Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HSF challenge #4 complete!

I've been done with this one for a while, but another project and a spotty internet connection have prevented me from posting any pictures. So here we go:
Challenge 4 was embellishment. Since I'm pretty good about embellishing my costumes as I'm making them, I had precious little that needed any improvement. And then I remembered that I'd just made myself a pair of plain white drawers.

The Challenge: Embellishment
Fabric: Cotton 
Pattern: Umm... X's?
Year:  Pick one. Seriously, this pattern works for almost any year.
Notions: Red embroidery floss
How historically accurate is it?: Very
Hours to complete: 7 altogether.
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Free

Monday, February 11, 2013

HSF Challenge #3, and a corset at last!

Well another fortnight has come to a close and I have a new garment to show for it!
Number 3 in the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge was underwear and so I whipped myself up a pair of drawstring split-seam drawers. I admit they're a little long and rather plain, but nothing that can't be prettied up with a few tucks and some embroidery. I made them out of a high thread count cotton sheet so they're SUPER comfy and they breathe like a dream. 

The Challenge: #3 Underneath It All
Fabric: Cotton
Pattern: Drafted off an old pair of bloomers
Year: 1850
Notions: Thread and cotton cord
How historically accurate is it?  Pretty accurate. It is sewn almost entirely by hand.
Hours to complete: 10
First worn: Not yet except for photo. Probably in March
Total cost:  Free!

And to compliment my new drawers, my new corset arrived yesterday evening! I was expecting plain white coutil but as a surprise, the kind lady who made it for me covered it in a lovely peach colored damask! I was so excited that I fell asleep with it like Ralphie and his Red Rider BB Gun (fortunately there are no pictures...that I know of). It fits beautifully and I can finally start drafting the bodice for the Blue Eugenie and a few other projects!

Tune in tomorrow for Dapper Day!