Online Workshops

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

Registration for Session 3 begins Wednesday, January 20th at 12:30 PM EST
Workshop starts Wednesday, February 3rd

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.


"London Made, Tabby, and Ticking : Constructing 18th Century Stays in Miniature"

Registration for Session 1 begins Wednesday, June 2nd at 12:30 PM EST
Workshop starts Wednesday, June 16th

Registration for Session 2 begins Wednesday, July 7th at 12:30 PM EST
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.