Go at Your Own Pace! - “To Cut the Perfect Shape: The fundamentals of cutting and fitting to the figure"


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with Brooke Welborn & Christina Johnson

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. 

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn the foundational principles of cutting to the figure.
  • Practice the process of cutting and fitting shapes on their half sized mannequin (in stays) to deepen their understanding of how to think like a mantua-maker.
  • Focus on English and English Colonial construction based on extant documents with a British or Early American provenance.
  • Complete five pre-recorded units of study during the 6 months course access is available. 
    • Introduction & Prepatory Homework - available immediately
    • Unit 1  - Open Front (Backs and Fronts)
    • Unit 2 - Closed Front (Backs and Fronts)
    • Unit 3 - Side Seams and Waistlines
    • Unit 4 - Sleeves
    • Unit 5 - Truing up and Preparing Shapes for Use

Participants need to have a finished Official B&T Mini-Mannequin
at least one completed set of half size stays
(either from our online Stays workshop
or our Mini-Stays Kit )


    Workshop Cost: $95 includes five units of pre-recorded instruction, two options for virtual Live Q&A session, and 6 months of access to the course. 

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