Jane Austen is my favorite author. I have read every piece of work she has ever written and watched all the movies and television series based on her works. Of course, if you are looking for other literature that are similar to Jane Austen or set during the Napoleonic Wars, you should check out the following:
- anything by Georgette Heyer (regency love stories galore, but more on the fluffy side)
- Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South (love story is similar to Pride and Prejudice, but it's set in a textile town in the 1850s and has more social commentary about the plight of the working class)
- Patrick O'Brian's Post Captain (similar to Persuasion, but told from the perspective of a British naval captain and a surgeon who are fighting and spying in the Napoleonic Wars)
- Susanna Clarke's Mr. Norell and Jonathan Strange (set in regency England, but in an alternate universe with magic; it's a mix of Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian, and Harry Potter)
- C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series (about a young British officer's naval adventures)
- Bernard Cromwell's Sharpe series (about the Peninsular Wars, but told through the perspective of Richard Sharpe, a common solder promoted to the rank of a commissioned officer, who despite his intelligence and fighting prowess, continuously faces class prejudice)
My Favorite Regency Designers
If you would like your dolls to do some time traveling or get Lost in Austen, I highly recommend the following seamstresses. I only recommend people's work I've seen up close, and all of their outfits are spectacular.
Thimbles and Acorns
Shari's gowns are always meticulously researched and beautifully constructed. I think her patterns are the most historically accurate and unique.
Linda's gowns have delicate, ethereal quality to them that fits well with regency aesthetics. Her embellishments of lace make her dresses extra special.
Tomi Jane's Doll Times
I think of Tomi Jane's outfits as regal and rich, fit for any Miss Bingley.
If you ever come across Cindy's haute couture designs on Ebay, just snatch them up because they are amazing.
Threads of Troy
Karen's designs are simple and elegant.
Terri's regency dresses don't vary because they follow the 1820s Josefina pattern. However, the dresses are always perfectly constructed and very affordable.
Doll Clothes of Yore
Emily offers a beautiful spencer coat and bonnet that would please any Jane Austen fan.