2020 seemed unattainably far away for a long time, but here we are. As with many others in blog-land, I’m ready to look back on 2019’s achievements and set some goals for the coming year. So, without further ado…
Projects I completed in 2019
General Blog News
I updated the blog design pretty substantially in June. And the blog passed 300 followers in 2019! Thank you all for sharing my adventures!
I participated in the Historical Sew Monthly for the seventh year, completing 4 out of 12 challenges. (That’s the same as last year.) I love to participate, but often my sewing doesn’t fit into the challenges which is why I only completed ⅓ of the challenges this year and last.
I was invited to give 3 historical dressing lectures during the course of 2019. Each one was an excellent occasion to share my passion for bringing history to life with others! Two of the lectures were about women’s sportswear around the turn of the 20th century (one of these was filmed, and can be seen here, on YouTube) and the third was about African American middle and upper class clothing in Providence, RI around the turn of the 20th century (you can see photos of and information about this event here). The sportswear lectures led to interviews on NPR’s WBUR in Boston (you can listen to it here) as well as Providence’s NBC channel (you can view it here, my segment runs from :55-6:54).
In 2019, I attended 8 balls, 5 other events (teas, picnics, outings etc.), 1 vintage dance performance, and delivered 3 lectures (and 2 interviews). That’s fewer events than last year, but an increase in ‘work’ engagements, so the total stayed consistent. This year was full of many other life adventures as well, which kept me quite busy!
To Do Lists
I intentionally kept last year’s to do list short. And I’m pleased to say that I was done with most of it by May! The only outstanding thing is the 1925 coat… that’s been sitting in my sewing room since last January…
On the ‘maybe’ list from last year, I completed the new 1860s dress (boy did I–it took a long time! 57 hours, if you’re counting…) and made serious progress on the 1884 plaid wool day dress. I’ve also made steady progress on the 1790s stays. I didn’t actually make many modern garments… though I acquired more fabric for them. I guess that should stay on the to-do list!
Next year’s ‘definitely’ to do list:
- That 1925 coat that has been half finished for over a year
- Finishing the 1884 plaid wool day dress I started in November 2017
- 1875 petticoat, balyeuse, bodice, and skirt
Next year’s ‘maybe’ to do list:
- 1875 hat to go with new ensemble
- 1880s wool mantle
- 1880s hat to go with plaid wool day dress
- 1830s cotton day dress
- The 1790s stays I started in the winter of 2018
- 1790s petticoat
- 1790s dress
- Modern dresses, pants, and skirts (I really should stop acquiring fabric for more until I start actually making these!)
Wishing wonderful adventures to all of us in 2020!