This is a bit of a grumbly post. I hate my camera. I don't feel like this used to be a problem, but in the past year, no matter where or when I shoot, I can't get it to photograph colors well. Especially red. Everything just looks washed out. Always. And I'm especially grumbly about this today, as my overskirt is a lovely brick red.
Keep that in mind when you see the photos down the line.
Plus, when I stepped back into the house I caught my skirt on my heel, and instead of the thread breaking like it's supposed to, the threads of my skirt broke instead, so now I have lovely pull lines emanating up the back of my skirt. Grumble grumble grumble. And I didn't take a photo of that to show you, as I hate my camera.
Shifting gears, I should probably tell you about the challenge. The theme this fortnight was inspiration: Be inspired by previous challenge entries to make something of your own. I originally wanted to get my 1880's Corset done for this one, as there have been some amazing corsets done in the past two years and I always want to improve my skills in corsetry. But I'm no where near done, so I realized that I could finish my Overskirt, 90% of which I had done back in August. The whole reason I'm making an 1880's walking ensemble is because I've seen some amazing examples through the HSF. I fell in love with Kura Carpenter's stripey jacket and hat; Loren Dearborn made an adorable seaside outfit; and Anna Fura made an exquisitely matched plaid ensemble. Pretty much anything mid-1880's that gets made for HSF, I want. So I figured it was high time to make my own.
The Challenge: Inspiration
Fabric: Lovely brick red cotton that did not photograph well
Pattern: TV382, but I didn't connect it to the underskirt like they suggest, in case I ever want to wear another overskirt with the underskirt.
Year: mid 1800's
Notions: bits of bias tape to encase the side edges
How historically accurate is it? Good enough.
Hours to complete: This wasn't supposed to be for an HSF challenge, so I didn't keep track, but maybe 8-10ish?
First worn: Today.
Total cost: I can't actually remember what I paid for the fabric, but no more than $15.