As many of you know, I’m an avid 18th century reenactor. I combine my history interest with my sewing interest, and my love for dressing up. I thus tend to find myself rather frequently amidst like minded, playing dress up together in late 18th century settings. On saturday, some friends had booked an 18th century tavern in Stockholms Old Town for the night, where we enjoyed a historical feast to candlelight. The rustling of silk, flickering of candlelight, smell of tobacco and delicious food made it all a truly wonderful night. I am truly grateful to have such wonderful friends to share my love of history with.
Following are some photos, borrowed from other attendees. The lighting wasn’t ideal for photography, but then again, cameras weren’t great in the 18th century either. Ha. Anyhow, clicking the photos will take you to their photo albums where they were originally posted.
The chilly weather gave me the perfect opportunity to wear a slightly wintery dress. I thus chose my wool Redingote (Read: riding coat), wore it with a fichu, my big faux fur muff, a little tricorne and a fur collar. It is lined with a sturdy cotton twill, hand sewn, and drafted by me. The wool kept me perfectly warm in the cold Swedish night, and considering the long sleeves and full skirt, it breathed well and kept me surprisingly cool in the stuffy and warm tavern. Yay for organic materials! Had this dress been made out of a synthetic fabric, I probably would have been sweating through the night.
Also – can you believe that hedgehog hair is all natural, no rats or hairpieces added AND my natural hair colour (although slightly powdered)? Quite far from todays raven locks, don’t you think?