There isn't much to report on here in Jane-land. I'm still waiting to sew together my muslin for the Swing Dress Sew-along. I've put it on hold this week, because I'm very busy costuming my school's High School Musical production of Cinderella. No....I'm not making every costume. I'm mostly altering costumes we've rented out from a local theater. There is a slight chance I will be making a "regency inspired" gown for one of Cinderella's dresses, using the Sense and Sensibility Elegant Ladies Closet drawstring pattern.
All images that are not my own were taken from the V&A site.
Yesterday, I got together with the lovely ladies of the Jane Austen Sewing Society, and we discussed Georgian Jewelry. Natalie, our ever impressive, research hound discovered a hoard of information and images on the web about what type of jewelry was worn in the late 18th century, early 19th century, who wore it, and how it was worn.
During my college years, I took a trip to Italy, and I remember walking into a jewelery store just outside of the Pompeii archaeological site at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. The jewelry store had been there since the discovery of Pompeii, and was famous for it's coral jewelry, and replicas of jewelry that had been discovered in and around the city. I bought a pair of earrings there...I can definitely understand the appeal that the ladies of the Georgian era had for the Roman jewelry.
You can see the coral strand that this lady is wearing. The coral jewelry really appealed to me, and that's what I decided to replicate at yesterdays meeting.
My friend Laura, brought all sorts of torture devices for bending wire....
And on a final note, the annual Jane Austen Festival of Louisville is looming on the horizon. JASNA Louisville has made the first announcement for the event. Personally, I am looking forward to the archery event. I guess this means I need to kick it into gear with my quintessential white gown!
SAVE THE DATE
4TH ANNUAL JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL, JULY 9 & 10, 2011
1790 National Historic Landmark, Historic Locust Grove (http://www.locustgrove.org/)
Greater Louisville Region
Jane Austen Society of North America
Event will feature:
"Cheer from Chawton" an Austen family theatrical by Karen Eterovich
Regency Style Show
Four-Course Afternoon Tea
Entertainment-duel between gentlemen, live music, ladies archery competition & more
a Grand Ball & more!
General Admission $10; ball, tea & workshops additional fee. Reservations begin June 1 at http://www.jasnalouisville.com/
Please contact Bonny Wise, Regional Coordinator for information about hotels, traveling, etc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and P.S. - Our little Jane Austen Sewing Society just might have a role in this year's Jane Austen Festival!