Friday, December 27, 2013

HSF Challenge #20: Outerwear OR #21: Green

Super, amazing, ridiculous, very green, spats for Bex!  These can't really count for an HSF challenge, as they are about as non-historical as spats can get, but I did finish them in time, so in my tally, they count.  I did have to wait to post them until they arrived at their destination though.

The Challenge: I had originally intended them for Outerwear, but then I couldn't find any suitable fabric for the Green challenge, so these could do for either.

Fabric: Katia Merino Baby, 100% Merino.

Pattern: Found here on Ravelry.

Year: Meant to be worn with modern dress, but spats were most common in the late Victorian era.

Notions: 6 meant-to-kinda-look-like-leather plastic(!) buttons.

How historically accurate is it? Let me count the ways.  Beyond the initial concept of 'spats' this one quickly falls apart.

Hours to complete: Less than 20 I think, I always crochet in the evenings while watching TV, so it doesn't really feel like a lot of time.

First worn: For the photos.  But they're not meant for me, and I hope their new owner will wear them occasionally!

Total cost: $4 for each ball of yarn, and maybe $3 for the buttons, so $11.



They fit rather well around my 1940's pumps.

Aren't they ridiculous??

The color is a bit closer to this shade than the neon shown above.

HSF Challenge #26: Celebrate!

Celebrate! the Christmas season, what you've learned this year, or simply having survived the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2013.

We were very generously given tickets to the American Women's Club of Amsterdam's winter gala, but there were still two things holding us back.  I didn't have a dress, and Dan didn't have a suit.  Thanks to an early Christmas present from my parents, Dan got a very spiffy suit, so I just needed a dress.  This summer I bought some very festive fabric, intending to someday transform it into a Regency gown.  The time had come!  I was on quite a deadline, but managed to get almost everything done in time (I still have to bind the sleeve seam (but that's inside so nobody sees that), and I may go back and add buttons someday).  The gown turned out perfectly, but I do have the new goal of figuring out Regency hair styles, as mine wasn't, well, right.  I probably could have used some jewelry too.

The Challenge: Celebrate!

Fabric: This summer I discovered my new favorite fabric store in Chicago- Fishman's!  It's not a large store, but had a ton of natural fiber selections, silks in particular.  And they had a dusty shelf along the back wall with $5 per yard striped silks.  Beautiful, light weight, and crispy.  Most of the fabric was a bit garish, or larger plaid patterns suited to the later Victorian era, but there was a gold, maroon, and blue narrow striped fabric that was perfect for regency.  It's not my usual color choice, gold doesn't really suit me, but for $5 per yard I couldn't pass it up.  So I bought all that was left, I think almost 5 yards.  My accent fabric was a gunmetal silk shantung.  I went looking to bring out the blue stripe, but the gunmetal, much to my surprise, went beautifully.

Pattern: Skirt was from La Mode Bagatelle, bodice and sleeves were my own creations, based several incarnations ago on the Bagatelle pattern.

Year: I was going for 1817-1818.

Notions: Hooks and eyes for the back closure; I would have preferred buttons but ran out of time.

How historically accurate is it? I hate this question.  I think I'm going to follow Festive Attyre and quit answering it.

Hours to complete: Not too many by my standards, the bodice only needed one mock-up, and I remembered a lot of my should-have-done's from my regency wedding dress, but the oversleeves took a while to get right.  Maybe only 20?

First worn: The American Women's Club winter gala.  I got a lot of compliments on the dress, and looked very regal next to all the modern dresses.

Total cost: $25 for the gold silk (still have a yard left over), $30 (full cost) for 1 meter of the grey (enough left to cover shoes or make a bag). So $55.

After a long night of dancing (thus the wrinkles)


My lovely piping job!

I got this shawl in Cologne Germany for $20.
100% Yak wool from Tibet.  And it's much
softer than it sounds!

And one of Dan in his dapper new suit.

Monday, December 16, 2013

HSF Challenge #24: Re-Do

I'm a full two weeks late on posting this.  I got the re-do "done" only a day late, but as it's a crochet project, it still had have all the thread ends woven in and to be blocked, which, as I was thoroughly exhausted of the project, took awhile.

The project is one I tried before.  For Challenge #13: Lace and Lacing, I started a crochet collar, but due to using a larger gauge thread than what was called for, and the pattern being difficult to decipher (to say the least), I failed the first time.  You can read about that here.

But I persisted, and now have an incredibly lovely collar that I can't actually see myself wearing.  Ah, such is life.  I mostly wear v-neck shirts, or things with collars, or things with stripes, or any number of modern tops that don't really go with 1930's collars.  But I'll save that challenge for next year.  It's all part of building a 30's wardrobe.  I had to start somewhere!

The Challenge: Re-Do

Fabric: Lizbeth Size 20 thread in Antique Violet and Cream.  100% cotton.  Only 1 ball of the violet was needed, which means I have 2 more to figure out what to do with.

Pattern: Found here on Etsy.  The last few sentences of the pattern were missing altogether, and the directions were incredibly unclear in several spots.  I often zoomed in on the illustration and made up something that looked like the stitch used.

Year: 1930's, but lace collars seem to have been much more popular in the early part of the decade.

Notions: I guess none...it is just thread.

How historically accurate is it? I honestly can't say.  It's cotton, and I believe the pattern is actually from the decade, and my colors seem all right, so actually maybe really high.  90%?

Hours to complete: AGES!

First worn: Not yet.

Total cost: $4 for each ball of thread, so $8.

On to the photos!