January Sewalong : Accessory Inspiration

So! January’s challenge, due January 31st, 2015 is:

An Accessory
I love this challenge because it’s soooo versatile.
I put together some inspirations to get my brain going!

10 Pretty Ruffle Scarf Tutorials!

Found on Babble via Pinterest, I actually like about half of these, and while I don’t actually neeeeed anymore scarves… they do make great gifts!

There are actually lots of fun scarf tutorials, and many are grouped in convenient lists!

There’s also adorable hair clips/brooches which count, I don’t even wear either of those things but I want this:

Source: etsy.com via Mi on Pinterest

And I’ve seen some lovely pins of people who used fabric to make pretty origami hair clips.
I definitely think bags & clutches count as accessories!
I have boards on pinterest for those, because I love how quick a project they are in general:
Sewy Things – Wallets/Clutches
Sewy Things – Bags
I’m still undecided about whether coats count as an accessory, but I guess it doesn’t really matter for me because no way can I bust one out by January’s end.

But hats! Hats definitely count!

I’m hoping to actually have another hat party in Jan, so that would knock it out super quick!

What else… I’ve also seen things like glasses cases, checkbook covers, camera cases. All count!

Plus for those of us with a historical bend, it’s an opportunity to make something like… a matching reticule to a planned or existing outfit. Or perhaps a fashionable hat? I could definitely do with a Regency bonnet!
Actually… along those lines, I’m contemplating a set of detachable sleeves for my latest Regency dress.
The possibilities!

Life update!

Still too busy to much actual sewing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t plot!

2015 is going to be aaaaall about using up fabric! I’ve been on a self imposed fabric buying ban for so long @.@ Actually, now I stop and think about it, I think it’s been almost 3 years!

When I started I had some exceptions which were basically… Doctor Who costumes. But only ones I’d had in mind for awhile, so basically Jo Grant, TVM!Master, and Survival!Master. Somehow though I ended up buying fabric for three historicals, through some sort of mental loophole, but everything else was stash! You would think I’d have more to show for it!

Anyway, now my only “loophole” is gifted fabric, that’s still acceptable! So this year I’m really going to buckle down and stick to my guns, use up more fabric! To that end, I have a lot of small “crafty” type projects in mind (bags, bags, and more bags. More than I could possibly need, so potential etsy listings there!), some actual Real Clothes, and underthings!

By underthings, I mean historical. First up will be an 18th Century corset, something like this:


I think most similar to the far left. I can’t actually remember, I’m just using whatever pattern AJ @ Confused Kitty used! I’ll also have to make some paniers, probably this size?


I know nothing of this era, so I’ll be counting on Bunny to guide me through it!

I had planned to make more underthings so that when I can buy fabric again I’ll have the base for everything, but then Bunny went and gifted me some fabric of sizable yardage (something I’m greatly lacking) so a full 18th century outfit will happen. The fabric isn’t remotely similar to this, but I’m quite taken with this dress:


From the Kyoto Costume Institute.

So we’ll see, I’m in the beginning stages of my research! It’s exciting branching out.

I also have the fabric for more Regency things, and possibly another late Victorian.

Hopefully blogging more will keep me accountable!


Alright, so I have a few more backlogged posts in the pipeline, that all need something (mostly photo resizing and uploading ;_;).
Anyway, in the meantime, I thought I’d just ramble a bit about projects in the works, upcoming things.

Beyond trying to use up fabric with scraps, I have two new Regency dresses planned and another Black Canary variant for SDCC. One of the Regency dresses doesn’t warrant talking about at this time, there was going to be a very fancy tea put on by the Greater Bay Area Costuming Guild but they changed the venue, it will still have very nice tea I’ve been told, but it’s not half so fancy. So I put my fancy plans on the backburner and am working on a country dress!

My country dress is based on one Imogen Poots wears as Fanny in Miss Austen Regrets.

Source: Marie Williams via Mi on Pinterest

More rambling!

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State of Mi

I did seriously mean to keep up with this journal, but San Diego Comic Con madness hit me hard. No sleep so certainly no time for blogging. Also not a lot of progress pics >.< It really was that down to the wire where I would think about taking a pic and then go “No! There’s no time!”

Really the culprit was the summer class I decided to take after work, which was great and I really enjoyed it and had very much wanted to take it, but I hadn’t thought how it would impact sewing and other life things. So basically it left me with very little time.

Costume College in less than two weeks!

I had some grand ambitions.
I am doing none of them.

I plan on rewearing my Spring Regency at the gala, and my 1850s Victorian Gent or my 1912 dress for the ice cream social.

The only thing I *need* to sew is a Regency chemise for Sunday Undies, but…. since I had nothing planned with my evenings now that my class is over… I may have started cutting out a 50s dress I just happen to have a pattern and fabric for.

We’ll see!