Three and a half years ago, I made a Sontag. It has never been worn in costume. The primary reason for not wearing it has been the weather. Mostly it has been too hot. But even if the weather had been perfect, I may not have worn it. It was too loose in the waist and I just didn’t have the heart to undo it and re make it. I finally had a light bulb moment where I realized that by adding a second button, I could take up the extra slack.
Now it fits!
I think it would be plausible that someone would make the same alteration, either for fit or for design purposes. The synthetic wool is crap and it is more painfully obvious to me now that I have developed more of an eye for it. But, it doesn’t bother me enough to pitch it and make another. For my purposes, it will do.
I got my paper pattern pieces cut apart for my next sewing project. Will time and energy come together in perfect synergy and cause me to get the fabric cut before the weekend is over?
During this time of troubles I am in, I do find that knitting (and watching hours and hours of movies) has been soothing…takes my mind off of it all….which worked out wonderfully for the last Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge. It is a bit of a challenge to imagine any scenario where I’ll be wearing this thing as it is summer and I may be starting hot flashes! I break out in a sweat just looking at it!
What the item is: sontag
The Challenge: The great outdoors
Pattern: Godey’s 1860 which was up sized and dated by this blogger.
Being more fluffy than the blogger, I had to do some guess work to up size it even more. I think I may have gone to far. It seems a bit baggy.
Notions: 1 button about 600 yards of blue and 100 of white.
How historically accurate is it? Wool is acrylic but pattern and tecnique is correct. It would have been hand made by the lady wearing it or giving it as a gift. Plausible that all types of ladies could have worn it…working class to upper class. I guess an upper class lady would have worn it puttering in her yard on a cool day. So about 80%
Hours to complete: @40
First worn:not yet
Total cost: $30 in wool. Pattern free and I had the needles for years.