Muswellbrook welcomes Jane Austen

JANELLE Risby is upfront about being immersed in the life and times of English writer Jane Austen.

"I have a body that is shaped for that era," Miss Risby said.

"I have narrow shoulders, the bigger boobs and a narrow waist."

Her handmade empire-line, Regency period dresses hide her "pear-shaped" bottom half, she said.

Miss Risby organised yesterday's Jane Austen tea party at Muswellbrook Library where people could revel in the costumes and customs of the era and the works of the writer many believe invented the novel.

She chose the date because it marked the 195th anniversary of Austen's death in 1817, aged 41.

Jane Austen wrote novels such as Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, works that have been translated to stage and screen, attracting thousands of new fans.

Miss Risby's Regency ball gown, day dress, chemise and undergarments were made by Scone dressmaker Narelle Smith and her bonnet by Singleton milliner Margaret Wyatt.

It is the customs, manners and traditions of the Austen era, Miss Risby loves.

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