What the item is: An approximately 1810's velvet spencer
The Challenge: Brown - to make an item using the colour brown
The Fabric: In this case I've used 100% cotton velvet that's been in the stash for over a decade for the main part of the spencer, and the silk/cotton that I used for the dress is the lining. There is some sew-in interfacing which is quite a strong wool.
Pattern: The Laughing Moon double breasted spencer pattern
Year: Approximately 1810
Notions: Polyester thread and 2 metal hooks
How Historically Accurate is it? I think it's probably pretty good, cotton velveteen was available as well as silk velvet so I think it's a fair assumption that cotton velvet would have been available as well. The thread isn't of course, but aside from that and the sewing being mostly machine I'm pretty happy it would stand on its own in 1810. I'll call it 85% accurate.
Hours to Complete: Who knows? I got knocked back with the flu and a stomach ulcer while making this which meant it took way longer than it should have.
First Worn: Not yet worn, still need to make a bodiced petticoat to wear under the dress to make sure that the skirt doesn't get caught between my legs.
Total Cost: Hard to work out seeing as everything was from stash and left over from other projects. The velvet had previously been used to repair a chair and the lining was from the dress this goes over. Probably around $20NZ though.
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