In August I spent a week sewing for a Jane Austen birthday party. I made FIVE regency dresses. (One of the girls already had one I had made for her for a previous tea party.) I can’t tell you how my back hurt after sewing all that in one week. I also decided to make the birthday girl a pretty little bag to go with her dress and matching dresses for their Hearts Club Dolls. Yes, I’m a tad bit crazy. Those dolls are smaller than Barbie dolls. It was amazingly intricate. But… they turned out beautiful and the girls were all thrilled.
I used Sensability.com dress patterns and our friends used printable Jane Austen party favors from Party Ever After Etsy Shop. It all looked so neat! They found a silhouette cookie cutter for sugar cookies topped with mint green frosting. The tortilla rolls may not be “regency” but they made a nice little sandwich type finger food.
After the fellas stuffed themselves, they went home and left us girls to ourselves. We made up some fun regency looking dances; everyone adding little moves and steps they thought should fit in. It was so much fun!
If you haven’t read Jane Austen’s Books, you really should. The Character Qualities and Object Lessons that can be learned are invaluable. I definitely suggest not focusing on the romance for young ladies, but there isn’t as much in the books as the movies flaunt. It’s also great Historical information to compare the issues girls had to deal with at that point in time compared to today. The Heroines’ attitudes are actually refreshing. They are independent, realistic, and yet totally feminine. We have enjoyed supplementing with A Jane Austen Devotional. The hardback book is lovely and it’s a GREAT supplement and Bible study too.
Next sewing goal? To make myself some tops with these patterns. I just LOVE the style and they will be adorable tunics. I’m thinking a pretty floral flannel for winter would make a nice nighty too… Then again, maybe I should be working on Holy-day gifts instead. We’ll see where the machine and I end up next!