"Fringes, Pleats, and Puffs, Oh My!"


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Friday Afternoon, October 14th - Sunday, October 16th

You’ve created the perfect 18th century ensemble, and now all that remains is the trim. But what is the right trim for your era or garment? How do you make it? Whether you are looking for something simple or a complex multi- technique embellishment, this workshop is for you! Join Melissa Mead as she de-mystifies trimming techniques and teaches you how to re-create museum worthy trims for your wardrobe! Included in this 2 1/2 day workshop:
  • Presentation of various trims in extant garments and portraiture, with discussion on construction and application.
  • Instruction with hands-on practice for a wide variety of trim styles and techniques including ruching, puffs, pinked edgings, and fringes.
  • Guidance on type and scale of trim based on the decade and style of your garment, including how to determine trim to garment ratios and figure out the amount of fabric or trim needed to embellish your garments.  
  • Assembly of a personal notebook of trim samples complete with numerous ideas for application.

Participants will need to bring a basic sewing kit. You are welcome to bring a garment in need of trim and images for any trims you would like help deciphering.

As this workshop is an Advanced Beginner Level 1, all participants should have experience making basic historical clothing using hand stitches. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.

Workshop cost of $325* includes: 2 1/2-day workshop and most materials & supplies.

Complimentary snacks on Friday and lunch buffet will be served on Saturday & Sunday.

A confirmation package with directions, suggested lodging, and details will be sent to you upon acceptance of your registration.

Class size is 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.  In the event of the workshop being canceled we are not responsible for any costs by the attendee for cancelled reservations. 

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