After months of “planing” (which included me asking around for interest, sending a few emails, and making a quick poster/flyer), the “Day of the big Crinolines” (2017) was finally upon us :-).
A quick poster made from a photo from last year.
Some of you (especially if you follow me on Instagram) might recall, I’d had a bit of a clothing dilemma the weeks leading up to this event.
But after lots of answer, and I really mean A LOT, (Thank you to all who took their time to give me their thoughts and opinions 🙂 ) I came to the decision, of which you’d probably already aware – To wear the white plaid dress with the white bonnet (pic 2 & 6), disregarding the fact I wore that exact dress last time.This pic was posted to my Instagram together with the question of which outfit I should choose, and generated about 50 comments. Surprisingly many of you picked matching outfits (green dress with green bonnet and so on), even though I originally made the bonnets to go with the dress right above in the picture (1 & 4..).
*Ok, so this post contains a lot of picture (all taken by me or my sister, if nothing else mentioned), and I will not speak so much about everything. Just a warning 😉
The day started at 10am when me and my sister meet up with so me of the other early participants to get dressed, a endeavor that took quite a while.Clara helping my sister securing the hat properly.
And by the way… Yay!
And with no last try on before the event I was relived to se that the outfit worked.
The day officially started at 11am with a picknick in the green, but the previous days heavy rain made us les inclined to get down on the ground, and instead we opted for a spot by the outdoor dance floor with several benches.
The “low class” people helped sett the tables 😉
One interesting element in our picknick (which I’m sure amused us as much as the other party) was the stride of runners from “Linköpings Half-marathon” passing us by. I found it particularly funny, since I originally planned to enter the race, (yep, I’d doubled bocked myself) but a sore knee forced me to rest for the past month. My boyfriend however entered, and ran past us in one of the front crowds, to my, and a few more of us high applause and encouraging shouts.
Despite taking photos, looking for my hubby amongst the runners and making sure all newcomers was welcomed and everyone was comfortable, I did actually had a few moments to sitt down and have a bite to eat (and drink).
Kerstin and Sara visited the event as part of their project (or perhaps despite) their project to re-create their long past relative Agusta Lundin’s (a well known Swedish mid 19th century lady) travels through Sweden and Europe. Read all about their trip and project at: Agustasresa.se
A severe case of “Hairnet stuck to PomPoms” 😀
Photo by: Kerstin of “Augustas resa” (more photos from her can be found here)
Pernilla and Denise in their beautiful new dresses.
This is how happy Pernilla is about her recently finished crinoline 😀
Fixing some hair before the dance-recital
After the picknick we all headed onto the dance flor to get a lesson in 19th century dance.
Not everyone likes to dance though, sometimes it’s just enough to sitt and enjoy it instead.
Then the dance-team showed us some more complicated moves I opted to stay sidelined since we were uneven to match the formation (besides No dancing = more photos)
Before it was time to “hit the town”, and for everyone to wander off as they liked we gathered for a group picture.
Pic by: Janne
Pic by: Janne
I also got some pictures of all of my 3 dresses attending the day. “The brown ladies”
After finally deciding on my dress, and finishing my sisters outfit, I got an email from one of the new girls in the dance team, asking for advice/help on what to wear. After some questions about her approximate size, and armed with lots of safety pins, I dug my brown Paisley gown out from my basement, gave it a press and lent it to her for the day.
Then we all spent a few hours drinking coffee, walking around and shopping
My sister had a “dress-twin” in this lady (That fabric is divine!)
Maria and Ruth resting their legs
Apparently this event was sett on “The Knitters Day”, and since it was a bit chilly I made good use of my beloved mitts, that was gifted to me a few years back.
Just like last time, we all gathered again before dinner to play some “Pinn-ball” (or is it Bowling?) on the old course.
Clara in her beautiful lilac dress (and don’t you just love her bonnet – perfection!),
and Sarah who changed dress (and decade) before dinner, to a gorgeous natural form gown.
“Have you heard the latest news…”
Then it was time to head in for the dinner.
And that was that. Testing out my new selfie-stick with some of the amazing ladies from the day.
I’m really happy about how the day turned out (even though the weather wasn’t exactly the nicest, but hey! No Rain :-)), and so grateful to all the wonderful people who took their time (and Awesome costumes) to come here and help make the day such a success. Hope to see you all next time… 😀
And as a bonus: Check out this video made by one of the photographers who joined us in the beginning of the day.