A1 has read an abridged children's version of Pride and Prejudice, and has seen both the film and the BBC miniseries.
Sister 2 also trimmed this bonnet- called the Elinor bonnet- which she got from the Jane Austen Gift Shop. It is also usually still quite chilly here during Book Week, and so she also made a Regency Spencer to keep A1 warm. Two of my contributions feature in the Spencer- one is the fabric, a lovely wool from Addicted to Fabric, and some fabric covered buttons you can't see here- they are on the front of the Spencer.
My final contribution to the transformation of A1 into Elizabeth Bennett was the hair. I googled "regency hairstyle tutorials" and came across a blog named Rapunzel's Resource which features tutorials for hairstyles in the movie Emma. I adapted one of the hairstyles as A1 has quite thick hair, and when I did it in a full bun the bonnet didn't fit properly- so I did half up half down. A1 was incredibly patient while I jammed 19 bobby pins in to her hair to keep it all up- along with the promise that she could get her hair cut short as soon as Book Week was over.
The Elizabeth Bennett dress will get plenty of use- friends have already asked to borrow it for the next Book Week parade for their daughter, and as with anything for A1 it will likely end up being worn by A2 as well. The girls are so lucky to have such a talented auntie who has passed on her love of books and Book Week to them.
A1 had a fabulous Book Week. Sister 2 came to visit and we all enjoyed the Book Week parade immensely. There were some amazing creations, some stand outs were Max from Where the Wild Things Are, and Saphira from Eragon. And there were lots and lots of Harry Potters but I think that is fantastic- they are amonst my favourite books in the whole world. There were even a Bellatrix, a Narcissa and a Hagrid! And I kept my promise and A1 now has very short hair!