This year I announced all the HSF challenges at the beginning of the year, which was scary for me, but does give me the opportunity to try to plan my entire sewing year in advance.
So what do I aim to make?
- #1: Make Do & Mend: due Wed 15 Jan. I made a 1930s dress inspired by making-do, and mended my 1770s silver stays and my 1905 Time Lady blouse. Challenge accomplished!
- #2: Innovation – due Sat 1 Feb. Already finished a pair of 1930s trousers, and also making a 1860s petticoat (post and photos soon!)
- #3: Pink – due Sat 15 Feb. A late 1920s dress in blush pink to wear at Art Deco Weekend. I thought about tackling Emily’s skirt, but that’s a project where I just want to put everything else aside and focus on it, and now’s just not the best time for that.
- #4: Under it All — due Sat 1 March. A 1900s corset. The Truly Victorian pattern has been on my to-do list for ages. And with any luck I’ll FINALLY have my masquerade stays done by then as well.
- #5: Bodice – due Sat 15 March. Mariana Victoria’s 1720s robe de cour bodice, of course!
- #6: Fairytale — due Tue 1 April. A skirt as golden as sunshine to go with the robe de coer bodice, of course!
- #7: Tops & Toes — due Tue 15 April. Shoes for the robe de coer ensemble? Maybe?
- #8: UFOs & PHDs — due Thur 1 May. My frou frou francaise, and not a moment too soon! And the masquerade stays if they aren’t done for #4.
- #9: Black and White — due Thur 15 May. 1900s undies? Robe de coer undies? And/or a black or black and white 1930s dress? There are options…
- #10: Art — due Sun 1 June. Robe de coer lace sleeves, to finish the picture
- #11: The Politics of Fashion — due Sun 15 June. Probably the chinoiserie bodice. It fits in well with a discussion on Western interference in Chinese politics, and how the gradual take-over of China and opening of Japan to the West introduced so many new motifs and colours into Western fashion.
- #12: Shape & Support — due Tue 1 July. Regency stays? I really want a pair of regency stays…
- #13: Under $10 — due Tue 14 July. A medieval chemise? I have some nice handkerchief linen I got for a song.
- #14: Paisley & Plaid — due Fri 1 August. Either an 1870s plaid dress, using one of the 6 pieces of plaid wool I have in my stash (really, it’s a bit of an issue), or an 1870s or 1880s dress using a divine ecru tone-on-tone paisley silk I found at Fabric-a-brac. This will depend on my talk schedule for 2014. I think I want to do one all about paisley.
- #15: The Great Outdoors — due Fri 15 August. A Regency pelisse or spencer? A 1780s cape? A medieval overgown? Clearly I have no clear idea!
- #16: Terminology — due Mon 1 September. Explore the etymology of fashion by make something defined in the Great Historical Fashion & Textile Glossary (new terminology posts and items will be added throughout the year). Hehe. I can make ANYTHING I want. I just have to write a post before the challenge begins. Small perk of being the coordinator!
- #17: Yellow – due Mon 15 September. SO MANY IDEAS! (I love yellow). A 1630s bodice based on the portrait of Henrietta Maria, to be worn with the Ninon skirt? Or a 1840s dress in butter yellow. Or a late 18th century round-gown in straw yellow? Ahh…can’t decide! I want to make them all!
- #18: Poetry in Motion – due Wed 1 October Find inspiration for a garment in poetry and song. Hrmm. No idea actually. But I’m sure I’ll think of something awesome. Maybe medieval green-sleeves 😉
- #19: HSF Inspiration – due Wed 15 October. Mitts! I’ve waited so long for mitts! Y’all better not tempt me into something else with your fabulousness!
- #20: Alternative Universe — due Sat 1 November. More medieval, to finish my medieval ensemble? Or final bits of the paisley or plaid ensemble? I’m sure I’ll have no trouble with this!
- #21: Re-do — due Sat 15 November. I’ll save deciding on this one until I see how the year progresses, and how worn out I am!
- #22: Fort-nightliers Choice — due Mon 1 December. Have to wait to see what this one is to decide!
- #23: Modern History — due Mon 15 December. Probably something 20s or 30s. Summertime just calls for 20s and 30s, and it is what I wear on a daily basis!
- #24: All that Glitters — due Thur 1 January. I do have some glorious gold lace that is earmarked for a 20s dress that would be perfect for holiday parties…
So, if all goes to plan, I’ll finish off three big UFOs (frou frou, masquerade stays, Chinoiserie ensemble), make a 1720s robe de coer, a medieval ensemble (I need to do a bunch of research on that, on what period I would like to do, and what fabrics I have in stash – if I can’t do it from stash fabrics I’ll have to think of other projects), a nice selection of undergarments (you can never have too many chemises…), a handful of lovely ’30s stuff for vintage everyday wear, a couple of accessories and at least 1 further full ensemble.
Looking at it this way makes me really excited, and a little sad. There is so much that I want to make, and it sucks to realise that it just isn’t possible to do EVERYTHING in one year!
And, of course, I have to have time to just hang out with and cuddle the Fiss.