Friday, August 16, 2013

Trim Your Bonnet

Flowers are very much worn, and fruit is still more the thing. Elizabeth has a bunch of strawberries, and I have seen grapes, cherries, plums, and apricots. There are likewise almonds and raisins, French plums, and tamarinds at the grocers’, but I have never seen any of them in hats… Elizabeth has given me a hat, and it is not only a pretty hat, but a pretty style of hat too. It is something like Eliza’s, only, instead of being all straw, half of it is narrow purple ribbon. I flatter myself, however, that you can understand very little of it from this description. Heaven forbid that I should ever offer such encouragement to explanations as to give a clear one on any occasion myself! But I must write no more of this. . .
--Jane Austen to Cassandra, Queen’s Square, Bath, June 2, 1799

Isn't she lovely? The Jane Austen Centre website has an informative page of instructions on trimming a Regency bonnet. Jane was quite the fashionista, and not the spinsterish blue-stocking some have think she was. How anyone could think that after reading her books is a mystery to me. The woman had such wit!

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