The new list of challenges for HSF has come out on the Facebook page. Generally, I attempt to match up my own plans and ideas with the challenges rather than trying to come up with something to match the challenge. That, perhaps, defeats the goals of the Dreamstress and her Facebook moderators but it keeps me from creating something I will never ever use. The role of the challenges in my life is not give me ideas for things to create but to keep me moving forward and FINISHING things. My life is full of UFO’s that sit idle because I got really excited about starting a project so I abandon a project that I started to get bored with. You should see the bags of unfinished projects behind my couch and in the storage cupboards in my laundry room. Pitiful!
So here are my plans:
January: Firsts & Lasts – Create either the first item in a new ensemble, or one last piece to put the final fillip on an outfit. Edwardian Chemise because I want one Edwardian outfit. If there is time, a Victorian Chemise (because I only have one and it is good to have a wear and a spare)
February: Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion – Sew something that pays homage to the historical idea of re-using, re-making and re-fashioning. Turn one thing into another. Re-fit or re-fashion an old gown into something you would wear again. Re-trim a hat for a new outfit, or re-shape a modern hat to be a historical hat. Re-purpose the fabric from an old garment (your own or a commercial one) into a new garment. Attach black needle tat trim to Half Grand Surprise dress In a past challenge, I made some lace with needle tatting. (Great pastime and I want to make more…time, time, time, I need more time.) I had planned on adding it to my red and black 1880’s dress. This will be a fast project which will give me time to work ahead on future projects.
March: The Great Outdoors – Get out into the weather and dirt with an item for outdoor pursuits. Arm warmers I have seen knit patterns for something like these…
I don’t think I will make these…I’ve seem something more fitted but I can’t find the pattern just now.
April: Circles, Squares & Rectangles – Many historical garments, and the costumes of many people around the world, use basic geometric shapes as their basis. In this challenge make a garment made entirely of squares, rectangles and circles Canadian cloud. I have been working on this puppy for months. It is slow going and a tad boring so this could take awhile. Having a goal of “April” seems reasonable.
May: Literature – The written word has commemorated and immortalized fashions for centuries, from the ‘gleaming’ clothes that Trojans wore before the war, to Desdemona’s handkerchief, ‘spotted with strawberries’, to Meg in Belle Moffat’s borrowed ballgown, and Anne’s longed for puffed sleeves. In this challenge make something inspired by literature: whether you recreate a garment or accessory mentioned in a book, poem or play, or dress your favorite historical literary character as you imagine them. Gambeson. My younger boy used to be into knights and I once made a chainmail coif for him.
It seems the interest died shortly thereafter. But, I might enjoy going as a knight to the Medieval Fair that happens every two years. So I will make a Gambeson that could fit either one of us.
June: Metallics – make something in silver, gold, bronze, and copper, whether it be an actual metal, cloth of gold or silver, or lamé. Corset 1850 The busk will be in metal. Total cheat. Perhaps I will find a fashion fabric that will meet the criteria but I doubt that would be very authentic!
July: Fashion Plate – Make an outfit inspired by a fashion plate, whether it is a direct replica, or a more toned down version that fits the resources and lifestyle of the character you are portraying. If you want to stick to a period prior to the 17th century advent of fashion plates, either re-interpret a Victorian ‘historical’ fashion illustration as period accurate, or use an image from your period that depicts and idealized and aspirational fashion. Pink/grey/black/cream 1898 flared skirt and ball gown bodice for pineapple shawl I haven’t found the fashion plate for this idea but I will. I have this shawl I made years ago that I have never worn and I need to create a dress I would wear it with. This is a big dream project so it may not (i.e. probably wont) come to pass. Dream big. The back up plan is some sort of accessory that could go with the Edwardian dress. A fan?
August: Ridiculous – Fashion is sometimes a little silly, and historical fashions can look particularly odd. Make something that was considered outrageous in its own time, or is just utterly ridiculous to modern eyes. Edwardian hat. As I mentioned, I want one Edwardian outfit and there is nothing so “out there” to our modern eyes as an Edwardian hat! I wouldn’t mind a Bloomer Dress but that just isn’t in the plans for this year!
September: Seen Onscreen – Be inspired by period fashions as shown onscreen (film or TV), and recreate your favorite historical costume as a historically accurate period piece. Bloomers and corset covers in Victorian and Edwardian styles. The Edwardian ones are needed for my Edwardian dress and the Victorian ones would be done if there is time. I have some already-I just want my “wear and a spare”. The “onscreen” part of the challenge will be easy…just about every period movie has an undies scene…”show the audience what they wear under all that.”
October: Out of Your Comfort Zone – Create a garment from a time period you haven’t done before, or that uses a new skill or technique that you’ve never tried before. Corset Edwardian. This goes without saying. Corsets are a mental hurdle for me. I’ve done one that stretched badly in one wear so I only use it when I wear my bathing suit or my tea gown. Looser corsets were considered acceptable for active or lounge wear. I will tackle a Victorian one earlier in the year. Hopefully, it will go well and I will gung ho to try an Edwardian one. The challenge will be the different aesthetic lines from my usual Victorian era.
November: HSF Inspiration – One of the best things about the HSF is seeing what everyone else creates, and using it to spark your own creativity. Be inspired by something that has been made for the HSF over the years to make your own fabulous item. Edwardian Coco suit. The suit will be called the Coco suit because I bought that fabric while at Coco. My Inspiration is the many bloggers and costumers I see on line and at Coco.
December: Go Wild – You can interpret this challenge as an excuse to make something that incorporates animal print, or wild animals in some way, or to simply make something wild and over the top. Knit petticoat. A knitted petticoat is different! I have yet to see any one make one of these!
On top of these challenges, my goal is to get some of those modern UFO’s done and perhaps think about getting some small gifts made in time for Christmas. I also have some ideas for the craft sale my girlfriend has a table in and some ideas of modern clothes for myself.