Regency Knits

I went to see the world premiere of Sense and Sensibility at the Citadel Theatre with my mother-in-law this past weekend (Sunday was the last day, unfortunately), and it was a really good time!  I haven't read the book in many years, so I can't quite remember how faithful it is to Austen's novel, but I did really enjoy the adaptation.  The actors were all very funny, both in their line delivery and their physical comedy (Robin Craig as Mrs. Jennings was a real standout), the sets were cleverly conceived and well-executed, and -- don't think I would leave out without any knitting-related content -- I appreciated the costumes, which included more than a few knits. 

Not being an expert (nor even an amateur, really) in period costume, I can't speak to their authenticity, but they felt right to me.  That is, even if they weren't historically accurate, down to the stitch, they seemed like the costumer had adapted modern materials to make a pretty good facsimile.  Marianne Dashwood had a cute green bolero in one scene, and Elinor Dashwood spent more than a few scenes in a long green sweater with crocheted lace edging (image sources left and right). 

The women all wore shawls draped over their arms (like in The Shawl by Charles Sprague Pearce on the left below, via), and there was a white one that I thought looked like a wedding ring shawl (right below, via). 

Maybe it's just the knitting nerd in me, but I really did appreciate seeing those knits on the stage.  Although those particular items might not have been done by hand, many women at the time would have knitted things by hand, and so it does lend a little more detail to a very enjoyable show.