Taking a Look Inside my Historical Sewing Project Planner


I’ve been hesitant to show my project planner, as not all
bits are as pretty as I’d like them to be, and I wasn’t sure
it would make for an interesting video. First project I recorded was my Poiret lampshade dress, I
only put in a quick sketch and some samples. These are the best pictures I could find of this project, I
do hope to wear it again some time. This was for when I made gowns for a musical performance of
a friend, 3 sizes of the same gown on a very tight budget. I
wrote down sizes and calculations. I never got any actual pictures, sadly! I designed some costumes for another performance, but most
of it I put in another planner. We did get some amazing photographs, though! The next project, my batman gown, was very complicated.
There were many parts and I had to plan a lot. I tried to make lists of everything. And diagrams to help me make sense of it all. I did make a cute concept drawing, but most of this was
calculations and diagrams. I also made extra items, to turn this dress into a regular
Victorian day dress. A day bodice, extra sleeves and a
bonnet, for example. Here I wore the same dress as a day dress. Next up, my first 1830s project. I first made a corded
petticoat and a pair of stays. Most of this is lists of
supplies and modifications. A clip of when I finished the stays. They were done by hand
and I also made and engraved my own busk. The sketches for this dress I made on a plane trip when I
was bored. Here I planned for an outfit for Patrick, to go with my
striped late 18th century gown. I like to make lists of what fabrics and notions I need, and
what patterns I am using. Once I write it down, I’m less
afraid to forget something, or make a mistake in
calculations. Sometimes I paste in printed out pictures. Here’s a template for self-covered buttons. And a cutting diagram because I was terrified of cutting the
expensive silk. Not the best picture, be definitely the best boyfriend! Next up my lace insertion blouse. I have a video on how I
did the sleeves! I came up with the lace pattern myself, so I did a drawing.
And I couldn’t throw away this cut-out. Here I am wearing it! I just got my Singer that week. For a themed party, I embroidered these patches for our
outfits. Additions for this project were minimal because it was a
matter of executing a pattern instead of a complicated
project. I’ll link the video for this blouse, though! Same went for these vintage dresses (not many notes, but
there is a video!) This was my witchy deerstalker, again, from a video. I wrote
down what I needed, and how many pattern pieces I had to
cut out. This project can also be seen on my channel. Minimal notes
here, too. This next projects wasn’t even made! I still have to cut it
out and sew it up. And there is the page for my bustle pad. I don’t like how
the picture doesn’t fit the page but, oh well. Watch my video on it if you want to see it in action. These pages describe my historybound challenge: more about
it in that video! And this is my 1920s dress from Patterns of Fashion. Some swatches for waistcoats I made for Patrick and my
father. These pages I used for my favourite stitches and closures
videos. And this was my convertible skirt. I loved the pictures so
much! The last project in this book is my brown 1830s gown, which
is not entirely finished as I am making this video. I wrote down what modifications I wanted to do, and some
calculations on how much biaistape to cut. Please watch the video(s) on that gown on my channel! That was it for now, but I have another infill prepared for
future projects! Do you keep a project planner? What does it look like?
Please join us in the comment section! Thank you so much for watching, please subscribe to my
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