Oh yes, that hobby.
So you can see how much I enjoy group projects. Right?
So what, you may ask, in the ever-loving HELL am I thinking, joining the Historical Sew Monthly bandwagon?
Ugh, I don't know. I'm insane. Don't ask me.
Well, that, and I actually really, really need all new reenacting clothes and so does Rich. Because while I loathe sewing with the fire of a thousand suns, I do love reenacting and all my reenacting friends with equal enthusiasm. So for me, it's the end result. In this case, in order to get to a favorable end result--that is, attending events while attired in appropriate clothing, with my husband also attired in appropriate clothing--I need to knuckle down and sew. A LOT. You know what makes me sew A LOT?
DEADLINES. Oh yes, my friends. Deadlines. However, having one deadline and six projects all "due" at the same time is a recipe for disaster (and more swearing), so the monthly challenges are a good framework for getting my rear in gear on things ahead of when I'll actually need to wear them. For example, the January challenge--Foundations.
|Chemise and drawers?|
Ain't nobody got time for that!
For my January challenge fill, I started and completed the corset from Simplicity 7215, an out of print Martha McCain Civil War pattern. I cut it as-drawn in size 18, and then totally disregarded the instructions that called for a double layer corset. Instead, I made it in one layer of cotton coutil and applied boning tape to the inside, which was kind of a pain in the ass but less so than trying to make two supposedly-identical layers play nicely together.
|Why am I taking crappy mirror shots when Rich is right there to help!?|
There are things I like and things I don't like about it, but I do think it will work just fine for the upcoming season, and is small enough that I won't have to immediately make another as I continue to lose weight. If I use this pattern again, I will likely modify how the bust fits, and perhaps raise the top edge a little. The hips are also very flared in comparison to my natural waist-to-hip ration, but not to the extent that the bust is.
|That's a freckle, not a zit.|
And, I guess if I'm doing this monthly challenge thing, I'm supposed to break down my projects thusly: