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title pic My Elizabeth Bennet Costume at Pemberly!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 13, 2013

A Pride & Prejudice Film Costume Reproduction & a Visit to Lyme Park (Pemberly)

Dear Ladies,

Here are pictures from what was one of the most momentous days of my entire trip to England – a day spent at the 1995 filming location of Pemberly from Pride & Prejudice!  I had recreated the golden brown spencer jacket, ruched brown bonnet, and white striped day dress that were used in the film for the scene where Elizabeth Bennet visits Pemberly with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, and I was so thrilled to wear it in such a fitting location!


“Lyme Park” is the real life location which was used for the exterior of Pemberly in the film.  To quote Elizabeth Bennet, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place more happily situated.”  It was GORGEOUS!  The pristine lawns and imposing mansion looked precisely as you see them in the 1995 Pride & Prejudice movie, only bigger!


“I believe one would be willing to put up with a good deal to be mistress of Pemberly…” – Mrs. Gardiner


Here I am standing exactly where Elizabeth was before she ran into Mr. Darcy!



The lush green surroundings where Elizabeth and Darcy bumped into each other.



Standing in front of this magnificent structure was so surreal!

Now here’s a comparison shot – first from the film and then one which a friend on the tour kindly took.



Here are some more shots of the architecture:



Here is the famous courtyard inside Pemberly where Mr. Darcy ran out to catch the Gardiners and Elizabeth right before they left.

And here is the same courtyard when shown in the film!



 ~The Elizabeth Bennet Costume Reproduction~

The Bonnet

Perhaps my favorite part of the whole outfit was the ruched brown bonnet.  Unfortunately the bonnet didn’t show up very well that day (it was drizzly with grey clouds), but I’m thankful I have some pictures I took at home!

This is what the brown taffeta looked like when I was ruching it up to cover the bonnet.


Here the outer layer of taffeta was pinned to the straw frame.


And here is the finished bonnet!


The interior of the bonnet, with the brim lined with the same ruched taffeta.


And I trimmed the back with a wide ribbon bow, just like the original made by Louise Green for the film.


Here’s the original film costume which inspired my reproduction.

~The Jacket~

For this Spencer jacket I used a couple of pattern pieces from the Regency jacket pattern at, and a lot of pieces that I drafted from scratch. 


One of the notable features in this garment is the piping, so I covered my own piping using bias strips of the fashion fabric.  The buttons also were covered by yours truly, which you see on the front opening and on the sleeve cuffs.


regency-spencer-jacket-brown ~~~

I LOVED sewing this costume, and wearing it in the actual “Pemberly” location was so marvelous I can still hardly believe it!  The only thing I regret about the pictures is that my curled hair was rendered rather straight thanks to the rainy weather, but other than that I had the most wonderful time possible. 

I hope you all have enjoyed this “visit to Pemberly”, and if anyone is interested in the same tour I went on, you can find the website for P&P Tours here.


Happy sewing,