18th century, 18th century wigs, events, Marie Antoinette redingote c. 1780, projects, travel

Shenanigans at the Chateau!

(Yes, I am shamelessly stealing that post title from the talented Cathy Hay!)

Aiee, we’re here!  In France!  In an ancient chateau, originally 16th century but restored in the 19th century, and very appropriately eighteenth-century themed inside!

Here is the lovely Chateau de Pys, in the southeast of France near Toulouse:

(C) Trystan L. Bass

(C) Thomas Dowrie. Currently I'm sleeping in the building to the right, next week I'll be moving into a bedroom in the chateau!

The view on a rainy late afternoon -- we actually have a view of the snow-covered peaks of the Pyrennees when it is clear, which I'll post once I've remembered to take a photo!

And we’re having a blast.  So far there have been sewing circles, cocktails, Eurovision final watching parties, yummy dinners…. and costumes!  Most of us are here for two weeks, so we’re spacing out the costume events to basically every other day, so nobody hits the wall.  It’s so lovely to BE in the place you’re going to be playing dress up — no hassle to get dressed and pop over — plus to then be able to put your pj’s on and have a late night, post-corset snack in the kitchen with everyone else!  I could SO get used to this…

Our first costume event was a picnic lunch on the terrace/outside.  It’s been drizzling on and  off, so we set up the lunch buffet-style on an outdoor table.  After food, we took TONS of photos, rambled about the grounds to see the nearby pond, woods, and lawns, played some ninepins, and lounged about on the steps.  As I keep repeating, This Does Not Suck.

Lisa & Francis


Thomas & Trystan

Cathy & Lisa

C'est moi!

Tomorrow:  details on my redingote and wig!

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  • Reply Merja May 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    That looks heavenly! You all look amazing! And I can’t even tell how much I love your redingote.

    • Reply kendra May 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

      Thank you!!!! Any chance you’re going to have your redingote done for costume college? It would be so fun to wear them together!

  • Reply Merja May 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    It would be awesome! I had planned on making it after CoCo, but it would certainly be a rare opportunity to wear them together! I think I’m switching places with a bustle dress I had thought about making. Oh, how fun!

    • Reply kendra May 29, 2013 at 2:10 am

      That would be fabulous! Do it!!!!

  • Reply Merja May 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I will! :)

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