Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HSF '14 challenge #9: Black or White

Through trial and error, I've found that my mom is less likely to object me making her a new piece of costuming if I give it to her as a present. So for Mother's day, I made her a day cap.

My mom already has a day cap that she wears under her bonnet, but it's gathered to an elastic band that tends to slide around and fall off. This one has no elastic and sits a little better on her head.

I snapped this pattern up a few years ago and have been itching to use it ever since. 

I had a few big pieces of striped silk and cotton voile left over from a previous project and some ivory picot ribbon that was originally going to be a sash.

  • Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 thedreamstress.com

The Challenge: Black and White
Fabric: Sheer striped silk and cotton voile
Pattern: Butterick 5663
Year: 1860's
Notions: Ivory picot ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Mostly hand sewn
Hours to complete: Four days
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Free

Friday, May 9, 2014

Picnicking while Victorian

Two weeks ago, Mother and I attended a Victorian picnic at Rancho Camulos and miracle of miracles, I actually managed to snap a few pictures!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

HSF '14 #8: UFO

As I've previously stated, I don't really have an unfinished projects pile. I tend not to make anything without an event/challenge to wear it for. But I do have an abundant fabric pile, and so I decided I needed a new chemise.

I've had this pink batiste for a very long time, but there was never enough to really do anything with until now. It's so light and soft and breathable, I've even started wearing it as a nightgown! 

  • Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 thedreamstress.com

The Challenge: UFO
Fabric: Cotton batiste
Pattern:  Self drafted
Year:  Works for most of the Victorian era, but if pressed, I'd say 1850's
Notions: Thread, bias tape and ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Half machine-sewn and half hand-sewn
Hours to complete: About a day and a half
First worn: Continuously
Total cost: Free