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18th Century Women's Shifts - A Sewing and Fashion History Workshop
In this 4 week class, students will learn to hand sew a shift - the foundational undergarment worn by everyone in the 18th century, from the very wealthy to working class and enslaved women.
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$25 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
90 minutes per class
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This class is a breakout from my complete course "18th Century Working Women's Dress Sew-Along Workshop" It is designed for students who want to try their hand at working on one larger piece, rather than committing to an entire outfit. The shift is the foundation of the entire wardrobe... an essential piece that was the very first thing an 18th century woman put on! This is a slightly more challenging piece, for a student who has already learned to basics of hand sewing and feels ready...
I've been sewing historic garment reproductions for over 30 years. I've worked 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 Smoky 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 it could be as much as 4 hours per week. I encourage students to do this while listening to an audiobook or watching tv with family. I will also provide links in the classroom to supplemental online materials about historic dress/sewing they can choose to listen to/watch based on discussion and interest.
Students will need to purchase fabric and notions and have them for the first class - 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. Shift: 4 yards (white or off-white) Additional Notions: White Thread 40-50" of 1/4" Twill Tape ***All amounts are approximate, as amounts of fabric needed will vary some based on the student's measurements. If you are concerned, please message me privately prior to class start date and I'll confirm amounts based on individual student's measurements! Students should also have: Fabric Scissors Thread Snips or Embroidery Scissors Hand Sewing Needles in assorted sizes Straight Pins (and pincushion/magnet) Thimble (metal or leather are most authentic, but whatever is most comfortable student) Flexible Tape Measure Ruler and/or Yardstick Roll of Wrapping Paper or Craft Paper (for drafting patterns) Pencil Sharpie (for marking paterns) 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.
Textile Artist, Domestic Historian, and Forest Kindergarten Teacher (she/her)
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
91 total reviews
100 completed classes
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...