September 10, 2012 Jennie Chancey

We’re here!

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!

20120910-173621.jpgCathy 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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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 (8)

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Dawn Luckham

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

  4. Kathryn Plett

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

    Very special times ahead, I am sure.


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

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time.

    Blessings to you all

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