Going with last year’s precedent, my post about my plans for 2019 is late once again; my bad! Also like last year, I’m going to divide this by era, though I think my plans for this year will be somewhat less structured than last year’s. Without further ado…
I’d really like to make a medieval Hogwarts cosplay for Costume College this year. This would be
somewhat very much outside of my usual costuming wheelhouse, so I’ll have a lot of research to do, but I think I’ll do a 14th century gown in gold and red with an appliqued/embroidered Gryffindor lion.
Finding resources for medieval dress construction is quite difficult, so I don’t know how accurate I’ll try to be with my dress. There are plenty of secondary and tertiary sources available online, which I may reference, but I think my main source will be the book Textiles and Clothing 1150-1450 by Elisabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard, and Kay Staniland, published by the Museum of London.
The above painting, supposedly of Italian origin from c. 1380, is a good example of the silhouette I’m going for, though that may change. Regardless, I think it should be a fun project.
Another new era for me! I’ve recently been quite inspired by Samantha of Couture Courtesan‘s early Jacobean ensembles, and I’d like to try making such an ensemble for myself. I have little interest in making an early 17th century court gown (though I am in awe of those who do!), but I’d love to try making a more everyday ensemble. I believe that this will entail making a smock, a kirtle, a partlet, a cap, and perhaps a petticoat and a jacket. I need to do far more research, but my main sources for the above mentioned garments will be The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies and Norah Waugh’s The Cut of Women’s Clothes.
Most of my sewing plans this year are for the last third of the 18th century (are you surprised?), though those plans that are for ensembles post-1795 will be described under “Regency.” I don’t want to enumerate my plans so specifically as last year, because that seems like a sure way for them to not be achieved, but I do have a few definitive projects. Firstly, I’d like to make a c. 1773 cap out of a fine cambric linen based on the plate below, from the British Museum.
My other concrete plan (probably more concrete than the cap plan) is to recreate the ensemble seen in the 1782 portrait A Girl Gathering Filberts by William Redmore Bigg. I absolutely love the color combinations, especially her green bonnet and yellow gown. I think that I will even try to make a lilac silk quilted petticoat, which should eat up no small amount of time, which is why I’ll likely try to make this ensemble after Costume College.
Beyond those two projects, I’d like to remodel my pink silk gown in the latest style c. 1783 and make some fancy early 1790s menswear for Costume College. I think that the menswear will include an embroidered waistcoat, which will be a fun challenge.
I’d also like to focus this year on expanding my collection of millinery and improving my fine hand sewing. Hopefully, this will include making several more caps and perhaps some fine aprons and other “floof.” It may also include making a new hat to go with my redingote. Out of necessity, this will also likely include making another linen shift or two, projects on which I’d like to practice narrowing my felled seams.
While completing the above new projects, I’d also like to work on some of my “UFOs” (unfinished objects) from last year, including a green English gown, a pair of stays, and a checked linen shirt. Lastly, I’d also like to devote some time to remodeling my redingote to fit me better.
I think that I will be attending the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky again this year, but I’m pretty happy with my regency wardrobe and I intend to re-wear much of what I wore last year. However, I would like to make a colorful bodiced petticoat to wear under my white round gown, to achieve a look similar to this one, but with a blue petticoat:
In addition to a bodiced petticoat, I might try to make some new accessories, such as a new cap and reticule, but I don’t intend to devote too much time to more regency clothes.
One of the other new eras I’d like to try this year is the 1910s – particularly 1915-1917. I purchased the Wearing History Elsie Blouse pattern at Costume College last year, along with a tracing of an original skirt pattern from 1916, which I’ll probably use as a base for my ensemble. I also happen to have an original 1910s corset, which I intend to use as a base to pattern my own corset.
I also found an advertisement for women’s overalls from 1918, and I really want to make a pair – they’re so funny!
To be honest, I kind of want to make some early 20th century garments to wear on an everyday basis. I think that they’re modern enough to wear in public without generating too many odd looks, but they’re still unique and flattering.
I’ll also probably make some 1930s and 1940s blouses, dresses, skirts, and pants, but I usually don’t document those here because they tend to be boring to look at while constructing, but I’ll probably share them on Instagram.
In addition to sewing, I intend to continue blogging about some of the books I read that pertain to the subject of this blog. I don’t know how frequently I’ll be able to do this, but I aim to write at least 8 book-related blog posts this year.
Thank you for reading!