Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sewing Goals for 2014

Happy New Year!

I thought I would put down my sewing goals for 2014, then at the end of the year, we'll see how many I finished.

  • First on my list: finish my blue medieval dress! All that needs to be done is to hem it, since I was able to sew the trim on last week when the power was out. Any tips for hemming a dress with a train?

  • Start and finish my blue wool 1900's swimsuit.

  • Start and finish my 1860's work dress...

  • ...and make an apron for it!

  • Make more petticoats! One can never have too many petticoats. I have three right now - two cotton I wear over my hoops and one flannel that I've only worn in wintertime. My goal is to make at least two more before reenacting season starts in May.

  • Make another chemise and another pair of split drawers. Because it's just silly to have more dresses than you have undergarments. :)

  • Make a corded petticoat for myself and starch it for ultimate stiffness! Also, I'm working on starching my current petticoats, but it requires a trip to the store to buy more corn starch.

  • I also have several yards of the fabric on the right. I was thinking of making a turn-of-the-century skirt out of it like the blue one in the picture on the left, but I may end up making a simple pleated skirt. I haven't had any luck finding a pattern so far and I don't think I'm talented enough to drape a pattern yet.

  • I also want to make a ruffled petticoat. Right now I wear two plain petticoats over my hoops, but I think it would look better if I added a ruffled one too. Now just to get enough white fabric... 

  • Speaking of big skirts,  number nine on my list is to remake a crinoline that I received for free. It's a size 4, which is most definitely not my size. I think I can mess around with it to make it work, however. Add a yoke perhaps, or lower the waistband. Which brings me to number ten:

  • A poodle skirt! What can I say? I've loved poodle skirts for a long time. Though if I make myself a poodle skirt, I think I'm going to have to have a pair of saddleback shoes to wear with it...

I think that's everything. I'm sure that I'll add more things to the list as the year goes on. So many time periods, so little time... My list leaves me at a total of thirteen projects. One sewing project a month sounds more than do-able!


  1. You are so ambitious! I look forward to reading about your endeavors this year!


    1. Well, who knows if I get them all done or not. This is just the ideal number of projects. :) Thanks for reading!

  2. One project a month....time to pause the sewing blogs and hit the sewing machine. ; )
    Good luck on your projects!

  3. Do you make items for others? I'm looking for a flounced petticoat similar to what you made earlier. If you do make for others, what are your costs? Thanks so much. You can contact me at 904-626-2168 or anytime.

    Blessings -