19th Century

Mark your Calendars! Steampunk and Tea coming up

Mark your calendars and plan your trips to Wellington dear readers, because in addition to all the fabulous classes I’m teaching, there are some exciting events coming up for me in the next few months.

First, on the weekend of October 13, Wellington is having its very first steampunk convention ever: AetherCon.

In addition to workshops and fashion shows and contests and exhibitors and lots of other fun stuff, I’m going to be giving a talk on the intersections of Steampunk and history.  I’ll be talking about the fashion tropes, where they come from, some real people behind the personas and lots of other fun stuff.

And away she floated, clinging on to the hanging rope of her dirigible

And then, of course, there is a Steampunk ball!  Swoon!

Moving to the end of October, from the 25-28th of Oct, Full Swing is hosting Wellington’s annual Swing ball (and workshops and competitions and vintage shopping tours and other fun stuff): Windy Lindy.

Dancing the night away at Windy Lindy 2010

This year’s theme is Blitz Ball, so it’s the perfect opportunity to dig out your best ’40s gear!

Don’t have the perfect ’40s dress?  Well, you’re in luck, because starting Oct 11 I’ll be teaching a ’40s sewing class!  And, of course, I own all sorts of delicious ’40s patterns.

Finally, on November the 25th I’ll be doing my Afternoon Tea talk again, this time in cooperation with Altrusa Wellington as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.  It won’t be at the Prime Ministers residence (boo), but it will be on a Saturday in the CBD at Capital E, making it much easier for lots of you to attend!

Before afternoon tea

Hope to see some of you Wellingtonian’s at one or more of these, and for those of you who live further afield, I’ll make it to your neck of the woods one-day!


  1. There IS a lot going on! I can’t wait to see your ’40s outfit for Windy Lindy this year–you always make the neatest things. Unfortunately, we don’t have any swing dancing anything where I live, but I don’t know how to swing dance anyway! I’ll have to learn one day (if I can ever get over my shyness of dancing).
    Horray for tea talks! I so wish I could fly to Wellington to see it. What’s the Ronald McDonald House, though? You don’t mean the clown, do you?
    By the by, did I ever tell you how much I love your “By the Seashore” ensemble? I do. A lot.

    • No swing at all! 🙁 Even Hawai’i has a swing scene!

      The Ronald McDonald charity is an international charity (sponsored, yes, by McDonalds) that supports children in chronic care and their families. Ronald McDonald houses are houses near hospitals where the parents/families of children who are hospitalised for cancer etc. can stay and be near to support their kids while their kids receive treatment. They also have playrooms for the kids, etc. They have them all over the world, and I was definitely aware of the charity and houses in the US before I moved to NZ. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_McDonald_House

      It’s the one really good thing McDonalds has done (imho – of course!)

      And why thank you! I really love my ‘By the Seashore’ outfit too. It’s much more subtle than a lot of my other stuff, but that gives it its own charm.

  2. karenb says

    I’m looking forward to the steampunk convention. Hope to see some amazing outfits.

  3. Time to update your Events page, eh? And hopefully you’ll be putting on a Melbourne class or two in 2013…

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