Wednesday, April 11, 2012

V102: A Quick-n-Dirty Regency Spencer

The other day I thought I'd pop down to the thrift store and find a little blazer to cut up and make into a functional, although not historically accurate, Spencer jacket.

I didn't find one.

Instead, I pulled out some stash fabs and an old "I'm So '90s" Butterick pattern, with the idea of just throwing something together.  Instead of the straight, puffed sleeve that came with the pattern, I went with my go-to shaped sleeve, commandeered from Simplicity 4400.  It has magical "fit in that hole" powers - thanks, Simplicity!
Hey, let's hang out, drink wine coolers, and watch "Friends."
Here's the result.  I cut the thing off at the empire waist, added a band, there ya go.  I like the military-inspired buttons, not sewn on here...still have to make up the proper covered buttons, lol, these are just stand-ins.


The back gives away the '90s roots, and I don't mean 1790s - proper period construction would have sloped shoulder seams, and a diamond-shaped back panel.  Please don't point it out in the comments...yes, I already know.
So no, it's not historically accurate, but I love it regardless.  It's an example of how to take a modern pattern and style it in a period way, for anybody out there looking to experiment with historical fashions, but intimidated by jumping right into period patterning, techniques, and tailoring.

14 comments:

  1. This could look just as cute with jeans and a tank as it does with a Regency ensemble :)

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  2. Some purists might not agree with me, but I think it's just fine, to once in a while take the less-than-completely-authentic route, and to have some fun and create something new. The back may not be "diamond-shaped," but the awesomeness of the military front ought to grab the attention, anyway!

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  3. I agree- there's times when a period - style Spencer gives a fresh look to modern fashion. Look at how Steampunk has taken victoriana and created a new esthetic.

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    1. That's a really good point. A friend of mine pointed out that this could be steampunky .. Steampunk Regency? I like that idea :-)

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  4. Authenticity be damned....sometimes you need to have a little fun. And I second you, Rowenna....its screaming leggings and heeled boots to me! (Ie: Cont. Marines after hours dress up farby party....yes? )

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    1. I'll have to try it that way :-) Maybe over a tank top that says "FARB" on it, hehe

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    2. Anytime, Tansy! I'll see if we can get a Farb Party going for an event this year!

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  5. Sneaky and brilliant lol Love the colors!

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  6. Being a perfectionist & historical purist takes it's toll on the mind, and body. Your artistic expression with this garment is fresh, young, and absolutely freaking beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! There are time where I like to try to be as historical as possible, then other times where I don't care. It's in phases, like the moon... lol.. "waxing historical, waning historical.

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  7. I would never be able to tell it wasn't historically accurate...I think it looks fab. Its how my mum is planning to make my spenser for me.
    As for steampunk regency...I think that would be cool.

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  8. Im a costume designer and always believe that costuming will interact with fashion - it keeps the art alive in a modern context. Good on you for experimenting. We have a term we use amongst costumiers - it's called hysterical costuming.

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  9. I love the idea of turning boring modern clothes into lovely historical looking ones. I need to work at this. With my lack of funds, things like this are lifesavers!

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