“TO CUT THE PERFECT SHAPE: The fundamentals of cutting and fitting to the figure"

Friday afternoon, October 11th - Sunday October 13th
Presented by Brooke Welborn


Eighteenth century mantua-makers produced most women's fitted gowns and jackets by cutting and fitting to the body. One method used in the period was to cut a lining to the figure, which could then be used to inform the shape of the desired gown. The “shapes” created by this process made up a perfectly fitted pattern for the customer, and could be reused and adapted - to speed the sewing of future gowns of the same - or even other styles.

The purpose of this workshop is to teach the fundamentals of cutting and fitting to the figure. In this 2 ½ day workshop, led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua-maker, you will:

  • Learn the shapes needed to cut the sleeves, back, and front of a stomacher-front or close-breasted gown. 
  • Discuss, analyze, and observe fitting figures of various types and learn how to manipulate fabric over the complex three-dimensional topology of the human torso. 
  • Work in pairs to practice cutting the shapes and then learn to adapt these basic shapes to different styles and decades. 

Students will not leave the workshop with completed gowns, but rather with a set of fitted shapes and an understanding of the basic techniques and mechanics which they can then adapt to their own dressmaking projects.

This class is intended for those new to 18th c. mantua-making or those wanting more practice in cutting to the figure. Must have a shift and well-fitting stays!
This is an Intermediate Level 2 Workshop
*Please read Level Requirements before registering

 Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $325*
which includes muslin

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

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.