By the time it came to start on the HSF challenge 15, The great Outdoors, I was pretty drain sewing wise. I knew that if I was going to compleat this year of cahllenges I needed to give myself a break and make something simple once in a while.
So I decided to make something I’ve been thinking about for a while – a regency spencer.
But then I realised that I only had scraps left of lovely brown coton vevet I’ve wanted to use. and I did like the idae of buying even more fabric.
So I re-calculated and decided to make a sleveless spencer instead. And while I was at it why not turn it in to a west compleatly.
I used the Simplicity 4055 as a guide to get the overal line right, since I wanted the west to go over the yellow dress I made from the same pattern.I made some changes, like added a dart and re-shaped the back.
Then I cut it, made a mock-up and tried it on.
It fit pretty well, but I didn’t really like the high neckline.
So I marked the new neckline and cut.
Ok, so it looks pretty stupid in these pictures but I like the tought of the lower necline and the dress showing.
When the pattern was fitted properly, I started to cut the fabrics – velvet, cotton lining and cotton twill for interlining.
I stiched the back seams and basted the shoulder and side seams together.
It fit perfectly, even though the new lower neckline didnt really show due to the seam allowence.
I didn’t like the bust darts though, so I marked hem for shortening.
I toyed with the idea of skipping the dart and gather the bust instead. But decided it looked to bulky on the velvet. So I restiched the darts instead.
Then I putt in the lining, fideling a bit on the arm holes.The last piece to attach was the waistband, which I stiched to the lower edge.
I made one edge of the wasiband longer to make a cross over clouser.
Before turning the west right side out, I made sure to notch all the curved seams to make everything lay nice and flat.
I used a regular bath towel when iron the velvet as to not crush the pile.
Lastly I attached some buttons and the hooks and eyes for the clouser.
The finished piece (paired with my yellow regency gown):
Just the facts:
Challenge: 15, The great Outdoors.
What: a regency spencer/west
Pattern: I used Simplicity 4055 as a guide, but re-shaped it quite a bit..
Fabric: 0,4 m of brown cotton velvet and 0,4 m brown cotton for lining (both scraps left over from previous projects) and 0,4 m of cotton twill for interlining.
Notions: Thread, two buttons, 5 hooks and eyes.
How historical accurate: not much I fear – even though it is compleatly hand sewed. I havn’t found any sources on this kind of wests.
Time: about 8 hours.
Cost: Basicly free since everything was leftovers from previous projects but if I would have bought it now it would probably be about 150 Sek (22 Usd).
First worn: For photos in the middle of august.
Final thoughts: I’m not happy with the bust. It looks rediculus and I have no idea how to fix it. Perhaps gathering will be my only alternative after all.
2 thoughts on “An Outdoorsy Regency Spencer (sort of)”
That is really cute! It looks great against the yellow. Perhaps a bit of trim would help you draw attention away from the bust weirdness that’s bothering you? That’s my solution for every mistake.
Ha ha thats actually a pretty good idea 🙂