2013 Historical Fashion Classes
Our facility is a private and self-contained environment in central Canberra. 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 2013 Events page to find an event to wear your new outfit.
5-7 July 2013 - Fine Hand Sewing: Making an 18th or 19th Century Shift/Chemise (Level 1)
Is it time to upgrade your wardrobe with a new shift, historically accurate in every detail, while honing your hand sewing skills at the same time? Enjoy 2 1/2 days of camaraderie and learning. Aylwen Gardiner-Garden will explain about the evolution of shifts during the 18th century, and you will have an opportunity to examine an original shift from Aylwen's private collection. You will cut out and commence construction of your own shift using period sewing methods with the focus on developing your fine hand sewing skills. Fabric requirements and specifications will be sent to you on registration.
2-4 August 2013 - 18th Century Staymaking Workshop
We will be making stays in the 18th century manner. We strongly encourage participants to sew the entire pair of stays by hand in order to produce stays that fit well, are easy to remodel in case of weight loss or gain, and can easily be repaired in the case of any broken boning. However, if you are unable to do so, you can sew the channels by machine, with the rest done by hand. As people have discovered in our other workshops, when constructing items in the 18th century way, hand sewing is easier and produces better results than machine sewing. Besides, you can do it anywhere and it's very relaxing!
All materials for your stays will be supplied for the 2 1/2 day workshop, including linen canvas, thread (please advise if you are planning on sewing your channels by hand or machine), boning, leather binding and stay cord. In order to complete all necessary cuttings and fittings by the end of the workshop “Homework” will be required on Friday and Saturday night. Participants will be required to bring pins, needles, scissors and a thimble.
All skill levels are welcome; stay making is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Some knowledge of hand sewing is helpful but not necessary.
October 2013 - 1780s Fitted Back Gown - October long weekend (Level 2)
Over the course of the class participants will become familiar with gown draping and cutting to the person as well as 18th century hand sewing and construction details. Participants will work in pairs, cutting and fitting in the Mantua-makers way and assembling all the pieces by hand. By the end of this workshop participants will have their gown well under construction and will have the knowledge to complete it on their own. (Please enrol early as this class will only run if we have enough registered).Participants are expected to have experience in hand sewing as well as experience constructing a gown or jacket from pattern or draping. An 18th century shift, under petticoat and a well-fitted 1770-80’s pair of stays are required. If you think you would like to wear your gown with underpinnings such as a hoop or bum roll, please bring these as well. In order to complete all necessary cuttings and fittings by the end of the workshop “Homework” will be required on Saturday and Sunday night. Participants will be provided with muslin but will be required to bring pins, needles, scissors, thread, a thimble and fashion fabric for cutting the final garment.
Cost of this 2 1/2 day workshop is $195.00 and includes lining for your gown and muslin for draping. Limited attendance so all have their own table. Please bring your own cut lunch and water bottle. Tea and coffee will be provided.
How to choose a class appropriate to your sewing level
Beginner level. Participant should have basic hand sewing skills and some knowledge of historical clothing. You may or may not have made a costume using a commercial pattern. If using a sewing machine you should be familiar with your machine and have had it serviced recently.
This is an intermediate level. Good hand and/or machine sewing skills are required. You should have produced an article of hstorical clothing using a pattern (or draping) and have fitted that piece of clothing. You should have some familiarity with historical attire of the era the class is focusing on. Ladies should own their own stays/corset and shift.
This is an advanced class. Solid hand and/or machine sewing skills are required. It is best that you have taken an intermediate course with us.
This is an advanced plus class. Participants in this course should have already taken more then one fitting class and be familiar thru observation with the garment being produced. Student should be very comfortable with the historical fashion style and should own all appropriate underpinnings, such as stays, hoops or rolls, shift etc. For men they should own a properly made shirt, breeches and waistcoat.