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A Victorian Picnic at the Wellington Botanical Gardens

2019 is the 150th anniversary of Wellington’s founding as a city, and there will be events across the year to commemorate the anniversary. These launched off with a Victorian themed picnic at the Wellington Botanical Gardens in late January. If you were really trying to focus on the anniversary, that would have been clothes for 1869, but hoopskirts and bustles on a hot midsummers day? To sit on the ground on a picnic blanket? No thank you! My original plan was to wear clothes from 1919, as if I were at the 50th anniversary picnic, but the dress I was working on turned out a little too obscure – not obviously historical, just sort of…strange if you didn’t know what you were looking. So I went for Edwardian, which is what what the advertising for the picnic showed anyway: and gave me a chance to wear my purple Scroop Fantail Skirt (the pattern is currently not available for sale, as I update the size range, but it will be back on sale shortly). I paired …

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Meet the Scroop Eastbourne Trousers!

Meet the newest Scroop Pattern: the Eastbourne Trousers!  With two lengths, two yoke options, the ability to go from casual to work to glam depending on the fabric, really clever sewing techniques that deliver a lot of impact for your much sewing effort, and HUGE POCKETS, these are pretty awesome trousers! (at least we think so!) The Eastbourne Trousers are named for the lovely coastal suburb of Eastbourne, which sits on the eastern shore of Wellington Harbour.   The area is famous for its forests of native plants, beautiful bays, cute period cottages, and sheltered beaches.   It was a popular summer retreat for well-off Wellingtonians, including Katherine Mansfield’s family, in the late 19th and early 20th century, and is still an ideal place to escape the pressures of city life.  The areas vintage charm and relaxed feel are perfectly captured in the Eastbourne Trousers. The pattern comes in the full Scroop Patterns size range, from 34″-56″ hips Get your Eastbourne Trouser Pattern Here