Friday, October 17, 2014

HSF Challenge #19: Inspiration

Another fortnight, another challenge! After seeing this lovely pair of under-sleeves by The dreamstress, I was inspired to make a pair for the Bright Copper Penny Dress.

The material for these sleeves started out it's life as part of a set of curtains found at the goodwill. They were originally going to be a dress, but one of the panels decided to shred in the middle while it was in the wash. The fabric's a wee bit sheer on it's own, so I lined it with some cotton voile I had lying around.
             I like this fabric so much that I just might make a chemisette out of the leftovers.
                                          And here's what they look like with the sleeves:

Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014

The Challenge: Inspiration
The challenge you were inspired by: The dreamstress' engageantes
Fabric: Embroidered cotton and voile
Pattern:  Nope
Year: 1850's-60's
Notions: Thread, hooks and eyes
How historically accurate is it? Machine and hand sewn
Hours to complete: 3
First worn: Not yet, probably to Dickens Fair
Total cost: $2

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Borrowed and Blue: HSF'14 challenge #18

As I was scouring historical poetry for suitable material for this challenge, this age-old ditty popped into my head:
                                                      Something old, something new,
                                                      Something borrowed, something blue,
                                                      And a silver sixpence in her shoe

It's not likely that I'll ever be a bride, but I was wearing my white dress from challenge #10 to an event and it was in need of a sash.

The ribbon is graciously loaned from my mother's bustle dress and hat, on the understanding that I will eventually give it back. It compliments the fabric of my dress perfectly.

  • Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014

The Challenge: Poetry in motion
Fabric: Um, no.
Pattern: Nope
Year: 1830's
Notions: Blue satin ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Completely hand sewn
Hours to complete: 2
First worn: September 27th
Total cost: Free