Over the last 7 years I have organised Victorian balls and several smaller events. What has started as a whim ( I wanted my Victorian party and yet there weren’t any around at the time), has grown into a regular … Continue reading
In September Julia from Sew Curvy ( the organiser of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry) and I, together with our husbands, flew to Munich for a few days. The lads were indulging in photography, sightseeing and beer ( not necessarily in that order) and we were busy attempting the conference organised by the folks behind The Patterns of Fashion – The School of Historical Dress.
The conference was held in the Bayeriche Museum and attracted A LOT of attendees – crowds aplenty! It was amazing to meet up with people you only knew from the Instagram or Facebook 🙂
The programme was varied and interesting, with seveal fascinating lectures, and the museum itself was a gem too.
a few favourites below…
The biggest discovery was this – a girl’s jacket and skirt in heavyily slubbed silk…
The dress display was next door to weapons and hunting exhibition, also some fascinating objects!
and the only way to get the best angles….
The hosts of the conference ran the show nicely, the food was good ( that soup with sausages was amazing!) and locals friendly…
The only irritating thing – the organisers asked us not to take any footage of the lectures – especially the slides…. and yet a few folks were doing this…. almost all the time :-(((
In the evenings we made a point of sampling the local cuisine, and for three days we were full of potatoes, sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels…. and cake….
And since the hotel we stayed in had an excellent sellection of gin, late evenings were spent sipping new mixtures and playing Cards Against Humanity…
On the last day we were supposed to go on an excursion to a museum of corsets nearby – but the realisatin that the nearby means 3 hours on the coach, each way, we simply couldn’t handle it – too peopled out! And a combination of bad sleep ( Munich centre is very noisy) and having spent 2 days surrounded by people meant the prospect of a busy day like that just too much for my introverted soul. We managed to swap the flights for a day early and had a relaxing morning wondering around the town, its fabrics shops and cafes instead 🙂
This was my first conference of this kind and although I have enjoyed it, I discovered it was far from my natural habitat – I was exhaused afterwards! Still, glad to have made the trip and to have met with the folks there 🙂
It sure was a rather busy spring and summer for us! Let us have a brief recap…
- Medieval Wedding
The end of spring started with a medieval wedding of two friends – I made some of their finery and Lucas ( Timelight Photographic) was their official tog – for both the prewedding photoshoot and for the big day as well 🙂
I was attending an equestrian event in Devon earlier on that day, but fiished early, packed up and drove to the venue in dorset just in time for a lovely evening with the newlyweds:-)
2. Peterborough Heritage Festival
This is our regular event, as I was yet again portraying Catherine of Aragon, whereas Lucas was the Old Scarlett gravedigger on one day and the HIghwayman on the other. We also did a very busy school day on Friday – kids do ask the best questions, never boring!
The weather was well, like most of the summer, scorchingly hot, but somehow we managed in our wools and silks -the natral fabrics do breathe well and covering the scin from the direct sun has a trememdous impact! as was keeping to the shade…
and a few images from John Moore Photography…
and the ‘after hours’ feels….
3. Huntingtonshire HIstory Festival
This was a cracking mid 17th century event in the centre of the town – outside displays, battle drills etc, Cromwell’s Museum tours, as well as individual displays. I was demonstrating lacemaking techniques, and Lucas was talking about medicinal practices of the era. We were based in a lovely courtroom – and it was just a few steps to the adjoining room where the public could witness a proper trial of the folks accuses of siding with the roualists… lots of fun! (for details check the Cromwell Museum )
It was just a one day event, but a very busy one – we wre both hoars from talking by the end!
during the day…
and a short video of the plaited bobbin lace 🙂
4.Milton Keynes : Victorian Weekend at the MK Museum
Again, this is our regular event where I display a variety of clothing from the era, both originals and replicas,
There is a lot going on at the museum – soldier display, tea with Queen V, sidesaddle show, Dickens telling stories… lots. you can see it all well captures in Timelight Photographic album here-
5. Tudor Joust at the Hampton Court
An amazing spectacle organised jointly by Griffin HIstorical and Past Pleasures, with international jousters. Great fun, despite the heat, and a great privilage to be invited too!
Again, proper media coverage by Photosm – here – below a couple of images of us 🙂
And a few behind the scenes, taken during the rample around the palace
Including a bit of a ‘glide’ practice i always fancied having a go at 🙂 not as tricky as it looks, simply a lot of tiny, fast steps. Though a rumba might work just as well 🙂
6. St. Neots History Festival
Another regular one – this year it was a multi-period event with a lot of things going on – craft demos, suffragets, barbers, quacks and philosophers ( Lucas as Newton included), entertainment and kids games.
I was talking about the history of the sidesaddle and many a delighted child got to sit on my trusty old Mayhew:-). Lots of folks seems realy surprised at the construction details and could finally understand why we dont fall off that easily – the pommels give us a good purchase! 🙂
Next summer is already looking just as busy – if you fancy hiring us, the full list of what we can do is here 🙂
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There is a Georgian Festival in Stamford every other year – and this year we were contracted for a couple of jobs there ( thanks to Black Knight Historical).
The festivities lasted 3 full days with lots of lectures, meetings, Georgian market and living history – but our adventure started on Friday night – at the Georgian ball!
We arrived in plenty of time , and were led to a proper theatre style dressing room – and it turned out we were sharing it with Dr. Lucy Worsley, who dropped in for a moment of respite between her talks, book signing and other public duties. We have met before as worked for the Worsley/Starkey documentary in Hampton court the year before, so it wasn’t too awkward. Still, not often do we get to share a dressing room with a celebrity – and I felt a bit overdressed on the occasion 🙂
At the ball we danced, we chatted – and then provided some entertaining background during the buffet break as the folks were queuing for some lovely food – there was chatting, playing cards and some sketching taking place….
After the break ( and after eating rather a lot of left over cake) there was more dancing and frivolities – until it was time to drive back home….
Saturday was a day off, and Sunday we were taking part in the fashion show, so with a day off in between, I decided to make myself a new outfit – just because I have always wanted a jacket, and because i had the fabric for ages!
I made the skirt in a lovely quilted cotton, with a fringe, and then worked the rest of the day on a 1790 pierrot jacket.
I quickly drafted the pattern and then fitted it – mock up first and then playing with the real thing, in silk and linen
Sunday morning saw the jacket finished – but i had a few hours left before we had to make a move. so time to make a new hat! a gigantic one! Not the best of my creations, admittedly, but it did the job.
Then it was packing the gear and setting off.
The fashion show went down a treat – there was a huge variety of costumes, from different decades and different walks of life, and the commentary was super as well… a few behind the scenes shots..
some unspeakable and unmentionable things happened too….
After the show, I could change into my new bits and have a stroll around Stamford – and take a few pictures
But I was not exactly happy – I felt the wig did not work very well with the colours of the walking outfit. So when we got back home, I changed wigs and we went on to snatch some autumnal pictures at the local Nature Reserve…. much happier with these!
we even had a go at some heavy machinery….
all together, a cracking weekend was had!
photography – Lucas from Timelight Photographic
costuming – Prior Attire ( the walking outfit is now available for sale – here)
shoes – American Duchess, naturellment!
a lovely write up about our little shoot yesterday!
With next weeks big freeze in mind, here’s some very seasonal Victorian photos taken for us by Lucas & Izabela Pitcher of Prior Attire. We had a wonderful afternoon yesterday visiting them.
I had a late realisation at the end of last year that I was working outside during February half term 2016 at Audley End House in Essex and that I had no warm clothes to wear, apart from buying lots of thermal underwear, I was straight on the phone (or rather e-mail to Izabela, who fortunately had some pre made clothing in stock that matched the dress she had made me beautifully. When I walked in her house and saw them on the chair I immediately fell in love with them. It’s not very often in life that the thing we’re expecting is far better than you had imagined it to be but this was certainly the case. I…
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