In Chapter 21 of Retribution, Adèle and Sarah join Charles for afternoon tea with Catharine and Mimi.
The outfit Adèle wears to the tea party was inspired by the Barbie Fashion Model Collection High Tea doll.
Sarah, Charles’s mysterious old friend, joins him and Adèle for a tea party. The tea party is at the home of another old friend of Charles, prompting Adèle to say that Charles has a lot of lady friends that she doesn’t know about.
Sarah’s dress was taken from this dress from the period. I closed up the key-hole loop to make it more modest for an older woman as Sarah is supposed to be.
Her tan colored military style coat was taken from this coat
These pieces of emerald or peridot earrings would go well Catharine’s green outfit.
Charles appears to have known Catharine and her sister Mimi for a long time and has a history with them
Her hair and makeup were taken from Clemency Burton-Hill as Claudia Reese-Holland in Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Third Girl. Agnès’s dress comes from this dress on an old cover of the fashion magazine Le Petit Écho de la Mode. I found this under 1930s but upon closer inspection I found that it actually comes from the late 1940s. You do not see much of the skirt of the dress on the right, but judging by skirt of the dress on the left, it is full skirted a la Dior’s New Look. Noticing my error, I made the skirt less full to suit the silhouette of the 1930s. Her hair and makeup come from Matilda Sturridge as Frances Cary in Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Third Girl.
The tea party turns out to be a plot by Catharine to reunite Charles with his daughter Marianne, who has spent her life believing that he had died during the Great War. The evening after, Catharine reads Agatha Christie and feels little remorse for the shock she has given her niece.
Her house dress comes from this sewing pattern. I made it black like this robe worn by Mimi Bassett as Emma Parker in Bonnie and Clyde Her leopard print slippers are an homage to this robe worn by Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine. Image this slippers but with a leopard print.