Monday, January 24, 2011

Jane Austen Evening

Last Saturday we attended the 2011 Jane Austen Evening - as most of you know, I've been sewing for this event for weeks, and the projects inspired me to start blogging. Whew! What fun, but I'm glad that now I get to enjoy my memories instead of worrying about what else I should be sewing!

My dress is from the classic Sensibility pattern, but I've fit and altered the bodice quite extensively. My version has a lower and wider neckline, I added to the bust height so that it can stay down around my ribcage and not ride up, I interlined the sleeves with organza to make them pouf, and updated the back closure to lacing instead of buttons.

Catching a few rays of daylight outside the ball.

Closest pictures I have to a front and back view of my dress. 
I'm pretty sure I got more compliments on my jewelry than my dress. As it should be!

With one of my dearest friends, Ashley. It was her first Regency Ball, and I think she's hooked too!

Adam (Ashley's husband) was a great sport. I think he was my favorite dance partner of the evening - he really got into the spirit, and took every opportunity to strike a dapper pose. :)

I think Chris and I usually look like this when we dance - him teasing me, and me looking mad. ;)

High Tea before the ball.

Sweets - sweet!

The Tea Master at work - all the servers wore period outfits, which was a nice touch.

One fellow setting up his table.

A couple of the nicely decorated tables. I don't want to bother bringing all that china, but on Ashley's suggestion I'm going to bring a tablecloth and centerpiece next year.

I have more pictures of the impressive menswear at the Ball that I'll be sharing soon over at Fashioning Beau Brummell - please check that out too!

I don't have many pictures of the dancing (I was too busy having fun!), but if you want to see more, check out the Jane Austen Evening Facebook page - there is loads more eye candy there!


  1. Looks like a great time! Your dress is exquisite!

  2. Bravo, brava, bravum. Trying to be PC and cover all of the bases. You both looked wonderful. Job well done!

  3. Thank you both! My multiple personalities are appeased, Noel. ;)

  4. By the way, this is Bobby. (my name is weird on the thing.)

    I like your blog.

  5. Thanks Bobby, I like yours too. :)

    Did you catch the part how the Jane Austen Evening is held at the same place as LindyGroove? When worlds collide...

  6. Hi Beth, thankyou thankyou thankyou for your mens tail coat blog. End product looked fantastic!!!!
    From another Beth (in Australia) just starting her regency addiction.


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