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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, and Deportment. As always, your continued patronage and support have allowed us to bring you these workshops.

2017 Workshops

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"A Lesson in Mantua Making"
An 18th Century Fitted Back Gown


A Hands-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon, Sept.29th, Saturday Sept. 30th and Sunday October 1st, 2017 (Sept. workshop is now full) An Additional Workshop to be held Friday Afternoon, October 6th, Saturday, October 7th & Sunday, October 8th 2017


"Mantua Maker...to make a Mistress (of the trade), there is little else wanting than a clever Knack of cutting out and fitting, handsome Carriage, and good set of Acquintance..."
General Description of All Trades, London 1747

During this 2 ½ day workshop participants will cut and fit their way thru the basics of 18th century mantua making while constructing a fitted back gown. Participants have a choice of a center front closing gown or a single robing stomachered gown. This experience will be led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua Maker.

Over the course of the class participants will become familiar with gown draping and cutting to the person as well as 18th century hand sewing and construction details. Participants will work in pairs, cutting and fitting in the Mantua-makers way and assembling all the pieces by hand. By the end of this workshop participants will have their gown well under construction and will have the knowledge to complete it on their own.

Participants are expected to have experience in hand sewing as well as experience constructing a gown or jacket from pattern or draping.  An 18th century shift, under petticoat and a well-fitted 1770-80s pair of stays are required.  If you think you would like to wear your gown with underpinnings such as a hoop or bum roll, please bring these as well.  To complete all necessary cuttings and fittings by the end of the workshop “Homework” will be required on Friday and Saturday night. Participants will be provided with muslin, but will be required to bring pins, needles, scissors, thread, a thimble, linen lining and fashion fabric for cutting the final garment.  Burnley and Trowbridge as always will have a selection of fashion fabrics, linings and notions available for purchase or you can contact them with your wants and needs

This is a Level 2 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $165.00 

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 14 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!

Registration Deadline is September 1, 2017

Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register.

 

“To The Making of Your Breeches”

A Hands-On Workshop

             Friday Afternoon, October 13th, Saturday October 14th, & 

                              Sunday October 15th, 2017

The most common legwear worn by men during eighteenth-century was a pair of breeches.  Coming into fashion during the 1660s, this garment fastened around the waist, fit firmly and smoothly across the thighs, and ended below the knees.  Over the course of two and a half days, join with our Presenter, Neal Hurst, as we learn the 18th century tailor’s method of taking the measure, patterning and constructing a well fitted pair of breeches.  Participants will have the option of choosing a flap or button front and will construct their own breeches using period hand sewing techniques.

It is respectfully requested that during this class all breeches be fit to men; female participants may bring a “customer” at an additional charge or work with men participating in the workshop. Cloth will be provided to allow everyone to employ the same construction techniques.  Participants will need to bring scissors & sewing notions; customers need to bring a pair of closed-front close-fitting drawers.

This is a Level 3 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $195.00 

*Customer Cost is additional

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 15th, 2017

Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register

 

“A Great Variety in their Construction...”
Exploring the Cross-over and Apron Front Gown 
of the Regency Period

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday, Afternoon October 20th , Saturday, October 21st & 
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Fashion for November:
The bosoms of robes now admit a great variety in their construction; some are formed in horizontal fluting or plaits, others with the peaked stomacher, somewhat like those of the ancients, .....the plain round bias, or wrap front, is now more generally edged with a full chain, most curiously constructed, of the same material as the robe......Evening Post, New York, New York, 28, December 1808    

The early 19th century words. "Variety in their construction," and "most curiously constructed".......will be the focus of this creative weekend!  Join our Mantua Maker, Janea Whitacre as we explore the variety and rapid fashion change that was the Regency period. Choosing from a closed back, Cross-over "V" neck gown or an Apron Front (bib front) gown, our participants using proper mantua making techniques and working in pairs will cut and fit in the Mantua-makers way, assembling all the pieces by hand.  Early 19th century undergarments and corset.  Hand sewing experience is needed for this class,  Be prepared for some "homework" Friday & Saturday to facilitate a mostly finished garment by Sunday. The endless variety of trims and ornaments of this period will also be discussed.  Be sure to bring your own fashion inspiration from plates, portraits or extant garments!  Burnley and Trowbridge as always will have a selection of fashion fabrics, linings and notions available for purchase or you can contact them with your wants and needs


This is a Level 2 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $165.00 

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 20, 2017

Cancellation Policy

 Email or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register.



“Turn Thy Hand to Sewing”

An Introduction to 18th Century Sewing
& Construction Techniques

A Hands-On Workshop
Friday Afternoon Nov 3rd, Saturday Nov 4th & Sunday Nov 5th, 2017

 

Embarking on your first or latest hand sewn project?  Not sure about the where’s or how’s of period correct construction?

 

Whether you are a newcomer to historical sewing, or seasoned sewer looking to brush up on your techniques this workshop is for you!  Join us for this 2 ½ day workshop and immerse yourself in the mind-set of an 18th century mantua maker.  Over the weekend, our presenter, Samantha McCarty will lead the participants in measuring, cutting, and beginning the stitching of a shift and petticoat, forming the basis of an 18th century woman’s wardrobe. Beginning the weekend with a brief presentation of 18th century shifts and petticoats, we will explore period images and extant garments to identify norms and variations. We will then begin the process of learning what stitches to use where, how to pull threads for perfectly straight lines, and tips for hand sewing efficiently and comfortably.  This workshop will result in a shift and petticoat, measured and cut to your body along with an arsenal of stitching techniques to be applied to this and future projects.


This is a Level 1 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $165.00 

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 14 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!

Registration Deadline is September 20, 2017

Cancellation Policy

Email or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register.


 


 
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