I rarely go back and tally all I completed over the past year. My perpetual journal has records noted when I finish a project so I can go back anytime I wish to review my sewing progress.
However, I’m usually so absorbed in the forward movement of the coming year’s sewing & activities that by thinking back it could cause a stall.
Alas… for you my dear readers, I have put together my 2012 accomplishments in historical sewing. Perhaps they will inspire you to tackle your own projects for 2013.
January started with a bang as I tackled the new Truly Victorian Edwardian corset for the Facebook Sew Along group. It kept me busy until mid-February when I stalled – scared to apply those crazy bone casings. Ack!
After forcing myself to finally finish the corset, procrastination hit hard along with tax season. I postpone most personal sewing until April as my bookkeeping day job takes so much time & energy. This despite spring fabrics arriving in the stores to seduce me back into my sewing room. Then I usually get off my back side and get moving. (Prep for Costume College in August will do that.)
Well… I bit off more than I could chew, as I realized when I was sewing into the wee hours EVERY night of Costume College 2012. I will never let myself get so behind again! I realized I was trying to make 4 full costumes for one weekend. Ack!
The Edwardian Chemise & Drawers from the new Truly Victorian pattern:
The 1905 Lemon Chiffon Dress that I wore on top of the new undergarments:
Along with the bodice and skirt, I made up a belt out of the yellow silk from a pattern in Jean Hunnisett’s book. Although… I did have to slice it up a bit to make it fit around my curvy waist and hips!
The 1883 Caramel Apple Dress (because every woman needs a red dress!).
This was going to be my “quick” bustle dress project a year ago. Seems my bustles always end up demanding more trim or a challenging design….
One of my out-of-the-19th-century costumes was a 1930s dress I call Cherry Garcia because the pink and burgundy remind me of the so-named yummy ice cream.
The other unusual costume was my Hunger Games Capitol Couture outfit. The bodice design was taken from a late 1880s photograph. And the stunning teal silk taffeta was found at my friend Diana’s Renaissance Fabrics shop.
The last full costume this year was a rather simple bustle design I created as I taught the first session of the Bustle Day Dress Class. I pulled the design from an 1871 fashion plate. I still have 3 rows of ruffles to attach around the skirt hem but it’s another finished dress for my costume closet!
The last historical costume item for 2012 was my new 1880s Strawberry Cream corset. Made to teach the Victorian Corset Class, it’s all ready to go under new costumes… that’s because the shape has changed my silhouette slightly so my current bodices are not as smooth in front as they should be.
As December slips away, here are costume projects I have ready to sew. Of course, if you’re like me, you know they won’t get done this year…. Bring on 2013!
- 1860s Man’s Shirt in *red*
- 1880s Man’s Waistcoat in blue & white brocade
- 1930s Skirt in tan & black herringbone weave with black flocked flowers
- 1930s Jacket with Capelet in strawberry velveteen
- Lobster tail bustle in red paisley (online class available!)
And other 2013 projects:
- 1887 All-Stripe Dress
- 1837-39 Pewter or Orange Dress
- 1875 Evening Dress in my family Scottish tartan
- Civil War bonnet
What was your most thrilling costume project in 2012?