Friday, January 04, 2008

This one is a keeper!

Isn't it just like the Lord to change my plans, but change them for the good? Due to some very sore wrists (caused from my part time job) I wasn't able to finish up my sewing like what I had wanted this week. But I was able to do a few "quiet" things that didn't require wrist motion, and it was just the rest I needed. =)

Thankfully this afternoon they were better enough to finish the Regency spencer jacket that I have been working on. The results were very pleasing. Enough for me to not sell it on ebay. =)

I made it with green velvet lined with black linen. I was going to use silk lining in the sleeves for easy on/off wear, but then I figured it wasn't really needed since the wrong side of the velvet was smooth.

I used two clasp closures in front

It sort of looks odd on Arabella being made in my size and not a 6/8 like the dress form and Regency gown is set to, but it gives you the basic idea of what it looks like. =)

These were the vintage buttons that I was going to use for the sleeve bands, but they are 3/4" in size, and with 1" sleeve bands, I came to the conclusion that I'll go back to my trusty antique store to get some smaller ones.


Michelle said...

beautiful! I need to make myself a spencer jacket one of these days. It'll be hard to find a fabric that would go with my hunter green crushed velvet gown...

Leah said...

It looks so... regal.. and elegant! Love it! :)

Rachel said...

Hmmm...could we possibly coax you into another photo shoot? I'm sure Leah could play photographer. :)

I'm sorry you've been having trouble with your wrists/back! Do you think that the back problems are sewing-related? Hope you feel better soon, and that none of it interferes with your violin.

Anonymous said...

That is gorgeous! Thank you so very much for sharing!

Cheri said...

Thankyou ladies! =)

Your velvet gown sounds stunnng! Have you thought of a black? Although maybe it would be to dark?

I may consider it. =) If Leah does take pictures, I'll be sure to post them for you.

No, it is very much caused from work and not any other source. I am praying about some options and may post about them on my personal blog. How soon, I'm not sure since it isn't in concrete yet.

Cheri said...


I found a site that would have pictures of Regency spencer jackets and how they look when worn. The pictures came from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice:

The Chmelars said...

hello cheri... i found your blog through bethany wissmann's blog.

my sister and brother and i went to a 1800's ball with our homeschool group. my sister and i made regency gowns for that! i love the feminine look! i tell my sisters and mom that i was born in the wrong time era. ;)

lovely post! tiffany chmelar