Jane Austen Promenade.

So this is what I was doing Thursday through Saturday! Between us (with Linds doing most of the work) we made 2 dresses, 2 jackets, 3 reticules (purses), 1 cape and a bonnet. It was great fun, although it was a bizarre experience. It was a lot like being famous – everyone stopping us every 10 metres or so for photographs. There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as a tourist blushing while they ask if they can have their photograph taken with you lol. I’d definitely go again though 🙂

Baking, Making, and Crafting

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)

Simplicity 4055

..and the bonnets were hired from Fancy Dress Fanatics. We also made Sense and Sensibility Patterns Spencer Jackets:

Spencer Jacket


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