Announcing 2020's hottest new event

Putting it in writing to make sure it happens - next summer, I'm going to be hosting an 1830s picnic in central New York!

Hyde Hall - this was in April when it was still very cold, so it will be more lush, I promise!
Hyde Hall is a gorgeous mansion on Otsego Lake in Springfield Center. It was built between 1817 and 1834, which makes it a perfect place to have a pre-Victorian event. It also has a great big grassy lawn, and I've already mentioned this to the staff there and they think it would be pretty cool!

Why am I posting about this so early? Well, mainly because I planned to do it this year and it never happened (though in fairness, I spent half of July out of town, so ... that made it hard to plan or prepare), and I want to make sure that I do pick a date and that it gets held. This is also not a period that most people sew for, so it might take us all some time to create our ensembles.

With that in mind, I'm going to be writing a series of posts on 1830s dress to help explain how to make an outfit from this period, each post accompanied by a relevant pattern of an extant chemise, corset, etc. Hopefully they can be used to create pieces for the picnic, or at least as hints to alter patterns people already have!

Not everyone wants to do 1830s. Some people don't have the time, energy, or money to make clothing for anything outside of the period they officially reenact - and some people just hate the 1830s. So if you want to come but can't or don't want to do so in 1830s dress, feel free to come in anything from 1800 to 1830! The first version of the house, the back bit to the right, dates to the late 1810s, so it still fits.


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