Historical Sew Fortnightly

And the theme for Challenge #22 is…

After lots and lots of voting on your part, and lots and lots of vote-counting on my part, and lots of over-seeing from Felicity, who appointed herself auditor of the votes and protector of the score sheet, we have a result!

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com


The theme for Challenge #22 (due Mon 1 Dec) is….

(no drumroll, you’ll wake the cat up from her nap!)


Option #1: Gentlemen –  Make a garment  for a historical gentleman, or a period garment  inspired by men’s fashions!

Gentlemen very narrowly beat out its closest competitor, Heirlooms & Heritage, which  was followed in popularity by The Great Indoors, and then Stashbusting.

Thank you to all of you who voted, and to everyone who suggested a theme!


  1. Miriam Marschall says

    Great, my beloved wants me to make him a waistcoat anyway! I also hope to use the “Werther Look” for poetry inspiration (blue Jacket, yellow pants, 18th century style…) – I’d never chosen it, but it’s almost perfect!

  2. Exciting! I’m not sure if I have a gentleman to sew for or not (depending on if he needs it and if I can make it), but I do have an idea what I could sew for father, and if not, I can come up with something inspired by menswear. 😉

  3. Jeanette says

    Should be fun and definitely a challenge for me! 7 years ago I made my first costume – Mary Poppins and Bert. I made a nice vest for my husband but because it was sherbert orange and ivory he wouldn’t wear it. Haven’t made anything since. So now I shall break that spell and make something extra special. I vow!

  4. Elaine says

    I have two gentlemen to sew for — this will be fun!

  5. …Felicity…FelicityAwww….Felicity is the cutest darling! And how exciting…though I must say I lack the sewing skills to participate….it will be fun and i can’t wait to see all the grand creations!

  6. Got a few ideas for menswear inspired. Either a 1940’s suit, or a bow tie.

  7. Grace Darling says

    “…..the Cats Meat Men had a uniform, as described by the Victorian chronicler of London life, Henry Mayhew. This consisted of a shiny hat, black plush waistcoat, corduroy trousers and a blue apron with a blue and white spotted handkerchief around the neck….”

    I think I can manage the kerchief!

    Quote sourced from: graceelliot-author.blogspot.com.au

  8. chris says

    love the look on Felicity’s face, it is like she is saying, “This one is mines. You may choose something else!”

  9. A good choice, with lots of interesting possibilities. And if I don’t get my banyan finished for Paisley and Plaid (which is looking quite likely unfortunately), I can do it for this challenge.

  10. Jessica says

    Hmmm… will military uniforms for oneself disguised as a gentleman count? My alter ego needs a Confederate frock or shell coat for Cedar Creek in October…

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