Thursday, January 1, 2015

Leaving 2014 and on to 2015

I've been regrouping after San Francisco and thinking about what 2015 is going to have in store.  I know I will be grand-dog and grand-cat sitting in May and I know August is going to include a visit to Oregon where the family will meet for a reunion and celebrate my step-mother's 85th birthday.   And who knows what other activities may come along. . .

In the mean time, I have joined the Historically Sew Monthly Challenges 2015. (if you click on the icon of it on the right side of the screen, it will take you to the web site for more information.)   It will be a lot less stressful and realistic for me to finish each project once a month, instead of every 2 weeks like before.

The Challenges are:

January - Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.

February - Colour Challenge Blue:  Make an item that features blue in any shade from azure to zaffre.

March - Stashbusting:  Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.

April - War and Peace:  the extrems of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear.  Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.

May - Practicality:  Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone, even princess, 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.

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.

July - Accessorize:  The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look.  Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.

August - Heirlooms and Heritage:  Re-create a garment one of your ancestors wore or would have worn, or use an heirloom sewing supply to create a new heirloom to pass down to the next generations.

September - Color Challenge Brown:  It's not the most exciting colour by modern standards, but brown has been one of the most common, and popular, colors throughout history.  Make something brown.

October - Sewing Secrets:  Hide something in your sewing, whether it is an almost invisible mend, a secret pocket, a false fastening or front, or a concealed message (such as a political or moral allegiance).

November - Silver Screen:  Be inspired by period fashions as shown onscreen (film or TV), and recreate your favourite costume as a historically accurate period piece.

December - Re-Do:  It's the last challenge of the year, so let's keep things simple by redoing any of the previous 11 challenges.

Then, of course, there are the Greater Bay Area Costume Guild events.  We attended the Downton Abbey Ball and the New York Society Tea in 2014.  Hopefully we will get to more in 2015.  So now to see if I can coordinate the challenges with the Costume Guild events!

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