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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, which we have conducted in Williamsburg since 2000.  This May we will be conducting two workshops in Vallejo, California. Some of our previous Workshops have been Gown Draping, Stays, Breeches, Unlined Frock Coats, Lady's Jackets, Wigs and Makeup, Riding Habits, Cloaks and Outerwear, Silk Hats & Caps, Regency Corsets and Deportment. We continue to develop new workshops as well as repeat old ones to expand our knowledge and those of our participants. As always, your continued patronage and support have allowed us to bring you these workshops.
 
2010 Vallejo, California Workshops

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“Quarter Back…Folded Front or Drawstring”

An 18th century Gown of the Last Quarter

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday afternoon, May 21st, Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday afternoon, May 23rd, 2010

 

“As the shape of the stay continued to change it dictated a refinement of the late 1780’s fitted back gown…”

In the last quarter of the 18th century, bum rolls replace side hoops.  The sacque is old fashioned and many of the new gowns have quartered backs.  The front of the gown begins to be made in several different styles to accommodate the lighter boning in the front of the stays.

Janea Whitacre, Milliner and Mantua-Maker, will lead the class in a 2 ½ day workshop teaching the fundamentals of draping a fashionable last quarter gown.  Participants will be offered instruction in two different options for the front of their gown.  The first being a folded front that is popularly called the “Zone Gown” or a front that is draw-stringed with three rows from neck to waist.  Elbow length sleeves or long sleeves will complete the gown.  Friday afternoon will begin with a presentation and the fitting of the gown sleeves on the participants.  There will be “homework” for Saturday night, so that the sleeves may be fitted to the bodices Sunday.

This class requires previous experience in hand sewing and proper fitting of 18th Century gowns.  Proper fitting, appropriate stays will be required as well.

 

This is a Level 2 Workshop

Cost of the 2 ½ day workshop is $200.00

 

A confirmation package will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration, which will include directions, Lodging information and details.

 

Class size will be limited to

12 Participants

Our classes fill up so please register Early!

Registration Deadline April 9, 2010
 


E-Mail or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register

 

 

“The Brunswick”:

An 18th century Traveling Ensemble

A Hands-On Workshop

Friday afternoon, May 28th, Saturday, May 29th and Sunday afternoon, May 30th, 2010

 

“In October of 1771 a London trained Mantua Maker, Margaret Brodie  advertises in Williamsburg, Virginia that she makes Saques, Gowns, Sultanas, Robe de Cours, Brunswicks and Jesuits in the Newest Fashion”

 

Based on a sack-back jacket, the Brunswick became popular in the 1760’s for travel and informal dress.  Elements included a hood, “gentleman’s waistcoat front” and lower sleeves making it a very warm, verstatile yet comfortable and elegant garment. Recorded in “Barbara Johnson A Lady of Fashion” in 1772 she lists the purchase of “Manchester” (cotton or fustian) checked fabric for a Brunswick.

Janea Whitacre, Milliner and Mantua-Maker, will lead the class in a 2 1/2 day workshop where the Participants will drape and explore the 18th century construction techniques to create this unique garment.  Participants will explore design variations and trimming options.  Friday afternoon will begin with a presentation and the fitting of the jacket sleeves on the participants. There will be “homework” for Saturday night, so that the sleeves may be fitted to the jackets Sunday.  In preparation for this class Participants are encouraged to practice hand working buttonholes as well as stitching 8 to 10 backstitches to the inch. (the faster the better!)

This class requires previous experience in hand sewing and proper fitting of 18th Century gowns.  Proper fitting appropriate stays will be required as well. 

 

This is a Level 2Workshop

Cost of this 2 ½ day workshop is $200.00

 

A confirmation package will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration, which will include directions, Lodging information and details.

 

Class size will be limited to

12 Participants

 Our classes fill up so please register Early!

Registration Deadline April 9, 2010 

 

 

E-Mail or call 757-253-1644 with your questions or to register


 

 


 
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