Sarah Outterson - Recommended I like this one because it is very versatile. There are so many different options for the neckline, fastenings, length, trim, etc. that this pattern could well make up a whole wardrobe of Regency jackets. Also, the instructions were very sensible and the pieces fitted together perfectly. I love the way the back looks. The diamond shape is beautiful and, of course, authentic. My only hint is to make sure that the gathering on the sleeve rests at the shoulder-line; otherwise, the sleeves may look baggy. This pattern was very easy and a perfect starting point for my second sewing project. I am very pleased with the result.
Elizabeth Doornink - Highly Recommended As with all of Mrs. Chancey's patterns, this is a pattern that I will recommend and use over and over again. It has clear directions. It was easy to grasp even some of the harder points of this garment's construction. I highly recommend this pattern to sewers of most levels. Beginners may find it a little difficult and need to seek help.
"It is something for a woman to be assured that in her eight-and-twentieth year, that she has not lost one charm of earlier youth." Anne, Persuasion. I totally agree, I only hope it feels the same at nine-and-twenty.
Thank you, thank you for posting this picture! I am completely enamored with this outfit! The fabric, the peplum, the little blue trim on the sleeve, the rossettes....heaven!
I have already ordered my S&S spencer pattern and now I am completely inspired!
Where, oh where, did you find that fabric? Our 3 story fabric store that had been in Louisville for 103 years went out of business 2 weeks ago. I made a mad dash down to buy bones, coutil, and milliner's wire. Alas, I have no good suppliers for unique fabrics anymore::sniffle::
Post by dawnluckham on Aug 5, 2008 19:44:18 GMT -5
Awww! ;D Thank you ladies. The changes weren’t difficult to make. The original spencer I was inspired by a “Cream Holland” (fine linen) c. 1810-20 in the Snowshill collection shown on page 108 of “Costume in Detail” by Nancy Bradfield.
Tess, I'm sorry, I have no clue where I bought the fabric. I keep my eyes open all the time for likely fabrics and purchase when I can. My "stash" is embarrassing! Hobby Lobby sometimes has beautiful silk fabrics when I cross the border into Michigan. I sometimes shop in the garment districts of cities I visit. I've been known to purchase curtains to cut up for garments. I seek out bargain bins wherever I go...
Thanks for the page and reference to Costume in Detail. My main branch library has that and a couple of other good costume books in their reference collection, so I'm going down this week to take a look. I'll be sure to peek at that spencer especially!
Has anyone made a pelisse out of this pattern?
I'm trying to decide if I should do the spencer (my preference) or go for something with more warmth for Mississinewa in October. I don't want to freeze, but I like the look of a dress/spencer combination more.
I would think it wouldn't be any big deal to make the spencer full length, although my pattern hasn't arrived yet with directions.
Post by lizziebennet on Aug 6, 2008 17:20:05 GMT -5
Dawn, your spencer is simply breathtaking! I've seen the 'drawing' of the "Cream Holland Spencer", too - it is one of my favorites, that I would love to create someday (though I'm sure it won't be as lovely as yours!).