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Lumieres Summer Pique-Nique

On Saturday, Lumieres held it’s seemingly annual summer picnic, again at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. It was just what I’ve been craving — running around a park in 18th century costume and being generally silly! Of course, it happened smack dab in the middle of packing to move, so I was exhausted, so wasn’t quite up to my usual silliness… There were a lot of very lovely gowns, including Sarah’s new black & white stripey (kill! kill!), Cynthia’s new indienne print en forreau, and Teresa’s new indienne print overgown… and many more! We had a gorgeous picnic followed by lots of socializing and a reading from the Sheridan play The Rivals. What more can you want from a summer afternoon?

I wore my green zone anglaise, seeing as I haven’t worn it in forever and have been over-wearing all my other 18th century dresses. I thought briefly about wearing my new mourning francaise, but realized that I want to tweak a few things before wearing it but didn’t have any time, and didn’t want to set myself up for that frustration when you put on something in a hurry and it isn’t right.


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  • Reply Quervin July 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Where did she find the black and white stripe?!

  • Reply Sarah Bellem July 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I got the fabric on massive discount from about a year ago. It was claimed to be a silk suit-weight twill, but in reality turned out to be a silk suit-weight twill with lycra. SIGH. Too good to be true, but at $2/yard, whose going to argue? ;)

  • Reply Jennifer July 8, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    So. Freaking. Awesome. I. WANT!



  • Reply Robin July 8, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Wow you guys really make me wish I lived on the east coast! Looks FABULOUS! you’re all gorgeous

  • Reply mala_14 July 8, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Fabulous! That looks like so much fun.

  • Reply brocadegoddess July 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    This is what’s missing in Canada, nobody here does this. Canadians are all too reserved to dress up in this manner.

    I want to dress up in 18th century frocks and have tea parties and picnics, but no one else will make stuff and dress up with me. *pout!*

    By the by, does anyone around here know where I might be able to find some tabby weave silk?

  • Reply maeko-nohara July 9, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Ugh, you guys are all gorgeous! I swear I’ll do something productive 18th century wise one day (if I ever finish my corset- at least it’s cut out and half sewn…).

  • Reply Inoui July 9, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Wow!! Who’s the lady in the AMAZING hat? (super tall colored ostrich feathers). It certainly has that ‘oomph’ factor of the hats in the later 18th century. She’s wearing what looks like a looks like a cotton indienne print.

  • Reply sewaddicted July 9, 2008 at 4:37 am


    Again I realise I’m living on the wrong continent, cos you all look so good and that a good time is being had.

    Love the pictures, and one day will have my own to share.

  • Reply per-parole July 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Darn all, why must I torture myself with seeing all this? I so WANT to go to these kinds of events, but I live too far in the country in a state totally lacking in diversions of this kind. :(

    brocadegoddess: I haven’t heard of that kind of silk before, have you tried sites like I’m thinking a Google search might bring something up.

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