Dress the Part: Sewing Historic Clothing
Historic Interpretations, Inc. is pleased to present an eleven part course in sewing accurate, historic clothing, geared to interpreters of 16th and 18th century history.
Participants may register for one, multiple, or all of the courses, as each one is geared toward a specific garment or type of garment.
The cost for each class is $10.00, or the entire series may be purchased for $100.00. Members of the Friends of Historic Interpretations receive a further discount on tuition. Materials are required for each class and are detailed in the class descriptions.
Seats are very limited. Classes which fill quickly may be re-offered if the need is determined.
September 8th, 2012 - Caps, Pockets, Kerchiefs, and Aprons
A beginner class, or an excuse for those who do not set aside time to make these small, but essential, pieces of clothing. Please bring your scraps or small pieces of fabric, as most of these items can be made from remnants. (16th and 18th Centuries)
September 22nd, 2012 - Shirts, Chemises, and Shifts
As this class is concerned with items that are almost exclusively made from white linen, please bring 3 yards of a white linen or linen/cotton blend. (16th and 18th Centuries)
October 6th, 2012 - Stays
This class will require students to bring a decorative top fabric, lining fabric (linen), and a center fabric (canvas). These will be constructed in the traditional manner using hand-sewn eyelets for lacing. Students can order reeds for boning, or substitute plastic boning. Steel boning is not used in this period. (18th Century)
October 20th, 2012 - Petticoats
This class is designed to help bulk out your wardrobe. Petticoats are quick, fun, and easier than you think! Students will be shown how to construct Petticoats with the side slits for pocket access, with the minimum of waste. 3-4 yards of fabric per petticoat is best. Bring as much material for as many petticoats as desired. (16th and 18th Centuries)
November 3, 2012 - Current Projects Lab & Review
Students from past classes, or those needed assistance with current sewing projects are encouraged to attend this lab session. Questions will be answered, difficulties will be solved, and techniques taught or reviewed. (16th and 18th Centuries)
December 1, 2012 - Men's Venetian and Drop Front Trousers
If the male for whom the trousers are intended is not sewing the garment in question, to ensure a proper fit, it is highly encouraged they accompany the person sewing this garment to class (separate registration is not required). Fabric of heavy-weight linen or wool in 3-4 yards length is required. For 16th century venetians, cording will be needed for points, as well as padding for the codpiece. Combed wool for this purpose can be provided upon request. Hooks and eyes are also required. For those making drop front trousers, nine buttons, shank-style, are needed. (16th and 18th Centuries)
January 5, 2013 - Ladies' Shortgowns and Jackets
2-3 yards of linen or cotton are required for the shortgowns. Lining is optional, unless the shortgown is to be reversible, then it will be necessary. If you wish to construct a Jacket, then 4 yards of 45" wide fabric should be brought. Lining material is strongly recommended for the jacket. (18th Century)
January 19, 2013 - Ladies' Bodices with and without Sleeves
Basic bodice construction for front-lacing bodices. Can be constructed with sleeves attached, or with detachable decorative sleeves for summer wear. 3 yards of 45" wide fabric will be needed for bodices with sleeves, two yards for a sleeveless bodice, with an additional 1 yard of 54" wide fabric for sleeves. Hand sewn eyelet instruction will be revisited. (16th Century)
February 2, 2013 - Men's Waistcoats
This class is primarily for the males, yet for those ladies who like the riding-coat look, adapting this pattern to work with petticoats will also be covered. If the male for whom the trousers are intended is not sewing the garment in question, to ensure a proper fit, it is highly encouraged they accompany the person sewing this garment to class (separate registration is not required). 3-4 yards of linen or wool is needed, as are shank-style buttons (9-24 by preference). (18th Century)
February 16, 2013 Men's Jerkins and Doublets
The basic body of the pattern being the same, it is easiest to have them during the same class. If the male for whom the trousers are intended is not sewing the garment in question, to ensure a proper fit, it is highly encouraged they accompany the person sewing this garment to class (separate registration is not required). As the jerkin is only worn over the doublet, this will be secondary to the construction of the doublet. The doublet may be made with detachable sleeves, but only in order to change the sleeves. The use of linen is encouraged, needed 3-4 yards each for the doublet and jerkin. Hooks and eyes (12-24) or wooden craft beads to make buttons will be needed. (16th Century)
March 2, 2013 - Men's Coats
This class may cross the gender lines for those ladies who like the riding-coat look. This class is one of the most intensive for construction and fit. 3-5 yards of fabric will be needed, as well as corresponding trim, lining, and buttons (12-24) for fastening. Wool is ideal for the proper fit and look. If the male for whom the trousers are intended is not sewing the garment in question, to ensure a proper fit, it is highly encouraged they accompany the person sewing this garment to class (separate registration is not required).
North Raleigh Community Church (View)
8032 Ray Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
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