In October Carolyn hosted a magnificent party in celebration of her birthday. Guests were asked to wear outfits from either the Victorian bustle era(s) or the 1780s, a time that also featured big skirt supports. Most people opted for 19th century, but it was kind of Carolyn to also allow 18th century, because a lot of the costumers in this area are focused on 18th century and regency. So possible attendees were less likely to feel excluded.
We started with a picnic at the US National Arboretum, followed by a stroll around the park. The weather cooperated and stayed clear. Then we adjourned to Carolyn’s townhouse, where the champagne flowed well into the night. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Carolyn’s birthday!
We were all so happy that Merja and her husband Mika could visit us all the way from Finland. Don’t they look divine?
Maggie looking resplendent in her late 18th century sacque gown. (She made this work while being 8 months pregnant!)
Stephanie made her first Victorian gown. It came out wonderful!
I wore a gown I had in the closet, my cotton print bustle that was originally made by Lauren of Wearing History, though I altered it to fit me. The hat is by Atelier Mela, purchased at Costume College in 2016.
Jess in her pretty new plaid gown
Taylor made a new dress for the party. I love the contrasting colors.
Cynthia visited us from Colorado. Her new outfit came out perfect.
All of my photos are here.