Tag Archive: Historical Sew Monthly

Aug 09

Historical Sew Monthly: Out of Your Comfort Zone

What the item is (and why it was out of your comfort zone): 1879 Overskirt from Harper’s Bazar While I have scaled up patterns from a book before, the challenge in this particular project came from the rather minimal directions.  You would think a skirt pattern would be fairly straight forward, but the drapery of naturalform …

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May 04

Historical Sew Monthly: War & Peace

What the item is (and how it is a product of war or a lengthy period of peace):  American Civil War era dress The Challenge: War & Peace Fabric: Semi-sheer silk, silk/cotton blend for bodice lining, cotton voile for hem facing. Pattern: Bodice pattern was developed by a friend. Year: Early 1860’s Notions: Black glass …

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May 04

Historical Sew Monthly: Stashbusting

What the item is: Early 1860’s bonnet The Challenge: Stashbusting Fabric: Teal silk taffeta, yellow silk taffeta, ivory lace, buckram Stashed for how long?: Over five years.  I’ve had the buckram frame done for over seven years and never got around to finishing a cover. Pattern: A pattern developed by Lynne Taylor and provided during …

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Feb 13

The Blue Challenge

The Challenge: Blue Color Challenge Fabric: Printed rayon, cotton Pattern: Decades of Style Kitchenette Pajamas Year: 1930’s Notions: seam binding How historically accurate is it? The pattern is based on a vintage pattern.  I did not chose my fabrics with accuracy in mind, as I don’t intend to wear these to a specific event, but rather to over night events …

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Feb 01

Keeping the Momentum

The kids are down for their nap, but I don’t have a pattern yet for my next big project.  So, what do I do?  Start a different project. I’d been a little at a loss for the next Historical Sew Monthly challenge–Blue.  Of course, I love blue, but the next really big project needs to …

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Jan 31

Challenge: Foundations

Yay!  I made it.  I actually finished my very first Historical Sew Monthly.  (Okay, so it’s the first one I’ve ever tried because I just knew that I was never going to keep up with the Historical Sew Fortnightly.) I’m pretty happy with these stays for how quickly I whipped through the construction.  There are …

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