Making the calendar has been taking all my time so here are the late November challenges. What have I made: a white silk caul, Marie Antoinette (2006) belt and buckle, baroque ring and earrings, 18th century pearl-necklace on a red silk-thread, a gibson girl-hair rat from my own hair and a pair of Mensur-cufflinks! Plus finally a sneak peek at December challenges and thoughts on january challenges!
A white silk hairnet.
How does this made into “generosity”-challenge? Well, I thought about HARD what to do. Finally I settled on idea of using what you have and showing others a handy small idea on how to use a scrap of something fully. As we know, fabric waste is a biological threat to our planet and soon there will be a law in my country that fabric waste cannot be thrown into ordinary waste anymore.
So..how to use scraps? My grandmother made mats out of them! The 18th century ladies made pockets and their girls made doll’s clothes our of even smaller scraps. In that spirit, here is my tip on how to make a caul in no time and with little sewing!
I found a discarded pattern-piece made out of pongee-silk that was too small to ever fit me (it was an 18th jacket inner lining piece). So I thought about trimming it and making it into a protective mobcap underneath a more decorative mobcap (if that sounds sane?) but instead of trimming it, I just started to gather it with needle and thread in a very generous way. The endresult was an egg-shaped thing that looked the part.
I imagine wearing it underneath the actual mobcaps to keep the hair in place better and because the 18th century hair is full or gunky greasy stuff it should protect the finer lappet-caps from soiling.
The Challenge:#23: Generosity & Gratitude – due November 18. Celebrate the generosity of spirit and willingness to help others that makes the historical sewing community great, and give credit and thanks to those who have contributed to our collective knowledge without expecting payment in return. Make anything that fits the general HSF guidelines, and utilizes research, patterns, and tutorials that have been made available for free. Be sure to acknowledge all the sources that have helped you to create your item.
Fabric: a scrap of white pongee-silk.
Pattern: no pattern, it was irregularly cut piece of something and I just sewed it into a small cup without trimming or cutting anything.
Year: 18th century
Notions: needle and thread
How historically accurate is it? I have seen similar small mobcaps in finnish traditional dresses. Its’s function is not decorative but protective underneath a more decorative mobcap I think.
Hours to complete: less than 15 minutes.
First worn: at home, its practical, like a hairnet but made of fabric.
Total cost: less than euro.
A hair-padding headband
This is my own hair I have collected when I had to cut my hair after unfortunate decision to blonde my blonde my locks. These “hair rats” were used to pad the hair from antique era to the Gibson girl! The second pic is the hair rat plus a coronet-hairband I had. The hair rat unfortunately doesn’t show up so well because its behind the coronet. I secured it with pins in place. The effect is subtle but nicely padded!
I had hair in my stash and a hairband so……time to make a hair rat!
The Challenge:#24: Re-Do – due December 2. This one is super easy. Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time). It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again.
Fabric: my own hair, brown doll’s hair, a brunette hair-braid from local Glitter, metallic hairband-base.
Pattern: The 2015 challenge: March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
Year: various eras.
Notions: Brown embroidery-floss to keep the thing together.
How historically accurate is it? I can see it being used. It does have plastic.
Hours to complete: less than half an hour. It was finicky to do.
First worn: not yet.
Total cost: less than 3 euros all in all.
Baroque-era earrings and a ring
I had made previously a set of earring out of nice pearls and a ring with lots of pink beads in a bunch. But they are more 17th than 18th century. So maybe my character inherited them from her great-grandmother! After all, 17th century was a fad in 1700s!
The lighting in these photos is really baroque……anti-reformist art lol!
The Challenge:#21: Re-do – due Sat 15 November. Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time). It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again.
Fabric: peach-colored glasspearls and pink plastic beads plus earring and ring-bases.
Pattern: So I chose 2015’s challenge: “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.”
Year: 17th century
Notions: peach thread and plastic seethrough-thread and a needle for the ring.
How historically accurate is it? Plastic! But I like the opulent baroque-feeling they have.
Hours to complete: an hour.
First worn: not yet.
Total cost: less than 5 euros.
I originally wnated to these to my paramour but he said he didn’t think he would wear the. So I kept the idea but made them for myself. As a female supporter of Mensur.
The Challenge:#22: Fort-nightliers Choice (Gentlemen) – due Mon 1 December. And you’ve chosen the theme of ‘Gentlemen’ – make menswear, or historical women’s wear inspired by menswear.
Fabric: glass cabochons, printed pictures and cufflink-bases.
Pattern: based on 1920s gentlemen’s “four vices”-cufflinks
Year: I think it works best after late 1800s to 1930s.
Notions: Panduro’s jewellery glue.
How historically accurate is it? Its bit fanciful and the cufflink base is plastic.
Hours to complete: less than 5 minutes really. Making the pictures small with paint-program and cutting them took more time.
First worn: not yet.
Total cost: less than 1 euro.
I will be writing about history of Mensur soon! The painting below is what I used for my cufflinks. “The opponents”
Marie Antoinette’s red belt
I originally wanted to do something inspired by finnish historical films but since limited time, I decided to use the red velvet ribbons I had in my stash instead. The contrast of the pale icy blue dress and the deep crimson velvet is a fabulous one in the film. How did they come up with such an unusual but delicious contrast!
The Challenge: 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.
Fabric: red velvet ribbon and a plastic beltbuckle plus pink chiffon-ribbon, and gold and purple sequin-ribbons.
Pattern: Based on Marie Antoinette 2006’s blue dress with a red belt. The buckle is more fanciful but I wanted to use the odd pieces of sequin-threads somehow. Plus the buckle is changable anyway.
Year: 18thc century
How historically accurate is it? sequin is plastic but “why not”-category it goes!
Hours to complete: less than 5 minutes as all the ingredients were ready.
First worn: not yet
Total cost: less than 3 euros.
Pearl-necklace on red silk ribbon
The Challenge:November – Red – Make something in any shade of red.
Fabric: red silk thread and glass pearls in classic creamy shade.
Pattern: based on portraits and descriptions on ladies necklaces in 18th century.
Year: 18th century in general
Notions: brass-colored findings to secure the necklace.
How historically accurate is it? Belongs in “why not” category…
Hours to complete: Its takes less than 10 minutes to make.
First worn: not yet
Total cost: all ingredients can be found very cheap, so under 8 euros I think.
The upcoming December-challenges. These will come faster than the November ones!
- I’m making a pocket a la “Poetry in motion”
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.
2. Making 18th century garters in sailor-style
- #25: One Metre – due Dec 16. Make an item that takes one metre or less fabric. To keep within the spirit of the challenge, try to avoid making something that also involves metres and metres of trim
3. No idea yet
- #26: Celebrate – due Dec 30. Make something that is celebration worthy, make something that celebrates the new skills you have learned this year, or just make something simple that celebrates the fact that you survived HSF ’13!
4. no idea yet
December – Special Occasion: make something for a special event or a specific occasion, or that would have been worn to special event or specific occasion historically.
5. Two reticules, one from Barbie-skirt and one crocheted one!
- #23: Modern History – due Mon 15 December. Make something historical or historically inspired that is wearable in an everyday context
6. Goldenworked needlebook
- #24: All that Glitters – due Thur 1 January. Celebrate your completion of HSF ’14, and the New Year, with a glittery, glitzy, sparkly, shiny, something.
…and some future projects I have not yet thought about much. I think I will pull a real UFO and IFO-pile extravaganza. Its amazing when you move out….so many things that have been lost are suddenly found. Also, I will be going through my piles of fabric and projects soon. My father had an entire black plastic-bag FULL of them…..I have to decide which to bring back to my new place so mice wont pee all over them. My dollhouse stuff is mostly safe at father’s garage though. Fabric is more tricky matter.
I will do something for the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence for the third challenge. 1917-style something.
- January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.
- #0 (the bonus challenge): Starting Simple – due 31 December NZT. Finish a project, make a very simple garment, or something you have made before.
- #1: Bi/Tri/Quadri/Quin/Sex/Septi/Octo/Nona/Centennial – due 14 Jan. Sew something from __13, whether it be 1913, 1613, or 13BC
- #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.
- January – Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting
- #1: Make Do & Mend – due Wed 15 Jan. Let’s start of the year with a clean slate, and with a bit of a tidy up. Use this challenge as an opportunity to get your historical wardrobe in order by fixing any little bits that have worn out and gone wrong. Alternatively, you could focus on the historical precedent of making-do by re-making something into a historical garments, whether it be a bodice from a worn-out skirt, a chemise from old sheets, a bosom-friend from an old cardigan, or a new historical hat from an old modern one etc. Finally, you could just those people who had to make-do by making something for a historical character who would have scrimped and saved and re-made and mended until the fabric entirely fell apart.
- #2: Innovation – due Sat 1 Feb. To celebrate the way inventions, introductions and discoveries have impacted fashion, make an item that reflects the newest innovations in your era. Be sure to share the research you did on your innovation, as well as your finished item.