Hello, everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to whatever 2016 may bring. I am. And, with a new year, comes a new set of monthly challenges from the Historical Sew Monthly.
- January – Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting.
- February – Tucks & Pleating – make a garment that features tucks and pleating for the shape or decoration
- March – Protection – make something to protect yourself (from weather or injury) or your clothes (from soiling etc.)
- April – Gender-Bender – make an item for the opposite gender, or make an item with elements inspired by the fashions of the opposite gender
- May – Holes – sometimes the spaces between stuff are what makes a garment special. Make a garment that is about holes, whether it is lace, slashing, eyelets, etc.
- June – Travel – make a garment for travelling, or inspired by travel.
- July – Monochrome – make a garment in black, white, or any shade of grey in between.
- August – Pattern – make something in pattern, the bolder and wilder the better.
- September – Historicism – Make a historical garment that was itself inspired by the fashions of another historical period.
- October – Heroes – Make a garment inspired by your historical hero, or your historical costuming hero.
- November – Red – Make something in any shade of red.
- December – Special Occasion: make something for a special event or a specific occasion, or that would have been worn to special event of specific occasion historically.
So, there are the challenges. For January, I am going to finish my in-progress 18th century stays, for which progress photos are coming soon, I promise! I have been meaning to post the photos FOR EVER, but never found the time because the WordPress on my iPad is so appalling.
So, this was just a brief update to let you know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth; I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get round to doing the previous November and December HSM 2015 Challenges (Silver Screen and Re-do respectively), although you might be able to count the stays as part of the Re-do because they were foundations, like the January 2015 challenge asked for….
What are your plans for this year’s 2016 HSM? Tell me below and get sewing!