Fashions Fancy: Evening Gowns for 1815-1825

Friday afternoon August 23rd-Sunday August 25th

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Between 1815-1825 gowns for evening dress transitioned from the simpler, columnar styles of the neoclassical era to the more fuller romantic styles of the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. Not only did waistlines lower from just below the bust to almost the waist, but sleeves puffed in Renaissance style, skirts flared with their fullness moving to the back, and trims exploded into a variety of tucks, flounces, ruching, & applique.  Participants will focus on creating an evening or ball gown from the period and its trimmings.

 This  2 ½ day  workshop, led by mantuamaker, Brooke Welborn, will include:

  • An examination of images of evening & ball gowns from 1815-1825 that chart the evolution of styles. .
  • Demonstration of all stitching & construction techniques needed to hand stitch and finish the garment, including the variety of trim styles from this period.
  • Participants working with a partner to fit their garment. 

 A 19th century shift/chemise, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted 1810-25 long pair of stays or corset are required for this class in order to properly fit your gown. 

 Due to time restraints, participants are required to bring with them previously cut and fit 1810-25 bodice lining shapes in muslin. These shapes will be used to cut the lining for the gown incorporating any adjustments to achieve the desired silhouette. The gown will then be built upon this lining. Suggestions for patterns with which to start will be included in the expectations & supplies list. 

This workshop is an ADVANCED LEVEL 3 (Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.). Participants are expected to have solid hand sewing skills and experience in creating other early 19th century dresses using a pattern or from a previous workshop. Not only should participants be prepared for “homework” on both Friday and Saturday nights but also be able to engage in pre-workshop homework such as sharing design inspiration images, completing worksheets, and constructing piping or rouleaux. 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. 

 Workshop cost of $ 325* includes: 2 1/2 day workshop and muslin for fittings.

 Class size will be limited to 12 Participants


Because of the nature and enrollment limitation of our workshops, we regret that we are unable to give a full refund for a cancellation.  If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the workshop, we will refund your fee less a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the workshop, we will have to charge the full amount of the workshop unless we are able to fill your slot, in that event you will be charged only the $50 cancellation fee.