Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HSF challenge #15: The great outdoors...indoors

 Every December, my family visits the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Victorian London is recreated (streets and all) inside San Francisco's Cow Palace, and the sheer volume of people generates a considerable amount of heat. My plan this year is to wear the Bright Copper Penny Dress with it's newly made over-sleeves, and I needed something that will cover the dress's low neckline when I'm out in the "streets" without roasting me alive. 
So I de-stashed some claret colored velvet, bought some spicy green cotton to line it with, and voila!

Claret and spicy green is my favorite winter color combo and luckily, they both go well with the dress. Another plus is that I don't have to make a bonnet to wear with the dress (although I may make one at a later date.)
 It is, I am aware, In desperate need of trim. But I thought I'd wait until a little later in the year to sew it on.

Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 thedreamstress.com

The Challenge: The Great Outdoors
Fabric: Silk velvet, green cotton and cotton batting
Pattern: KayFig 1860 winter hood pattern
Year: 1860
Notions: Thread
How historically accurate is it? Machine and hand sewn
Hours to complete: About a week
First worn: Not yet, probably to Dickens fair in December
Total cost: $15


  1. This is really lovely! I'm a sucker for claret velvet in any form, and hoods in any form, and I love the 1860s, so this is just about the best combination ever.

  2. I love this! I have nowhere to wear it but I want one. Black velvet with a bright pink lining. Curse you, Minion!