Sunday, 20 August 2017


Think you know your morning dresses from your riding habits? Whether it’s dancing the night away or preparing for a winter walk are you sure you know what it is the best outfit to wear? Have a close look at the costumes contained in Dress- up Jane Austen and you'll find wonderful suggestions. 

And what about discovering Jane Austen’s Regency era through fashion! Aren't you curious to know more about such a fascinating time? Thanks to Dress-up Jane Austen you'll get to find out unusual details, how a Regency bride and groom dressed for their wedding  or why everyone used to wear hats, for instance.  

What is Dress-up Jane Austen?

It is a beautifully illustrated activity book. Written by Catherine Bruzzone and illustrated by Hennie Haworth, it is part of a series,  Fashion Paper Dolls,  and it's all about discovering the history of the Regency Era through the fashions of the time. It provides a healthy dose of nostalgic paper dolls fun and interesting information.  Whilst the series of books is meant for children, leafing through its lovely pages,  I'm sure that adults, especially Jane Austen fans,  might enjoy the level of detail in the drawings, too.

Why I like it so much

-  its detailed illustrations transport the reader
-  it has fact pages that educate and inspire
-  it offers unusual topics
-  it brings the Regency era to life with detailed, cut-out historical costumes
-  you can  read about the history behind the oufits in the separate, educational non-fiction section 
-  it appeals to a wide range of ages and, especially,  the dedicated Jane Austen fan base

What can you do with it?

- Very plainly, you can cut out the fourteen colourful costumes, for both women and men, then dress up the two dolls to explore the fashions of Jane Austen’s day.

- If you are fond of blogging or interacting with other Janeites in facebook groups or social networks, you may use your very well dressed paper dolls to create original picture posts. They will be your models! 

- You may even create other basic dolls and dress them all with the 14 costumes included in the book. Then you may stick them all to a board,  decorate it according to your own fancy and taste,   and finally display it in your own very special Austen corner. You don't have one yet? You can start it  then once you've created  your brand new Regengy Fashion Board

- What else? You may buy it and give it as a very original and unique gift to a Janeite friend or a resourceful and creative kid. 

- Of course, you can use it with your own kids to stimulate their creativity and teach them about the Regency Era or simply keep them busy.

- Last but not least, you can use the sketches in the book as an inspiration in order to design your next awesome Regency costumes for  masked balls or dress - up parties. It may be a costume for yourself or your kids.  


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Anonymous said...

I love paper dolls and I am ready to be educated and inspired :-)

sweethome4 said...

I love all of Jane's books and I remember playing with paper dolls 50 years ago

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book has love,y pictures

Anonymous said...

Merci pour ce beau concours !!! Je n'ai jamais fait de poupée de papier et j'adorais en faire !!!

Belle soirée


Susan said...

I know the perfect person to give the paperdolls to should I win them. I have a friend who is 'almost' as crazy about all things Jane Austen then I am. She would be thrilled to have this in her collection.

NovElla said...

That is so amazing; I love how it describes the fact page! I want to make some of my own already :) .

Anji said...

I remember playing with, and dressing up, paper dolls way back when as a child. Never had a historically themed one though. What a fantastic idea! I do have a dot-to-dot/colouring book featuring characters from historical fiction but haven't yet been able to pluck up the courage to put pen or pencil to paper in case I make a mess!

Thanks for the fascinating and unusual giveaway.

Lynn Bischoff said...

I used to love paper dolls. These look great. I would love to add this to my Jane Austen collection of items.

Deborah Ann said...

This looks so interesting. I also love paper dolls.

Mary Preston said...

This grown up is going to have so much fun playing with these dolls.

Mia said...

I just recently visited Chawton house and was excited to find a couple of Regency fashion books in the gift store. But oh! I like yours waaay better. Who doesn't just love paper dolls ������

chattypatra said...

I'm enchanted by this book, not only for its beauty and my love of Jane Austen, but because I collected paper dolls when I was a girl. Many were the hours I spent dressing them and imagining stories. I used to keep them in a shoe box. :)

Jo's Daughter said...

What a charming and beautifully attractive looking book this is. I remember playing with paper dress up dolls myself as a child. They were not in my beloved Regency style though.

Jen Red said...

Paper Dolls are the best. I have seen some in the past from the Regency era but these are so much nicer. Thanks for your giveaway. Jen Red

Anna said...

This looks fantastic!

Lúthien84 said...

This is a wonderful book. Thanks for highlighting it, Maria. I love historical fashion and it's right up my alley.