Although, I am not a super (or Master) seamstress, I can follow a pattern and sew. So when my husband said he would attend the annual Jane Austen Evening (late 1700s to early 1800s costumes) with me if I made him an outfit, I was extremely excited. The Regency is my favorite time period! I love balls but was scared to tackle such a new project.
You may ask what caused my fear. Well, JC was VERY particular about what type of outfit he wanted – a Naval Officer’s uniform just like Horatio Hornblower. He made it very clear that he did not want it to look like a costume but an authentic set of clothes. I’ve never taken on such a task as this; I had no clue where to start.
When you were first starting out in making historical clothing, you may have been in a similar situation as me. So based on this project, here are a few things that I found extremely valuable throughout the process. I hope they will be a good checklist for you in all your sewing projects.
So I grew up taking those same short-cuts, not basting any pieces together or ironing during the process. I never really thought that it was needed, but I also could never figure out why the few clothes that I did make always looked so “home-made.”
Well, for the officer’s uniform, I didn’t want to take any chances with how it turned out. After I heard Jennifer make that remark I told myself I would stick to it and I did. I know that a huge part of the success of my garment is due to that.
May these 12 tips save you time and progress you further to expert dressmaker status.
(To see pictures from this event, visit the Historical Sewing Blog: http://www.historicalsewing.blogspot.com and click on the January 2008 archive.)