Monday, January 22, 2018

title pic One Week Till England!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 1, 2013

Hello, Ladies!

It’s hard to believe that in just one week I’ll be in the UK!  I have been planning towards this costume study trip for so long that I can hardly imagine I’m finally this close!

The trip will be costume-focused in a couple of ways – firstly, we will obviously be studying a lot of magnificent gowns in some of England’s finest museum collections.  (The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Fashion Museum in Bath, and Kensington Palace, just to name a few.)  And secondly, our group will be wearing a plethora of costumes, as well!   For the last eight months I’ve been sewing on and off towards the Jane Austen Festival which will include a marvelous Regency ball held in the very Assembly Rooms that Jane Austen mentioned in her novels, as well as a lovely costumed promenade through the historic streets of Bath.


Here are a few of the things I’ll be seeing while I’m in England:

~ Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation gowns at Buckingham Palace

~ Queen Victoria’s silk wedding dress housed at Kensington

~ Evening gowns worn by Princess Diana

~ The actual filming location of “Longbourne” (the Bennet’s home) from the 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice, complete with a costumed supper in the dining room and Regency dancing afterwards!

~ A tour of “Pemberly” (Lyme Park), for which I have recreated an “Elizabeth Bennet” film costume to replicate some of my favorite shots from the film!

~ Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, both famous sites of the renowned British royal weddings

~ Plus studying dozens of sumptuous court gowns and day dresses from the 1600s up to the 1900s…

I will try to blog just as often as I possibly can while I’m on the trip , and I’ll be taking hundreds of photos to share!  Rest assured that if I can’t find time to chronicle all the goings-on while I’m in England, I will be sure to write much longer blog posts once I come back!

Well, before I go stuff all my dresses into my suitcase, here are a couple preview shots of just one of the Regency outfits I’ve sewn while it was under construction.  Does anyone want to take a wild guess as to which Pride & Prejudice costume ensemble I’ve recreated?


And here’s one last picture of a special hatbox I’ve decorated for carrying my Regency bonnets on the plane!  I used pink spray paint on the top, “I Love Lucy” fabric for the sides, and sparkly pink ribbon for trim.  I think it should hopefully keep my bonnets from getting “squashed”!


The next time I post here I will be in London. :) 

Happy sewing!