You keep coming back to it. Over and over. It draws you in with its delicious appearance as a moth to a gaslight flame at a Victorian ball.
It calls to you; speaks your name. Torments your dreams….
Ruthless in its pursuit of your desire to make it come to life. That long ago fashion that you can’t quite push out of your mind. You HAVE to possess it! It MUST have a home in your wardrobe! But it’s so scary to face! Oh! How do you conquer such a spirit of beauty?!
Simple – one step at a time and with a few tips to guide you through the labyrinth of this frightening new world.
Confession: Late Edwardian/Titanic Era fashions scare me. They do!
Yes, it may be for YOU, but to me it’s the Big Bad Scary Costuming Wolf. Ahhhhh!!! Well, I’m determined to conquer this monster.
Last week I made this confession about making lovely, early 20th Century gowns on the Facebook page, and the encouraging support so many of you gave filled my heart! I CAN do this!
You also gave me off-the-cuff tips to keep moving forward and conquer this new-to-me time period. Some ideas I knew; others, as familiar as they were to me caught me off guard willing me to push onward.
Has that ever happened to you? When someone makes a suggestion and the light bulb simply goes off at the right time shining brightly on what you need help with?
Gleaning from our Joyful Community of followers as well as from my own experiences, here’s how YOU TOO can take on that time period of your dreams and approach it with confidence.
After the flood of good wishes and “you can do it-s” (which were SOOO encouraging, thank you!!) the most obvious tip came out of nowhere and was super simple…
Start with a pattern.
Ok, duh! But then thinking about it I was, like, of course! If you’d rather knit scarves out of cobwebs than begin to even think about how to start on your beloved time period, go back to basics and get a pattern.
A full-size-paper-printed-with-seam-allowances pattern. Right. Start your foundation with someone else’s work. They’ve been where you want to go. If all that draping and trim and lace and hand finishing is scary – it is! Chip into the design first with basic pattern shapes.
In other words, don’t tackle a complicated design right off the bat.
Of course! This is how we all get started sewing – with a pattern. With basics. Because once we understand the very essence of the silhouette we can move on to breaking those fashion bonds and tweaking designs that reflect our dreams. Starting with a pattern can cut the learning curve in half.
Cast your net wide with the very straightforward expression of the period. As you learn more about those historical years, you can begin narrowing down designs to within a few years in your research.
If you’ve been sewing (anything) for a while, jumping time periods is not too difficult. It merely seems that way. You can use the same techniques you’ve been using: darts, seam finishes, hems, buttonholes, turning collars, etc.
The ABCs of sewing haven’t changed so much to make construction all that different. It may only be in the progression of steps that’s altered. The point is to take it one step at a time. Fine tuning and advanced techniques come later.
You have no reason to not go for it! Delve into that new period with zest and enthusiasm. THAT will carry you further than if you relied on your skills only. Squash your fear and join me in challenging yourself to try that style that scares the crap out of you.
WE CAN DO IT! 😀
What time period puts a knot in your stomach but you *really* want to do it?