Carolyn’s Big Bustle Birthday Bash

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!

Big Bustle Birthday Party

I love this photo of Sarah and Katy with the Capitol Columns in the background.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Carolyn, our lovely hostess
Big Bustle Birthday Party

She did a great job on her new birthday gown. I especially like the mix of plaid and solid fabrics.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Sarah in cheery yellow plaid
Big Bustle Birthday Party

We were all so happy that Merja and her husband Mika could visit us all the way from Finland. Don’t they look divine?
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Maggie looking resplendent in her late 18th century sacque gown. (She made this work while being 8 months pregnant!)
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Stephanie made her first Victorian gown. It came out wonderful!
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

The ladies in plaid
Big Bustle Birthday Party

The ladies in blue
Big Bustle Birthday Party

I wore a gown I had in the closet, my cotton print bustle that was originally made by Lauren of Wearing History, though I altered it to fit me.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.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

When someone takes a photo when I’m speaking…this happens.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Jess in her pretty new plaid gown
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Just strolling
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Maggie and me
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Taylor made a new dress for the party. I love the contrasting colors.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Sarah and Stephanie
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Katy based her gown off of the painting “Too Early” by Tissot.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Cynthia visited us from Colorado. Her new outfit came out perfect.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Stephanie hamming it up for the camera. I love getting photos with her.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

Big Bustle Birthday Party

No event is complete without some Instagramming.
Big Bustle Birthday Party

The whole crew back at Carolyn’s house. Cheers!
Big Bustle Birthday Party

Had to snap an iPhone picture of this.
Bustle Party

All of my photos are here.

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