This time I was next to Dressing History, awith their beautiful bonnets, and also sat with Vickyfrom Aquerna Fabricae, her mum in the most gorgeous, warm, fur trimmed medieval gown,which I WANT and Bayley Heritage Castings.
I took my recently completed silk-sari fantasy/18th Century polonaise with me this time as a showpiece - not without some trepidation as it hasn't quite got the authentic look - but it was not as heavily criticised as I had feared. Of course finding the occasion to wear something like that is hard - no good in a muddy field, but it is available in wool and linen as well.
The whole outfit is in 4 pieces: top petticoat/skirt and then either open or closed overdress or jacket, stays or bodice, and stomacher, so pieces can be bought separately and it can all be worn mix-and-match winter or summer. Buying the whole thing in one go really is quite an investment.
I found some lovely wools and linens for more practical items, and I also managed an ash wood chopping board and a trivet for myself, for camping season, and fresh supplies of Plague Rats for the Plymouth cats.
All in all another inspiring weekend, with lots of good people and nice chats - oh and will the lady who bought the lilac linen dress please please get in touch?!!? - I have found more of the fabric but can't find you on the trader's list. More soon - got to get sewing!