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2022 Year-in-Review

What a year! I can’t believe how much I accomplished, although having no classes and only working part time after May really freed up a lot of time for me. This allowed me to complete 11/12 Historical Sew Monthly challenges. I also attended several costumed events, so that was very enjoyable after being cooped up for so long. I also expanded my historical wardrobe with some great reproduction pieces from Emmy Design.

January

In January, I padded out my dress form to match my dimensions. This was a big deal, as it allows me to actually use my dressform for fitting and draping.

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February (1)

In February I finally completed the long stays I had started in August 2021.

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April (1)

In April I finished a WIP, my feminist 18th c. pockets. I haven’t actually posted about them yet.

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June-August (3)

From June onwards I worked on several projects as part of an outfit. I managed to complete a regency gown and a new chemise as well as trim a bonnet. I fudged my bodiced petticoat to the point where it was wearable.

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October-November (3)

In October I began working on pieces for Victorian Stroll in December. After hand sewing my regency gown, being able to machine sew felt like experiencing jet travel after traveling on foot! I completed the drawers, petticoat, and bustle pad. I finished the final piece I needed for Victorian Stroll, the walking skirt, in December.

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December (3)

After finishing up my walking skirt for Victorian Stroll, I only had a week to complete some accessories for a Jane Austen event. I had planned to finish a chemisette I had started earlier in the year, and draft and sew some detachable undersleeves. I managed to complete both just in time!

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I tried to complete my redingote I’d started back in 2019 as my 12th challenge for the Historical Sew Monthly, but some new issues with it cropped up once I had the skirt on, so I didn’t make the deadline. However, making myself cut the skirt was really the mental hurdle I needed to overcome to finish this, so I don’t regret the work I did get done on it.

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How was your year? Did you do what you set out to? What was your favorite project? Your favorite failure? Mine was a skirt that showed me I really need to stop wasting otherwise good quilting cottons in garments and invest in good apparel fabrics.

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