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In keeping with our commitment to the education and perpetuation of the interest in Historic Fashion, we have developed a series of Hands-on Workshops.All are conducted in Williamsburg VA, only 2.5 miles from the Historic District. Our facility is a private and self-contained environment where you can "immerse" yourself in the learning process.
Some of the Workshops offered in the past have been Gown Cutting & Making of all sorts, Stays, Underclothes & Under Pinnings, Breeches, Coats Lined & Unlined, 18th century Hair & Make up, Lady's & Men's Jackets & Waistcoats, Riding Habits and Traveling Costume, Cloaks, Accessories and Outerwear, Silk Hats & Caps, Details and Deportment. As always, your continued patronage and support have allowed us to bring you these workshops.

2018Workshops

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"Cloaks of Cloth"

Men & Women's 18th Century Woolen Cloaks
A Hand's On Workshop
Friday Afternoon October 19th
 , Saturday October 20th,
& Sunday October 21st, 2018

On Monday December 13th, 1773, while living in Virginia, diarist Philip Vickers Fithian recorded in his journal that “Almost every Lady wears a red Cloak.”  Cloaks provided both men and women an extra layer of protection from the elements and warmth when out of doors.  Both fashionable and functional, cloaks belong in every wardrobe. 

            This 2 1/2 day workshop conducted by Tailor, Neal Hurst will begin with a brief introductory lecture and students will quickly begin their work.  This workshop will focus specifically on woolen cloaks and we will base our reproductions on several extant pieces from collection across the United States.  Throughout the workshop the instructor will provide demonstrations of new skills, and ample opportunity for hands-on practice.  Students will learn to cut cloaks using only geometry and explore various trimming methods found on original garments.  Illustrated hand-outs will also aid the participants in perfecting some of the details of well-made clothing.

            Upon registration, participants will receive a letter with fabric requirements and samples, and a list of tools and supplies that they will need to bring. Participants are welcome to bring fabrics for possible use subject to the approval of the instructors.

This is a Beginner Level 1 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $185.00 

There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday


A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions and details

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!

Registration Deadline is September 28th, 2018


Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 to Register or with Questions.

 

 

 Cutting an 18th Century "Sloper”:
Mantua-making for the Modern Woman

A Hands-On Workshop
Friday Afternoon, October 26th, Saturday, October 27th 
& Sunday, October 28th, 2018

 Find it difficult to be your own mantua-maker? Tired of altering a commercial pattern to fit you?  Sign up for this 2 1/2-day workshop with mantua-maker, Sarah Woodyard who will instruct participants in the art of cutting a well fit eighteenth-century bodice!

This course will be taught in the English mantua-making tradition of draping or sculpting and cutting fabric around the body. Participants will be paired and will cut and fit on one another.  To take this workshop participants are required to have a pair of eighteenth-century stays.

By the end of the weekend you will have a well fit “eighteenth-century sloper” to take home with you. This muslin sloper, as will be demonstrated during the course of the weekend, can then be used as a lining pattern to cut out a variety of styles, such as jackets, sacks or English gowns. While this workshop will include a discussion of how to build these different garments using your lining as a foundation, this is not a gown making workshop. Rather you will come away with a well fit bodice that will allow you the flexibility of creating various styles of gowns and jackets on your own or in future workshops. 

If you are a beginner to cutting on the body, you will be taught the basic skills of cutting on the body. If you are more advanced, you will hone your cutting ability. This workshop will empower you with a well-fit sloper that will allow you to move forward in your pursuit of 18th century fashion! 

This is a Intermediate Level 2 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $185.00 

There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday

A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions and details

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!

Registration Deadline is October 1st, 2018
This Class is now Full 
Please contact us if you would like to be put on the Waiting List

Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 to Register or with Questions.

“Her Shape She Owes to Steel & Whalebone...

Women's Stays 1760's -- 1780's

A Hands-On Workshop 
Friday Afternoon, November 2nd, Saturday, November 3rd 
& Sunday, November 4th, 2018

 The natural female form has seldom been deemed fashionable. Woman of the 18th century turned to their Stay-makers to make the best of what Nature had provided.  In this workshop, Mark Hutter, Tailor & Staymaker  along with the participants, will do the same.

The weekend workshop will begin with a study of portraits and garments through which we will examine the changing shape of the fashionable figure in the third-quarter of the 18th century, the expectation in a properly fit pair of stays, and the various means by which the stay-maker attempted to achieve the hoped-for result. Through out the remainder of the workshop, pairs of participants will work with each other to learn to fit stays in accordance with individual body types. Each student will work upon a pair of stays for their own use. The subtleties of fit, and methods of measuring and patterning will be the focus of the workshop; period appropriate methods of construction, including channeling, seaming, boning, binding, and shaping will also be discussed. Each participant will end the class with the fabric body of a pair of stays fitted to them, which may be completed afterwards, and used as a pattern for future stays.

Participants may bring materials for possible use upon the approval of the instructor or purchase at the workshop. All participants will need to bring 18th century shifts & petticoats, stockings & shoes, scissors & sewing notions.  

This is a Advanced Level 3 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $185.00 

There will be a complimentary cold breakfast & lunch buffet Saturday & Sunday and snacks on Friday

A Confirmation packet will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration which will include information from our presenters, as well as directions and details

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!

Registration Deadline is October 8th, 2018

This Class is now Full 
Please contact us if you would like to be put on the Waiting List

Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 to Register or with Questions.

 


 
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