12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

April 17, 2012

JAFA 2013 Wardrobe Challenge

We are running a regency wardrobe challenge - there will be no winners or losers - but instead each month the challenge is to make another item of clothing for our regency wardrobe.

Requirements: you need to base your garments on fashion plate images, paintings or garments in museum collections - choosing either men's, women's or children's wardrobes. You are to send your garment inspiration images to us, together with your photo and a short paragraph about yourself and your project to post on the web. At the end of each month you are to send us a photo of the item you have made that month together with a written update on your progress. If you choose to do embroidery embellishments that can be considered your challenge for that month. You are welcome to use commercial patterns or attempt drafting your own, and are also welcome to use sewing and embroidery machines. 

All entrants in this challenge will receive a 10% discount off their 2013 Jane Austen Festival Season Pass. International friends of Jane Austen Festival Australia are welcome to participate.

The Challenge commences on the 1 May 2012 and ceases on the 1 March 2013 with two categories: 
  1. Full Time: one item a month
  2. Part Time: one item every two months.
You are still required to update us at the end of each month on your progress.

Please send an email to janeaustenfestival@gmail.com with
  • your name
  • your town and state
  • a short paragraph about yourself
  • a short description of your proposed outfit
  • a head/shoulder photo of yourself for publication

Items you can choose from to create a regency wardrobe

  • chemise
  • stays
  • stockings
  • petticoat
  • pantalettes
  • chemisette/fichu
  • day dress
  • robe or half-robe
  • evening gown
  • spencer
  • cloak
  • redingcote
  • riding outfit
  • beret
  • bonnet
  • mitts or gloves
  • fan
  • muff
  • reticule
  • shawl
  • slippers
  • parasol
  • drawers
  • breeches
  • pantaloons
  • shirt
  • waistcoat
  • tailcoat
  • overcoat
  • cravat
  • hat
  • stockings
  • banyan
19th Century Narrow Fall Men's Pants Pattern
Man's Shirt 1790-1830. English Style Pattern
Gentlemen's Banyan Pattern

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