Happy New Year! And as every sewing blogger knows, now is the time to reflect on how much we managed to get done. Wow! It is really amazing how much I got done once I got out of my slump and there is only 2 reasons I was so productive-Deadlines and Challenges. The vast majority of those came from The Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenges.
There was crochet fingerless gloves and an 1950’s costume for work. There was my 1900 widows weeds that includes a petticoat, skirt, bodice with hand-made frog closures, a serious hat and a “scary hat” for Halloween, and a cape.
I upgraded a hat for my 1890’s walking suit and made several pieces of jewelry.
I made a complete 1890’s swim suit which includes the suit, the skirt, the hat and shoes.
Now for the final challenge I give you my new 1870’s mantle (that may or may not be worn with the above outfit).
The Challenge: 26 Celebrate
Fabric: Unknown, likely a synthetic blend
Pattern: TV501 1871 Mantle
Notions: buttons, trims, thread, hooks and eyes.
How historically accurate is it? The pattern is accurate, the print is plausible to my eye, it is half machine sewn, half hand sewn which is plausible as well. The fiber content of the fabric is not. 70%?
Hours to complete: 15
First worn: just for this photo.
Total cost: $90