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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 Winter/Spring Workshops
About Our Presenters
Workshop Sewing Levels

 

"Following the Army, What Shall I Bring"
A Hand's-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon February 22nd , Saturday February 23rd, 
& Sunday February 24th, 2019

Women who followed the British and American armies during the American Revolution needed practical clothing and accessories suited for life on campaign. The things they wore and carried were as essential to their survival as the uniforms and equipment of the soldiers they followed. 

 During this 2 ½ day workshop led by Samantha Bullat, participants will learn the basics of historical sewing through the construction of three indispensable accessories for an 18th century woman following the army: a bonnet, an apron, and a wallet (often called a "market wallet" in reenacting circles). Participants can choose from two different styles of bonnet based on period images and documents and will learn further techniques as they are guided through the cutting and stitching of their aprons and wallets. This workshop is perfectly suited to those new to living history/reenacting or historical sewing, providing a strong foundation for the further creation of historical clothing using period methods and documentation. 

This is a Beginner 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 12 Participants

Our classes fill up quickly so please Register Early!

Registration Deadline is February 8th, 2018

Cancellation Policy

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"To the making of your Jacket"
Exploring 18thc Men’s Jackets & Waistcoats with Sleeves
A Hand's-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon March 8th, Saturday March 9th
& Sunday March 10th, 2019

Jackets and waistcoats with sleeves fall into a unique category of clothing used by men of all classes throughout the majority of the eighteenth-century.  The garment differed greatly depending on one’s region, culture, and wealth.  Participants will be able to choose from a variety of styles ranging in date from the 1750s through the 1780s with appropriate variations on sleeves, pleats, skirts, and collars. Over the course of this 2 ½ day workshop led by Tailor, Neal Hurst, participants will construct their own jacket using period techniques.  Each participant will learn to take measurements for their jackets using the eighteenth-century method of a notched paper tape.  These measurements will then be used to draft patterns for each individual.  This class will be taught in the manner of the tailor, focusing on patterning, fit and construction, with proper hand sewing techniques.  We recognize that many women sew for men, so we have made an allowance.  If you wish to bring a customer there will be a small additional charge.  Your customer will only be required to be at the workshop for measuring and subsequent fittings, so they can enjoy Colonial Williamsburg when not in attendance.

This is an Intermediate Level 2 Class

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

Additional Cost for a Customer $35.00

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 22nd, 2019 

Cancellation Policy

Register Here

"The English (Night) Gown"
An 18th Century Gown with Stomacher
A Hand's-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon April 5th, Saturday April 6th,  
& Sunday April 7th, 2019

Led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua Maker, participants in this 2 ½ day workshop will cut, fit, pleat and stitch their way through the ubiquitous English Gown. This gown, also known as a nightgown or robe a l’anglaise, has a stomacher, stitched-down back pleats, and a front finished with folded or attached robings. As this gown was worn throughout most of the 18th century by all levels of society, this workshop will also explore how to modify the cut & fit of the gown depending on the time period. 

Workshop participants will work in pairs, cutting and fitting to the person in the Mantua-makers way.  They will then be given instruction to assemble all the pieces using 18th century hand sewing techniques. This workshop is meant to build upon previous skills learned.   By the end of the workshop participants will have their gown well under construction and will have the knowledge to complete it on their own.

An 18th century shift, under petticoat and a well-fitted 1740-80s pair of stays are required for this class in order to properly fit your gown.  If you are considering wearing 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 assigned for 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.  

Participants are expected to have experience in hand sewing as well as cutting to the figure and constructing a gown or jacket. This workshop is ideal for the advanced gown maker who wishes to continue developing their skills.

This is an  Advanced Level 3 Class

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!

Registration Deadline is March 22nd, 2019

Cancellation Policy

Register Here


"The Fashionable Ladies Jacket"

3 Styles of the 18th Century
A Hand's-On Workshop

Friday Afternoon April 12th, Saturday April 13th,  
& Sunday April 14th, 2019

Worn throughout most of the 18th century and becoming highly fashionable towards the end of the century, jackets were worn by all social levels in a variety of textiles and styles.  Led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua Maker, participants in this 2 ½ day workshop will cut, fit, and stitch their way through the making of a woman’s jacket.  Choosing their preferred time period, participants will explore how to modify the cut & fit of the basic elements of a jacket to create a garment from the 1740-50s, 1760-70s or 1780-90s. 

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

An 18th century shift, under petticoat and a well-fitted 1740-90s pair of stays are required for this class in order to properly fit your jacket.  If you are considering wearing your jacket 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 assigned for 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. 

This is workshop is ideal for the intermediate clothing maker who has experience in hand sewing and is ready to learn to create fitted garments. Also appropriate for an advanced gown maker who wishes to continue developing their skills.

This is an Intermediate Level 2 Class

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!

Registration Deadline is March 29th, 2018


Cancellation Policy

Register Here

 


 
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