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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Countdown to the Jane Austen Festival 2011

With just over seven weeks to go to the Grand Regency Promenade in Bath, I am beginning to feel the first stirrings of panic.

Last year I spent so long working on Robert's costume, that I had no time to make my own, so consequently I ended up looking like Stigitha of the Dump!

This year I want to look smart and well turned out, and the plan is to make a new dress, but if I don't have time, I will concentrate on the spencer and hat or bonnet.  

I was making a blue muslin drawstring dress, using Sense and Sensibility's 'Elegant Lady's Closet' pattern, but it's not quite right, so I have now started a calico toile using the S&S 'Regency Gown' pattern, which is for a back-fastening dress.
I'm still not happy, and will have to do the usual re-jigging!  
As Robert will now be able to have the time off work, we will both be heading down to Trowbridge together, so that means that I now have to make his new trousers as well as my costume.  

I have the pattern, Kannick's Korner Men's Fall-Front Trousers...
The pattern pieces have been cut, and I have started to put them together in calico...we still need to find some decent fabric to make the actual garment, which isn't easy in Lincoln!

Time to panic, methinks!  What I need is a plan of action...OK, where to begin???? :-O


  1. When uncertain
    Or in doubt
    Run in circles
    Scream and shout!
    Offical US Navy plan B

  2. I like that, Chip, thanks. LOL!

  3. I am sure you will get it sorted Sandi, and will have a wonderful time in Bath :) x

  4. My bonnet is almost done (white diagonal), and I am working on Robert's trousers again, as he might be able to join the Promenade after all. My spencer will be next, and if I get that done in time I will be able to work on a new dress (otherwise I will stick with the maroon striped one again!)

  5. I am sure it will all be worth the panic and effort, come the day.....happy sewing.

  6. Thanks Penny...I do hope so! Worzelina Gummidge is NOT going to the Promenade this year...I AM!!