We have designed our core online curriculum to center on a skills progression which allows students to build a foundational understanding of 18th century skills through guided instruction and application. We build this foundation by working on a controlled body first (our mini-mannequin in stays) to develop the basics before moving on to experiment with applying those principles to less controlled forms (real bodies in full size) as we feel that this approach optimizes student success in the long term.
Closed Captioning is available on all our Online Workshops.
with Christina Johnson
Registration Wednesday, September 1st at 12:30 PM EDT
Workshop starts Wednesday, September 15th
Pre-requisites: Participants need to have a finished Official B&T Mini-Mannequin and at least one completed set of stays from the previous stay workshop.
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. Learn more here.
Returning Spring 2022
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.