18th Century Pockets - A Sewing and Fashion History Workshop

Learn the history of pockets as you embroider and sew your own pocket!
Heather Linke
56 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners

45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 3 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Jun 7

Jun 7 - Jun 21 (3 weeks)
5pm - 5:45pm

Thu Sep 1

Sep 1 - Sep 15 (3 weeks)
3pm - 3:45pm

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Class Experience

Students will learn several basic historic hand sewing skills. 
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. 
Completion of any extra decorative embroidery by the second class.
Students will need the following items to make their pocket:

1 yard of 100% Cotton or Linen Fabric in white, ivory, grey, or another lighter color 

Enough 3/4" twill tape to wrap around students waist and tie in a bow with tails
 - OR - 
1 Package Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape (to coordinate with fabric, in the color of your choice) 

White Thread
Sewing Needle
Sewing Pins
Thimble (optional)
Embroidery Thread (for embroidered decoration, in1+ color(s) of your choice)
4"- 8" Embroidery Hoop (for embroidered decoration)
Tape Measure/Ruler
Two sheets of plain paper, taped together along long edge (for pattern)
Access to an Iron and Ironing Board 

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 white cotton 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... 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. :)
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Heather Linke
Lives in the United States
Textile Artist, Domestic Historian, and Forest Kindergarten Teacher (she/her)
56 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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