Monday, February 16, 2009

Austenland

Today my sister hosted her first Austen Tea-Party. (See her blog here) It was sooooo fun! We had punch and (amazing) cocoa. (Maybe if you comment on her blog we can persuade her to post her recipe). We had a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, fruit and other finger foods.
My sister has a lovely dress she had made for a Jane Austen convention. And I've coveted it ever since. I decided the tea-party was the opportunity I needed to make a dress for me. I didn't have the money to spend on all new fabrics and patterns, so I bought the dress you see below from goodwill. And happily "made it up new again" to be fit for the party.

So to this potato sack dress I added a silky blue bodice, sleeves and adorned it with ribbons.

I also altered a goodwill dress for Ashlynn while Reese had a very suitable dress hanging in her closet. Here they are with their cousin.





We put on a short play which my sister had adapted from one of Jane Austen's Juvenalia work. And we also learned "The Hole in the Wall" dance. All in all it was quite a pleasurable afternoon.

8 comments:

Hillary said...

Everyone looks sooo good! It sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Zappe Family said...

Wow. What a lot of fun. :) Great job on the dresses too!

Sarah J. said...

How fun! What a great idea! Is there anything you CAN'T do?!?

Vicki said...

What a great way to spend an afternoon. I am super impressed with your dress.

FitToSeeJane said...

Your pictures turned out great. Thanks for coming. You totally beat me to the blogging!

ramsam said...

Just reading your account fills my heart with the bittersweet joy of your enjoyment and disappointment of my absence.

Your dresses were quite suitable and I am impressed by your accomplished nature of making them even more lovely for the occasion.

I would enjoy more pictures in the future.

The Burtons said...

I am so annoyed that when such a fun event occurs, I am deathly ill!! What are the chances? Looks like you had tons of fun though.

wendy said...

Impressive sewing skills!