Jane Austen Festival

The Jane Austen Festival was really amazing, due to family circumstances i wasn’t able to finish my costumes but me and my partner had a lovely time. Besides visiting all the sites we ran around all over Bath just to follow the festival which has resulted in a video i have had to edit due to my constant swearing… which i’ve put down to my excitement.

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I wrote this Blog post a week ago thinking it wouldn’t take very long for me to upload the video i made of the promenade, turns out it took forever, but it’s finished now and here it is.

Jane Austen Festival, Bath

so, this year i’m going, YEAHHH, really excited about this. Even more excited now that i have booked the hotel and the programme is up and tickets for sale for different events.

The festival is from the 13th to the 21st of September, but sadly i will on be up there between the 12th and 15th of September, yet i’m still planning on going to the pre-festival get together on friday, as were newbies, the grand regency costumed promenade on saturday (detailed account of costumes to come :D), the festival fayre in the afternoon with hopefully a viewing of pride and prejudice and perhaps a nice stroll around Bath in ordinary clothes before we go home on Sunday.

I’ve already started planning what we’re going to wear, drawing out the patterns for my other halfs costume already.

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I’ve already started the shirt and almost finished, while i have to write out the patterns for my costumes yet, all to be done two months.

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

So, Monday 28th January (technically yesterday, but today according to my body clock) marks two hundred years since Jane Austen first published Pride and Prejudice, I have to say its probably my favorite book, closely battling it out with Northanger Abbey, it always gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

So i thought i would honor it and the great lady with a series of posts throughout this year and a rereading of the book (though after i have read my set books for uni, i REALLY should read those!!). I am going to try and have a methodical and consistent strategy and creative at the same time, because apparently people do that with there blogs! (I read somewhere). I’m really excited about this because i do love Jane Austen ….. YES now i have an excuse to watch all those adaptions added to you-tube of ALL Austen work WOOHOO.

Jane Austen’s Sewing Box

Bought on a recent trip to Bath (amazing place), it’s such a lovely little book with ideas for sewing cushions, pillowcases, cravats, work-bags, paper flowers, purses, fashion and furniture accessories among others. There are also a lot of quotes and lovely pictures which fill up the book, at first you would think this would be distracting and a bit annoying but there are some lovely paintings showing examples of the current fashions. This is a book you can use again and again. I have several projects in mind for little things i would like to make from this book.

Reticule

I was suddenly inspired for ideas on patterns for handbags, any period really and came across this lovely picture of a white, 1830’s muslin dress with a purple reticule and thought it was lovely, very simple and something similar to a pattern i had come across in a book, Jane Austen’s Sewing Box. Inspired now to see if i can find anymore examples.