A Suit of Outerwear: Mantelets, Muffs, and Bonnets


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Friday afternoon, September 9th 
through Sunday, September 11th 

As summer’s lease expires you might have winter’s chill on your mind. How best to fight the cold? Must you sacrifice function for fashion to stay warm in the winter months? Of course not! Turning our hands to the Winter Trade, this course will guide you through the process of making your own silk bonnet, muff, and mantelet. 

Students in this 2 ½ day workshop led by Christina Johnson will:

  • Discuss the timeline and evolution of styles and shapes of these three garments.
  • Discuss the typical construction methods for assembling and setting each garment.
  • Work with a partner to measure and draft one of each garment for themselves. 
  • Construct a mantelet, muff, and bonnet. 

By the end of the weekend, participants will have begun the construction of their three garments and be armed with the knowledge of how to finish their suit of outerwear. Be prepared for some “homework” on both Friday and Saturday night.

This course is perfect for aspiring milliners at the intermediate level or above who would like to gain an understanding of the 18th century approach to the garments listed above while also adding a lovely suit of outerwear to their 18th century (or modern!) wardrobe. 

As this workshop is an Intermediate Level 2, all participants should have experience making basic historical clothing and good hand sewing skills. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.
Class size is  limited to 12 Participants

Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $295*
and includes paper for drafting shapes and chipboard for bonnet brim.


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.

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