18th Century Women's Petticoats - A Sewing and Fashion History Workshop

In this 3 week class we'll hand sew a reproduction linen petticoat!
56 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners

90 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

Thu Sep 22

Sep 22 - Oct 6 (3 weeks)
4:30pm - 6pm

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Class Experience

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 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 in 4+ hours of additional sewing between classes to finish the garment.
Students will need to purchase fabric and notions -

Fabric Notes: Unless otherwise noted, this should be 100% linen or cotton, in a medium weight (not see-through). Linen/cotton blends are also acceptable. Please feel free to contact me for additional advise regarding sources or if you have any questions.

Petticoat: 2.5-4 yards (colored, in solids or stripes. 2.5 yards should be plenty for someone with a smaller, shorter frame, but the taller/larger the student's body the more fabric they may want to add fullness and length to the petticoat. Feel free to contact me for help with amounts for *your* measurements if you feel unsure!)

Additional Notions: 
Thread to match fabric
White Thread
1" Wide White Twill Tape (twice as much length as you need to wrap around your waist, tie in a small bow, and hang down at least 12" on each end - Basically your waist measurement plus 36" x 2)

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

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. :)
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be hand sewing, using sharp scissors, needles and pins, and hot irons.


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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