Happy New Year!
I don’t do resolutions [I barely ‘do’ New Year] but this year I do have some significant sewing plans. As I recover from my work-related stress and exhaustion, and prepare to return in just 3 days, I’m finding that having an organised plan for my sewing is helping to distract me in a productive and creative way.
My ‘real’ wardrobe is pretty complrehensive, and apart from the odd gap [like realising that I need a couple of plain black long sleeved tops] I don’t need to make much right now. Dressing up is the way to go!
Combining the SWAP and the Historical Sew Monthly challenge is working brilliantly. A reminder of what they involve:
SWAP is a challenge that runs from December 26th 2015 to April 30th 2016. It will produce a wardrobe of 11 items, which work together. The 11 items split into the follwing:
pack #1, 3 items. I’m going for a ‘day’ outfit in green. Jacket and skirt were made before Christmas, which the rules allow.
pack #2, 3 items. I’ve chosen a purple evening ensemble, well underway. It will actually consist of more than 3 pieces, but the skirt drapes and train are not garments in themselves, so count as accessories. [At least, that’s how I’m taking it!]
pack #3, 2 items. Probably two white blouses, one is previously made in silver linen. It’s not exactly Victorian or edwardian, coming from a 1980s pattern, but I think it works very nicely. I don’t really ‘do’ high necklines.
pack #4, wildcards, 3 items. This is where my riding jacket and breeches fit in. I’ll also be doing a cover up of some sort- I’m currently torn between a bolero jacket and an evening cape.
The Historic Sewing Monthly challenge is really aimed at people who take their sewing very seriously- enacters and educators where period accuracy is very important. Obviously, for my steampunk purposes, anachronism is more usual than accuracy, but I like knowing what I’m messing with, if you see what I mean. Their help and expertise has already been invaluable when adjusting and fitting my corset and the green wool jacket.
The idea is to complete an article, garment or accessory, to meet a theme, and then post pictures on the page. It’s not a competition, but feedback is useful and often flattering! Your challenge item should be finished no more than one month before the challenge starts. (so the Feb Challenge can be an item finished Jan 1, but no earlier, etc.). Note that this is finished, not started, so you can start a project as far before a challenge as you wish.
Here are the monthly challenges for 2016 , with my SWAP plans added in up to May. After that point, I’m thinking that some of the wife’s steampunk wardrobe may well work.
- January – Procrastination – I intend to finish one of my parasol projects- dismantled, but not continued.
- February – Tucks & Pleating – The silver skirt, with or without its shot taffeta bodice, will go nicely here. SWAP #2
- March – Protection – riding breeches SWAP wildcard, #3
- April – Gender-Bender – riding jacket- as they are traditionally very masculine in style.SWAP wildcard, #3
- May – Holes – I could be sneaky here, as anything with buttonholes could do!
- June – Travel –another carpetbag?
- July – Monochrome – easy peasy, shirts or underwear most likely
- August – Pattern – my lovely wife wants several fancy waistcoats, perfect for this theme
- September – Historicism –
- October – Heroes –
- November – Red –
- December – Special Occasion –
September items can be completed in August, the idea for this theme is something inspired by a previous/different historical era. Wide open to interpretation! After the big August event, I’ll just go with the flow. I’m sure that ‘Red’ and ‘Special Occasion’ will be easy. I’m toying with something based on a superhero costume, but Victorian, for October. Wait and see!
Right, I’d better crack on!