One other thing I made that would fit perfectly into the challenge of “Make-do and mend” for last months HSM, is this simple cotton shawl/neckerchief.
It started out as a small piece of rectangular fabric (50 x 140 cm) that I got for 10 sek (1 Usd) at a estate sale last summer.
It reminded me of lots of Swedish folk costumes and fabrics worn by my peasant ancestors back in the day.
I knew I wanted to make something that could be paired with outfits from 18th century all the way through to the 1920s. But what?
It was the small amount of fabric (les then 50cm) that made the choice for me – a shawl/neckerchief/fichu, would be perfect.
The only problem was the piece was to short to make a proper shawl.
But as they say – “Piecing is period”…
Time for some mathematics.
I cut the fabric in 4 different sized pieces and then attached them again to get that biggest size shawl with the least amount of seams possible.
The sewing itself was noting special, just spaced backstitches and folded over edges and hems. detail of pieced corner
The only thing that I wasn’t completely happy with was the fact the plaid was a un-even, which caused the side-turned piece not possible to pattern match. But I don’t think that will be noticeable once worn.
Paired with my 18th century “Outlander” jacket:
Just the facts:
Challenge: nr 2/2017 – Re-make,
What: a 18th-20th century neckerchief/shawl/fichu
How it fits the challenge: The fabric is second hand from a estate sale, and I pieced the fabric to make a bigger shawl then the original fabric.
Pattern: None – just made some quick calculations.
Fabric/Notions: 70 cm blue/white plaid cotton fabric and thread.
Time/Cost: About 15 Sek (1.5 Usd), and 3 hours.
How historical accurate: Spot on I think :-). The material and weaved in plaids are good, and so are the stitching with waxed linnen thread and the fact that I pieced together a bigger piece from a smaller one.
First worn: Beginning of Mars for photos
Final thoughts: I think it is good, and i will probably get some use out of it being so simple and non time specific.