January

Every day I plan to sketch up a modernized, history bound outfit or garment based on a specific time period. I AM NOT A HISTORIAN (or fashion designer) AND THESE MAY NOT BE 100% CORRECT, but I tried.
If I am wrong, please teach me!

Background

In early December, inspired by the many wonderful Historical Costuber’s, I decided to start making my own clothes. Throughout my life I’ve been infatuated with historical styles and dreamt of wearing the beautiful gowns of the Victorian, Edwardian and Regency periods. Luckily, around the time I decided to make my own clothes history bounding became a big thing and a new community was born!

Pictured is my first ever sewing project as well as my first attempt at history bounding. Inspired from Elin Abrahamsson’s 15th century Kirtle pattern.

01 January

Ancient Greece
The costume for women (and men) of ancient Greece was composed of basically a long, rectangular sheet secured via pins (fibulae) with a girdle around the waist or hips. Throughout the centuries, this dress (called chiton) added more layers of squared and folded sheet (peplos) as well as securing pins at the shoulders (hemation).

My history bound version keeps the length and belt but adds connecting straps at the shoulders, a form fit to the body and cuts down on the excess fabric around the arms and shoulders.

Here’s a great resource if you want to learn more.

02 January

Medieval
The costume for women (and men) of the medieval times consisted of, yet again, rectangular sheets of fabric. About this time the square shape was more form-fit to the wearer than in ancient times. The use of gores (triangle shapes) in conjunction with rectangles allowed for the fit as well as giving skirts a “flowy” look.


My history bound version was done when I was super sick so it doesn’t look … amazing. BUT! I didn’t change it much from the original idea. I’ve recently made a 15th century history bound kirtle and used a simple “rectangles and gores” pattern. The gores, and in turn form, start around the natural waist and allow the hips down section of the skirt to have a more airy, flowy drape.

Here’s the video I used to make my kirtle.

03 January

European Renaissance Tudor
The costume for women has now taken shape using a farthingale to widen the skirt and later stays and bodies.


My history bound version keeps the skirt width and front V of the bodice. I mirrored the bodice shape to the back as well and shortened the full length sleeve to a short cap sleeve. I was thinking of a finer material within the V – like a silk with an overlay of lace or sheer.

04 January

17th Century
I was sick from this day until the 9th. So a few of them were late and lacking a description. The descriptions are added but short.


My HB version keeps the stay bodice look but streamlines the skirt.

05 January

18th Century
This was day 1/2 of my sickness climax so it’s basically just a simplified drawing of an 18th century dress.


My HB is that I’d totally wear this as is – I don’t know, I’m sick.

06 January

19th Century
I was sickest today, I still sketched the dress but never posted it until now (9th).


Victorian is up there on my favorites but I couldn’t even breathe let alone sketch well so here’s my puffy shirt HB version. At least I gave a description of the materials, ha!

07 January

Edwardian
Edwardian is maybe my favorite period in historical fashion.


I would wear the clothing as is but I especially like the riding habits (jacket as pictured) and walking skirts.

08 January

Naughties – “Titanic” inspiration
I quite like the naughties look, too. This type of clothing can be seen in the Titanic and in a way resembles regency gowns.


My HB has the same style and shape with a regency bodice but sheer sleeves and hem.

09 January

Roaring 20s
I have to admit- I really am not a fan of 20’s clothing. Its ironic because I happen to get into History Bounding just as the 20’s come back around so I think I may focus my own personal HB on 1820’s (regency).


20’s style is replicated quite often for costumes and cocktail wear so it wasn’t a difficult HB. Just raise the skirt higher than the knees.

10 January

Thirties
I really like men’s fashion in the 30’s so I decided to dress my bent-arm manikin in 30’s mens fashion. The billowy trousers and button shirt that looks like you should be holding a cigar and cane.


11 January

Forties
I really like men’s fashion in the 30’s so I decided to dress my bent-arm manikin in 30’s mens fashion. The billowy trousers and button shirt that looks like you should be holding a cigar and cane.


12 January

Fifties
I really like men’s fashion in the 30’s so I decided to dress my bent-arm manikin in 30’s mens fashion. The billowy trousers and button shirt that looks like you should be holding a cigar and cane.


13 January

Sixties
I really like men’s fashion in the 30’s so I decided to dress my bent-arm manikin in 30’s mens fashion. The billowy trousers and button shirt that looks like you should be holding a cigar and cane.


14 January

Seventies
I’m sorry this is so bad. My husband was home for a few days and I half cared about doing this. Bell bottom everything!


15 January

Eighties
Typical off the shoulder crop top and mini skirt with leggings and probably neon leg warmers.


16 January

Nineties
I’m sorry this is so bad. My husband was home for a few days and I half cared about doing this. I was going for the Clueless look. I’m not sure what’s going on with the arms but I labeled them in case you didn’t know they were arms.


First month = ~50% completed

The Bad:
-I missed the second half of the month.
-I completely slacked on the descriptions and quality after a few days.
-I spent more time sketching ideas for future projects than I did this challenge.

The Good:
-I got to the 90’s and was able to get a better idea of what period fashions I was actually interested in.
-I realized that I’m not terrible at drawing when I actually sit down and care about what I’m doing.
-I spent more time sketching ideas for future projects than I did this challenge.

So that’s it for January. I didn’t make it all the way through the month but in my defense I had a very busy and stressful month. The highlight of it- after almost 3 years of waiting, separation and struggle I’m finally in England!


See you next month!


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