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


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Eighteenth century mantua-maker’s 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. In this online workshop participants will learn to think like a mantua-maker as they practice the process of cutting and fitting shapes on their half sized mannequin (in stays) to gain a foundational understanding of the many variables that must be considered in order to cut the perfect shape.

Participants need to have a finished Official B&T Mini-Mannequin and at least one completed set of stays from the previous stay workshop.

This course consists of nine weeks of supported instruction with three one hour live Q&A sessions and includes an *additional* four weeks of access to course materials after the Final Q&A.

Course Schedule:

  • Introduction - Wednesday 9/1 

  • Week 1: Bodice Backs & Fronts -Wednesday 9/15

  • Week 2: Bodice Side Seams & Waistline - Wednesday, 9/22

    • Live Q&A - Tuesday 9/28 or Wednesday 9/29

  • Week 3: Sleeves and Putting it all Together - Wednesday 10/6

    • Live Q&A - Tuesday 10/12 or Wednesday 10/13

  • Final Q&A - Tuesday, 11/2 or Wednesday 11/3

Workshop Cost: $95 

All Online Workshops include closed captioning.