The March challenge, "the great outdors" did yet again fit perfectly into my project list. Fortune and Felicity was still the main deadline, and one can't be a Regency lady without a spencer.
Again, larp and no need to be totally accurate, so I decided to go for a proper shape and just go ahead and use that scrap piece of linen I had had lying about since I made a dress for a friend some years ago (and got the scraps as a bonus).
The layout. No nape, but of course I had to do everything along the length of the fabric. This is a bit more waste than I'd actually like, but later I realised I would actually manage to get facings for the bottom half of the collar, as well as a collar, out of it too. Fabric thriftyness success!
The bodice outer fabric pieced together.
I then used another scrap piece of the same raw silk I used to line the bodice of the black silk taffeta dress with to do lining (also for the sleeves, since the linen wasn't thick enough on its own. If I had made the spencer in wool, I would not have lined the sleeves.
Adding the facings to the inside of the lower part of the collar. As you can see I had to piece it together. Waste not want not and so on...
Ideally, the collar would have been two pieces of the fashion fabric, but I can live with the thin, dark line around it too.
A regency spencer The Challenge:
The Great Outdoors Fabric:
Striped linen, raw silk lining
Pattern: Sense & Sensibility's pattern*
Year: Early 19th century
Notions: Cotton thread for button loops, polyester thread for the rest, mother-of-pearl buttons.
How historically accurate is it? Pattern ok, garment ok, not at all sure about the linen and raw silk is normally not period at all - but using the last scraps from other projects, very much ;) I'd say 50%.
Hours to complete: Far too many, despite the machine sewing. Got distracted a lot, but perhaps 10-15 including the handsewing towards the end.
First worn: At the Fortune and Felicity larp at Medevi Brunn, 24-28 May 2017
Total cost: Under 10 euros. The striped linen was leftovers from a commission, the silk was bought on sale aaaages ago and I've used for several projects, which makes it a bit hard to estimate now. Buttons were about 5 euros.
*A bit of a disclaimer/PSA: Nothing at all wrong with the pattern, not at all. I found it rather well researched and fairly easy to use. I will however not buy from Sense & sensibility again. Why? While people are perfectly entitled to their own opinions, I can make a list as long as my leg of things I'd rather have my money support than Ladies against feminism. Google it at your peril.