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Sleeveless Spencer c. 1798 - 1800

  • FL217
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Product Description

The Sleeveless Spencer’s masculine cut and strips of braid imitating the trim on military uniforms contrast with the delicate drapery of the muslin fabric.
Sleeveless Spencers were very popular in the last years of the 1790s into the early years of 19th Century. This style of vest has a very short back and some form of ruffle or peplum ornamentation to highlight the high waistline.

The very high period waist is higher than what a woman in the 21st century would wear and cannot be easily achieved without some form of corsetry. This Sleeveless Spencer would have been worn over a chemise, corset, and with at least one petticoat and dress.

The original fabric is a changeable silk. The pattern works well in various weights of silks, cottons, linens.

When deciding which size is correct for you to use, measure your rib cage under your bust, preferably with your corset and underpinnings on. Included in the instructions are illustrations and directions how to modify the pattern to your own shape.

Sizes 8 - 18 or 18 - 28

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