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Take five classes in a 12-month period and earn a $25.00 discount off
your next class;
take seven classes and get $50.00 off; nine classes and get $75.00 off.
Discounts, when awarded, must be used within the following twelve
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Arts Academy is celebrating 2014 as The Year of the Dress.
Each of the steps used in making a mid-19th century dress was
done for a reason, and each one interacts with the others to make the
garment functional and fashionable. Period dressmakers understood there
may be several ways to complete a section of a dress; they also knew
which one worked best for that particular fabric, garment and its
schedule includes a series of classes that will teach the participant
how to make a dress c.1855-1865 from start to finish as it would have
been made during the period. The instructions include fundamental
information that every dressmaker would have known, detailed
instructions on the various techniques, and when, where and why each
technique would have been used. This is an excellent series for those
with minimal or basic sewing skills, living history participants who are
unfamiliar with the clothing of the era, or experienced seamstresses who
may have forgotten or never learned some of the fundamentals of
dressmaking - in any era. You may register for individual sessions or
the entire series.
Construction Details for Men’s and Women’s Clothing -
Every project has that one step that’s
challenging. This class focuses on six of those steps. Students will
refer to original garments as they use period construction methods for
each technique, making a sample of each step for future reference. On
Saturday, we’ll focus on techniques used on men’s clothing: Welt
Pockets, Trouser Fly and Sleeve Gussets. The sleeve gusset is also
used on women’s chemises. On Sunday, we’ll work on Concealed
Hook-and-Eye Bodice Closure, Skirt Pocket, and Side-Front Skirt Opening.
A bonus technique may be added each day if time permits. January
18-19, 2014. Registration Fees: $60/single day, $119.00/both days, plus
Basic Darted Bodice, Creating a Paper Pattern from your Muslin and
Altering the Pattern for Style - The Year of the Dress: Part I
– This class begins with an
illustrated discussion of the characteristics of a fitted bodice
c.1855-1865. Participants will learn how to recognize their individual
fitting problems, how to take accurate measurements, and how to select
the correct size commercial pattern. Instructions for common adjustments
to necklines, shoulders, armscyes, waistline, wide or narrow backs,
bodice length, generous or slight proportions and lopsided bodies will
be included and discussed. After individual fittings, patternmaker
Maggie Halberg will guide students on making a paper pattern from their
custom-fitted muslin. Students will use patternmaking tools as they
learn the techniques of “walking” and “truing” patterns. Students will
then learn how to alter their base pattern to create a variety of styles
including gathered, pleated or tucked bodices, sheer bodices with
half-high linings, asymmetrical or back closures, wide, square or
V-necklines, pointed waistlines, yokes of varying shapes, basques and
peplums. Participants are encouraged to bring original garments, fashion
engravings and photographs of period styles for inspiration. You will
leave the workshop with a portfolio of patterns that can be used for
future projects by the student or their dressmaker. April 5-6, 2014.
$119 plus materials.
Slippers in Spartanburg, SC – Do
your stockings sag? Are your feet cold? Can’t find stockings that fit?
It doesn’t matter if your legs are long or short, thin or curvaceous, or
if your feet are large or small, these stockings will fit and your feet
will be toasty warm! Learn how to make custom-fitted stockings from
cotton knit fabric for warm weather, lightweight wool knit fabric for
cold weather. Add embroidered clockwork embroidery if you wish. Show off
your stockings with new slippers for dancing and indoor wear. These
slippers have a square toe, flat sole and no heel. They may be made from
a variety of fabrics, are lined, have a leather sole, a padded insole
and are custom-fitted to your feet. You can have your local cobbler
attach firm leather soles for outdoor wear. June 7-8, 2014. Contact us
for registration information.
Bodice: Laying Out, Cutting, Construction - The Year of the Dress:
Part II -
Period dressmaking and sewing manuals extensively
discuss methods for planning a garment and cutting the fabric
economically. Participants will use their custom fitted pattern as they
learn how to work with a finite amount of fabric, how to cut their
bodice efficiently, and when and where to use piecing for maximum use of
the available fabric. Learn how to match patterns so the piecing is
invisible and how to work with scraps of fabric to create yardage for a
garment. Students will then assemble their bodice using period
construction techniques, including concealed closures, curved back tucks
and seams, when and where to use boning, and how to make and apply tiny
piping. Participants must have a darted bodice pattern that has
already been fitted to their figure. The class schedule includes time to
fine-tune the fit to the fabric but not for a full custom-fitting
session. June 21-22, 2014. $119 plus
Wrapper – Enjoy a week in
Gettysburg while making an ensemble from start to finish – with a few
days off for fun! A wrapper was one of the most practical garments in a
lady’s wardrobe. Wrappers were worn for informal “at home” wear, for
breakfast at inns, lodging houses and resort areas, as maternity
garments, and as house robes. They were made from a variety of fabrics
ranging from simple printed cotton to wool or silk. The wrapper made in
this class is based on an original wrapper in the author’s collections.
It features a bodice with front and back yokes, fitted lining, a
floating front panel with full length opening, contrasting hem facing,
coat sleeves with a half-lining, and self-fabric ruffle trim. The fit is
adjusted with drawstrings and a sash belt. When fastened, this wrapper
can masquerade as a dress with a gathered yoked bodice. Prerequisites:
Students must have a pattern that has already been custom fitted; the
class schedule permits fine-tuning the fit but not a full custom-fitting
session. Students should have attended one of our bodice classes or be
experienced at period bodice construction techniques, including front
closures and making and attaching piping. Schedule: August 2-3: Review
original photographs, engravings, descriptions and the original wrapper.
Begin construction of the wrapper bodice, front panel and trimming.
August 5-6: Construct sleeves; begin skirt construction. August 9-10:
Finish skirt and final finishing touches. August 4, 7 and 8 are free
days; use them for ‘homework’, optional field trips, sightseeing or
relaxing. August 2-10, 2014. $359.00 plus materials; counts as three
classes for frequent student discount.
and Undersleeves - The Year of the Dress: Part III –
Mid-19th century sleeves
came in a wide variety of sizes and shapes: long, short, open, closed,
narrow, wide, pagoda, coat, bishop, tight, and combinations thereof.
They are accented with jockeys, epaulettes, straps, cuffs, pleats, puffs
and ruching. Undersleeves were more than just a simple cloth tube; they
also came in a wide variety of shapes with an infinite variety of
trimming. Participants will discuss fabrics and trimmings, learn how to
analyze the construction of sleeves and undersleeves in period images,
how to alter basic sleeve shapes for style, how to select the
appropriate undersleeve for a dress, and use period construction
techniques to make sleeves and undersleeves for the dress. Patterns for
various sleeves and undersleeves will be available for sale. September
13-14, 2014. $119.00 plus materials.
– Mid-nineteenth century crinolines varied in style, size and shape
depending on the prevailing fashion. Unfortunately most modern
crinolines bear little resemblance to original crinolines in any of
these areas. Cage crinolines are lighter and more flexible than a
covered crinoline, making them easy and comfortable to wear. They are
relatively easy to construct and only basic sewing skills are necessary.
Instructions are provided for several different sizes and shapes. A kit
containing fabric, choice of crinoline wire, woven tape and all findings
will be available for purchase at the class. You will need a dress form
(does not need to be your size), heavy-duty wire cutters and needle-nose
pliers to use during the class. You’ll be amazed at the difference a
properly sized and shaped crinoline makes in the overall appearance of
your dress. October 11-12, 2014. $119.00 plus materials.
Skirt Lifters - The Year of the Dress: Part IV
– The skirts on mid-19th century dresses are graceful,
flowing and elegant, with practical features – pockets, hem facings, hem
braids, skirt lifters – included in their construction. Participants in
the class will learn about each of these features, plus how to calculate
cutting lengths, pleating, gauging, offset front openings, and how to
attach the skirt to the bodice of the dress. An added bonus will include
instructions on making three different types of skirt lifters.
Participants who are comfortable making a skirt may register for Sunday
only when skirt lifters will be taught. November 1-2, 2014. $119.00 both
days, $60.00 Sunday only; plus materials.
Class and Seminar Location
otherwise noted all classes and seminars are held in the historic
Gettysburg area. Class and seminar locations are noted via
confirmation letter mailed prior to each activity. We recommend
making reservations at any hotel, motel or bed & breakfast in or
near Gettysburg in advance of the activity. Feel free to contact us
Please contact the Academy via phone, FAX or email and
request a flyer containing complete class and registration
information. Gift certificates are available! Payment can be by
check, money order, VISA and MasterCard. Genteel Arts Academy
reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient
enrollment. Registration fees for any class cancelled by the Academy
will be refunded in full.
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