Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 15, 2013
Hello, One and All!
I can’t wait to let you see what I did just yesterday – I went to the grand Regency ball at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, England! This is the one main event in England that I have been looking forward to the most throughout all of 2013, and which I have sewn towards with the most diligence and anticipation. Moreover, this gown I sewed is entirely stitched by hand and made of 100% silk (excluding the lace overlay), and I sewed each ribbon flower and gathered all the ivory ribbon by hand as well. The bodice is all embroidered with pearls and “smocked” with tiny bubble ruching that took me quite a long time to do.
Once I get back to the U.S. of A I will let you all see how the dress looked from the early stages of construction through to its completion. (Update: the link is now ready here!) But at the moment I want to focus on the day’s monumental events and the most amazing “grand and glorious party”! So without further ado, here are some pictures!
We arrived to the regal Assembly Rooms in a horse drawn carriage…
These magnificent chandeliers were so glorious that they could be quite distracting when you were trying to walk beneath them.
It was so lovely to meet Lyze Lynch in person, as she makes the most magnificent costumes and recently won the “Your Wardrobe Unlock’d” costume competition a couple of years ago. And we were both wearing tiaras! :)
And then the dancing began… I’m very appreciatve to Jennie Chancey from the famous www.sensibility.com for taking some pictures throughout the evening!
The dancing continued for hours and hours, even after dinner and dessert had been served in the formal dining rooms. In the very room where Jane Austen must have danced over 200 years ago, hundreds of ladies and gentleman in full Regency garb danced the night away under the sparkling chandeliers of the ballroom… I cannot possibly imagine a more joyful or uplifiting time! And when at last the clock struck midnight, it was with great reluctance that we all headed out into the chilly night air to return to the twenty first century.
But this most marvelous evening will forever be etched in my memory, and I promise to share more pictures (and possibly even videos) in the near future.
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 14, 2013
I’ve got to run off to the Jane Austen dance practice in about ten minutes, so here’s a few pictures from Rosing’s Park! This is the place used as Lady Catherine’s home in P&P. More pictures to come soon!
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 12, 2013
I am about to go iron my Elizabeth Bennet reproduction costume for Pemberly tomorrow, but I wanted to share with you a few pictures from what I did yesterday! I have hundreds of photos from today and yesterday which I will share once I get home, but for now I will just let you get an idea of what my group has been doing while “scampering about the countryside”! (That is a quote from Miss Bingley, in case you don’t have Pride & Prejudice memorized.)
“My dear! Mr. Bennet! Netherfield Park is let at last!” – Mrs. Bennet
Here I am looking into the Netherfield grounds. It was a magnificent view!
After a wonderful ramble outside Netherfield, we headed to the location used in the 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice as Mr. Collins’ and Charlotte’s home – Hunsford Parsonage! It has been preserved in the same condition as BBC left it after filming, so besides the furniture being different, all wall colors and wall paper look identical to how the film team decorated it.
Another tour member in costume in front of Hunsford Parsonage, now a bed & breakfast.
We were served a dainty spread of afternoon tea inside the very dining room that was used as such in the film!
And here I am sitting in the very room where Mr. Darcy initially proposed to Elizabeth!
I will share more pictures just as soon as I can! Today I visited the interior of Rosings Park and Pemberly while wearing a Georgiana Darcy dress in the very place where the scene was shot, and I’m so looking forward to posting those photographs here!
I’ll write again soon!