Wrap Front Regency Spencer Jacket

Complete your early Regency ensemble with an outerwear jacket for warmth and style

Finish off your lovely Regency ensemble with a cozy or elegant Spencer jacket!

That walk to Meryton is waiting! Time to don your spencer and bonnet and follow the regiment into town.

If you LOVE - the Regency Era and want to add to your historical wardrobe, come along with us making a jacket to complete your daytime look... or even make one to protect you from the chilly night air as you travel to the dinner or ball room.

This online sewing class is designed specifically for fitting and sewing those cute little jackets so synonymous with the Regency Era.

Check out the Curriculum below! Full lessons include video tutorials and instructional photos along with an accompanying PDF handout to help you move easily through your sewing project. Sewing a spencer is fun!

I've also included two BONUS sections on piping and wrist straps to add a little something extra to your jacket.

Complete an Authentic Outerwear Garment

This is an Intermediate sewing class. You should be familiar with your machine and have a little experience with sewing clothing - modern or historical. It is suggested you already have a Regency dress and proper undergarments to take measurements and fit your spencer over for the best look. We will follow the class pattern closely, but I'll give tips for easier and better sewing.

Improve your basic techniques of Regency sewing into more understanding of the time period and how a well-made outerwear garment fits over your foundations and changes the look of your ensemble.

Come to class and focus on making a historically-appropriate jacket with options for collars, those cute tail pleats, and a flattering neckline on a variety of bust sizes. Hone in on your fundamental dressmaking & fitting skills.

Thrilling Lesson Plans Prepared for You:

Welcome: Collect supplies, discuss time period research, review pattern selections
Lesson 1: Take measurements, go over tips for making a mockup, fit the mockup, complete pattern work, cut fabrics
Lesson 2: Begin construction with darts, seams, and sew lining
Lesson 3: Construct collar, attach lining to finish neckline and bottom edge
Lesson 4: Finish with sleeves and the closure

You'll find a variety of Regency spencer patterns available. For this class I wanted to use a well-drafted and generally historically-appropriate pattern to make the project easy for you but also one we could have fun with!

For this class we'll be using the excellent Laughing Moon #129 Ladies' Wrapping Front Spencer Pattern (sold separately) which covers years circa 1798 to 1809. Sizes in pattern - Bust 31.5" to 56".

Although, as with all our classes, you can choose to use another Regency spencer pattern. But be aware that the specific steps of each lesson will cover the class-specific Laughing Moon pattern. However, I've found the directions translate well to other published patterns.

Valuable Skills & Techniques You'll Learn:

  • Fabrics to use for Regency Spencer jackets
  • Accurate measuring for this Regency outerwear garment
  • Fitting tips for your specific body type
  • Pattern work after fitting is complete
  • Improving basic skills like darts, seams, and understitching
  • Working on collars with layers
  • Creating back tail pleats that are lined properly
  • Setting in sleeves easily and the with goal of "right the first time"
  • How to make and use piping
  • Finishing details for wearing your finished spencer
  • Other tips for successful sewing and pressing

Intermediate Level Class

If you have sewing experience but are new to historical garments, you may find this class a nice challenge. We'll be following the pattern closely so be confident you can keep up.

If you are new to sewing, this class may be a stretch for you. Although, we do cover many basic sewing techniques that will improve your skills. If you are brave, take the challenge and go for it!

If you are advanced in your sewing skills, you are most welcome! Complete your Regency ensemble. Make a short modern jacket using a historical pattern shape. Or take the class for accountability so your spencer gets done. We're here to push you forward. :-)

No matter your level, we all have methods we can share with each other. Bring yours along to the class for full participation. I'm so glad you'll be joining us!

"As always ( wonder- teacher) Jennifer Rosbrugh has presented us with lessons filled with information and crammed with inspiration. I love how she can inspire me to make something after I have been in years of "funk". I also like the way she interweaves skills from her other classes to her new ones. Ever generous with her information and the great new platform for teaching makes this a very important class for Regency HA sewing."

~ Susanne Hughes

Course Curriculum

"I have long wanted to take one of Jennifer's online classes, and the Regency spencer class was a perfect excuse to dive right in! I am incredibly amazed at how Jennifer has gathered all the best parts of modern technology like video, audio, and written text in order to present classes that are incredibly user friendly and can be done at your own pace. Her class offers much for everyone- whether you are a beginner sewer just getting started in your costuming journey or a experienced costumer who can use structured goals to accomplish your projects and brush up on classic techniques. I honestly don't believe I have ever had such a comprehensive sewing class! She breaks down even the fiddly bits of sewing into bite-size pieces so that anyone will soon be able to accomplish their dreams of wearing their favorite dresses inspired by history and literature. Highly recommended!"

~ Lauren Maringola

"Your instructions are amazing. I'm looking forward to taking more of your courses in the future."

~ Tammy Jones


Your Instructor

Jennifer Rosbrugh
Jennifer Rosbrugh

Teacher to hundreds of sewing and costuming students since 2004, Jennifer dreams of the nostalgia of the past and brings it into her modern life through creating costume ensembles from about 1780 to 1920. Dark chocolate, Jane Austen and bustle dress fanatic. Daughter of the King.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start and finish?
The class starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online class - you decide when you start each lesson, complete the sewing, and when you finish the project.
How long do I have access to the class?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this class for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I get personal feedback and help with my class project?
Of course! We are here to see you succeed in creating historical fashions you love. We help you every step of the way through conversational comments in each tutorial and through email, if desired. We create a joyful and safe environment for you to ask any question about your project and receive answers and feedback that can be used immediately.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and give us the opportunity to address your concerns.
If I change my mind, can I request a refund?
Due to the nature of the materials and intellectual property presented in the class, all sales are final.

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