The English (Night) Gown: An 18th Century Gown with Stomacher

Friday afternoon, October 13th - Sunday, October 15th
This workshop is sold out--please email to be added to the waitlist.

Worn throughout much of the 18th century by all levels of society, the “nightgown” or robe a l’anglaise, was one of the most common gowns seen in England and its American colonies. With a  stomacher, stitched-down back pleats, and a front finished with folded or attached robings, this gown was quite versatile, as fabric, accessories, and choice of trim (or not), could make it fashionable or workwear. 

This  2 ½ day  workshop, led by Brooke WelbornMantua-maker, will include:

  • An examination of images of this style of garment, and the varieties of ways it can be finished.
  • Examination of how basic lining shapes are modified to the cut and fit of a nightgown.
  • Demonstration of all stitching & construction techniques needed to hand stitch and finish the garment.
  • Participants working with a partner to fit their garment, using the methods of the 18th c. Mantua-Maker. 

Due to time restraints, participants are required to bring with them previously cut and fit basic 18th century shapes in muslin for BOTH bodice & sleeves.  These “shapes” can be from a previous Burnley & Trowbridge workshop on cutting shapes, gown, or jacket, or copied from a patterned garment that fits well. These “shapes” will then be adapted for the fit of a 1750s-70s gown. 

An 18th century shift, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted 1740-80s pair of stays are required for this class,  in order to properly  fit your gown.  If you are considering wearing your gown with underpinnings such as a hoop or bum roll, please bring these as well.  

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 Advanced Level 3. Participants are expected to have solid hand sewing skills are required and experience cutting to the body or patterning for men’s garments and basic fitting. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.

Workshop cost of $295 includes: 2 1/2 day workshop and muslin for fittings.
Those wishing to bring a "model" to make this garment for will need to pay an additional $40 fee.
Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

Registration opens HERE Wednesday, July 12th at 12:30 pm EDT


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.  In the event of the workshop being canceled we are not responsible for any costs by the attendee for cancelled reservations.