INTRODUCTION TO MANTUA-MAKING: An 18th Century English Gown in Miniature

Registration opens Wednesday, September 14th at 12:30 PM EST
Workshop starts Wednesday, October 19th


The English gown is a common garment worn by all socio-economic levels in the 18th century. Distinguished by its stitched back pleats, its bodice could be made with a stomacher and robings or could be center front closing.  Join mantua-maker Brooke Welborn to explore the mysteries of the 18th century methods and techniques used to create this ubiquitous garment.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn about the English gown, its variations and how it is cut on the body.
  • Use the provided lining shapes to cut a half-size gown.
  • Follow step-by-step pre-recorded video instructions to assemble all of the pieces of an English Gown using 18th century tools, techniques, and methods.
  • Have four live group (25 people) Meet Q&A sessions (one a week) with the instructor. Choice of Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 4pm EDT.
  • Complete a half-size gown using skills which can be applied to future full-size projects.

This is a LEVEL 2 workshop; good hand sewing skills are required. Participants should have produced an article of simple 18th century clothing (any of the items from our Sew Alongs would qualify). All participants are encouraged to use a striped fabric for their initial half-size gown.

Workshop Cost: $130.00 includes E-pattern for ½ size lining shapes, three units with four live group Q&A’s and 90 total days of access to course.