The Historical Sew Fortnightly Monthly 2015 is on! I’ve been incredibly busy this week, so I’m a little behind on getting answers to all the bits and responding to people who offered help. I’ll be putting up a HSF ’15 page with all the information (other than being monthly the main guidelines of the HSF will remain basically as they were last year) up in the next few days, and a button out for you to pin on your own blog if you have one.
I did promise the challenges, so without further ado here they are:
- January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.
- February – Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.
- March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
- April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.
- May – Practicality: Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone, even princesses, sometimes needs a practical garment that you can DO things in. Create the jeans-and-T-Shirt-get-the-house-clean-and-garden-sorted outfit of your chosen period.
- June – 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.
- July – Accessorize: The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look. Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.
- August – 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.
- September – Colour Challenge Brown: it’s not the most exciting colour by modern standards, but brown has been one of the most common, and popular, colours throughout history. Make something brown.
- October – 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).
- November – Silver Screen: Be inspired by period fashions as shown onscreen (film or TV), and recreate your favourite historical costume as a historically accurate period piece.
- December – Re-Do: It’s the last challenge of the year, so let’s keep things simple by re-doing any of the previous 11 challenges.
Hopefully there is something to make each of you thrill with delight, and something to thoroughly challenge each of you – and that’s just as it should be!
So what do you think of the challenges? Which one thrills you, and which one will challenge you?