there are always dozens more creations that I wish I could feature!) either through the comments for each individual challenge page, or through the Facebook group albums).
I’ll share my favourites for 11-15, but I’d like to know if these posts are interesting, valuable, and appreciated. Cause they don’t get much feedback, and they are rather time consuming and annoying to write (I have to think up 15 different ways to say fantastic!). So if you don’t get something out of them, this may be my last one. What do you think? Shall I continue them?
Challenge #11 — Squares, Rectangles & Triangles
- Hilde’s Viking Apron Dress — The perfect example of the prevalence of garments based on simple geometry in many ancient cultures, meticulously made, and excellent research.
- Lace’s corded petticoat — I just love that she was inspired to make it by seeing other corded petticoats on the HSF.
- Black Tulip’s Tunisian ensemble — A really interesting garment, from both a historical, and cultural perspective. I love her contribution!
Challenge #12— Pretty, Pretty Princesses
- Katie’s 1912 Girl Guide uniform inspired by Princess Mary, Countess Harwood. Perfect proof that princess inspiration comes in all forms, and that princesses do more than wear ball gowns.
- Frolicking Frock’s 1870s gown based on Thyra, Dagmar & Alexandra of Denmark. It’s very pretty, and it’s based on three of the most fascinating princesses of the 19th century. What’s not to love!
- Jenni’s Georgian frock for her little princess – early 19th century children’s clothing is so lovely, because it was finally children’s clothing, whether you were an ordinary girl, or a princess – as Jenni’s research and frock beautifully demonstrates.
Challenge #13 — Lace & Lacing
- Hvitr’s Minoan/Mycenaean heanos, c. 1600 to 1100 BCE – such a perfect example of how lacing can be used in many different applications, and has been used for millennia.
- Gina’s corded stays – Lace and Lacing was corset-o-rama, but these ones really stand out for finish, and perseverance!
- Laurie’s Edwardian lace dress – it’s all lace, all over, and suits her perfectly.
Challenge #14 — Eastern Influence
- Gouvernante’s 1730s banyan and cap — Sooooooo much envy here! Not only is the outfit amazing, and a classic example of Eastern Influence, but she has a man willing to wear it!
- Heileen’s 1770s-80s Indienne chintz pet-en-l’aire & petticoat – beautifully made. The fabrics not a perfect match to 18th century examples (but it’s pretty darn hard to find any that is!), but the overall effect is so spot-on!
- Isabella’s mid-16th century Turkish jacket – this is a really intriguing and interesting area of Eastern influence, and one no-one else on the HSF really explored.
Challenge #15 — White
- Melissa’s 1812 military waistcoat — She tried a new skill (tailoring) and the result is a triumph!
- Amanda’s 1862 sheer cotton summer frock – She didn’t intend it as a HSF challenge, but it was done just in time, and there is nothing wrong with that! Her frock is still the perfect embodiment of the white dress.
- Danielle’s 18th century/Lucile inspired 1916 wedding gown – Watching the process of this gown’s creation was really inspiring as Danielle tackled pattern drafting and detailed work.
What do you think? The creations are certainly inspiring and interesting, but is my doing posts on them?
And, as usual, Felicity photos to illustrate a non-image based article!