Regency Winter Outing

For my birthday, I wanted to make Regency winter-wear and have my friends play dress-up with me! I thought a day of running around the historic district of Philadelphia would fit the bill nicely, so that's what we did yesterday.

We visited the Betsy Ross house, Christ Church, Independence Hall, and the Second National Bank portrait gallery. We had lunch at the City Tavern, where the chef/owner Walter Staib was tickled that we'd dressed to come to his restaurant, and gave us complimentary DVDs and Madeira! That is some happy wine.

I wore my new wool dress and spencer, and was quite happy all day in it, except for when my feet got cold waiting for the Independence Hall tour. And for when I was indoors and got too hot!
First outing for my ten-dollar muff, too.
Picture with Mrs Ross in her upholstery shop
Squishing ourselves into President Washington's pew
I got to ring a bell that's older than the Liberty Bell, 'cause it was my BIRTHDAY!
Trying to choose what to get at the ALL looks good!
Seriously, I have nothing but good things to say about the City Tavern. It's wonderful!
Shoe shot!
A lovely day! But no rest for the wicked - the Francaise dinner is in three weeks, and I've got sewing to do! Switching gears from the early 19thc a bit, but I've been there for a while so it'll be nice for a change.


  1. Happy late Birthday! What a fun Birthday event! I am jealous!! Your new dress and spencer are perfect! Loooooove your spencer!! I love the ruffly ruff and your muff and hat as well! It has been fun seeing the pictures of all of you ladies on your outing!


    1. Thank you! It really was a lot of fun, and everyone was so nice to play along with my "I want Regency winter-wear for my birthday!" request. I really have started to love the later Regency, with all the silly ruffles and fluffies, though I had some serious doubts about that neck ruffle before the event! ;)

  2. Dear Amanda,
    Happy belated birthday from me as well! What a wonderful way to celebrate! I just LOVE everything you make - BEAUTIFUL dress, hat and spencer!! Your attention to all of the details (ruffles!) never ceases to amaze
    Keep inspiring us,
    Anneliese :)

    1. Thank you so much! It's not a very flashy outfit, but it was comfy to wear, and I had all my accessories together, which is a great help with the look. :)


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