The English (Night) Gown: An 18th Century Gown with Stomacher


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Friday Afternoon, October 13th - Sunday, October 15th, 2023

Worn throughout much of the 18th century by all levels of society, the “nightgown” or robe a l’anglaise, was one of the most common gowns seen in England and its American colonies. With a  stomacher, stitched-down back pleats, and a front finished with folded or attached robings, this gown was quite versatile, as fabric, accessories, and choice of trim (or not), could make it fashionable or workwear. 

This  2 ½ day  workshop, led by Brooke WelbornMantua-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 lining shapes are modified to the cut and fit of a nightgown.
  • 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 1750s-70s gown. 

An 18th century shift, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted 1740-80s pair of stays are required for this class,  in order to properly  fit your gown.  If you are considering wearing your gown with underpinnings such as a hoop or bum roll, please bring these as well.  

By the end of the workshop, participants will have their gown well under construction, and will have the knowledge to complete it on their own. Please be prepared for “homework” on both Friday and Saturday nights!

This workshop is an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2Participants are expected to have good hand sewing skills and experience in creating an  article of 18th century clothing using a pattern (or cutting to the figure), and have fitted that piece of clothing. Please read more about our current Workshop Levels here.

Workshop cost of $295 includes: 2 1/2 day workshop and muslin for fittings. Those wishing to bring a "model" to make this garment for will need to pay an additional $40 fee. 

Class size will be limited to 12 Participants

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