Our Fair Fashionables: Day Gowns for 1820-1830

Friday afternoon, May 3rd-Sunday, May 5th

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The period from 1820 to 1830 is often overlooked as merely a transition between the high waistlines and columnar skirts of the Regency era and the bell shaped skirts and voluminous sleeves of the early Victorian era. But this period has unique and notable styles deserving of understanding and appreciation. Participants will focus on creating a day gown from either the early 20s, mid-20s, or late 20s/early 30s.


This  2 ½ day  workshop, led by Samantha Bullat, will include:

  • An examination of images of day gowns during this period that chart the evolution of styles.
  • Demonstration of drafting sleeve patterns based on period methods.
  • Demonstration of all stitching & construction techniques needed to hand stitch and finish the garment.
  • Demonstration of making common trim styles.
  • Participants working with a partner to fit their garment. 

Due to time restraints, participants are required to bring with them previously cut and fit 1820s or 1830s bodice lining shapes in muslin. These shapes will be used to cut the lining for the gown incorporating any adjustments to achieve the desired silhouette. The gown will then be built upon this lining. Suggestions for patterns with which to start will be included in the supplies list. 

A 19th century shift/chemise, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted 1820-30s corset are required for this class in order to properly fit your gown. 


By the end of the workshop, participants will have their gown well under construction, and will have the knowledge to complete it on their own. Please be prepared for “homework” on both Friday and Saturday nights!


This workshop is an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2. Participants are expected to have good hand sewing skills and experience in creating an article of 19th century clothing using a pattern, and have fitted that piece of clothing. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.

Workshop cost of $ 325* includes: 2 1/2 day workshop and muslin for fittings.

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants
Those wishing to bring a "model" to make this garment for will need to pay an additional $40 fee.


Because of the nature and enrollment limitation of our workshops, we regret that we are unable to give a full refund for a cancellation.  If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the workshop, we will refund your fee less a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the workshop, we will have to charge the full amount of the workshop unless we are able to fill your slot, in that event you will be charged only the $50 cancellation fee.