I plan to participate in the Historical Sew Monthly 2015 challenge. I have been wanting to do it last years, and now that it is monthly I will give it a try.
My plan for the first half of challenges is (but will most likely change along the way):
January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.
As I had just started with making an 1905 costume, this suited very well: I made a corset and corset cover.
February – Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.
This will be an overskirt for my 1886 dress, in a very dark blue pinstripe wool that I have been hoarding a while for something like that.
March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
Probably the petticoat for the 1905 skirt, from an old bed sheet with lace in.
April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict
and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make
something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.
I made a female version of a uniform from 1886, (not entirely historical...) but I would like some more details on it so this might be an opportunity to get that done.
May – Practicality: Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone, even princesses,
sometimes needs a practical garment that you can DO things in. Create
the jeans-and-T-Shirt-get-the-house-clean-and-garden-sorted outfit of
your chosen period.
The blouse for the 1905 costume, as it will be based on what a woman working in an office could have worn.
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.
Maybe fixing the odd wrinkling on my 1770 dress - I have made it last year but am still a bit scared of the silk it's made from, so it's definitly not in my comfort zone.
July – Accessorize: The final touch of the right
accessory creates the perfect period look. Bring an outfit together by
creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.
1770 hat? Fichu?