The Historical Sew Monthly 2016 Challenges are In!


Another year, another 12 garments! Thank you, Dreamstress, for continuing the challenges!! Here is her explanation of how it works:

Every month in 2016 will feature a themed challenge and we’ll each sew (or knit, or crochet, or tatt, or embroider, or cobble, or whatever it is you call making a hat, or otherwise create) a historical garment or accessory that fits the theme.

For the purpose of the Historical Sew Fortnightly, ‘historical’ is Pre-WWII and earlier, so no later than 1938.

The HSF is meant to encourage research and historical accuracy,  not fantasy or ‘costume.’

Of course, for many periods making a garment that is identical in every respect to a period garment is basically impossible.  Even getting close can be quite expensive and physically demanding, which isn’t possible for everyone.  Ultimately, the level of accuracy is really up to your needs, skills, and resources, as long as the item is in pursuit of greater historical understanding.  There are also many ways to consider accuracy (you may find my post on how I approach it interesting), and we hope that the HSF will get people to think about accuracy, and how our relationship to what we wear and how we make it has changed over history.

The 2016 Challenges:

  • January –  Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting.
  • February – Tucks & Pleating – make a garment that features tucks and pleating for the shape or decoration
  • March – Protection – make something to protect yourself (from weather or injury) or your clothes (from soiling etc.)
  • April – Gender-Bender – make an item for the opposite gender, or make an item with elements inspired by the fashions of the opposite gender
  • May – Holes – sometimes the spaces between stuff are what makes a garment special.  Make a garment that is about holes, whether it is lace, slashing, eyelets, etc.
  • June – Travel – make a garment for travelling, or inspired by travel.
  • July – Monochrome – make a garment in black, white, or any shade of grey in between.
  • August – Pattern – make something in pattern, the bolder and wilder the better.
  • September – Historicism – Make a historical garment that was itself inspired by the fashions of another historical period.
  • October – Heroes – Make a garment inspired by your historical hero, or your historical costuming hero.
  • November – Red – Make something in any shade of red.
  • December – Special Occasion: make something for a special event or a specific occasion, or that would have been worn to special event of specific occasion historically.

As usual, I’ll post each challenge in my blog and on the Historical Sew Monthly Facebook Group page. Looking at the list, ideas are already fermenting!


4 thoughts on “The Historical Sew Monthly 2016 Challenges are In!

  1. Thank you for informing us that these were in. I’m going to be joining this challenge for the first time this year, but would have missed the post (and possibly forgotten about it!) if you hadn’t put this up, so thank you again. I’m so excited to see what you make in this coming year!

    • Glad I could help jog your memory! 🙂 This has been my second attempt at the challenge and I did much better than the first time around, when I only made it as far as March. Do read the link to the Dreamstress’ notes about how to approach the challenge – her insights are very helpful. Congrats for taking on this fun series and I look forward to seeing your challenge projects next year.

    • Thanks – me, too!! 🙂 Seriously, my brain is already planning projects that are over-the-top and way too complicated. At least January’s challenge will be somewhat easier, because there are so many things I’ve not yet gotten around to doing. It’s the choosing that is always the hardest part for me. (unless I get in over my head, then it’s the doing…)

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