#WeekendCoffeeShare – Happy Birthday to Me!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

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This weekend I’m off for a retreat to celebrate my birthday. My birthday itself was on Thursday – I worked, had lunch with friends, and then came home to finish packing and preparing.

The retreat I’ve mentioned before, it’s a fundraising retreat for the Oregon Regency Society, a costume-required event. For four days, three nights, I’ll be hanging out in a lodge with a bunch of other people who are all enjoying their time wearing costumes and geeking out about history and/or literature (and probably many other things). There’ll be good food, pretty surroundings, and all sorts of pretty outfits.

The Regency era (think Jane Austin) has not been one of my primary era’s of research interest, but I loved the idea of this retreat when I first heard about it, and have been enjoying the research and exploration I’ve been doing to learn more. This is the first real outfit sewing I’ve done, so I’ve been learning a lot and teaching myself a lot. I think one of the things that’s benefiting me in putting together this wardrobe is that I don’t have any sort of official instruction. When left on my own to figure things out, I tend to find a way to make them work – even if it isn’t the “correct” way. I’m sure, if I sat down with my dresses and jackets and peticoats and stays that I’ve sewn and showed them to someone who has actually been taught how to sew (or who follows patterns and rules) there are all sorts of things that I’ve done incorrectly. But I’m proud of what I’ve done, I’m impressed with what I’ve managed, and I’m looking forward to showing the outfits off! I don’t have any pictures to share with you all yet (because I’m fully anticipating that part of my “getting ready” each day will be removing loose threads, ironing out the folds, and last minute tasks of those sorts), but I promise, next week I will share pictures! I’m hoping to find some people willing to help me take photos so I have ALL the outfits documented!

What are you up to this weekend?

16 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing these photos Alli. The closest thing I’ve ever done like this was going to the Renaissance Fair way back in the 1970s, but my costume was really minor compared to what you describe. I found the experience weird and mildly unpleasant in some ways that resulted in that trip being my last but I do recall my date – she looked amazing in her costume and now recall feeling like I’d let her down by not really paying enough attention to my own costume.

    Wow – these are ancient memories. I’ll bet your investment in making the retreat something special really paid off. Details lady, we need details.. .

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