“The 18th Century Ladies Redingote”


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Friday Afternoon, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd

The Redingote is one of several less formal garment styles that became fashionable in the 1780s and 90s.  Inspired by elements of men's greatcoats, ladies riding habits and English gowns, the redingote is a long gown featuring cuffs, collars, long sleeves and a center front closing with rows of buttons.

This 2 ½ day  workshop, led by Brooke Welborn, Mantua-maker, will include:

  • An examination of images of this style of garment and the varieties of ways it can be finished.
  • Examination of how basic shapes are modified to the cut and fit of a redingote.
  • 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 shapes in muslin for BOTH bodice & sleeves.  These “shapes” can be from a previous Burnley & Trowbridge workshop on cutting shapes, gown, or jacket, or copied from a patterned garment that fits well. These “shapes” will then be adapted for the fit of a 1780-90s redingote. 

By the end of the weekend participants will not only have their garments assembled and sleeves set, but they will have designed and begun the creation of the trims for their garments. Please be prepared for “homework” on both Friday and Saturday night!

As this workshop is an ADVANCED LEVEL 3, all participants are required to have solid hand sewing skills and experience in cutting & fitting to the body. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.

Cost of this 2 1/2-day workshop is $375*
and includes muslin

Class size is limited to 10 Participants

Complimentary snacks on Friday and a cold breakfast & 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.


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 order to attend this workshop vaccination for Covid-19 is required.

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