Sep 10

We’re here!

by in 2012 Tour, Manchester, travel

20120910-171112.jpgIt was quite an adventure getting from Kenya to Manchester, including the last-minute surprise of a child’s expired passport, a long walk through Dubai Airport, and a running dash for the train to Manchester, but we did manage to get here at last. We met up as a group Sunday night for our first get-together and a marvelous evening of Show and Tell, starring Suzi’s gorgeous collection of historical bodices and corsets and some added attractions brought in by special guest Cathy Hay of

My laptop decided to crash on me the day I left, so I’m blogging from my iPad, which is going to keep posts short and sweet this trip, I’m afraid! I can’t align photos as nicely as I can from the laptop, but I’ll try to do photo highlights from each day’s fun the day after. Here are shots from our gathering last night!

20120910-171824.jpgOne group member examines an 1870s bodice up close.

20120910-171802.jpgCathy Hay arrived in a reproduction Ginger Rogers ensemble–too adorable!

20120910-171929.jpgThis is a ca. 1900 skirt Cathy picked up for a song at a vintage clothing shop. Look at that gorgeous Chantilly lace! (sorry this one’s a bit blurry–I’ll see if I can find a clearer one later on….)

20120910-174653.jpgThis set of stays was made by Jean Hunnisett for Ann Margaret to wear in a film. The fabric is original and from the 1780s!

20120910-172009.jpgInside of the stays.

20120910-171952.jpgSuzi talks about the significance of each piece in her collection. Everything has a story!

20120910-171751.jpgAll ears…in spite of jet lag!

Cathy even brought a part of her famous work-in-progress, the Peacock Dress!

Today we toured Quarry Bank Mill, which evokes images right out of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I’ll do my best to post on that tomorrow!

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8 Responses to “We’re here!”

  1. From Jenny:

    Hello Jennie! And Nancy, Suzi, Wendy, and Karen! Looks like you are having a wonderful start to this year’s tour. I am following with interest from afar. :) Have a wonderful time!
    P.S. Cathy’s outfit is great!

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
  2. From Elisabeth:

    I see some familiar faces! Looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing how everything is going. Sure miss those times with Suzi! Hope everyone is having a great time!

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm #
  3. From Bettie:

    It is good to see some familiar faces from 2010! Wish I were with you! Enjoy your tour!

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm #
  4. From Dawn Luckham:

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time! I’ll be watching the blog entries eagerly! Hugs to you all! Dawn

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm #
  5. From Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns:

    Fabulous! Looks like you all are having fabulous time, and it brings back wonderful memories from the inauguaral S&S tour in 2009.

    Have a marvelous trip!


    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm #
  6. From Kathryn Plett:

    How fun– enjoy every minute together. Hello to Suzi !

    Very special times ahead, I am sure.


    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:54 am #
  7. From ladydetemps:

    Looks like your having a good time.
    I want the ‘ginger rogers’ dress. ;)
    Hope to meet you all at Jane Austen Festival.

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:03 am #
  8. From Carol:

    Nice to see some familiar faces. Enjoy! I will be watching with interest, too.

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time.

    Blessings to you all

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

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