Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Looking back, looking forward

So 2015 is drawing to its close and it’s probably my least productive year in more than a decade. But despite not sewing anything (almost) until June, I have managed to finish a few things during the autumn, even if I haven’t been able to take any good photos yet.. So here is this year's meagre sewing:

Look, cap!
  • 18the century coloured cap.
  • 1930 hat in corduroy (to match a coat in the same fabric which only needs hemming and buttons).
  • Salmon pink 17th century petticoat in silk taffeta.
  • 1940’s faux fur swing coat.
  • 1740’s wool jacket to go with the embroidered stomacher I made last year.
  • Ca 1700 fontange cap

The jacket before buttons and the the cuffs just pinned into place. You can also see a glimpse of the salmon pink 17th century petticoat.
Finished jacket. Well, the cuffs are supposed to be sewn down a lot more, but I have decided to wear the jacket first and see so they are in the right Place before I stitch them down permanently.
My list of UFOs are still much too long:

17th century boning channels. The thread is dark green, not black.
  • Bodice for the Swedish national gown- only needs trim.
  • Purple 1630’s gown- sleeves and hemming of the bodice, the petticoat from scratch.
  • Embroidered 1630’s jacket- this one has no deadline, it will take the time it will take..
  • Late 17th century stays- I have finally found proper silk thread for the boning channels in the colour I want, so I’m sewing boning channels right now.
  • The aforementioned corduroy coat, early 1940´s
  • 1940’s raincoat.
  • 1940’s brown wool jacket.
  • Two 1940’s dresses, one dotted and one patterned with flowers. The dotted one just need the neckline fixed.
  • And my perpetual UFO;  the 18th century embroidered polonaise.
Part of the back of the 1630's embroidered jacket. The silk/gold thread is more glittery than ity looks here.

And 2016? well, I have started to help modding The Historical Sew Monthly on Facebook, so I need to be a good girl and make challenges. And this year will be the year i finally get some 17th century done. So, a tentative plan is to work on my UFOs and try to finish as many as possible. Several of them have very little left to do before they are finished. As for the 17th century, I plan to start the mantill very soon as it’s not fitted and ought to be rather uncomplicated to make. I also have my 1940´s wardrobe project. As for the HSF challnges, the current plan looks like this:
  • January –  Procrastination – Finish the bodice for the Swedish national gown. It only needs to get the pleated trim sewn in place, but I have been not doing that for a long time...
  • February – Tucks & Pleating – Make the petticoat for the Swedish national gown. It has a lot of pleated trim.
  • March – Protection – A 1916 coat in black wool with blue details.
  • April – Gender-Bender – I’ll make it easy and go the obvious route; a pair of 1930’s linen trousers.
  • May – Holes – The 17th century stays. Lots of lacing holes in them.
  • June – Travel –No idea. I want a pair of 18th century mitts in embroidered wool and I guess one can claim it’s suitable to have for travelling.
  • July – Monochrome – make a garment in black, white, or any shade of grey in between. The robe for the Swedish national gown, as the whole gown is white. Or a new shift.
  • August – Pattern – make something in pattern, the bolder and wilder the better. An early mantua in striped wool.
  • September – Historicism – I haven’t got a clue. Any ideas?
  • October – Heroes – I’m not much given to hero worship, so I don’t know.
  • November – Red – 1930’s dress in red wool.
  • December – Special Occasion: I don’t know, but possibly the embroidered 1630’s jacket as I think it will look very festive with its glittering silk thread and spangles.
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