Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 1, 2013
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.