October 10, 2009 Jennie Chancey

Saturday in Bath: Jane Austen Everywhere!

Abbe has the most incredible natural grace and beauty. Isn't she photogenic? Love the bonnet!

IMG_2166After the overcast, chilly Friday, I didn’t have high hopes for good weather on Saturday, but I sure prayed for it! Lo and behold, we awoke Saturday morning to streaming sunshine and warming temperatures! As the day went on, we were treated to bright blue skies, gorgeous white clouds, and balmy temps in the 70s. It was amazing–a perfect day for the opening of the Jane Austen Festival and Grand Costumed Promenade. We ate a delicious breakfast at our B&B and dressed in all our Regency finery. What a beautiful group our ladies made as they walked to the starting point of the promenade! I may be a little biased, but I believe we had the most authentic and elegantly dressed group of ladies. It was such a delight to see them all. Above you see several of our ladies walking to the Pump Room, where the promenade would assemble. I did not walk in the parade but sat at a booth in Queen’s Square, where the promenade would end around 12:30pm. I had the pleasure of meeting over two dozen of my customers from all over the world, which was a great treat.

Without further ado, here are pictures from the promenade for your enjoyment!

Abbe has the most incredible natural grace and beauty. Isn't she photogenic? Love the bonnet!

Abbe has the most incredible natural grace and beauty. Isn’t she photogenic? Love the bonnet!

A bunch of our ladies (and my eldest son) gather for the official world record count at the Assembly Rooms. From left: Lindsay, Abbe, Catherine, Courtney, Molly, Katrina, and Cassie (with Master Chancey in front).

A bunch of our ladies (and my eldest son) gather for the official world record count at the Assembly Rooms. From left: Lindsay, Abbe, Catherine, Courtney, Molly, Katrina, and Cassie (with Master Chancey in front).

Courtney and Molly stop for a snap...

Courtney and Molly stop for a snap…

Another shot of our ladies--so many gorgeous outfits!

Another shot of our ladies–so many gorgeous outfits!

And another, this time adding my mother-in-law on the left and Aylwen and Wendy on the right.

And another, this time adding my mother-in-law on the left and Aylwen and Wendy on the right.

Aha! We managed to capture Suzi with Aylwen and Wendy. Isn't her turban smashing? She got stopped for photos all day.

Aha! We managed to capture Suzi with Aylwen and Wendy. Isn’t her turban smashing? She got stopped for photos all day.

The well-dressed Regency gent on his cell phone...

The well-dressed Regency gent on his cell phone…

Looks like they're ready to get moving!

Looks like they’re ready to get moving!

The gent on the left made the outfits for everyone in his family!

The gent on the left made the outfits for everyone in his family!

All costumed participants gather at the Royal Crescent--409 in all, breaking the world's record for most people in Regency dress in one place at one time!

All costumed participants gather at the Royal Crescent–409 in all, breaking the world’s record for most people in Regency dress in one place at one time!

My wonderful husband and sweet mother-in-law pose for a shot at the Royal Crescent.

My wonderful husband and sweet mother-in-law pose for a shot at the Royal Crescent.

Back in Queen's Square, several ladies relax to enjoy the lovely weather. From left: Becca, Ana, Bethany, and Sarah.

Back in Queen’s Square, several ladies relax to enjoy the lovely weather. From left: Becca, Ana, Bethany, and Sarah.

My son thoroughly enjoyed his day as a Regency boy, including climbing trees in Queen's Square!

My son thoroughly enjoyed his day as a Regency boy, including climbing trees in Queen’s Square!

And leaping down!

And leaping down!

Cassie, Wendy, Katrina, and Catherine enjoy "Tea with Mr. Darcy" in the Jane Austen Centre's Tea Rooms. Yum!

Cassie, Wendy, Katrina, and Catherine enjoy “Tea with Mr. Darcy” in the Jane Austen Centre’s Tea Rooms. Yum!

Karen and Lily have a sunny spot next to the window.

Karen and Lily have a sunny spot next to the window.

I wish you could see Lily's amazing outfits in person. She and Karen had the most stunning hand-blocked fabrics and created beautiful garments.

I wish you could see Lily’s amazing outfits in person. She and Karen had the most stunning hand-blocked fabrics and created beautiful garments.

All in all, we had a fantastic morning. It was just a perfect day for walking around Bath (which is such a walkable city). Next time I’ll share the photos Lindsay took Saturday afternoon in the Fashion Museum at the Assembly Rooms. :)

WHOOPS! Here are pictures I took that I forgot to post the first time around!

The S&S Patterns booth in Queen's Square, complete with my demi-mannequin and her outfits!

The S&S Patterns booth in Queen’s Square, complete with my demi-mannequin and her outfits!

The bonnet/hat booth next to me. They had some fabulous bonnet forms that we have a hard time finding in the States.

The bonnet/hat booth next to me. They had some fabulous bonnet forms that we have a hard time finding in the States.

My son, mother-in-law, and husband. Nope, doesn't seem we managed to remember to get a picture with all of us in it! Fiddle-dee-dee!

My son, mother-in-law, and husband. Nope, doesn’t seem we managed to remember to get a picture with all of us in it! Fiddle-dee-dee!

I had to grab a few shots of Constance's (Suzi's friend, who came with us) fantastic Spencer jacket. It was my favorite out of all I saw.

I had to grab a few shots of Constance’s (Suzi’s friend, who came with us) fantastic Spencer jacket. It was my favorite out of all I saw.

Full-length view...

Full-length view…

Sleeve detail. Yummy!

Sleeve detail. Yummy!

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About the Author

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 (14)

  1. Caroline Cordle

    I LOVE it!!!!! What a wonderful day! The new adaptation of “Emma” has come out over here on the BBC – some lovely costumes on it!!!!

  2. Mrs. A*

    Hello!!! Its taken me ages to figure out how to write to you! I have you bookmarked under my favorites list and on facebook as well. So i’ve been following along your trip to the uk. My name is Rebecca and I’m an american living in Coventry, England. My husband is from Bath so I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being able to visit Bath on several occaisions and its always been one of my favorite cities to visit. I’ve yet to get to the jane austen festival but i’m determined to just one year! I met a family of costumers from Bath earlier this year who run a business and I bought a bonnet kit from them. I’m very pleased with how it came out. I’m so happy to see there are others like myself who love feminine things and make their clothes and wear them. The next time you visit the uk, let me know!! I’d love to see one of my countrymen!

    across the pond,
    Mrs. Allen*

    • admin

      Hello, Mrs. Allen! We met two other US ladies who had married Brits while we were in the UK. :) How neat that your husband is from Bath! It is such a lovely city; we thoroughly enjoyed our time there! Perhaps we’ll see you on a future visit! Warmly, Jennie

  3. Oh, how absolutely darling you all look!!!! Master Chancey looks as though he’s being his adorable charming self! Matt looks fabulous too! One question, though…is there a picture of the the three of you (Matt, you and the young master)?

    Still jealous…. :)

    • admin

      Do you know that no one remembered to take a picture of us together? Lindsay doesn’t have one, and I’m checking with other group members to see if anyone managed to catch us together. I can’t believe we missed that opportunity!!!

  4. JodieR

    Everyone looks stunning! Your menfolk are very handsome, I love the action shot of Master Chancey :)

    Thanks for blogging your trip so that those of us who couldn’t make it were able to come along for the ride!

  5. I’m so glad you got a photo of me – I took many photos but not of myself. Its so nice to have these memories – I had a lovely time and really enjoyed your company.

    • admin

      I’m in the same pickle, Aylwen! I never managed to have someone snap a photo of me with my family while we were in Bath! But I’m glad we have all these lovely memories to look back on. Lindsay is getting the photo CDs ready, so you’ll get full-sized copies of all the best shots! So great to meet you in person at last! Warmly, Jennie

  6. I think I like Lily’s and Bethany’s dresses best… I’m a little partial to white. :-) Also Courtney’s is very pretty and simple.

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