Sunday, 16 September 2012

Skirt and spencer jacket, 1823

Let me show you my interpretation of the elegant ensemble from the V&A museum, London.
Although the museum one consists of dress and jacket, my outfit is made in two pieces - a skirt held up with braces and a spencer, cause I really have no need in such dress on its own and I had just 5 yards of this amazing silk. 

My carriage dress made from pink silk with stripes and light yellow geometric design on them.
The matching jacket has a turned down collar, short sleeves and long sleeves arranged in puffs which diminish slightly towards the wrist. It has an attached belt trimmed with loops and a silk waist ribbon. The details of trimming on the skirt and jacket bodice are lined with cotton.

The gown is remarkable for the quality and variety of its faced and applied decoration. There are faced slits which stiffen the collar, folds along the sleeves, small straps, decorated with satin cord and a deep scalloped silk taffeta border with a padded hem.

Nice option - this jacket is suitable for other occasions and can be worn on its own as a spencer.

And few words about my new tall 1820's bonnet in a deep purple colour.
All pieces is hand sewn from theatrical buckram (it was really hard to find some here in Moscow...) and covered with silk satin in a deep purple colour. 
It's decorated with silk satin ribbons, hand sewn satin flowers and white plumes. 


  1. This is stunning! Your recreation is absolutley beautiful!!! The spencer, the skirt and the tall hat match wonderfully!!!
    I do love the pleated sleeves, very well done.


  2. It's amazing! I especcially love the hat.
    I am from Holland and here it's also impossible to buy buckram. I always order it in the USA.
    Keep up the good work!