Saturday, October 26, 2013

1810 Pompom Spencer

Apologies for not posting last week about my sewing progress - but I felt like I hadn't made any, so it was hardly worth a post. Was much more productive this week; I made most of an 1810s bonnet and finally finished the pompom spencer! I'm not going to the usual fall Regency event, so, since I don't know when I'll have an opportunity to actually wear it out, I got pictures of it this morning.

Which required getting up much earlier than I like. Be impressed with my dedication to this blog. :P



Let me explain; no, let me sum up...for those of you that for some reason haven't been hanging on my every word, here in this blog...

Construction details: Jumper and spencer made of dark navy wool, with bodice and spencer lined in linen. Shirt underneath of white linen. Long seams of jumper and shirt machine-sewn, then finished by hand, while spencer is sewn entirely by hand. Bonnet is a Timely Tresses pre-made frame, covered by me in cream figured silk taffeta, and trimmed with orange silk taffeta and pheasant feathers.

I made the shirt and the jumper, and made a rather pathetic start on the bonnet (just the top of the crown covered!) last fall, and made the rest of it this fall - so I could finally get it out of the UFO bin!

Oh, and the outfit itself is based on one in the V&A's collection. I didn't just dream up a crazy pompom dress on my own! The original has a line of pompoms on the skirt as well, but I want to be able to wear my jumper with other spencers, and thought a random line of pompoms on the skirt would look weird and out of place with, say, a plain plaid spencer...so I left them off.

8 comments:

  1. The pom poms are super fun and cute! I'm sure you're very excited to be done sewing them, though! Thanks for sharing pictures.

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Thank you! And oh, those pompoms were SO fiddly...it's a bit discouraging when a tiny line of trim takes you an hour and a half to sew! Glad I powered through, though, 'cause now I *do* think they're rather cute. :D

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  2. Such a cute outfit! And yes, I'm impressed by your dedication to this blog ;)

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    1. Thank you! And, tee hee, I knoooow, updating once every fortnight, I'm SO dedicated! xD

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    2. Well you're definitely more dedicated than me... I usually update once a month or even less frequently than that. :D

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    3. Well, everybody's got very different schedules! :) I just find that, if I don't have a regular posting day, I tend to completely neglect my poor blog! Trying to have a post every week keeps me on my toes.

      ...at least, in theory. Heh.

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  3. I love the pom poms!!! They really make the outfit pop!

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