About half of the things I've sewn this year have some sort of re-used material in them; The Cheap Easter Candy Stays (That is officially their name now) are lined in sheets, the striped muff is made from two old hats, the Wasp Hat is made from an ugly velvet dress, there are sheets covering most of the Silly Hat, and the Purple Cap is made from a coat lining.
For this project I decided to make a new neckline filling thingy. You can never have too many of those.
I wanted this one to be a really long triangle so I could cross it in front and tie it in back, like these ones.
|Publication unknown, c. 1790. (source)|
|Madame Mole Raymond by Vigee Le Brun, 1787. (source)|
I made the neckerchief out of an old white skirt. I found it in a box of pants that were intended to be torn up to make rugs out of. It was made from a relatively fine white cotton. It was not well made at all. The seams were wonky and the tension was off. There were also several places in the seams where it looked like the person had stopped sewing and then started again with a few centimeters of overlap and without tying off their thread. It fastened with one button. The buttonhole was hand sewn, but very poorly, the stitches were way too far apart.
|A skirt full of mistakes.|
The skirt had 6 darts, which had been trimmed a bit too closely.
|The V shapes left by the darts.|
No problem, there are shaped handkerchiefs. After I cut a small section away it became long enough.
|The portion that was removed.|
|Lots of tiny stitches, very close together.|
For the seam holding the two halves together I folded the allowance over and stitched it down. Can you still call it a flat-felled seam if it's done by hand?
This part is a bit wonky. Probably because the grainline is so messed up.
|The seam from the right side. The holes from the original stitching would not come out.|
|The right side of the patch on the wrong side of the garment. Oops.|
|The corners are nice and pointy, making them easier to tie in a knot.|
It's quite large, the curved edge measures 192 cm and the seam is 55 cm long.
|The weird patches aren't too noticeable from a distance.|
|The placement is very strange. My mother was quite confused the first time she saw them.|
The Challenge: # 18, "Re make, Re-use & Re-fashion"
Fabric: One crappy old cotton skirt.
Year: Late 1780s
Notions: Cotton thread
How historically accurate is it? Not very. The look is accurate enough, until you see the strange patches. Skirt darts didn't exist then and repairs like this would never be found on any garment. The materials are not accurate. Is is completely hand sewn though.
Hours to complete: Oops, I forgot to keep track this time. Sorry.
First worn: Aside from making sure it was long enough, I haven't worn it yet. It is not a style that is compatible with my jacket.
Total cost: $0
I finished this yesterday. It is a couple of days late but it's the second week of school and I am very busy with things. I will try to do plenty of sewing but it may be difficult to get the HSF challenges done on time.