I am happy to be a woman, born in the 1960s, who was given so many choices and encouraged in all that I have chosen to do throughout life. I do not wish I was living in the 1800s. But why I am drawn to things like this?
I adore this cape. Yes, I probably think I would look like the model if I wear it….or perhaps I have visions of walking along the English countryside in it, but I love it nevertheless. (If you look closely, the model is wearing spandex – not me!) I don’t think I would wear it, but I do think my daughters would look cute in it. And, in a practical sense, it would be a nice jacket to wear over the formal dresses my daughter wears for her concerts. The jacket pattern is from BurdaStyle. I love their fashions and the patterns are copyright free. This means I could make and sell this cape. I think it would be a fun item to sell in my Etsy shop. Someday….
Why would a modern woman like myself love to read Jane Austen? Why do I love the Austen movies? And Becoming Jane ranks as one of my favorites! (James Mcavoy!!!) I think her stories are timeless. When you get down to the nuts and bolts of human relationships, some things never change. Recently, I have been reading works by Elizabeth Gaskell, including Cranford, Wives and Daughters and Ruth. There are wonderful BBC productions of the first two. Ruth is the story of a single mother – and this was written in the 1800s! It is a touching and, at times, heart wrenching story. Reading these books also makes me appreciate my life today.