Had another lovely 18th century day at Huntington with some of my lovely lady friends (and a lovely lady gent!) From left to right; Bunny, Jenny, Me, Alyxx, Kim, Loren and Maegen.

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I wore my relatively new Curtain-a-long jacket.

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In Huntington’s gorgeous rose garden.

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On to the Chinese Garden!

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Obviously we have way too much fun.
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Scandalous gossip!

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Enjoying the art gallery.

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Yesterday I wore my Chemise a la Reine for a picnic with other 18th century ladies for Bastille Day!  We had a lovely day. We had the park mostly to ourself. Even though it was probably 95 degrees, we had lots of beautifully prepared food and drinks and dappled shade. We even had several sets of lovely picnic gear.

Isn’t this idyllic?
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My next project has to be done by late April! It’s a pink floral Robe à l’Anglaise (a la polonaise). I’m going to use JPRyan’s pattern (View A). I actually bought the beautiful hand painted fabric for it in 2009 (below). I also have beautiful custom dyed “Georgiana” silk shoes to match from American Duchess that have never been worn. That’s quite a bit sad. So you can say this is another “been in the works for a while” costume!

Here’s a few of my inspiration gowns. The Pink robe a la franchise is from Augusta Auction and the cream and green Polonaise is from the V&A museum.

First things first, though, I needed a new set of stays. My older stays were an earlier 18th century period (also JPRyan pattern) but I just don’t like the shape they give me, so I decided to give the later half-boned stays a try. And what better way to use up some of the beautiful silk I got in Beijing?

I really wasn’t happy with the available bindings, so I had to make my own (so tedious…) Here you can see me slowly pinning the binding to the top of the stays. I think I might end up hand stitching it, which I normally don’t do, just because I want it to look extra pretty. We’ll see. I don’t have that much time.

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