|Two of the corners, with only one finished edge.|
|The edge being folded over and pinned. The fabric was difficult to crease, probably because this edge is on the bias.|
|The edge being sewn up.|
|The top corner, all finished. The selvedge is on one side of the seam and is sewn over the seam allowance of the other piece.|
|It's a very big triangle, 161 cm long and 82 cm high.|
It was pretty easy to sew, I don't know why I put it off for so long. Here are some pictures of me wearing it with my somewhat itchy shift and rather awful stays.
|It's way too big to wear this way, I've seen this style in quite a few portraits but none of their fichus went past their shoulders.|
|It works much better this way, tucked in and slightly overlapped.|
|Cabinet Des Modes, December 1785. Source. This is the look I was going for with this project, a large puff of white fabric.|
|This is what I look like, I'm not actually a mouse borg.|
|1789 fashion plate. Source. It appears to be crossed in the front and tied in back.|
The challenge: # 2, the UFO challenge.
Fabric: An odd shaped piece of fine cotton from my mothers stash, It was approximately 1m.
Pattern: No pattern, I just cut the biggest square I could from the fabric, cut it diagonally and sewed the two pieces together.
Year: 1780s or early 90s, it might also work for 70s if I tucked it in to make it look smaller.
Notions: Just some poly cotton thread, does thread count as a notion?
How historically accurate is it? The materials are not accurate, but it's completely hand sewn, which is accurate. I'm not sure about the construction.
Hours to complete: I didn't keep track of the time, but I'm guessing maybe 4 or 5.
First worn: January 18th, 2013. But only for a few minutes, to sit in front of a camera with an auto timer in my cramped little sewing corner. I can't wear it out yet because I have no historical outerwear.
Total cost: $ 0!
Note about terminology: Update: Nope, it is neither a fichu nor a handkerchief, but a buffon.
Hallie Larkin (a reenactor) has done an amazing amount of research and written quite a few posts on handkerchiefs, she says that fichu is a French word and the English didn't use it in the 18th century. I am going to continue calling mine a fichu instead of a handkerchief because I live in eastern Canada, which was settled by both the French and the English and is still bilingual today. Besides, I'm a costumer, not a reenactor.
I would like to say thank you to The Dreamstress for starting this wonderful challenge, two weeks is an excellent time frame, and having a deadline really helps get things done.