The food was fantastic - butter cookies, seed cakes, a pound cake with currants, salmagundi, syllabub (first time I ever had syllabub), strawberry ices, and these little chicken tart things - and there was a whole selection of teas, including the custom Vanderpoel and Clermont blends, which were the two I tried.
My favorite part of the afternoon, apart from getting to talk to so many other enthusiasts, was learning to dance. Sadly, I can't remember the names of the two dances I learned, but I did learn two! I could probably even do them again. I definitely recognized them from P&P95, which was very cool. I DO ELIZABETH BENNET DANCES. After that I went to cool down with some champagne punch (movies don't always give the impression that country dancing was a very energetic pastime, but it so is), and spent the rest of the time talking about sewing and museums and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
|My face is good in this one so it gets to be bigger.|
|Me with Kjirsten from Clermont|
As you can see, I wore the transitional gown I made for my qualifying paper, pinned up for dancing and walking around a crowded room. I also had on a red wool spencer I made for the Empire State Costumers' meal at the Tailored Tea in Latham. I'm not super happy with it; I draped the pattern on my Uniquely You form while looking at the riding habit in Patterns of Fashion I and it fit the dress form very well, but my bust in the light transitional corset is very different from my dress form's bust and I had a hard time with the darts. The back and the peplum are cuter. I made my bonnet for a planned ca. 1840 outfit, so it doesn't technically fit this one, but I don't think it looks glaringly wrong.
I would really love to go to another event like this one, but I want a proper Regency ensemble. The other night I worked out a pattern to make this adorable corset (mostly by machine, I think, because I'm just not very good at corsetry and don't want to hand-sew all of it and then have it drastically not fit), and then I would like to make this gown:
|Evening dress, 1938.3.1, Albany Institute of History & Art: 200 Years of Collecting, Tammis Groft and Mary Alice McKay, 1998, p. 279|