Building the Official Burnley & Trowbridge Body for Online Workshops

with Christina Johnson

In this mini-workshop students will build the malleable bust for the B & T approved mini mannequin, a collaboration with Ruth Watkin Costumes.  Pointers and recommendations will also be given for the construction of the mannequin body. You may choose to assemble by hand or by machine but hand finishing will be required.  The B & T approved mannequin will be the base for many of our future online workshops. Using our workshop methods, this mannequin will serve as an excellent base for historical foundation garments of all eras. 
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Constructing 18th Century Stays in Miniature"

with Christina Johnson

Session 1 - SOLD OUT

Session 2 - Registration begins Wednesday, July 7th at 12:30 PM EDT
Workshop starts Wednesday, July 21st

The quality of a pair of stays is determined not only by its cut and fit but by its construction.  This workshop will demonstrate and discuss 18th century approaches to stitching, boning, and finishing stays.  Students will work through each component of assembly starting with fabric choices, continuing through assembly, and ending with finishing techniques. Through making a miniature pair of stays students will gain a working knowledge of the concepts and techniques necessary to construct an Enviable pair of stays.

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The fundamentals of cutting and fitting to the figure"

with Brooke WelbornChristina Johnson

Registration Wednesday, September 1st at 12:30 PM EDT
Workshop starts Wednesday, September 15th

Most eighteenth century women's fitted clothing was made by first cutting and fitting a lining to the figure, to which the fabric of the gown would later be sewn. The “shapes” created by this make up a perfectly fitted pattern for the customer and can be reused and adapted - to speed the sewing of future gowns of the same - or even other styles. In this workshop participants will learn to cut & fit  these shapes on our half sized mannequin with stays, to adapt these basic shapes to different styles and decades, and to understand how these basic techniques and mechanics can be adapted to their own dressmaking projects.



An 18th Century English Gown in Miniature"

with Brooke Welborn

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. In this workshop students will follow step-by-step instructions to assemble all of the pieces of a half-size English Gown using 18th century tools, techniques, and methods which can be applied to future full-size projects. Learn more here.