I'm thoroughly enjoying the challenge, but I am having trouble getting things finished on time. I finished the UFO and the Under it All projects before the deadlines, but my Embellish project and Peasants and Pioneers project are nowhere near finished. I'll probably be able to finish my Stripes project on time, but I'm busy working on about 5 other projects besides these ones and it's difficult to focus on just one. This is why I don't have a decent amount of sewing progress to post about.
Anyways, here is where things stand on these 3 Historical Sew Fortnightly UnFinished Objects.
Challenge #4 Embellish-
I'm going to make this hat.
|Journal de luxus, 1786 (source)|
|Most of the materials for this very embellished hat.|
Reason for delay- Lack of stiffening materials. I'm not sure what was used for stiffening gigantic cloth hats in the late 18th century, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to use either. I read Lauren's tutorial on making structured hats and her method looks like it works quite well. Her finished hat is smooth and stands up straight and tall. The only problem is that the sheets of materials you buy at craft stores are probably too small for a hat as enormous as this one. I do have a very large piece of some sort of mesh which could stand in for the needlepoint canvas, but the only pieces of felt I've got are way too small. I also don't have any wire that is suitable for hat brims.
|Enough mesh stuff, insufficient felt.|
Challenge #5 Peasants and Pioneers
I am making this apron.
|Going to market by Henry Singleton. (source)|
So far I've cut out the pieces and sewn up the apron string.
Reason for delay- I don't know exactly how to put this thing together. The part the apron is pleated into is wider than the bib part, yet I don't see anything that looks like a waistband. Pleating the panel into a very narrow waistband seems like the best option, but then how would I attach the bib part? I need to do more research on 18th century pinner aprons.
Challenge #6 Stripes
I am making a striped fur muff. Sort of like this one.
|Gallerie des modes, 1784. (source)|
|Two old hats in two different shades of brown.|
|A quick photoshop job to give an idea of what the muff will look like.|
I'm going to finish all of these eventually, even if they're too late to qualify for the challenge. Perhaps I'm starting too many projects. I know Leimomi said that it's okay if you only get a few of the challenges done, but each one gives me so many ideas, and my historical wardrobe is so small that they're difficult to pass up.
Hopefully next week's post will have some actual sewing in it.
Does anyone have any advice on removing mold from fur?
Update. I got the mold off.