I'm down for the Historical Monthly Challenge (formerly Fortnightly) again this year--I found the motivation to share my finished project by a deadline kept me on track on a couple pieces that could easily have been UFOs otherwise.
As always, best-laid plans might go completely awash, be abandoned, or be ditched in favor of bright, shiny, sparkly ideas. I've thought out the first half of the year:
- January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.
- Ugh. A shift. I really need to make at least one new shift. The trouble? I don't wannnnna. I find them so boring. My other option is a false rump--which I also need. My current version is (don't tell, this is so embarrassing) made from an old towel.
- February – Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.
- I could a) finish the early 1940s dress I barely started a couple years ago (given the state of complete incompletion and the fact that I'd have to restart a few parts, I think it would count!) or b) start on the basic late 18th century gown I've been planning and have the fabric for.
- March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
- No question, a dress for The Toddler. I have plenty of fabric choices in my stash and a pattern already procured.
- April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.
- This is a toughie--I'm not sure what direction I'll go on this one. If I can digress for a moment, there are so many moments in fashion that have been linked to a political or cultural moment--war included--that I personally feel are not so clean-cut and incorporate pre-existing moves in fashion (including hemlines during WWII and the Empire style gown post-French Revolution, in case you're wondering). So if I hold myself to my "research the phenomenon, question everything" standard, this could get interesting!
- May – Practicality: Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone,even princesses, sometimes needs a practical garment that you can DO things in. Create the jeans-and-T-Shirt-get-the-house-clean-and-garden-sorted outfit of your chosen period.
- I knew right away what I wanted to do with this challenge--a simple 1930s skirt for...well, anything. With a simple blouse and sweater, it's the housekeeping outfit; a nicer blouse and heels, and it can go to church or nicer events. Is there anything more practical than that? I already have so much practical 18th century stuff--but tend toward the pretties for other periods.
- June – Out of Your Comfort Zone: Create a garment from a time period you haven’t done before, or that uses a new skill or technique that you’ve never tried before.
- Deep breath--I keep promising myself I'll dive into later period corsets. I even have a pattern already. Is it time to take the plunge?
I'm excited to get started--ok, I'm not excited about that shift. At all. Time to force myself to cut out some linen.