When I received my invitation to the Hampshire Regency Dancers Ball I only read two lines before I decided I had to attend:
'As Jane Austen wrote in 'Pride & Prejudice' “Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?”
Where better to dance a reel & celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel than at this year’s Hampshire Regency Dancers Ball’.
An amusing thing happened late Saturday night. I had just finished the Swiss Allemande and was dancing down the dark hallway in search of a glass of water when I heard someone behind me gasp. I turned around to find the head of the house at the end of the hallway staring at me with his hand over his heart as if he has seen a ghost. I finally broke the silence to enquire if he was alright as he was quite pale but this caused him to step back against the wall. Very worried I walked towards him which seemed to alarm him greatly. Then I realized that in my white gown in the darkened hallway of Chawton House I must have looked like the ghost that was haunting the home. Which I of course took as a grand compliment! I wanted to achieve a floating gossamer feel for the ball. While making this gown I frequently practiced the Duke of Kent’s Waltz to ensure that it floated properly.
My evening gown is a direct copy of the following fashion plate (click the link): 1817- Ackermann’s Repository Series2 Vol 3 - April Issue