When I started the Historical Sew Fortnightly last year I made 4 goals. 1) try to have a submission for every challenge-which I did. 2) don’t make or spend a lot of time on something that really wasn’t wanted or needed. Try to make the challenges bend into something I was planning any way-which I was good at. 3) try to use as much of my stash as possible. And 4) try something new each time. I always did. Usually, it was just a new pattern. Those goals were useful for me so I carried them over.
I had an idea for the fairy tale challenge. I was going to make an outfit from my son’s web comic but I really wasn’t that excited about it. It missed the mark in several ways. It missed goal 4 (try something new) because I would have used patterns I’ve used before and it would have been in colors and fabrics I used before. It missed goal 3 (use stash) because I would have had to buy all the fabrics. And it missed goal 2 (don’t make something I don’t need). The patterns I would have used would have been from the 1890’s, which I have a lot of. It would have also created a brown day type wear outfit, which I already have. (That is it on the right.)
In fact, I would have used the same shirtwaist from the previous outfit. Perhaps if I was in some sort of re-enactment group where I needed to be in a costume all day/everyday for several days in a row, variations on a theme would be useful but not for random outings through out the summer.
So in the interest of saving time (and money) so I can work on things I do want and need, I did a soft entry for this challenge. It is a nod to the Princess and the Pea.
Sorry for the blurry photo. It looked fine on the small screen of the camera. You get the idea.
The Challenge: 6 fairy tales
Pattern: self drafted
Year: any time
Notions: earring hooks, beads, bead heads, beading pins and the foundation finding
How historically accurate is it? 0% No attempt was made at accuracy. It is plausible and small enough that it wont crack camera lenses or send other hobbyists into fits of rage or angst.
Hours to complete: half an hour
First worn: for the blurry photo. Don’t want to put it on again to re shoot!
Total cost: $15 (with a lot of left over parts that ended up in my beading stash)
I did use up some of the purchases for some modern day earrings which will get used and were somewhat needed/wanted.