When I bought the fabric and trim for my purple tassel dress last winter, I also picked up some absolutely lovely plum velvet for a coordinating spencer. This fall, with a lot of help, I finally made it!
|wearing my plum spencer at the Jackson Homestead, built in 1809, run by the Newton Historical Society|
Spencers were short jackets popular at the beginning of the 19th century, covering just the bodice of the dress.
As with anything else styles ranged and changed quite a bit over the years, but many have very militaristic trim, which I quite like. Eventually I will trim my spencer, and will almost certainly go in that direction.
Spencers are a great way to change up an outfit, but they are also quite practical! In addition to being velvet, my spencer is lined with wool, so it is extra warm and cozy. Of course, it was 75 degrees yesterday! Oh, fall in New England...
I didn't get very many pictures yesterday, which is probably for the best because I wasn't feeling very smiley. Oh, well. It was a lovely day, and I am quite pleased with my spencer. Someday soon it will be cold enough that I will actually need it!
|with the Jackson Homestead behind me|
|pretty colored leaves!|
|with the group, from the CVD facebook page|
One last thing: I'm trying a new picture system. Quinn recently introduced me to Pinterest, so I'm going to try embedding all of my research images via the site instead of uploading them from my computer. The only difference is that now you will see a link to the source for each one. I hope this is helpful!