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In keeping with our commitment to the education and perpetuation of the interest in Historic Fashion, we founded and developed in 2001 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 we have offered over the years have been Gown cutting & making of all sorts, Stays, Underclothes & Underpinnings, Breeches, Coats, lined & unlined, 18thc Hair & Makeup, Lady's & Men's Jackets & Waistcoats, Riding Habits & Traveling Costume, Cloaks and Outerwear, Accessories of all sorts, Silk Hats, Caps, Sewing Details & Deportment. 
As always, your continued patronage & support have allowed us to bring you the best in Historic Workshops.

2019 Fall Workshops
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Workshop Sewing Levels


“Regency Accessories for the 

Fashionable Lady”

A Hands-On Workshop

 Friday Afternoon September 13th, Saturday September 14th
& Sunday September 15
th, 2019

 No Jane Austen heroine would consider herself properly dressed without the appropriate complements to her gown. Women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries could choose from a dizzying array of bonnets, reticules, and chemisettes to complete their outfits, with styles inspired by what they saw in La Belle Assemblee, Ackermann’s Repository, and other publications. Participants in this 2 ½ day workshop will make a bonnet, reticule, and chemisette to begin or add to their Regency wardrobe. Led by Samantha Bullat, participants can expect to strengthen their basic period hand sewing skills through the creation of these fashionable accessories, as well as learn new techniques.

This is a Advanced Beginner Level 1 Class
*Please read Level Requirements  before registering

Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $195.00 
which includes pasteboard for bonnet & reticule


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!


Cancellation Policy

Register Here

 

The Basics: Historic Stitching 101 for Guys

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon, September 20th, Saturday September 21st
& Sunday September 22
nd, 2019

 
At the knees of their fathers and mothers, 18th century boys and girls learned the basics of sewing.  Familiarity with needle and thread was necessary for executing the inevitable mending of one’s own clothes or going into a trade where the rudimentary skill was required for entry to the apprenticeship.  Join the ranks of those that possessed the knowledge of needlework!

Our 2 ½ day workshop is geared towards men who wish to learn the foundations of historic sewing. Led by Michael McCarty, Journeyman Tailor, students will begin with an introduction to sewing tools, threads, stitches and fabrics of the 18th century.  Projects for the class will be a stitch primer book, a simple sewn cap, a wallet bag and a neck stock.  Participants will leave not only with finished projects, but with a solid introduction to basic sewing skills that they can apply to more complex projects in the future.  All materials will be provided and are included in workshop fee.

This is an Beginner Level 1 Class
*Please read Level Requirements  before registering

Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $210.00
which includes all 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 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please register Early!


Cancellation Policy

Register Here




“An Introduction to Mantua-making

An 18th Century English Gown in Miniature

A Hands-On Workshop

 Friday Afternoon October 18th, Saturday October 19th
& Sunday October 20
th, 2019


The methods and techniques of the 18th century Mantua Maker can be a mystery.  Join us for this unique 2 ½ day workshop led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua Maker, as we create in miniature the ubiquitous English Gown. This gown, worn throughout most of the 18th century by all levels of society, known as a nightgown or robe a l’anglaise, has stitched down back pleats, and is closed with a stomacher & robings or at center front.

Workshop participants will begin the weekend by practicing all the stitches needed to construct a gown, focusing on proper thread usage and stitches per inch to create a gown stitching sampler.

They will then be given shapes to use in cutting their gown lining and outer fabric, followed by step-by-step instruction on how to assemble all the pieces using 18th century hand sewing techniques. By the end of the workshop participants will have created a complete gown in a 34-inch miniature and be ready to apply what they learn to full size gowns in the future.

To complete all necessary sewing by the end of the workshop, “homework” will be assigned for Friday and Saturday night. Participants will be provided with practice swatches, gown fabric and linings, but will be required to bring pins, needles, scissors, thread, and a thimble.

Participants are expected to have experience in basic hand sewing and have constructed unfitted 18th Century clothing or accessories.

This is an  Intermediate Level 2  Class
*Please read Level Requirements  before registering

Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $235.00
which includes all 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 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!


Cancellation Policy

Register Here

 

 

 

“To Make a Short Sack”
The 18th Century Ladies' Pet en l'air
A Hands-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon October 25th, Saturday October 26th, & Sunday October 27th, 2019

 The Short Sack or Pet en l’air is one of several less formal but very fashionable garments worn throughout much of the 18th century.  Created out of a variety of fabrics with an ever-changing array of trims these shorter gowns are easily identified by their pleated backs that flow from shoulders to hips and fasten on either side of a stomacher or at center front. Often, they are paired with a matching petticoat.

 This 2 ½ day workshop, led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua-maker, will:

  • include a detailed look at images of this style of jacket and the varieties of trims, flounces, ruffles and cuffs that it can be finished with.
  • demonstrate all the stitching & construction technique needed to hand stitch the entire garment.
  • require participants (due to time constraints) to bring with them previously cut & fit shapes in muslin for bodice & sleeves.  These “shapes” can be from sloper, gown, jacket workshops, or copied from a patterned garment that fits well. These “shapes” will then be adapted for the fit of short sacks from the 1750s to early 1780s.
  • have participants work with a partner to fit their garment using the methods of the 18th c. Mantua-Maker

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!  All participants are required to have solid had sewing skills and experience cutting & fitting to the body. 

This is an Advanced Level 3 Class
*Please read Level Requirements  before registering

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $200.00 

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!

Cancellation Policy

Register Here

Ladies’ Riding Habit Jackets, 1750-1775

A Hands-On Workshop

 Friday Afternoon, November 1st, Saturday, November 2nd

and Sunday November 3rd, 2019

 

At the close of the 17th Century English ladies, much to the chagrin of many men, began to adopt masculine coats and waistcoats, worn over feminine petticoats, for rural pursuits including riding, hunting and traveling.  Throughout the first three-quarters of the 18th Century the riding habit retained many of its male engendered elements, yet it gained a more flattering cut for the female body; it also gained increasing acceptance as it is was admitted into polite company and small assemblies.  In the last decades of the 18th Century ladies’ riding habits take on new silhouettes and greater femininity, only hinting at their masculine origins.

This two and a half day workshop, led by Neal Hurst, will begin with a lecture discussing the history and development in cut and adornment of riding habits throughout the 18th century.  Participants will then work both cooperatively and individually to learn to cut and fit riding habit jackets in the fashions of the third-quarter of the 18th Century.  Period techniques employing flat patterning will be taught.  Garments will be basted for fitting.  Participants will complete the workshop with fitted shells that may be finished as garments or used as patterns.

Participants must have appropriately fitting 18th Century-style stays, shift, and petticoat. 

This is an Advanced Level 3 Class
*Please read Level Requirements  before registering

Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $250.00 

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 10 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!

Cancellation Policy

Register Here

 

 


 
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