I am writing this post in honor of my very dear friend Miss L. who on this day is turning 18 years of age! I met my friend for the first time 7 1/2 years ago now, and ever since the first day we have been great friends! We have shared many fun (and sometimes less fun) experiences over the years!
Like me, my friend is a fan of classics, costume dramas, beautiful old-fashioned clothes and everything else in that field, and we often have long delightful conversations on these topics! And not only conversations by the way, here is a picture of the two of us dressed up in our Regency dresses enjoying a delicious afternoon tea!
Enjoying a delicious Regency afternoon tea!
So, I wanted to take the opportunity here of wishing you a marvelously happy birthday my dear! Your friendship means so much to me!
I have several plans and ideas about things I would like this blog to contain in the future. One such idea that I have in mind is to have a feature on the sidebar dedicated to various Jane Austen/Regency style events happening in the world. I know that there are a lot of such things (like balls, teas, festivals etc, etc) going on at different places. During my travels for example I stayed for some months in California, San Diego more precisely, and I came to understand that there is a lot happening there. I didn’t have the pleasure of attending any Jane Austen events during my time there, but I did go to a couple of lovely Victorian Balls!
With my family on the way to a ball in San Diego
Personally I am always on the look out for anything within this field and would myself greatly appreciate such a list. But of course; I don’t know about everything that is happening everywhere, so if you, who read this know of something; like a ball, dance, tea, festival, reenactment or anything else in a similar style, please, please tell me about it!
I thought I should share with you some pictures of the Regency style clothes I have made for myself so far. I will begin with the first such dress I made.
At first I found the fashion and the style of this era to be a little… well… weird. At least the ladies dresses. But that was before I became a true Jane Austen fan. Since then I have not only become used to the way the dresses looked at that time but I have also grown to love the simple, yet so elegant look that was in fashion during the time of Jane Austen’s life.
I first came up with the idea that I wanted to make my own Regency gown in 2006. I began at once to search the internet for some pattern I could use. And that’s when I came across this: www.sensibility.com. This is a wonderful website that not only sells patterns for Regency era garments (and several other eras too); they also offer online classes for several of the patterns. And then there is also a most lovely forum! It is mainly supposed to be focusing on historical sewing, but even if that is not something you think is for you there is also a lot of discussion going on about books (like Jane Austen’s), movies and anything within this field really. I have found many kindred spirits in this forum, there are many lovley ladies there who share my passion for these kind of things. The kinds of things I am writing about here.
But, I am wandering from what I originally set out to write about. So lets get back to where we were; I had found this site, and I ordered this pattern straight away!
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And after some days work (I think it was days at least, but you know, it could have been longer) this is the result I ended up with:
Wearing my dress for Midsummer's Eve
Now, this picture is a few years old, so I might look a little different, but I don’t think the dress has changed much…
I felt really very pleased with the way it turned out! And I have had the opportunity to use it on several occasions. But alas, not yet as many as I could have wished!
Here are a couple of more pictures; close ups of the bodice front and back.
I had a longer post planned for today, but then for some reason my computer refused to cooperate with me to get that to work. So I’ll leave that post till another day and for today you shall have to content yourselves with a quote from the one and only Miss Austen.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Miss Bingley (Pride and Prejudice)
How true! But I think that when Miss Bingley said it, she was being rather ironic, I don’t think that is the view she really had! But I sure have!
So my dear friends, I’m back again. My friend Charlotte left yesterday, we have had some lovely days together. In Stockholm we managed to squeeze in several different must-see-sights as well as just spending some time strolling around browsing any nice stores we passed. One thing we visited was the Royal Armoury, located in the Royal Palace. It was not the first visit I made there (nor was it the second…), but all the same I found it most enjoyable. The things you get to see there are clothes, armour, weapons, jewelry and much more that has belonged to the Swedish Royal family in the past 500 years. I love seeing all the things that are, in a way, part of Sweden’s history. And of course, the clothes hold a special fascination for me!
There were not too many Regency era clothes though. In fact, I only found a couple of items from that time. I got a picture of one of them; this beautiful red pelisse, stitched with gold!
Here is a close-up of the bodice, so you can see the beautiful details a little better.
It was dated 1810, and had apparently belonged to a Queen Josefina.
I would really recommend the Royal Armoury as a place to visit if you are going to Stockholm!