Friday, July 19, 2013

HSF Challenge #14 Eastern Influences

Wow, it's been over a month since my last post. Sorry about the radio silence, but between attending Old Ft. MacArthur Days and gearing up for Costume College, I suddenly got very busy very fast. I ended up skipping the last two HSF challenges in order to avoid sewing burnout and to give my hands a break.

Challenge #14 is an 1880's bustle underskirt made of sea foam green silk and is trimmed with a gold sari border leftover from another project.
charmingly modeled by Esca

closeup of the trim

The Challenge: Eastern Influences
Fabric: Silk dupioni and gold sari trim
Pattern: Truly Victorian
Year: 1885-7ish
Notions: Thread. Lots and lots of thread
How historically accurate is it? The skirt is machine sewn, the trim is sewn on by hand
Hours to complete: 20
First worn: Will be worn on august 3rd
Total cost: Don't remember. I've had this silk forever.
For the next challenge I will be making the bodice and overskirt that go with it. Here's a sneak peek of the fabric: