Historical Monthly 2016 is up now and I have my plans worked out now. Some I’m more excited about than others but all will be useful at some point so here goes nothing!
January – Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off. The mantle I started but got stalled on because it is ugly and I didn’t need it is the project for this. Perhaps some short fingerless gloves, using the left over wool from the long ones I made this year.
February – Tucks & Pleating – make a garment that features tucks and pleating. I need more than one chemise so that is the plan.
March – Protection – make something to protect yourself from weather. One of my pals has found reference and patterns to winter head gear called a Canadian cloud. I may make arm warmers as well.
April – Gender-Bender – make an item for the opposite gender. I’ve been wanting to make a gambeson for my son.
May – Holes – Make a garment that is about holes. Crotchless bloomers definitely have holes and I can use one more pair.
June – Travel – make a garment for travelling, or inspired by travel. I will be traveling to the Dickens’ Festival again and a knitted Tulma would not be amiss.
July – Monochrome – make a garment in black, white, or any shade of grey in between. I’ve been a very unfinished woman walking around with no cap upon my head, begging dirt and lice and cold to take me an my hair to task!
August – Pattern – make something in pattern, the bolder and wilder the better. The paisley I bought at the Dickens’ Festival fits this description for sure!
September – Historicism – Make a historical garment that was itself inspired by the fashions of another historical period. Want to make Victorian leather gloves that hint back to the 1700’s. I haven’t worked with leather in ages so this will be a challenge for me!
October – Heroes – Make a garment inspired by your historical costuming hero. Most of my costuming heroes have made corsets that are functional. My one attempt wasn’t very functional or authentic.
November – Red – Make something in any shade of red. I think a red knitted petticoat would be fun.
December – Special Occasion: make something for a special occasion historically. Long silk gloves were in order for balls and formal dinners. If I am really ambitious, they will be embroidered.