18th & Early 19th Century Banyans - A Sewing and Fashion History Workshop

In this 4 week class students will learn to draft and create a historically inspired banyan (robe).
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90 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
I've been sewing historic garment reproductions for over 30 years. I've worked professionally in several living history museums, for over more than 18 years, creating my all my own professional costuming for various time periods in history... as well as researching and writing staff costuming standards guides for two museums and drafting patterns from photographs and historic garments in the collection. My extended family lives near Colonial Williamsburg, where I have visited many times, taking part in several workshops related to historic textile arts. I currently consult and demonstrate as a domestic and textile historian for Great Smokey Mountain Heritage Center. 
Between classes, students will be expected to continue working on their garments at home... How much time this will require depends on the speed of each students sewing, but everyone should expect to put additional sewing time between the classes to finish the garment.
Students will need to purchase fabric and have basic sewing notions/tools:

3-4 yards outer fabric 
3-4 yards lining fabric 

Fabric Notes: Historically, banyans were created from a variety of fabrics... cotton and linen in both prints and solids were common for working class folks, while elegant silks and satins - often in fine brocades and patterned weaves - were a fashionable choice for the wealthy. Please feel free to contact me for additional advise regarding sources or if you have any questions regarding fabric choices and amounts, or are seeking to make a *very* accurate historic reproduction and would like to consult about materials in specific.  

PLEASE NOTE: I understand that truly authentic fabric can be VERY cost prohibitive - especially for a first project! It is never my intention to make historic sewing beyond anyone's grasp by demanding exorbitantly expensive supplies. Historically accurate fabric is *wonderful* to work with, and I'm always going to encourage it if possible... but please know that there are truly amazing pieces that have been made from thrifted bed sheets, old curtains, and discount fabric! Choose what works for YOU and your budget, makes you happy, and feels nice against your skin. Remember that natural fibers are always cooler in hot weather, and often hold up better to washing. I aim to help students create a historically accurate outfit to the extent that they desire... and quality fabric helps the finished product look and feel the best it can... but what is more important is that they are learning the skills to construct them and they offer their best efforts. :)

Additional Notions: 
Thread to match fabric

Students should also have:
Fabric Scissors
Thread Snips or Embroidery Scissors (optional)
Hand Sewing Needles in assorted sizes
Straight Pins (and pincushion/magnet)
Thimble (metal or leather are most authentic, but whatever is most comfortable for the student)
Flexible Tape Measure, Ruler, and/or Yardstick
Iron & Ironing board
Roll of craft or wrapping paper (it's a pattern drafting bonus if it has a 1" cutting grid on the back side!) 
Sharpie (or other non-smearing marker for writing on pattern paper)
A loose fitting unisex t-shirt (to use as a guide & visual measurement check)

1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be using sharp objects such as scissors, needles, and pins. They may also be using hot irons.
I will often link students to museum and historian/craftsperson websites for pictures, additional information, and extra topical resources. At times we may utilize videos from YouTube to give extra content to help clarify skills and information during out of class time. 
These will all be considered "extra credit" and are for the students' enrichment. 


Heather Linke
Lives in the United States
Textile Artist, Domestic Historian, and Forest Kindergarten Teacher (she/her)
55 total reviews
60 completed classes

About Me

Hi Friends! 

I grew up homeschooling in the woods of Maine. I spent my summers at Girl Scout camp, and traveling across the country on adventures primarily focused on the outdoors and history - like a wagon train traversing the North Dakota... 
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