September 18, 2009 Jennie Chancey

What the well-dressed matron will be wearing in Bath tomorrow…

Blue and white check

We had a lovely journey from London to Bath, although our coach driver encountered more than the usual traffic, putting us here about two hours late. That’s okay — we’re in one piece, and we’ve all been fed and are checked into our darling guest house! I promise to post pictures of the rest of our time in London soon. Unfortunately, I seem to have left my jump drive back in our London hotel, so Lindsay is having to put everything onto another drive for me! 😛

To tide you over, here are photos of my completed costume for Bath (minus hat):

Blue and white check "silk" drawstring gown -- full front view.

Blue and white check “silk” drawstring gown — full front view.

Blue and white check "silk" drawstring gown -- full front view.

Blue and white check “silk” drawstring gown — full front view.

Full back view...

Full back view…

Back close-up, showing the self-fabric ties.

Back close-up, showing the self-fabric ties.

Chocolate brown velvet Spencer jacket

Chocolate brown velvet Spencer jacket

And the back view...

And the back view…

Tomorrow is the Grand Costumed Promenade to kick off the Jane Austen Festival. We are praying for the rain to hold off, as it was overcast all day today. I’ll be sitting in my booth in Queen’s Square while everyone else does the mile-long parade. 😉 On tap for the rest of the day is the Fashion Museum of Bath (which is housed in the Assembly Rooms). Our ladies also have vouchers for “Tea with Mr. Darcy” at the Jane Austen Centre and a tour of the Centre’s museum. Lots of fun!!!

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Jennie Chancey I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Comments (6)

  1. Tiifany

    That sounds like soooo much fun! I wish I was there! I long to go to a Jane Austen/Regency Ball! When does the festival usually occur, & how do you get tickets? Thank you for any information.

    • admin

      Hello, Tiffany! The festival runs yearly for nine days and always at this same time in September. It closes with a grand Regency ball on the final Saturday night. We won’t be staying that long, obviously, so we’ll miss it, though there are dance workshops this weekend and in the middle of next week. For more information on the Festival, go to 🙂

  2. This is so interesting to me, as I sew costumes for the Civil War, but am very interested in the earlier (Jane Austen type) period as well…Keep up the great work! I love to read your new posts!!

  3. Your dress is perfect! You are going to have so much fun being at the Jane Austen Festival, I get the Centre’s enewsletter! Can’t wait to see photos!

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