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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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“Turn Thy Hand to Sewing”

An Introduction to 18th Century Sewing
& Construction Techniques

A Hand's On Workshop
Friday Afternoon Feb. 16
th , Saturday Feb. 17th  
& Sunday Feb 18
th , 2018

 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 an Advanced 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 14 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!

Registration Deadline is January 19th, 2018

Cancellation Policy

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

 

 

 “Very Much the Taste and Various
are the Makes”

The 18th Century Polonaise

A Hands-On Workshop
Friday Afternoon, February 23rd, Saturday, February 24th
& Sunday, February 25th, 2018

  “Long Polonese gowns over puckered satin coats, trimming quite round the gown and coat, with buttons and loops, jacket sleeves half down the arm. Short Polonaise, with long sleeves”

The Lady’s Magazine 1781

 While many costumers & historians, often use the word “polonaise” to refer to any time gown skirts are tied up, this term much more accurately describes a very unique garment of mid 1770s to mid-1780s. This garment, is cut in 4 sections with its back “tailored” like a jacket.  The front is cut away loosely over a fitted bodice or waistcoat, with its skirts gathered up or not depending on the length.  It is very distinct in it’s appearance and construction.  Join Brooke Welborn, Mantua-maker, in this 2 ½ day workshop and learn how to create your own Long or Short Polonaise.

 We will begin with a short lecture, illustrating the various polonaises worn in the 1770- 80s.  This will be followed by a demonstration of the steps of cutting and fitting the gown to the body.  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 should have their gown or jacket close to completion and the trimmings for it begun.

 Participants are expected to have prior experience in cutting to the figure and have hand-sewn a gown or jacket from the 2nd half of the 18th C.  An 18th century shift, underpetticoat and a well-fitted 1770-80s pair of stays are required and it is strongly recommended that participants also bring small hoops or a false bum if they intend to wear this underpinning with their garment.

This is a 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 January 26th, 2018
This class is FULL from our email first alert but we are taking a waiting list so contact us if you would like to be put on it

Cancellation Policy

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

“The Fitting & Trimming of a most Fashionable Gown”

The 1770-80s Lady’s Sacque

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

 “The Sacks made very high behind, peeked down before...one flounce and a puffing...Ruffles very deep behind and shallow before.” ~ January 1773

“Sacques without robings, very low behind, and falling off the shoulders…Trimmings all fancy….The large boot cuff.” ~ Lady’s Magazine, March 1776

 The Sacque, Sack Back Gown or Robe a la Francaise is one of the most elegant garments worn throughout much of the 18th century.  Created out of a variety of fabrics with an ever-changing array of trims these gowns easily identified by their pleated backs that flow from shoulders to floor.  This workshop, conducted by Brooke Welborn, Mantua-maker, will focus on the cutting, fitting and trimming of the Sack back gown that came into fashion in the 1770s & 80s which had narrower pleats in the back and closed simply at the bodice center front.  

 This 2 ½ day workshop will begin with a detailed look at images of this style of gown and the varieties of trims, flounces, ruffles and cuffs that it can be finished with. Throughout the weekend participants will then cut and fit their garment working with a partner using the methods of the 18th c. Mantua-Maker and hand stitch their own gowns. By the end of the weekend participants will not only have their garments assembled with sleeves set but they will have designed and begun creating the trims for their garments. Please be prepared for “homework” on Friday and Saturday night!

This is a 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 February 2nd, 2018

Cancellation Policy

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

“The Devil is in the Details:”

Coat & Waistcoat Constructional Techniques of the 18th Century

A Hands-On Workshop 
Friday Afternoon, April 13th, Saturday, April 14th
& Sunday, April 15th, 2018

A good tailor was not known only by the latest fashionable cut upon his customer.  The proper understanding and execution of the many details that completed the garment are what made his garment fashionable, well fit and sturdy.

In this 2 ½ day workshop, Neal Hurst, Journeyman Tailor will teach the skills employed by 18th century tailors in making men and boys clothing.  Each participant will work on making a boy’s coat and will be taught a range of seam stitching, strengthening, and finishing techniques; the making and application of buckram; pocket flap and bag construction; finishing and lining details; the arrangement and support of skirt pleats, the of making cloth-covered buttons, as well as, deathhead buttons; and a variety of techniques for stitched, plain and vellum buttonholes.

Our weekend will begin with a brief introductory lecture and students will quickly begin their weekend work.  Throughout the workshop the instructors will provide demonstrations of new skills, and ample opportunity for hands-on practice.  Working in smaller scale will allow us to progress through all the various details to completing a well-made coat. Illustrated hand-outs will also aid the participants in perfecting some of the details of well-made clothing.

This workshop will include most materials to complete this garment.

This is a Level 2 Class

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $215.00 including materials 

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 March 15th, 2018

Cancellation Policy

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

 

Cutting an Eighteenth Century “Sloper”:

Mantua-making for the Modern Woman

A Hands-On Workshop 
Friday Afternoon, May 11th, Saturday, May 12th 
& Sunday, May 13th, 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 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 14 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!

Registration Deadline is April 13th, 2018

Cancellation Policy

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



 


 
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