Woohoo! HSF ’13 is DONE! We made it!
So many beautiful creations came out of this year. Some owe their existence entirely to the HSF, some we would have made anyway, but the HSF allowed more people to see and enjoy them. I’m so proud of myself, and so very, very inspired by all of you!
As the year has passed I’ve been sharing my favourites for each challenge in sets of 5. I shared my favourites for Challenges 1-5 here, and for Challenges 6-10 here, and for Challenges 11-15 here, and for Challenges 16-20 here. You can see all the creations for each challenge either through the comments for each individual challenge page, or through the Facebook group albums).
My favourites are the ones that most inspire me as a seamstress, and best reflect the goals of the HSF: to keep creating, and to push ourselves as sewers and historians, no matter what level we are starting from. There are always too many to pick as favourites, so check out the full albums and the links through the comments on each post to see all the other fabulous things.
- Paola’s green silk 1810s dress – Such a beautiful interpretation of the fashion plate. I really feel like I’m stepping back in time looking at it – not just into a costumed film.
- AsÃ¥ of Fashion Through History’s green wool cotehardie — This is one of the pieces that is really making me fall in love with Medieval fashions. So gorgeous!
- Mieke’s very green Regency frock — Because you can’t get any greener than that! And it’s beautifully made in the best HSF tradition.
- And a bonus one: Lauren’s 1780s inspired Weddingote, because if you make a HSF wedding dress it has to be a favourite (and obviously it’s stunning!).
- Tracey’s 18th century moth/butterfly — I’m guessing at what this is, but it is fabulous, and striking, and very masquerade-y! Check out how the watteau pleats turn into wings!
- Isabella’s 1900s Fairy Queen — She took two bridesmaids dresses and made them look fabulous and historical fantasy-y! There is hope for every bridesmaid everywhere!
- Dawn’s macabre widows hat — Take an 1890s mourning outfit, and a fantastic macabre hat with spider-web veiling and ravens = awesome costume!.
- Zietenzauberin’s front fastening stays — A gorgeous reproduction based on some of the wonderful research that Sabine has done.
- Danielle of L.M. Sewing’s chintz anglaise — A charming gown, and she did a wonderful job of sharing her research into chintz, and Koshka’s tutorial which she used to drape her gown, which was the whole point of the challenge.
- Hvitr’s fabulously feathered tellerbarret — Between this amazing hat and the two great tutorials/research articles that she used and linked to, I know know something about these (other than ‘those cool big hats in Durer paintings) and I’d feel willing to tackle my own – though I doubt it will be quite as cool as hers!
- Mouse Borg’s 18th century mitts — I’m so envious, because mitts are something that I’ve wanted to make ALL YEAR LONG, and I will be so proud if mine are half as good as hers!
- Cathy of Loose Thread’s Himation — Cathy has been working on this all year, and it’s so exciting to see it done, and like everything she makes it is meticulous in construction and research.
- Chelsea’s of A Sartorial Statement’s late 18th century swallowtail jacket— A beautiful re-do of the Separates challenge, and I love that this is a fully finished wearable toile – made from a bedsheet!
- Kelly’s silk bergere. A metre of silk hand-cut into metres and metres of trim, with metres and metres of amazing hand embroidery! I’m in love! I’m in awe!
- Kelsey’s 1830s Swedish jacket — What a glorious example of how much garment you can get out of a metre!
- Mieke’s 18th century caps — She made two of them: one pleated, one ruffled, and they are both impeccable.
- And a bonus one, because Quinn’s gaiters are just too adorable to not show them to you!
- Jennifer’s 1920s party dress. Definitely a celebration piece! It just begs to be danced in!
- Kitty’s 1797-1800 spencer — Beautifully made, beautifully researched, and a stunning example of perseverance. Now that’s something to celebrate!
- Le Dressing de Melle de l’Isle’s 1810’s dinner dress – it looks like it stepped out of a fashion plate! I’m terribly envious of the dress, and equally envious of her shawl!
What an amazing year! So many things to love, so many accomplishments! What’s your favourite sewn accomplishment of the year? And which HSF projects were your favourites?
And a final question: should I continue to do these posts for HSF ’13? If so, I would do them every 4 challenges.