July – Accessorize: The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look. Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.
Historical Sew Monthly
If you have read my post for the Historical Sew Monthly Challenge #6 you already know that I'm going to share with you two items I made to accessorize my Regency costume.
The first was a beautiful piece of dove gray chiffon that was the perfect size to accessorize my riding hat. This was time for me to learn how to sew a rolled hem as I had perhaps 60 miles of hem to sew. Yes, that's slightly exaggerated, but that is certainly how it looked to me! Several videos and some online tutorials helped me learn a nice technique that I will share with you here.
1. Begin by folding a narrow hem. I used approximately 1/4". Take a long stitch into and then out of the fold. This stitch is approximately 3/8". Finish the stitch and the thread will be hidden in the fold.
The pattern is included in the La Mode Bagatelle Regency wardrobe pattern collection. I sew the French seams entirely by hand, and use my newly learned rolled hem technique to finish the sides of the chemisette. Some lace, a few buttons, some grosgrain ribbon to secure the chemisette when worn, and now I can add some modesty to my daytime Regency gown.
Historical Sew Fortnightly
What It Is: Scarf and Chemisette
The Challenge: Accessorize
Fabric: Chiffon and muslin
Pattern: La Mode Bagatelle Regency Wardrobe
Notions: Thread, buttons, lace, grosgrain ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Completely hand sewn.
Hours to complete? Scarf - 8 hours Chemisette - 2 hours
First Worn: Costume College 2015
Total Cost: All items were scrap from other projects.