|Black Silk Mourning Muff by The Lady Detalle|
Historical Sew Monthly January challenge:
|HSM by the Dreamstress|
The Challenge: Foundations, make something that is the foundation of a period outfit
Fabric: black silk taffeta purchased in the L.A. Fashion District
Pattern: my own (link to Etsy store where available)
Notions: 1 1/2" black silk satin ribbon for trim, 1" black silk ribbon for side ribbon ties
How historically accurate is it? I would say right up there in historically accurate. Muffs of this time were in various materials, shapes and sizes, with this small size being a popular accessory of the time. I have researched and found multiple extant examples of silk muffs in this size/style at the Met, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, etc. and seen in multiple fashion plates of the time. I made the muff cover for this challenge, but the muff insides are 100% white goose down, and through my research I have found multiple historical examples of muffs filled with down, swan's down, and wool (among other things), as well as muffs used in mourning. The muff cover is 100% hand sewn and my MIL's initials, SW are sewn with almost-hidden, tiny stitches on the side.
Hours to complete: About 5 hours, on a plane, all hand-sewn.
First worn: January 9th, 2015 at my mother-in-law's funeral in WA, with modern outfit/black dress.
Total cost: About $15 in supplies, muff cover only - I had everything in my stash, but the fabric was roughly $4.50 for the piece I used, and the 1" silk ribbon about 1 and 1/2 yards at $2.50 total and 1 1/2" silk satin ribbon about 3+ yards at $8.00 total. The 100% white goose down used in the muff insides (not part of this challenge) tends to be a bit pricey, but lovely, soft & warm.
|TheLadyDetalle - Muff pic for scale|
Progress on my black & yellow reverse applique bee muff - the original planned challenge
|In progress Yellow & black applique 'bee' muff|
|Sharon - pic by TheLadyDetalle|