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Brooke Welborn
Brooke is a co-owner of Stitch Lounge, Stgo. in Santiago, Chile where she teaches 18th Century dressmaking and creates historical clothing for both individual customers & international school theatre productions. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from The College of William & Mary, where she focused on Costume Design & construction and a minor in History. After university she apprenticed as a Milliner & Mantua-maker in the Historic Trades Department of Colonial Williamsburg, receiving her journeywoman paper in 2007. Brooke’s continuing focus is the cut, fit & construction of 18th Century women’s gowns & jackets, especially that of the Polonaise which she has written & published on.

Samantha Bullat
Samantha recently joined  the team at Burnley & Trowbridge where she is involved in all aspects of the business.  She also serves as tailor for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and is responsible for researching, designing, and constructing garments from the early 17th and late 18th centuries. In 2012, she served a ten week internship with the Margaret Hunter millinery shop learning the arts and mysteries of mantua-making and millinery. Her reproduction historical clothing has been featured in exhibits and programs at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Mount Vernon, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Neal Hurst
Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania sparked Neal’s interest at an early age in the War for American Independence and material culture.  After high school, Neal worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation within the Department of Historic Trades and finished a seven-year apprenticeship earning his journeyman’s papers as a tailor.  Neal received his B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary with High Honors for his senior thesis entitled “a kind of armour, being peculiar to America:” The American Hunting Shirt.  In 2015, Neal graduated with a Master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture completing his thesis entitled, “For the Heat is Beyond your Conception:” Men’s summer dress in the American South During the Long Eighteenth Century.  Neal currently holds the position of Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  

Michael McCarty

A passion for discovering the hows and whys of 18th century clothing led Michael to an apprenticeship at Colonial Williamsburg. After nearly seven years under Master Tailor Mark Hutter, he is ready to claim the title of Journeyman Tailor. During his time as an apprentice he studied in museum collections on both sides of the Atlantic, patterned garments for publication and reproduction, as well as presented on the Macaroni phenomenon of the 1760s-70s at the Costume Society of America's national conference. He also worked on both reproductions of Washington’s tents "The First Oval Office Project" a collaboration between the Museum of the American Revolution & Colonial Williamsburg. A focused part of Michael’s study has been & continues to be on the evolution of men’s clothing from 1785-1820.

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