Pattern for a short jacket as worn by workers and common men from late 18th to early 19th century. This single breasted style features stand-up collar and welted pockets. Experienced seamstresses and tailors can also alter the basic pattern to make an early 19th C. men’s spencer jacket!
Sizes S-XL included (= Chest 85 – 120 cm = 34 – 48″).
An anecdotic account of the development of the Spencer Jacket:
It is said that the Earl of Spencer’s tailcoat once caught fire during a society event. He advised his servant to cut off the burnt tails and thus created the new fashion of a short jacket, which soon became popular among women as well.
Actually, men’s spencer jackets were cut like Regency tailcoats – just without or with very short tails (see below). Before 1800 a spencer is worn with breeches (exception: Incroyables and fashionale youngsters), later with pantalons. It’s an undress wear garment, often used for leisure and sport acitivities (like hunting).