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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