Historical Sew Fortnightly

The HSF Challenge #22 – let’s vote! UPDATE: VOTING CLOSED

UPDATE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!  The votes are being tallied and counted and the outcome will be announced soon!

Oh my!  There were a lot of ideas  as to what the theme for Challenge #22 should be!  There were over 135 comments with theme suggestions (often multiple ones per comment), and commentary on the suggestions, both for and against.

I spent a good couple of hours over the weekend going through all the suggestions,  combining similar ones, and clarifying others, trying to get the most important points and not change the intent of people’s ideas when I combined and re-worded.  (Democracy is hard!  Vetinari had it right.  I should just be a benevolent dictator.  With committees to give people something to do…)

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I didn’t include suggestions where enough people pointed out that they wouldn’t be able to do it, or if I didn’t understand the idea, or if the theme was too similar to something we did this year.  Some suggestions were ones that were already on my list for 2015  some will make it on to it now – so even if they don’t make Challenge 22, you may yet see some of these (if my health and the  patience  of  Mr D  can stand a HSF ’15!).

At the end of it we have 12 fantastic options for you to choose from.  I’d like to do all of them, but there isn’t time!

Here are the options, in alphabetical order:

  1. Gentlemen – Make something for a historical gentleman, or something inspired by men’s fashions.
  2. Heirlooms & Heritage  – Re-create a garment one of your ancestors wore or would have worn, or use an heirloom sewing supply  to create a new heirloom to pass down to the next generations.
  3. Hold it! – Create an item that holds your garment in, up, or together – belts, suspenders, garters, clasps, brooches, specialised buttons and hooks, etc.
  4. No Waste – Make an item that incorporates every scrap of fabric and leaves no waste, or that uses scraps of fabric in a frugal manner.
  5. Out of Your Comfort Zone –  Create  a garment  from a time period you haven’t done before, or  that uses a new skill or technique that you’ve never tried before.
  6. Pleating – Make a garment that incorporates any type of pleating.
  7. Sewing Secrets – Hide something in your sewing, whether it is an almost invisible mend, a secret pocket, a false fastening or front, or a concealed message (such as a political or moral allegiance).
  8. Stash Busting – Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
  9. Study Abroad – Make something from a culture other than your own (or a culture different to the one you usually costume in).
  10. The Great Indoors – Create an item that you would only wear or use indoors (i.e.  nightdresses, dressing gowns, tea gowns, wrappers, nightcaps etc.)
  11. Text-iles – Recreate  a garment as described in a period/primary text source.
  12. Token of My Affection  – Craft  a sentimental piece (like a love token or 18th century garters with a motto) and/or a gift for someone else.

We’ll be using a ranked voting system, rather than a simple FPTP system, to ensure that Challenge #22 is a theme that the largest number of people  are happy end excited about.  (can you tell that I once studied Political Science?)

To Vote: Leave a comment with your THREE favourite suggestions, numbered 1, 2 & 3 (votes with more or less than three options will be disqualified).

Your #1 will get 3 points, Your #2, 2 points, and your #3, 1 point.  I’ll total everyone’s points, and the option with the most points will be the HSF Challenge #22.

Please do make sure to vote for three options, and DON’T change your vote as I won’t be able to keep track of changes.

Voting will close Wed 9 July.

There you go!  Go forth and vote my friends!  Have your say!

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  1. 1 – Gentlemen. All the way. No where NEAR enough menswear in costuming.

    2 – Stash-busting. Good plan. *eyes stash warily*

    3 – Text-iles. This would be super-interesting!

  2. Erin says

    1 – Study Abroad
    2 – Gentlemen
    3 – Text-iles

    So excited for all of these !

  3. #1. – 2 Heirlooms and Heritage
    #2. – 7 Sewing Secrets
    #3. – No Waste.

    Can’t wait to see which one it is!!!

  4. Elise says

    1) Heirlooms
    2) Great Indoors
    3) Text-tiles


  5. Jeanette says

    1. #10 The Great Indoors
    2. #5 Out of Your Comfort Zone
    3. #8 Stash Busting

  6. Ã…sa Petersson says

    Oh my so many great challenges, wish I could chose many more.
    But here are my favourites.

    1. Gentlemen
    2. Stash busting
    3. Hold it

  7. Sarah says

    1. Heirloom & Heritage
    2. Stash Busting
    3. Sewing Secrets

  8. These are all great suggestions, maybe we can do some of them in the HSF ’15? 🙂

    My choices are

    1) 10. The Great Indoors
    2) 1. Gentlemen
    3) 7. Sewing Secrets

  9. Ophelia says

    #1 – The Great Indoors

    #2 – Study Abroad

    #3 – Stash-Busting

  10. Darline DeMott says

    2-Great Indoors

  11. Suzanne says

    1) Text-iles
    2) Gentlemen
    3) Heirlooms & Heritage

    But I like all the options, so I’ll happily sew along with whatever is selected.

  12. Erika Albadawi says


    1. is #2
    2. is #12
    3. is #6

  13. Nadine says

    5 Out of you comfort zone

    9 Study abroad

  14. Elaine says

    1. – Gentlemen
    2. – Study Abroad
    3. – Out of your comfort zone


  15. Dan says

    I like: 1, 3 & 9 Since I’m new and haven’t participated in a challenge yet.

  16. Allison says

    Choice #1 – #1, Gentlemen

    Choice #2 – #2, Heritage and Heirloom

    Choice #3 – #12, Token of Affection

  17. Linda Lueloff says

    My choices are 2,5,8 in that order


  18. Linda Lueloff says

    My choices are 2,4,7 in that order


  19. Mairi McCloud says

    1. Heirloom & heritage.
    2. Text-iles.
    3. Object of affection.

  20. Ooh! There really are a lot of good optiopns here.

    1 Gentlemen

    2 Heirlooms & Heritage

    12 Token of My Affection

  21. 1. Heirlooms
    2. Gentlemen
    3. Stash-busting

    I would like to point out that there are few examples of pleating between the Vikings and the 15th century (and the only Viking ones are the Korstrup apron and pleated-in gores, to my knowledge), so anyone who does primarily 12th through 14th centuries might have a difficult time with that one.

  22. Ooh! There really are a lot of good optiopns here.

    1 – #1 Gentlemen

    2 – #2 Heirlooms & Heritage

    3 – #12 Token of My Affection

  23. Dawn Michaelson says

    1 – #7 Sewing Secrets
    2 – #4 No Waste
    3 – #2 Heirlooms & Heritage

  24. Randi says

    1 No waste
    2 gentlemen
    3 token of my affection

    Mostly because I know I can do no waste with fencing shirts, since I use the scrap to do my son’s clothes!

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