Tuesday, March 26, 2013

HSF Challenge #6 or: What to do with 2.5 yards of striped silk

Well, the Blue Eugenie has been completed and worn to Victorian Ball... and true to form I forgot to take a picture while it was on me. Luckily two people got photos of it but until they post them, here is my latest challenge: An 1820's skirt.

Last year my mentor gifted me with two and a half yards of lilac, plum and burgundy striped silk, and I thought I'd mix it up and do a decade or two earlier than I usually do. There wasn't enough for a full dress, but that just gives me an excuse to make a spencer jacket in a complementary color! Pardon the poor quality of the photos. It's faire season and my usual picture-taker is elsewhere, so it's mostly just me in a  mirror.

                                Here's a closeup of the fabric: The photos don't do it justice

                                              This one's a little closer to the actual color.

                                                                 Here's the back:

The Challenge: Stripes
Fabric: Silk
Pattern: None
Year: 1820's
Notions: Thread, Skirt hooks and eyes
How historically accurate is it?: Not terribly, as far as I can tell. I haven't been able to find any separate skirt that wasn't part of a riding habit
Hours to complete: 12
First worn: Not yet, but probably at Costume College with a spencer jacket.
Total cost: $0
Challenge #7 is "Accessorize"... but what to make when one is already well supplied with accessories? 

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