January: Mend, Reshape, Refashion: Mend or re-shape one of your previously made historical clothing items, or refashion a new one out of something not originally intended as sewing fabric.
Since it was clearly said that one shouldn't just use a big piece of fabric, like an old curtain or tablecloth, I had problems coming up with what to do for this challenge. I figured I would come up with something.
I have spent most of January looking at 16th Century portraits, and one that I have really gotten fond of is this.
It's of Katarina von Bora, who was to marry Martin Luther. I found other portraits of women of upper middle class, or lower upper class, and even upper class, and they all are wearing that kind of hairnet. I looked up hairnets and realised that most available hairnets are crocheted and made of too thick yarns, and it seemed to complicated to bind a net from scratch. Well then it hit me, fishnet stockings!
On sale I found a pair of fishnet socks, and decided to see if I could turn them into a hairnet. Can someone explain to me why you would like a pair of fishnet socks? Not leggings or tights, just a sock. I guess it's not strange that they were on sale.
Then I sewed the loose sides of the fishnet parts to each other to create a bag.
The Challenge: 1 - mend, remake, refashion
Material: One pair of fishnet socks, a piece of scrap fabric
How historically accurate is it? It looks right, but the materials are all wrong, so 15%
Hours to complete: 2
First worn: Tried it out tonight.
Total cost: $2