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Putting On The (Regency) Style

October 3, 2009

2009 Promenade - Royal Crescent 3

Here she goes again! Yes, I know…more Regency stuff…but I am well and truly hooked!! And I did say that I would write another blog with a list of my favourite websites to do with all things Regency and costume…so here it is…!

This year’s Jane Austen Festival was absolutely brilliant for several reasons…not least because I’d finally got there in costume, but also because we met up with Eileen, Natalia and Rachel…so here are some more photos of the events:

Anyway, I have had a lot of fun learning more about the fashions and manners of the Age of Elegance, from books, magazines, and websites over the years, so when I found out about the Promenade I immediately started poring over my books, searched the library and checking out all the websites I could find.

The first one that I recommend is The Jane Austen Centre’s website at which has a link to the Jane Austen Festival, as well as the online gift shop where costume, patterns and accessories are available. There is also an online magazine which has articles about all things Austen, history, biography…and fashion.

For those who decide to buy their dress patterns from here, the website to go to is…  then click on Sewing Tips for a photographic step-by-step guide.

Now for some excellent research websites for more history, fashions and biographies, etc….

And for the well-dressed gentlemen among you, may I recommend…

(Please make sure your sound is turned off, though, as the little tune can get on your nerves after a little while!)

That should keep you busy for a while (or not!), as most of these websites have their own list of Links that could lead you to…who knows where…!

Have fun…!!

53 Comments leave one →
  1. ROCKET permalink
    October 3, 2009 7:14 pm

    Sandi, you go right ahead and post whatever floats your boat. I have to admit that you lost me a long ways back but I figure it\’s better to keep me mouth shut……, um fingers crossed….and appear stupid than to put my two cents worth in and remove all doubt. Okay; I know, back in the corner. I\’m beginning to enjoy time out. WOO-HOO!

  2. Sandi permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:46 pm

    RM…you go ahead and say whatever you want to say…I doubt very much that you would appear stupid, \’cos you ain\’t!In brief…the Regency (1811 – 1820) was when George, Prince of Wale became Regent and ruled in his father\’s (King George III) place…after the old man went off his rocker. Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) wrote these famous novels Sense & Sensibility (pub. 1811), Pride & Prejudice ((1813),Mansfield Park (1814), Persuasion (1815/16), Emma (1816), and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (pub. posthumously 1818).Jane Austen lived in Bath for a while, and two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, are set, partly, in Bath.So, fans of Jane Austen and/or all things Regency celebrate every September in this beautiful Georgian city, by dressing in costume and promenading. There are also lectures, walking tours, theatre, dance workshops, etc., etc.,…and I wanted to see Undressing Mr Darcy…!!!

  3. Sandi permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:47 pm

    Have you caught up yet, Mr RM? If not…go back to your corner! And take that smirk off your face, or you will be staying behind after school to write lines…!!!

  4. ROCKET permalink
    October 3, 2009 11:04 pm

    They have male strippers? Actually I\’m familiar with Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibilty from English Lit way back in the last century. I don\’t mean just the last century I mean WAY back, like about 40 years ago. Frankie and I are both history buffs, albeit mostly American history, and this all sounds very interesting. Now, as for writing lines, as we say in the south "That dog won\’t hunt!" (The Th and the w are silent) I can\’t even read my own handwriting so you wouldn\’t know if I was writing the assigned lines or classic American literature such as:There once was a girl from NantucketWho pedaled her wares on a bucket…….no, that might get us both banned from WLS

  5. Sandi permalink
    October 4, 2009 12:08 am

    LMAO!! You\’s so-o-o…er…naughty…Now go to your room!!

  6. ROCKET permalink
    October 4, 2009 12:30 am

    Yes, ma\’am. Gee golly gosh! ::hangs head, kicks an imaginary pebble, walks away slowly::

  7. Sandi permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:58 am

    Er…what\’s the rest of the limmerick…?!!! Dammit! I want to know…!!!

  8. ROCKET permalink
    October 4, 2009 11:13 am

    I\’ve been asking myself the same thing……CRS is getting worse!

  9. Sandi permalink
    October 4, 2009 11:40 am

    Then you can make up your own ending for it, can\’t you! Yes, bloomin\’ CRS has a lot to answer for…now what was I saying…?!!!

  10. Sandi permalink
    October 4, 2009 12:58 pm

    Oh, excellent…more photos have been added on the Flickr page since yesterday…you gotta keep up…!!

  11. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 11:50 am

    Oh, goody! Stats is back on…a whole 7 page views today! (Yesterdays not counted…not that it made much difference, as no-one was about!!)Good morning, campers!! Have a lovely little cheque to pay into the bank today…thank you Mister Taxman!! X

  12. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:15 pm

    Woo-hoo…anybody out there…?

  13. Eileen permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:26 pm

    Hi Sandi.. I\’m gonna have to come back later and have a proper read.. just floating through on lunch break.. Did I see you actually got money from the Tax man?! Wow!xxx

  14. Cornish permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:54 pm

    We didn\’t want to interrupt.They stripped My Darcy!?!?!?! I nearly swore then when I saw I missed that! I wonder if Sean Bean has ever fancied playing Mr Darcy. Hmmmmmm.Did you watch Emma last night? Silly question I know. I have to say that I really prefer this one to the one with that other bird in it, she just got on my mammaries! I\’m now looking forward to it coming out on dvd so that I can watch it in colour (old and knackered video recorder etc – remember those?)As for clicking on those there buttons up there; My IE doesn\’t like having too many windows open and if I shut one down the whole lot goes. So I\’ll be popping in a and out for a bit. Don\’t mind me, just give me coffee and pat me on the head every now and then and tell me what a good little rat I am and I\’ll be quiet. Fingers crossed and here goes.

  15. Cornish permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:58 pm

    Blimey that was quick! I\’ve already got Jessamyn\’s site saved and I added the rest to my favs so that I can peruse them to my heart\’s content. That cream and gold 1810\’s dress on the uvm site was really pretty.Right, photos next. Laters……

  16. Eileen permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:08 pm

    Lol.. tea for me please!

  17. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:08 pm

    Didn\’t want to interrupt? What? Me talking to myself…?!!! Typical!! Huff!Yes, Eileen…nice taxman sent me a cheque at last…a rebate for tax year 2007-8!! Now what do I need…? New shoes…new jacket…new…new…new…

  18. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:09 pm

    Robert\’s just made drinks…hey! a coffee for Rachel and tea for Eileen…!!

  19. Cornish permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:16 pm

    I meant you and RM and the little soiree you got going here ;-)That little chap looks amazing in those photos. The photo\’s obviously been touched up because the man\’s hands look really soft too. No bloke has hands that soft! Do they? I need to meet that man and feel for myself, I do.

  20. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:24 pm

    There are men who like to keep their hands lookin nice, you know…the sign of gentility. Some years ago, there was a young bus driver who was always putting on hand cream…and the other drivers always knew when he\’d had the bus previously as the steering wheel was always greasy!!There are one or two women, in the Flickr photos, that look like men in drag…did you notice…?!

  21. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:28 pm

    Sean Bean was much better as Mellors in Lady Chatterley\’s Lover…he got his kit off completely!!!

  22. Cornish permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:39 pm

    I hate my parents! When that was on tv I got sent to bed and wasn\’t allowed to watch.Never noticed the men in drag! I was so busy looking at the bride and groom as it\’s the first photos I\’ve seen of them. Didn\’t she look lovely!

  23. Sandi permalink
    October 5, 2009 8:04 pm

    Have you not seen it yet? I\’m sure if you do a search you\’ll manage to find it on DVD…worth it just for seeing Beanie in the buff…phwoar!!The bride\’s outfit was lovely, but his looked a bit like fancy dress, I\’m afraid. It was a lovely way to get married, though…wish I\’d have known about the festival when me an\’ him got wed…sigh…

  24. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:34 am

    Ah well you could always go and have your marriage blessed?Sean Bean in the duff? Oh where! I may have to explore that a bit…I watched Emma last night (on catch up tv having missed it on Sunday) not bad! Now I have to wait for the next installment :o(

  25. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:48 am

    You never know, but that couple may have started something….now everyone will be thinking \’that\’s a good idea\’!Sean Bean in Lady Chatterley\’s Lover…had me fantasising that I was Lady Chatterly for a while…!

  26. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:55 am

    Brian and his ex got married in 17th century clothing – now that would be a sight to see! (He still has his outfit and I must say it is rather stunnng especially his jacket).

  27. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:01 am

    Maybe you will get to see a photo…or he might put it on to show you, one day…? That would be nice.I would have loved to have got married in costume…especially as our anniversary is on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo…Robert would have looked good in a cavalry uniform…or as an officer of the Rifles…sigh…

  28. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:07 am

    Oh I have seen a group photo, but it\’s not really the sort of thing you show your new partner… lol.. this is my wife! Mind I didn\’t realise it was of his wedding until later!

  29. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:28 am

    Maybe he showed you because you had mentioned the Promenade and people dressing in costume? Is he saying \’Hey, look…I can do costume, too, y\’know.\’…and perhaps you could hint that you need a gentleman to escort you for next year\’s Promenade…?!!

  30. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 11:36 am

    No it was up on the wall in the hallway.. oddly it\’s not there any more! Me thinks Sarah may have come along and taken it with her… it\’s not some thing Brian would think of removing I\’m sure. Although he does think of and hides some things that might make me feel uncomfortable in his house, he doesn\’t think of me being in his house (their marital home) as a problem.I can\’t see him dressing up for the Regency thing.. it\’s not really his era and anything past the 17th century is modern in his mind! Maybe if there was a medieval one he\’d be more than willing to go to that!

  31. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 12:30 pm

    The other era I used to love was the English Civil War…I would have loved to have joined the Sealed Knot Society or similar. Back in the 80s, I went to a muster at Pontefract with en ex-boyfriend\’s sister, and we were dressed in costume, as she was thinking of joining (it was a kind of introductory thing, if you like.)But I am well and truly stuck in the Napoleonic era, now, and would have loved to have gone to the International Napoleonic Weekend, this weekend just gone, but it was in Dorchester…maybe next year?

  32. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 12:52 pm

    Oh he\’d like that.. he plays lots of Napoleonic war games.. he is a bit of a geek like that – bless him!Dorchester is only about an hours drive from here, I go there quite often for work (our other office is down there) I did my first bit of QS work there :o)I just like to dress up!

  33. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:02 pm

    I just love to dress up, too…never grew out of it…don\’t want to!! I want to be like that batty old Scandinavian woman who goes to the Promenade every year…apparently she brings a vanful of costumes with her…! One day, I will need a seperate room for all my costumes!!! (What?! I can dream, can\’t I?!!)

  34. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:09 pm

    Lol… I need a separate room for my normal clothes never mind the dress up stuff!!

  35. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:28 pm

    All my normal clothes will fit in a binbag!! All the clothes I quickly grew out of, when I first went on the thyroid tablets, are in a box in the bedroom. As for Robert\’s clothes…they have taken over!! There is no room for any more…!! He really must start going through them, and getting rid of a few binbagsful…!! (He really must learn to throw things away, you know!)

  36. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:33 pm

    What a man actually going through stuff and throwing clothes away?! In my short experience of men it\’s much easier to do the ruthless bit and then tell them you\’ve had a sort through and did they want to check the bags before you take them to a recycling centre!!

  37. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:45 pm

    Looks like that is what I am going to have to do…I think he said he still has bags of clothes in the loft, too!! What?!!! Oh, heaven help us!!!

  38. Maria permalink
    October 6, 2009 2:13 pm

    I also live with a man who has more clothes than fact his are in a seperate room while mine look pitiful in comparison…never have been one of those girls who buys loads of clothes though..Have done what Eileen suggested a few times..always works as they can never be bothered to look….until months later they realise they can\’t find something….that\’s when I tend to blame his memory and gentle remind him that "He bagged them up for charity"..Swiftly followed by.."what you don\’t remember"?? LOLand I reckon if he has clothes in the loft that aren\’t being worn, maybe they\’re not actually needed anyway?? x

  39. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 2:22 pm

    Lol.. well he should have looked in the first place!Oh yes Sandi, if he has \’stuff\’ bagged up in the loft then it\’s time to chuck that!(although I used to bag my winter clothes and store them in the loft and vice a versa for summer wear – oddly these last few years I\’ve not really needed to get the summer clothes out!)

  40. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 3:15 pm

    He has said about getting rid of them, as they have been up there for a good few years…somewhere! But, as with most things, it\’s when we get \’a round tuit\’!! (Groan…!)

  41. Eileen permalink
    October 6, 2009 3:35 pm

    Well I suppose at least they\’re out of sight! Although in my experience once in the loft there it stays and seems to grow until just sorting the loft out becomes a major task – the ex hubby was a \’collector\’ and when I finally emptied the loft I had to hire a skip!

  42. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 4:02 pm

    Right, time to run…catch ya\’s later…TTFN…XX

  43. Sandi permalink
    October 6, 2009 8:01 pm

    Our loft is jam-packed full of junk, as well as costume (good stuff and crap), my poor teddies, and other stuff that just gets dumped up there to get it out of the way (including broken hairdriers and kettles would you believe…!!) If it wasn\’t for the fact that Robert is usually in bed when I have the time to do such things…what a pain!

  44. Eileen permalink
    October 7, 2009 8:54 am

    Lol.. my loft has the christmas tree in it and Jay\’s computer (and only because he put it there without me knowing!). I refuse to put anything else up there – my view if it\’s bad enough to put up there then it should be thrown away!Anyway.. lots of work on today so I\’ll have to say have a good day all and catch you all later!(I\’ll try and pop in if I get the chance)xXx

  45. Sandi permalink
    October 7, 2009 10:00 am

    If only I had the room, I could sort out the costume boxes and throw away the tat, or re-use it to make something better…I really need to find the Victorian/Edwardian skirts, and one or two other items and find a way of storing them properly.Yep, the junk HAS to GO! I need the room for my costume/sunbonnets/craft/fabrics/dress patterns, etc., so Robert will have to go and get some more of those storage boxes from Asda for me…!Once the loft is emptied sufficiently, then proper storage units can be built in…!

  46. Sandi permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:14 pm

    Just in case anyone is there, today I have decided to do a little bit of patchwork. Have just made six (elongated) diamonds…should that be lozenge shapes…? Anyway, as I\’m in waffle-mode anyway, I am just about to start sewing them together…tum-te-tum…can you tell what it is yet…?

  47. Eileen permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:41 pm

    Lol.. I\’d love to be able to have the time for that, sadly I haven\’t even got time for a lunch break :o(Slap my wrist for being here now!

  48. Sandi permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:55 pm

    Ooh…good idea…lunch! I\’ve still got the washing-up to do…ah, what the…!Come on, Eileen…you can\’t run on empty, you know! Go get something to eat…and that\’s an order!!Still in waffle-mode…a slapped wrist hurts more than a slapped hand…maybe that\’s why it\’s reprimand enough…?!!Anyway…foodifications…!!

  49. Eileen permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:37 pm

    Don\’t worry Sandi.. I had a cheese and tomato sandwich sat at my desk.. just a long day working from 8am through to 5pm sitting infront of a screen (I\’ll have a headache later I know).Argh.. don\’t mention the dishes.. I have a pile waiting to be done at home – well chucked in the dishwasher ;o)

  50. Sandi permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:44 pm

    I\’d hate to be stuck in an office, glued to a desk and computer all day…it would drive me mental! I like to be able to sit here doing other stuff, checking in from time to time, and playing the odd game to help me think.I would love to have a dishwasher! Gosh…how lazy is that! Save up the dishes and bung \’em in the dishwasher every Friday! (Out of sight out of mind, as they say! Hehehe!) I can dream!Time to put the kettle on again…coffee…?

  51. Eileen permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:52 pm

    Coffee please!Must get back to work…(dishwasher.. £35 second hand fitted it myself.. very important item when working long hours and just me and the boys at home!)

  52. Sandi permalink
    October 7, 2009 3:04 pm

    As long as they know how to use it, too!Never thought of looking for a second-hand dishwasher…hmmm….

  53. Eileen permalink
    October 7, 2009 3:15 pm

    I got it from one of those places specifically for people like me (low income family) when I had to start again.

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