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You missed making a dress and getting stabbed in it [Apr. 14th, 2014|05:18 am]
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So, you know trillian_stars stars in Sense & Sensibility which opens Friday April 25th at Hedgerow Theatre and to celebrate we've been having all sorts of Jane Austen themed thingies. Yesterday we had a day of regency dress making and dueling.


We hired dressmaker Tina Giovannone to teach everyone how to make a Regency era dress. If you didn't feel like making a dress, Sir John's hunting party ate cucumber sandwiches and went out hunting craft beers and the local ritzy bar.




Making the dresses!
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Dress making and cucumber sandwich eating went on for some time and then it was time to start killing one another.





An hour into the dress making the fencing lessons began.
Fight instructor Jacqueline Holloway taught everyone where the
vitalist organs were and how to skewer them for maximum
satisfaction in the duel.
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Some of our dress makers were very speedy and others had started the night before, so there were a good number of people who actually dueled in their regency dresses. There were four judges and a scorekeeper for each duel. It was interesting that most people chose lines from Laertes or Mercutio as they bled out. "No, ’tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ’tis enough, ’twill serve," and "Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat to scratch a man to death!" were both unusually popular as people toppled into the dust gripping their sides.




Mary watches in the dress she made while old scores are settled on the field of honor.
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Once half of us were dead, it was back to the dress making with great gusto.




Trillian makes a dress, Trillian fights a duel!
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Some of us retired to the photo studio and set up some lights. Everybody got a portrait in their dress, I'd post one, but Bernard Jones and Kevin Wheeler took over the photo duties along with Amy Blackthorn so I'll have to wait for them to post things.

As dresses got finished and people got their portraits taken we played Jane Austen board games in the back yard and a splendid time was had by all.

Regency dress, sword or not, we certainly hope to see you at Sense & Sensibility opening Friday April 25th at Hedgerow Theatre.




After the dresses were all made and the cads all dispatched we retired to the
back yard to play the Pride and Prejudice board game. I was Wickham.
I didn't win.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2014-04-14 02:46 pm (UTC)

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So much fun!
[User Picture]From: Greg Taylor
2014-04-14 05:37 pm (UTC)

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Had a great time, and that is one of the few pictures of myself that I actually like. Thanks Kyle!
[User Picture]From: ceciskittle
2014-04-14 05:48 pm (UTC)

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It certainly was fun! I can't wait to see all the photos. :-)

PS- I might be looking for fencing classes in my area now.
[User Picture]From: ceciskittle
2014-04-14 05:50 pm (UTC)

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Oh! And those cucumber sandwiches were delicious! If you could email me the type of mayo and bread you used, I might actually make those!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-04-14 09:01 pm (UTC)

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it was just rye bread & veganayse.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2014-04-14 06:05 pm (UTC)

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Looks like a fine time was had by all!
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2014-04-14 08:56 pm (UTC)

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This sounds like such a super good time!

What dress pattern did they use, out of curiosity? Was it something custom drafted, or a commercial pattern?
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-04-14 09:01 pm (UTC)

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tina lead the way with a no-pattern dress. they just measured and went.
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2014-04-14 09:49 pm (UTC)

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*sigh* this is perfect.
[User Picture]From: petitbout
2014-04-15 12:27 am (UTC)

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That green dress is Butterick 6630.
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2014-04-15 12:36 am (UTC)

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Oooh! Pretty!
[User Picture]From: petitbout
2014-04-15 12:30 am (UTC)

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Lizzie and Mr. Darcy won the Pride and Prejudice Board Game, but considering the name of the game, I think that's kind of to be expected.
[User Picture]From: dawn_metcalf
2014-04-20 06:29 pm (UTC)

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Delightful! And Kermit with Envy!