I've decided to participate in The Dreamstress' Historical Sew Fortnightly for 2013 (you should join in! All the cool kids are doing it). I don't think I'll make all the challenges, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!
#0 (the bonus challenge): Starting Simple – due 31 December NZT. Finish a project, make a very simple garment, or something you have made before.
If I can get off my lazy butt, it would be really good to get the crushed velvet teens coat for a visit to the Titanic exhibit while it's in Philadelphia out of the way.
The dress I want to make for the Titanic exhibit actually happens to be from 1913, so that would both fit in perfectly with the challenge and make certain I actually have the dress done for the event!
#2: UFO - due Jan 28. Let’s get something off our UFO pile! Use this opportunity to finish off something that’s never quite gotten done, or stalled halfway through.
Since I have approximately a thousand UFOs, I'm sure I can find one for this challenge...
#3: Under it all – due Feb 11. Every great historical outfit starts with the right undergarments, and, just in time for Valentines day, here’s you’re excuse to make them. Chemises, corsets, corded petticoats, drawers, garters, stockings…if it goes under your garments, it qualifies.
Too many options, I'm really not sure at the moment! I do want some 1760s stays, but I don't know if I'll bother with them so soon if I won't be working on the Expensive Dress...
#4: Embellish – due Feb 25. Decorations make the historical garment glorious. Whether you use embroidery, trim, pleating, lace, buttons, bows, applique, quilting, jewels, fringe, or any other form of embellishment, this challenge is all about decorative detail.
#5: Peasants & Pioneers – due March 11. As wonderful as making pretty, pretty princess dresses is, the vast majority of people have always been poor commoners, whether they were peasants working the land, servants in big houses, or (later), pioneers carving their own space in new lands. This fortnight let’s make something that celebrates the common man.
Yeah, probably not. I like to play pretty pretty princess, we all know this!
#6: Stripes - due March 25. The stripe is one of the oldest patterns, appearing in the earliest textile fragments and visual records of garments, and its never gone out of style since. Celebrate stripes with a striped garment. Will you go for grand baroque stripes, pastel rococo stripes, severe neoclassical stripes, elaborately pleated and bustled Victorian stripes, or something else entirely?
Again, no idea. We all know how I feel about stripes, but this is going to be Francaise Dinner season sewing time...
#7: Accessorize – due April 9. Accessories add polish to your outfits, helping to create the perfect historical look. This week is all about bringing an outfit together. Trim a bonnet, paint a fan, crochet an evening bag, sew a shawl, or dye and decorate a pair of shoes to create the perfect period accessory for yourself.
Yup, no idea at this point. Too many options!