Checking in – What I’ve been up to

UPS!
I can’t believe it’s almost been four months since my last post – where do the time go?

Even though I’ve been lacking in posting (don’t say I didn’t warn you), I do have some things that’s been happening behind the scene here at my “Headqarter”.

Here are some of the things that kept me occupied this winter:

*My 1,5 year old

What ever did I do with my time befor I got kids – Oh yeah I sewed – a lot…

*My growing belly

Only three more months to go:-D

*My regular work

Working part time att our local childrens theatre taking care of 6-15 year olds on a dayely basis.

*Helping “La Belle Epoque” with some planing, and doing all the graphic designs for “The Officers ball 2018”Affisch Officerarnas bal 2018 EngIt’s going to be an awesome event – be there if you can 🙂

*Working on (more planing then actually working on) my own ballgown for said ball.

It’s kind of hard starting anything for myself due to “the football” beneath my sweater right now…

*Also plotting a 1880s evening gown for my sister to wear to the same event.

Searching for patterns and fabrics at the moment 🙂

*Re-designing my logo and brand name.

Teaser 😉

*Working on some stock items

Currently focusing on 18th century 🙂

*Working on a woundeful gown for a clients wedding.
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I’m so exited over this project 🙂

*Preparing for a lecture incl. workshop on Regency fashion to help prepare all the volunteers at new Regency inspired market/fair.

How do you even teach someone to make good reproductions of every piece of Regency clothing in just a few short days?

*And re-arranging our entire apartment for the new-commer 😀

I do have a lot of backed up posting to do (some dresses which I made last summer :-O)

..just need decent pictures of the finished garments, (and to edit those pics, upload, write the post and post…).

2018 – What’s to come

I’ve ended 2017 pretty slow regarding to sewing (and posting) and I must confess – even 2018 will follow that line.

Sometimes you just need to know when you need to slow things down a bit (even if I seems to quickly forget and suddenly be right there speeding again…ops)

But I do have a few big things planed for this coming year (amongst other smaller stuff that will pop up here once done):

2 Secret Projects:

This year will be the year of the big and grand gowns for me.

And even though I will not tell you much, I can tell you that:

One will be a magnificent ballgown from somewhere between 1870-1890s.

And the other one will be a total delight from the 18th century for a client.

A name change:

When I started this blog back in 2014, I didn’t really take the time to figure out the perfect name for it.
Granted, “Fashion through History” have served me well, and does clearly indicate what it is I do here.

But with my decision to start a business, and brand myself a bit more, I took a new look at the name, and came up with (ok, my boyfriend came up with it) something even better.

Don’t worry, you will all still recognize my name/site. It will just be a tad more specific 😀

And a Baby:

Yup!

Those of you who know or follow me closely, might already have figured out what my sudden lack in posting/sewing/partaking in life in general ment…

I’m doing that baby thing again 😉

Do you have any big planes for this coming year?

2017 Sum up

And so another year of sewing draws to it’s end, and it is yet again time to look back and count down the makings of the past year.

My 2017 have been a real roller-coaster ride, juggling maternity-leave, work, keeping a home and a looking after a ever growing baby/toddler (with a love for running around and climbing on stuff…).

But I’ve also managed to get quite some sewing done between babys naps and some an-planed unemployment.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

(And here’s a reminder from January on what I planed to make 2017 and part 2)

January: 

A green Regency apron  For the HSM2017 Challenge nr 1 – First and last, I made a fast and simple Regency Apron, from fabric i had in my stash.

A 1860s Corset for my sister The first piece for her 1860s ensamble, was made in a beautiful light green cotton satin from my stash.

February:

A golden 1860s corsetWhile I was on it I made one for me to in a flowery coutil I had bought for just such a project a few years ago.
And yes – I already had all of the materials for both the corsets at home – got to love a big stash, right?

Re-made my old Elizabethian pair of bodice for the HSM 2/2017 – Re-make
I made the whole thing a bit smaller by taking out the added guesets, and a bit more comfortable by removing 2/3 oft the boning. So much better!

Added some lace to my 1660s evening gown – Not yet blogged about

Mars:

A Regency Spencer For the HSM 3/2017 – Outdoors, I made a Regency Spencer n a lovely burgundy and black colored wool.

A (huge) Eliptical Cage CrinolineTo complete my sisters 1860s underwear I made a Huge orange Crinoline (and petticoat) out of a cotton sheet and some (a lot, actually) bits of metal pipe cleaners.

April:

A grecian Chiton For the HSM 4/2017 – Squares and rectangles, in made a Grecian chiton in an (totaly inapropirate and hiddeous) poly satin.

A 1865s evening gown
To finish of my sisters ensamble I made her a 1860s evening gown from a teal colored curtain sprinkled with silver sparkles (each attached by hand, by me). This gown also fitted the HSM Challenge 5/2017 – Literature, and since I teqnically finished (I made the final touches and added the belt) in may, I say it works.

May: A 1825s evening gown I just couldn’t resist the lovely purple bedsheet when I found it on sale at my local chain store. The urge to turn it into something crazy (like a 1820-30s dress) came soon after. And I just love how quirqy and colorful the whole ensamble looks.

June:
A 1860s walking outfit for my sisterAnother one I’m shoe-horning into the HSM – nr 7/2017 – Fashion Plate, since this needed to be worn in June, but since I found the perfect fashion plate to mimic I knew I had to enter it. This dress is yet another one made from beddings.

A 1920s turqouise colored daydress My original plan for the HSM 6/2017 – metallics, was this jade colored 1-hour dress, maybe decorated with some silvery gems, but once finished I liked it as it was and I decided to leve it bare.

A 1920s evening dressSo I ended up using one of my long stashed sequnied fabrics for this sparkly bit of 1920s evening dress – Which fit perfectly into the June challenge.

1801s cotton drop front daydressI made this dress as part of “Romantic Recollections” Regency challenge where you where asked to make something from the Regency era and then emelish it. I’m really happy about how it turned ot and the matching bag (where I tried my hand at silk embroidery for the first time) is one of my favourites.

July:
July was the month where I really started working on some stock items for my business. In a few weeks I finished several Regency dresses (tweaking the pattern as I went). Unfortuanly I haven’t have the time to blog about them yet, and not all have proper photographs taken.

A striped Regency Evening gown 

A golden/glittery Regency evening “skirt” (to be added to any plain dress)

A dotted Regency evening gown

A red/white flowery Regency Daydress

A blue/white striped Regency Daydress (no photos yet)

August:

A Pink/white Robe a la FrancaiseI started this project about 3 years ago and finally took the time to finish it this summer, and I’m so happy I did. It’s so joyfully over the top that it fit perfect for the HSM 8/2017 – Ridicuolus.

A Green Cotton Regency Pelisee (No other photos yet)

a complete re-make of my old Spring Anglaise I’m so happy how this dress turned from something “Not even worth selling” to “I’m keeping this one for me”.

September:

A 1690s MantuaYet another “over the top” dress, this time for the HSM 9/2017 – Seen on Screen. I made this dress to wear at an Baroque ball tis fall, but once my planes fell through I still managed to get it finished in time for the HSM.

Oktober:

Regency menswear (No photos yet)Both to challenge myself for the HSM 10/2017 – Out of Your Comfort zone, and to add another few pieces to my ever growing stock, I made 3 Regency Wests and 1 Pair of pantalons.

November:

A 1920s Cocoon coat (no photos yet)For a friends 1920s themed Halloween-party, I made a black velvet skirt and a blue/black ribbed Cocoon coat, which sadly never got worn due to my whole family getting sick with the flu.

A Purple Regency “Train” (awaiting better pictures)For my dance teams annual Regency ball I updated my old evening gown with some gold leafs and added a Court train (cut short for dancing).

December :
A Burgundy 1450s Burgundian gown (Still in process)
hopefully finished by the new year mark…

I’ve also made a ton of kids-clothes.
Mostly T-shirts and soft pants, but also a few hats, pajamas and warm (water-resistant) pants for outside play. The first batch of long and short sleeved T-shirts for my little boy.

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Phew, that was that 😀

Wow, this year I’ve been really productive (If I might say so myself ;-))
It’s so unrealistic seeing it all in a row like this – you might think I never do anything other then sew.
But thanks to a really nice kid (who sleeps like, well, a child) and some lesser work load then usual I, counted to about 3 hours of un-interupted sewing timme each day (some days a lot more).

Did you find the time (and energy) to make what you wanted this year?