My biggest stumbling block with last year's sewing challenge was that most of the themes didn't correspond with the events that I had to sew for. But now that I have a comfortable cushion of costuming to fall back on if an event should arise, I have high hopes for this round of HSF.
My reenactment group hosts an annual Hogmanay celebration and the theme this year is "mad for plaid". A friend and fellow reenactresses needed a dress to wear and so I dug deep into my closet and brought out the Easter egg ballgown.
Oh this dress! Made in the days of my sewing infancy, (when I was just discovering other time periods than the 16th century, before I realized that a hoop skirt needed petticoats over it, before I'd learned to read instructions all the way through...) I'm surprised that this turned out as well as this did, but after wearing it to two events and going up two cup sizes, it got consigned to the back of my closet.
I removed the back placket and added a smaller lace ruffle to the neck
And a velvet bow to the back
I'm glad this one will be getting some use at last. I haven't the faintest hope that I will ever wear it again, but I just can't bear to pick it apart and make something new.
The Challenge: Make do and Mend
Fabric: Silk dupioni
Pattern: A much-altered Truly victorian 1860's pattern
Notions: Thread, lace and velvet ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Probably not very
Hours to complete: About a day
First worn: In it's current incarnation, February 1st
Total cost: Free