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Regency Bash Recap

This past weekend, 10 fabulous ladies got together for a day of Regency costuming, sightseeing, delicious food, and general merriment.  I'm sad to say I only captured a very small portion of our excellent day, but I'm happy to share what I have with you all!

We started out at the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth.  We lucked out weather-wise, with temps around 70 and cloudy skies.  The village had a lot of interesting things to explore, including docents (living historians? costumed folk?) demonstrating the crafts of the time and cabins outfitted as they would have been during the 1800's.  We stopped in front of the mill for some posed shots:

thearistocat's riding habit was spectacular, and deserves its own closeup:

This is the one and only pic I got of jenthompson while we were there.  I was so busy snapping pics of her posed shots with her camera that I totally forgot to take any with mine!
My first foray into Regency went pretty well.  I made a bib-front gown from light blue fabric with textured white stripes.  The bodice is lined with a very thin white cotton sateen.  I made stays and a bodiced petticoat as well, but those will have to wait for another post since I don't have pics yet.  My strawberry reticule served me well, and I promise to get better pics of it soon.  I also attempted a bonnet, but I can see now from the pics that I need to reduce the size of the brim before I wear it again.  No wonder ashamanja_babu tried to hide under it when it started sprinkling!

In one of the buildings we discovered a group of musicians (Buttermilk Junction) playing folk tunes.  It was cause for celebration!  You can watch one of my videos of the dancing that ensued here.  Many thanks to ashamanja_babu, who danced with me in spite of my inexperience and two left feet.  The musicians asked us to be in a group shot with them in front of the hall:
As we were leaving, rainy weather started rolling in.  We stopped at an antique mall for some shopping and then retired to jenthompson's hotel room to catch our breath and get ready for dinner.  There was a wonderfully gratuitous amount of Regency underpinnings, but I have no photographic evidence of it.

Then it was dinner time!  We carpooled to Pappadeaux, where we were shown to our own private dining room.  The walls were lined with shelves of wine and the table was just big enough to accommodate the ten of us.  I discovered that while the mood lighting was perfect for an intimate dinner, it was somewhat less perfect for picture-taking.

jaelie, princess_lesa and I all wore white gowns with red sashes.  It was a fun coincidence!

The food was amazing, the conversation was even better, and everyone left full and happy!  What a great group of ladies.  It's going to be hard to top an outing like this one!

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Pretty dresses all around. I like your bonnet even if it is big. ;)

Thank you very much! Luckily for me, adjusting that bonnet won't be too hard. :)

Ahhhh!!!! I love that video you took of the dancing! What fun memories - thank-you for doing that!

The whole weekend was amazing, and I'm SO glad you were able to come. :D You looked beautiful in your new blue dress too - regency suits you very well! I always think these styles look fantastic on tall women.

I have a few more videos, but I thought that one was the best. The others are awkward in some way (music ends a few seconds after starting, dancers get tired a few seconds after starting, etc) but I'd be happy to upload them and send you the links!

Thanks for the compliments on the dress! It was surprisingly comfortable (though the stays are another story...) I think you can count me as one of the Regency converts now. ;)

We had so much fun, didn't we? Seeing all the photos, and the video especially, makes me smile.
I would have never thought that the brim was too large. It looks just perfect like the rest of your outfit!
I love the photos of you in front of the mill.

Thank you! Maybe I'll keep the brim big. I can always make another bonnet with a smaller brim, and then I'll have more Regency options. :)

I didn't think the brim was too large - there are tons of big brimmed regency hats! :) But if you want to shrink it, then do so by all means, because that'd be fine, too. I think your dresses came out super lovely. And it was hilarious that you, Lesa and I all matched at dinner. Heh.

Thanks! I think I'll leave the bonnet alone for now, and maybe make another bonnet with a smaller brim. Can't hurt to have more Regency options!

Oh hey, your posts are showing up! Hope that continues! :-)

It was so nice getting to see you again - loved your outfits! :-)

I haven't posted my pics yet, but I will hopefully soon!

Hooray! I'm so glad it's fixed (hopefully)!

It was great to see you too. Your dinner dress has got me thinking I need a zone front gown in my life. :) I can't wait to see your pics!

I hope so too!

I have always always loved zone fronts. I've only recently started making them and I want more. ;-)

I've got them in 3 flickr sets which you can find on the top row here - just in case it takes me a while to get to posting them. Please feel free to grab whatever images you like!


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