A Jane Austen Evening, 2012

This weekend was the wonderful Jane Austen Evening event.  This dance is an annual affair in Pasadena, Ca. I had the pleasure of attending again this year with some friends. I took shamefully few photos, but wanted to share some of the ones I took!

Here’s our little group shot.  Some of the ladies have blogs, including Beth at V is for Vintage, Katherine at The Fashionable Past, and Loren at The Costumer’s Closet.  If any of the other ladies pictured have blogs they would like linked, please let me know and I’ll edit the post to add them :)

I wore the same dress I wore last year, but I decided to add a nice shiny trim under the bust and created a new turban hat.  I also got to wear my newly finished short stays– and I must admit I’m a convert! I love short stays and if possible won’t go back to full stays!

My friend, Vanessa, made this scrumptious gown styled after one in the Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion book.  She even hand attached all those pretty spangles and appliques!

I love this photo with Katherine and Beth. I wish I had gotten better photographs of their gorgeous dresses.  Katherine hand embroidered her lovely white gown (and sewed it all by hand), and Beth based hers on one from the Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion book. I love the trim and the cameos, and all the lovely ruffles.  Hopefully they will both post yummy shots on their blogs for us to drool over.

My poor hubby got sick so wasn’t able to attend, but we visiting the San Diego Maritime Museum the next day so we got to extend our dress up fun for an additional day.  Pictures forthcoming…

18 Comments on A Jane Austen Evening, 2012

  1. Rozann
    January 23, 2012 at 11:58 am (12 years ago)

    That green is absolutely lovely on you. Beautiful dresses all.

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:21 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you! :)

  2. Nora Azevedo
    January 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm (12 years ago)

    you ladies look lovely. Im jealous

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you :)

  3. Lenora Jane
    January 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm (12 years ago)

    You all look so lovely! That hat is absofrickinglutely gorgeous.

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:21 am (12 years ago)

      Thanks! Turbans for the win :)

  4. Debi
    January 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm (12 years ago)

    LOVE this dress! Oh, looks like it was such a fun event! I so wish we had an event like that here!!

  5. Andrea
    January 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm (12 years ago)

    Looks like a grand event with smashing ladies. Any gentlemen Red Coats in attendence?

    Now that you have worn the short stays I wonder if you would consider a short review.

    I would like to see your thoughts on it compared to a modern bra. Specifically in terms of shaping and support.


    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:23 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you! There were various officers wandering about, looking quite smashing. Unfortunately my photos of them did not turn out well!
      I’ll make sure to do a follow up post about the stays :) I wouldn’t personally wear them in lieu of a modern bra, but they really worked for me to get the period shape :)

  6. Isis
    January 24, 2012 at 1:21 am (12 years ago)

    You all look gorgous!

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you!

  7. Alli
    January 24, 2012 at 3:10 am (12 years ago)

    Wow! You all look amazing…..so beautiful. I LOVE that green on you. You look stunning :)

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am (12 years ago)

      Thanks! :)

  8. Val
    January 24, 2012 at 9:40 am (12 years ago)

    Someday I’m going to have to try making the short stays again because I haven’t worn Regency in so long because of not having anyone to get me into the long stays. I’ve mainly depended on my bodiced petticoat, which has worked pretty good. But I’d love to hear more about yours.
    Fabulous dress and turban!

  9. Stella
    January 30, 2012 at 7:49 am (12 years ago)

    Love the attention to detail in tailoring these wonderful dresses if you aren’t designing for adaptations or plays I think you should. I have featured your blog on the Jane Austen Centre Online Forum with links so everyone can see these lovely designs themselves.

    • Lauren
      January 30, 2012 at 9:56 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Stella! I’m very flattered! :D

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