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Tea at Pemberley

2 weekends ago, the GBACG had a regency tea event in San Francisco. I never  pass up a chance at having tea, and being in costume always makes it that much more fun. The theme was “Tea at Pemberley” which is apparently a Pride and Prejudice reference. I only know that because Mi told me… it’s been way too long since I’ve read any Jane Austen.

I had planned to make a new regency: Judy and I purchased a gorgeous striped voile from India and got new patterns (the Fig Leaf Apron Front Dress) to try out, but she’s busy cramming her masquerade costume for SDCC, and I’ve been having fun quilting and making bags, and didn’t really want to stop to make a new costume. I decided to re-wear an old dress, and I hadn’t worn my blue saree open-robe dress to a GBACG event yet. Thankfully early regency dresses are something I can still wear comfortably. (Feeling very blimp-like these days…)

The tea was held at Dartealing, which I’ve never been to, and I really liked it! I wish it were closer so I could go more often. They had an amazing earl grey vanilla tea that I purchased  to drink at home. I also purchased some of their earl grey lavender which I haven’t tried yet. But it’s earl grey and lavender… how can you possibly go wrong?!

Here are some photos from the event!


My first Robe a la Francaise

I finally made my first robe a la francaise! I was supposed to have made this for costume college last year but you know how that goes. GBACG had a Bal de Carnivale event this year which became my new deadline. I pulled out my half finished corset and got cracking.

I actually had a lot of trouble following the JP Ryan pattern so I ended up taking copious photos and writing up notes for myself for the next time I make one of these. Because… yes, I already have fabric for another one. =D If anyone else is going to be using this pattern, feel free to check out my notes… they might help!

I did manage to get a wearable dress by the event although there were a few almost all-nighters in there. (I’m getting way too old for that btw. LOL) The only thing missing for the Bal was the trim which Judy and I finished later for a lovely photoshoot at Gamble Gardens.

Dickens Fair & GBACG Holiday Tea

Last year I missed all the holiday events due to Larva so this year I was really happy to get to the Dickens Fair and the GBACG Holiday Tea event this year.

I finally made a comfy costume for Dickens so that I could eat ALL THE THINGS. Srsly, Dickens Fair has some of the yummiest food, and every year I’m sad that I can’t eat more because I’m wearing a corset. This year, Judy, D and I were Victorian maids. Bunny actually wore something nice so I guess we were her maids! And Mi and Lorelai did street urchins. It was a fun comfy group and I think we stopped at every single stall that had something edible. It was awesome. =D

Petite Trianon Event

Yesterday, Aimee, Judy and I attended the GBACG’s Petit Trianon Event. It was held at this beautiful private club in Oakland that had a room that was totally reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon.

Theme was 18th century so lots of beautiful dresses. I wore Fersen which is uh… the right period as far as the historical person. The outfit was really not remotely historically accurate, but I didn’t really have time to make something new. Everyone was very forgiving though, and they were just really really cool people all around! I hope Judy and I get to do a lot more GBACG events. I had so much fun at the last two!

I’ve decided I need a frock coat accurate to this era cause there were some absolutely fabulously dressed guys there. :: Adds that to mile long list of costumes to do ::