I decided to try the Historical Sew Fortnightly.The setup is a new challenge every two weeks, but I might skip some of them. I can't quite wrap my brain around what to do for "Innovation" and "The Politics of Fashion " anyway. I'm a bit surprised that I decided to do this since I don't really enjoy sewing and don't identify myself as a seamstress. I do enjoy having stuff when it's done though, so this is a way to actually get some things finished.
The Challenge: #1 Make Do and Mend
I have an old green dress that had three small holes near a seam in the lower skirts. I decided to use a patch on one of them and moved the seam 5 mm to get rid of the other two.
Fabric: Thin green wool
Pattern: One of the Herjolfsnes dresses, pattern originally made by a friend.
Year: 14th century
How historically accurate is it? Reasonable from the outside. It has lots of machine-sewn French seams on the inside. The patch is made from the same fabric as the dress and hand-sewn with silk thread. The thread is a bit too bright, but I find the result OK.
Hours to complete: Under 1. It was done about a week ago, but I didn't get around to blogging.
First worn: The dress itself maybe in 2008. It hasn't been worn after mending.
Total cost: Almost none, just some thread and scraps.