Vive la Révolution (in Fashion): Pleated & Gathered Gowns of the 1790s

Friday afternoon, July 26th - Sunday, July 28th

Moving  towards the last decade of the 18th century, the Rococo fashion influence gave way to that of the Neoclassical.  Waists continued to rise, fabrics became light in color and weight.  The tight fitting bodice creating the silhouette was draped in tiny pleats or gathers to create the flowing Greco-Roman figure that was so admired. The effect was elegant but simple. 

This  2 ½ day  workshop, led by Brooke Welborn and Angela Burnley will include:

  • Examination of images of extant gowns of the 1790s.
  • Demonstration of how basic lining shapes are modified to the cut and fit of these styles of gown.
  • 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 lining shapes in muslin for BOTH bodice & sleeves.  These “shapes” can be from a previous Burnley & Trowbridge workshop on cutting shapes or copied from a patterned garment that fits well. These “shapes” will then be adapted for the fit of a 1790s gown. 

An 18th century shift, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted 1780-90s pair of stays 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, as well as, experience producing an article of 18th century clothing using a pattern (or cutting to the figure) 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
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 $25 cancellation fee.