Well, my red velvet spencer is at least semi-finished. I wanted it in a hurry so I just whip-stitched up the hem at the waistline without attaching the skirts, and the lining isn’t sewn in at the arm-holes. I put some buttons on it but even though I cut out the double-breasted version it only overlaps enough for one row of buttons. It seems weird, because it fits otherwise, so I don’t think that it’s too small.
Other than that it’s turned out pretty well. I really like the contrast between the velvet and the satin (I covered the buttons in satin too) and it fits nicely. I got some good comments on it at the Jane Austen Festival on the weekend. It was really too warm for it at the picnic but I wore it anyway, since I like it so much : )
I’d still like to attach the skirt, but I’m wondering if there’s a way I can do it so that it’s detachable. It’d be cool to do that so that I could have it either long or short. I was thinking of using press studs but I’m not sure if it’ll hang well, and it might make it too bulky at the waist. Oh well, I’ll give it a go and see how it works. So far I’ve sewn it together square, so I’d also like to work on making it curved at the front.