I have lived in Bristol for 8 years, and each year I have always wanted to go to the Jane Austen Festival… but never got around to it… Given that we are moving to California in less than 2 months, it was now or never!
My friends were also already coming down this weekend, so it seems the planets had aligned and it was time to do it!
It was however decided quite late on, so this week has been a mad rush to get all three of us outfits. Thankfully, my friend Fran has a costume shop, Fancy Dress Fanatics, and had a couple of bonnets, and a dress we could hire, the rest? Well, we made them!
Lizzie and I had dresses made from Simplicity 4055 (View B)
..and the bonnets were hired from Fancy Dress Fanatics. We also made Sense and Sensibility Patterns Spencer Jackets:
…. we added a little peplum to the back to help cover up the opening in the skirt placket, and also made some little simple reticules to keep our bits and pieces in.
Rivka had a dress from the hire shop, but we made her a cape from this tutorial (but a little shorter, half length rather than full length), and modified a straw hat to make a bonnet.
The promenade was about 500 regency costumed Austen fans, walking from Royal Crescent Gardens to Parade Gardens in Bath, via the Circus and other landmarks of Bath.
Look at everyone gathered together at the end:
Doesn’t everyone look great!
Seriously, I have never had my picture taken more times in one day in my life!