“Introduction to Mantua Making:
An 18th Century English Gown in Miniature”
with Brooke Welborn
Workshop starts Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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 and its variations.
- Watch the process of cutting a gown on the body.
- Use the provided lining shapes to cut a half-size gown.
- Follow step-by-step video instructions to assemble all of the pieces of an English Gown using 18th century tools, techniques, and methods.
- Have three live group (20 people) Zoom Q&A sessions (one a week) with the instructor. Time & days will be determined by a survey of registered participants and will be recorded to be available for participants only during the duration of the workshop.
- 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). While this workshop is conducted in half-size, the instructions can be used to create a full-sized garment if the participant already has a well fitted bodice pattern or shape.