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A short gown is a loose t-shaped garment that is cut to the hip or thigh and was made to wrap across the front. It was commonly held together by pins, or by the early 19th century, a draw string, and held in place by an apron. Worn by all levels of society, these short gowns would be from a variety of fabric depending upon one's station--wealthier women wore them from better fabric as undress for home wear, where middling women wore them as utilitarian daily garments.
In this fun half-day workshop, participants will learn to drape and sew an early 19th century short gown or bed jacket based on their own measurements. Working in teams of two, we will measure and then cut the gown straight from the garment fabric without the use of a pattern. The gowns should be finished or very close to being finished in the allotted time. Gowns can be hand or machine sewn depending upon the participant's preference. There will be some machines available for use but if you have a machine that you are willing to share, please let us know!
Registration ($25/RSV members and $30/non-members) includes all instruction and lunch. A material list will be sent upon registration. Space for this workshop is limited to 14 people. Please register no later than August 8.