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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 Flattering Fit:
"The Italian (night) Gown"

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon, March 10th, Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th, 2017

"The Ladies almost universally appear at all  public places in the Italian nightgown, with very long trains. They are made with whalebone in the back, to fit quite close to the stays without plaits." - The Magazine a la Mode, October 1777

The Italian gown sweeps the fashion world during the last quarter of the 18th century for almost every level of dress, from fashionable undress to half dress. The universally flattering cut of this gown, with its well fit bodice consisting of a fitted back made of two to four pieces and a billowy skirt filled out over a false rump. quickly becomes a mainstay in every woman's wardrobe.  This garment with its almost unlimited customizable options, and ease of construction, proves to be a wonderful addition to the fashionable wardrobe.

The style of this gown emphasizes the drastic shift of the silhouette during the last quarter.  Showing this fashion off to its best advantage, a large false rump  is worn to enhance the bodice cut of a dramatic curve over the hip and the deep point down to the lower center back.  Long, wrist length fitted sleeves also come into mode alongside the traditional elbow length sleeve.

In this 2 1/2 day workshop led by Sarah Woodyard, our participants will learn the fundamentals of cutting and fitting a fashionable Italian gown. Working in pairs we will work through the cutting of sleeves and bodices with homework on Friday and Saturday to complete bodices and begin the attachment of skirts by Sunday. Trims and accessories will be discussed to complete the gown.

*To participate in this workshop there will be pre-workshop homework to make up a proper false rump and petticoat to be worn during the cutting and fitting of the Italian gown. Information and instructions on construction will be provided after completed registration for the workshop.*

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 February 24th , 2017

Cancellation Policy

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

“With My Thimble & My Needle…”
An Introduction to the Skills of the Mantua Maker

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday, Afternoon March 31st , Saturday, April 1st & 
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Are you embarking down the rabbit hole of historic costume?  Do you want to start but don’t know where to begin?  Have you picked up needle and thread but now question the what and where of stitching techniques?  Then you will enjoy our latest workshop where you will learn to “make friends with your thimble”

This is a basic skills workshop for everyone! Led by our Presenter, Janea Whitacre, our weekend will be filled with the practice of efficient hand-sewing in a relaxing environment.  We will cover a variety of stitching techniques while manufacturing practical garments to begin building your own historic wardrobe. You may choose from the 18th century or the early 19th century (Regency period).  Petticoats, bedgowns and shifts will be the order of the weekend with instruction in measuring, cutting out and the “mantua maker’s” methods of construction.  Motion saving methods that will produce time saving stitching will be taught,  Use this workshop to begin building or improving your wardrobe and to increase your skills and efficiency. 

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 16 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!

Registration Deadline is March 17th , 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, May 19th, Saturday May 20th, & 
                              Sunday May 21st, 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 April 21,  2017 

Cancellation Policy

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





 


 
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