Halfway through the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2013 I stopped and took stock of what I had accomplished. It was extremely good for considering what I had done, what I wanted to do, and what I was capable of.
I’ll do a review of the full year of accomplishments in a few days (so many end of year posts to write!) but I thought that to preserve the symmetry of my posting I should look at the second half of my HSF challenges, just as I did the first.
So, what did I get done in the second half of HSF ’13?
After the initial disappointment of the skirt motifs not being perfect, I’m thrilled with it. I wish I’d been able to finish the bodice as well, but I guess that gives me something to do for HSF ’14!
This one was a real reality check: I thought I could finish both the skirt and jacket for Literature, but only (barely) managed the jacket. So the skirt waited for White, and my White plans fell off the sewing schedule. Still I love it, and I’m so pleased that the outfit was FINALLY done, so a win!
Not a very exciting project, and one that may be de-wardrobed, but it feels good to finally get it off the UFO pile!
I made some (a lot) of mistakes sewing this, but in the end I love it, and I wear it a lot. And I’ll definitely be making more – and they will take half the time this one did!
One of the things I’m really proud of this year is my shoe-refashions. I learn a great deal from every one of them, and I’m building up quite a lovely shoe collection, although these ended up being more 1910s than the intended 1780s!
The final touch to the Polly / Oliver outfit: the hat. Although I’m not thrilled with it and want to try again. So watch this space for a re-re-fashion!
This hoopskirt has been on my to-do list for over two years, so making it was a massive win! I wish I’d added one more hoop, but I don’t think I could face un-picking and re-sewing the hoops to do so. I’ll have to do a few photoshoots with it and see how I feel about it then.
The brooches were a super sweet, simple and quick project to assuage my guilt over not finishing the hoopskirt in time. Even so, I’m going to try to do less double-ups in 2014, and focus on bigger project.
It’s so much fun to make something lovely for someone who really deserves it: especially when they love the end result!
Possibly my favourite creation of the year. I adore this dress! I feel so gorgeous in it! And I’m going to do another photoshoot with it, get it drycleaned, and give it to my sister in San Francisco, because I’m nice like that.
Erm. I never finished my Masquerade stays (still plugging away on them) and now that I post this I realise I never did a post about the mask that I did make to fill this challenge. Ooops! Post soon! But I did do two re-make items that would qualify.
Another easy wardrobe item, but I love this dress! Thanks so much to Jen for the inspiration and research.
Between these, I accomplished all but the Robes & Robings challenge, I made some useful and versatile pieces for my wardrobe. But no-more doing 4 items for one challenge!
Another sweet and simple item.
I was definitely slowing down by the end of the year. I would have loved to make something elaborate, but instead I made something useful. And that’s a celebration in itself!
Looking back, I did make more simple items, and more vintage items than I had hoped in the second half of 2013. But I got more use and wear out of those items, so all in all, I’m pleased. My big regrets are not finishing the Frou Frou Francaise from Robings, or the Masquerade Stays. So, two new UFOs for 2014. Sigh. Still, not bad overall!