I finished my Spencer! I'm pretty pleased with it, and hope to post pics of my entire Regency ensemble someday. Here's what the finished dress looks like:
Now, back to the tutorial:
1) After rolling the waistband to the thickness you want it (mine was only an inch, since I didn't have more usable fabric to work with), handsew the hooks where you want them. This will keep the coat closed and close to your body.
2) Handsew or machine stitch waistband to the inside of the coat. Try to be even, though I don't always have much success with that. I handsewed mine... while watching 4 hours of Jane Eyre!
2) Check the fit to see if there's any wierdness going on.
|This pic was taken with some pins still in it, so it's still a little bulgey,|
and I might need to add another hook to close up that little gap in the front.
3) Then, take a long car ride to Tulare (45 minutes away) while handsewing the lining in place.
4) Then you're done! Try it all on!
My waistband doesn't seem to curve up as high in the back as I wanted, but I think it still shows off my train nicely.
By the way, I finally figured out that pesky buttonholer! I had to go to the school I work at to get the sewing teacher to help me. My machine's buttonholer doesn't seem to want to work on this thin fabric.
|Practice makes perfect!|
Edit: The dress and Spencer are done! See the completed product here.