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History of Dress Study Group
Monday nights, starting 4 September 2017



In combination with Aylwen's historic dress collection, which comprises rare books, fashion journals, patterns and antique garments dating back to 1780s, use visual analysis as a starting point to understanding dress history in all its manifestations – through examination of image, object and text. 

Each week will be a mix of tea, videos, textile research & readings, book reviews, teaching of new sewing techniques and working on projects of all eras of clothing. 

Subscriptions will be paid in advance for ten weeks, but with discounts for college students and those who are enrolled in EDHDA dance classes.

Week 1 will include watching a film analysing a late Victorian dress, discussion of a research paper about men's & women's historical fashion plates dating back to the 16th century, an introduction to a few hand stitching techniques, and the use of a thimble.

Over the first ten-week course we will also be reading the e-book: Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight or The Ladies' Paradise). This is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas and published in novel form by Charpentier in 1883. The BBC used the novel as the basis for an eight-part television series set in northern England titled The Paradise and broadcast in 2012.

10-week Subscriptions, Monday nights (starting 4 September 2017, Yarralumla ACT)
Fulltime Students & EDHDA Students $95 https://www.paypal.me/janeaustenfestival/95
Pay per week - $50 before Week 1, then $8 a week in advance by bank or paypal recurring payments (you pay any extra bank fees).


Learn to Hand Sew 1-day Workshop
Saturday 16 September 2017 9.30am-3.30pm
Learn to sew by hand and start a sampler of Georgian stitches with Aylwen Gardiner-Garden.
Materials, morning tea and refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch.


Fulltime Students & EDHDA Students $75 https://www.paypal.me/janeaustenfestival/75

Join us for the Georgian Ball in the evening http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/upcoming


Beginner Embroidery Class
Saturday 21 October 2017, 9.00am-3.30pm



If you are new to hand embroidery our colour wheel stitch sampler will be the perfect introduction. Teacher is Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, who has been spending the winter improving her needlework skills with the Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock in London. Learn the foundation skills with a series of monthly workshops before more advanced workshops are offered over the summer break.


Learn how to:
-Thread your needle for embroidery
-Set up your hoop
-Learn nine stitches: Chain Stitch, French Knots, Satin Stitch, Fly Stitch, Herringbone, Buttonhole, Whipped Running Stitch, Whipped Back Stitch and Stem Stitch
-Tie off your threads and finishing.


The class kit will include everything you require to complete the project - wools, frame, needles & instruction booklet. You will need to bring your own embroidery scissors, magnifiers and lights (if needed) on the day.


This class will run will run from 8.30am-2pm at The Garden Cottage in Yarralumla, ACT. Address provided on enrolment. Tea and coffee is provided but please bring your own packed lunch.


Fulltime Students & EDHDA Students $75 https://www.paypal.me/janeaustenfestival/75

Join us for the Romantic Era Ball in the evening http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/upcoming

Historical Fashion & Millinery Classes in Canberra, Australia

Our facility is a private and self-contained environment in Yarralumla. Some of the Workshops offered in the past have been Elizabethan, 18th century and Regency stays, Victorian corsets, Elizabethan gowns, 1780s gowns, regency gowns, victorian bustle gowns, regency tailcoats, bonnets and chemises from all eras. As always, your continued patronage and support have allowed us to bring you these workshops. 
Visit our Upcoming Events page to find an event to wear your new outfit. To read more about your teacher, see about Aylwen. Aylwen is registered for working with vulnerable people in the ACT, Reg. 0000035652. If you have any questions please phone Aylwen on 62811098 or 0409817623 or email aylwen@earthlydelights.com.au 


1810 Silk-covered Buckram Soft-Crown Bonnet Workshop

Teacher: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, ACT
Saturday 16 December 2017
9.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: 87 Schlich Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600

Followed by Christmas Carol Ball in the evening at Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Kingston, ACT.



Kits containing buckram, wire, mull, crinoline tape and curved hand needles will be provided (plus instruction on how to use them correctly!). 

Please bring:
  1. 50cm x 45cm of silk taffeta or silk dupion with minimal slubs, 
  2. 50cm of white cotton voile or silk for bonnet lining,
  3. a thimble, seam ripper and dressmakers chalks, 
  4. dressmaking pins and tape measure,
  5. co-ordinating Gutermann thread/s to match your fabric/s,
  6. general purpose scissors for cutting buckram or straw, 
  7. large sewing scissors for cutting fabric,  
  8. a pack of mixed millinery needles,
  9. pliers and small wire cutters,
  10. any ribbons, feathers and flowers you wish to decorate with, and a 
  11. Large plain straw hat in your head size if you wish to make a straw bonnet.
(Purchase extra silk if you wish to make a matching spencer or reticule afterwards.)

  



1816 Silk-covered Buckram Bonnet Workshop

Teacher: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, ACT
13-14 April 2016 ~ 2-day Workshop: Silk Covered Bonnet
Venue: Jane Austen Festival Australia, The Albert Hall, Yarralumla

Kits containing buckram, wire, mull and curved hand needles will be provided.

Please bring:
  • 1 metre of silk taffeta for the outside bonnet covering
  • 50cm cotton for your under brim fabric & lining
  • any ribbons, feathers and flowers you wish to decorate with
  • recently purchased or serviced sewing machine
  • Sewing Kit with large sharp fabric scissors, seam ripper, seam gauge or tape measure, machine & hand needles, craft scissors (for cutting buckram and paper), straight pins, clear ruler, pencils, eraser, paper (if you choose to copy the original pattern), coordinating thread to match your fashion fabric.
  • protective safety glasses

      



1810 Killerton Cap Workshop 
July 2015
Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 
Teacher: Aylwen Gardiner-Garden 

   
  
 


Interstate/International Classes:
 Aylwen Gardiner-Garden is happy to travel and teach private or group lessons for the cost of transport and accommodation.

 


Class sewing machines