HSM 2016

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.

  • JanuaryProcrastination  finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting.
  • FebruaryTucks & Pleating – make a garment that features tucks and pleating for the shape or decoration
  • MarchProtection – 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
  • MayHoles – 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.
  • JuneTravel – make a garment for travelling, or inspired by travel.
  • JulyMonochrome – make a garment in black, white, or any shade of grey in between.
  • AugustPattern – make something in pattern, the bolder and wilder the better.
  • SeptemberHistoricism – Make a historical garment that was itself inspired by the fashions of another historical period.
  • OctoberHeroes – Make a garment inspired by your historical hero, or your historical costuming hero.
  • NovemberRed – Make something in any shade of red.
  • DecemberSpecial Occasionmake 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!


HSM February Challenge: Blue

So for the February HSM Challenge it’s Colour Challenge Blue.

So I am making a pair of 18th century pockets with blue embroidered flowers on them. P1100216P1100215

They’re going really well so far 🙂

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HSM Foundations Challenge

Well, my first ever Historical Sew Anything (Fortnightly or Monthly) is finished! The photos don’t actually do the pretty colour of the fabric credit, but there we are – use your imagination to imagine a more vivid pink: dusky rose.


I haven't yet had time to iron it...

I haven’t yet had time to iron it…

The pocket hoops are underneath.

The pocket hoops are underneath.

P1100196  The ties are also all hand sewn together.

The Challenge: Foundations

Fabric: Linen

Pattern: This pattern, but adapted to suit my needs. http://www.koshka-the-cat.com/18c_petticoat.html

This is my pattern: https://teenagetailoress.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/p1090594.jpg

Year: I’m thinking late-mid 18th century, if that makes any sense.

Notions: I love, love, love it. It’s so authentic and it feels lovely to wear, as well as being pink! It is a little too wide which makes it a little tricky to get to the pocket hoop slits, but I blame my dress form for being fatter than me…

How historically accurate is it? Very, I think. It’s pure linen and completely hand sewn.

Hours to complete: Hmmm, probably about three?

First worn: 10th January, 2015

Total cost: Well, the fabric initially cost about £3. But it has been in my stash for a while now.

Overall, very satisfied! I’ve started to work on my challenge for February – Colour Challenge Blue. I will post about that later.