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** ANNOUNCING **

THE CIVILIAN SYMPOSIUM

AT GETTYSBURG

MARCH 2, 3 & 4, 2018

GETTYSBURG, PA

OUR 23rd YEAR!

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS YEAR

 (Formerly Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference)

Check the links below for an overview of the two previous symposia

Click here to view archived information for the March 2016 Symposium

Click here to view archived information for the March 2015 Symposium

Please follow this link regarding prior Civilian Symposia

 

 

The 2017 Workshop and Seminar schedule has posted!

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THE GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY

- OUR 29th YEAR -

The Genteel Arts Academy was founded in 1988 to encourage interest in the clothing worn during the Civil War era; concentrating on historically accurate sewing techniques. The Academy offers a continuing series of lectures and hands-on seminars on all aspects of Civil War clothing and needlework. Students select from over 100 topics which are offered on a rotating schedule based on popularity.

While the majority of the classes are held in the Gettysburg area, classes can be scheduled in your area of the country. Please contact the Academy for further details concerning scheduling seminars and classes in your area.

PO Box # 3014
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 624-5694

www.genteelarts.com

For additional information email:  info<at>genteelarts.com

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Proprietor: Carolann Schmitt

Business Manager: Don Schmitt

Member of the Costume Society of America

"The Genteel Arts Academy", "The Civilian Symposium" & "The Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860's Conference" are subsidiaries of GENTEEL ARTS, LLC

Genteel Arts, LLC does NOT manufacture Civil War period clothing for resale. The company focus is instruction on the history of period clothing and teaching students how to accurately reproduce it via hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures.

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2017 WORKSHOPS and SEMINARS

GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY is pleased to announce its 2017 schedule of workshops and seminars on Victorian period clothing. Anyone interested in Victorian fashion, history, sewing or needlework will find these workshops and seminars very educational.

All hands-on workshops include a review of the history of the garment and a study of specific design characteristics used during the period. Students then sew the garment using period fitting and construction techniques. A workbook including historical information, a suggested reading list and sewing instructions is included with the registration fee.

We suggest registering for workshops and seminars well in advance of the activity date as many fill up quickly.

Download the workshop and class flyers in PDF format by clicking on these links:  

2017 Genteel Arts Academy Class Flyer - Adobe PDF format

2017 Class Registration Form - Adobe PDF format

(If you do not have an Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here free.)
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2017 SCHEDULE

BE SURE TO REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, MANY CLASSES FILL QUICKLY!

Also check for workshops and seminars in the ‘on the road’ section!

Women’s and Men’s Bathing Costumes, Gettysburg, PA, March 11-12, 2017. Civilian-focused events provide opportunities for a variety of period activities, including bathing at a watering place, in a river, a lake, or the ocean. We will review the different styles of bathing costumes worn by women and men in the mid-nineteenth century. Participants will select one of these styles and make a costume using period construction techniques. Intermediate sewing skills are required. Registration Fee: $119.00 plus materials. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!

Collars, Cuffs, Chemisettes and Undersleeves, Gettysburg, PA, April 1-2, 2017. Personal linens – collars, cuffs, chemisettes, undersleeves – provide a finishing touch and can dramatically change the look of your dress. Learn how to make collars from single layers of fabric; undersleeves that are more than a tube of fabric; cuffs that accent a dress sleeve or undersleeve; chemisettes to fill in an open neckline. Participants will choose from a variety of styles for each item, using patterns drafted from printed primary sources and original garments. Instructions for a variety of embellishments will be included. Collars will be custom-fitted to you and your bodice. Intermediate sewing skills are required. Registration Fee: $119.00 plus materials.

Educational Opportunity:  The 1860s Civilian Celebration, celebrating all aspects of 1860s civilian life. Carolann will be teaching a workshop on “Sleuthing the Seams: Critical Examination of Original Garments”, and speaking on “Enjoying your Impression: Research is Half the Fun”. Capon Springs, WV, May 5-7, 2017.  Further information may be found at http://www.1860sciviliancelebration.com/

Lightweight Jacket Class, Hot Springs, AR, July 15-16, 2017. Tentative. Lightweight jackets worn over a dress were a very common accessory during the mid-nineteenth century, yet they seldom appear in our reproduction wardrobes. Jackets add warmth without bulk, making them ideal for events in historic homes with minimal heating. Layer one under your shawl or paletot for outdoor events. Change the look of a dress by adding a jacket. Participants may choose from a variety of styles taken from original garments, illustrations, patterns and photographs. Appropriate fabrics include lightweight sheer cotton or silk, light or medium weight wool, medium weight silk, cotton pique, and cotton velvet or velveteen. Lining is optional. Registration information will be announced as plans are finalized.  

Nightdress, Spartanburg, SC, July 22-23, 2017. A mid-nineteenth century nightdress is a great addition to a 19th or 21st century wardrobe!  Based on original garments, this nightdress is ankle-length with long sleeves and front button opening. Instructions will be provided for optional embellishments including whitework embroidery, insertions, tucks, puffings, and ruffles. Recommended fabrics include lawn, batiste, Pima cotton broadcloth, or Canton flannel. Intermediate sewing skills are required. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!

Surplice Bodice, Gettysburg, PA, August 12-13, 2017. Looking for a bodice that’s different and historically accurate? A surplice bodice has diagonal front edges, with one side crossing over the other to close at the waistline, creating a V-neckline. It was a very fashionable style c.1863-1864. Original examples are usually made from sheer or fine, lightweight cotton or wool. Careful planning, cutting and fitting are necessary; intermediate sewing skills are required. Participants must have a bodice pattern or muslin that has already been fitted to their body. Register early! This class is limited to ten students. Registration Fee: $119.00, plus materials.

An Introduction to Broderie Anglaise, Surratt House Museum, Clinton, MD, August 19, 2017. Broderie anglaise is a form of whitework embroidery that was very popular in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily used to ornament collars, cuffs, undersleeves, children’s dresses, christening gowns, and nightclothes for women and children. The designs are created by a series of overcast holes in the fabric – circles, ovals, tear drops. There are few, if any, lines of connecting stitches between the holes. While it looks complicated, broderie anglaise is very easy to work using three basic stitches; and the designs work up fairly quickly. We will use original patterns to create a piece of broderie anglaise embroidery that can be used in the 19th or the 21st century. Original garments with broderie anglaise embellishments will be available for examination. Basic sewing skills required. Registration information will be available in Spring 2017.

Elegant Silk Mantle, Gettysburg, PA, October 14-15, 2017. This elegant and graceful mantle is copied from an original garment in the instructor’s collection. It is made of unlined silk taffeta, is shaped over the shoulders with piped seams, falls to the lower hip, and has a curved lower edge. Lace edging accents the center front edges and the neckline. The bottom of the mantle is accented with a wide band made from rows of braid insertion alternating with strips of self-fabric pleated in alternating directions; the outer edge of the band is finished with lace edging. The placement and shaping of the trim creates the illusion of a sleeve. Intermediate sewing skills are required. Register early! This class is limited to ten students. Registration Fee: $119.00 plus materials.

Turn-over Shawl, Wallingford, CT, November 4-5, 2017. Shawls were the most common outer garment worn during the mid-nineteenth century, and turn-over shawls were a popular variation. This shawl features a center square of the main fabric, with a sewn-on border made from alternating stripes of contrasting and center fabrics. The mitered border is attached to the center fabric on two adjacent sides of the square; it is attached to the reverse side of the center fabric on the remaining two sides of the square. When folded diagonally, the right sides of the border appear on the same side of the shawl. Basic sewing skills required. Contact us for registration information.  

An Assortment of Accessories: Leather Gloves and Decorative Belts, Bows and Sashes, Gettysburg, PA, November 11-12, 2017. Join us for two one-day sessions making accessories. Guest Instructor Kay Cogswell will guide you as you learn how to make unlined leather gloves. Join Carolann Schmitt as you learn how to make shaped belts, belts with attached jockeys and peplums, sash ends attached to belts, bows, or rosettes, and other accessories for your waistline. Classes with run concurrently, with each class taught on Saturday and Sunday. Priority registration for those attending both sessions; one-day registrations for either class will be accepted if space is available. Intermediate sewing skills are required. Registration Fee: $119.00 plus materials for both days; $65.00 plus materials for single-day session.

CLASS & SEMINAR LOCATION

Unless 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 for suggestions.

Registration Information

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.

Download the workshop and class flyers in PDF format by clicking on these links:

2017 Genteel Arts Academy Class Flyer - Adobe PDF format

2017 Class Registration Form - Adobe PDF format

(If you do not have an Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here free.)

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Take advantage of GENTEEL ARTS ACADEMY "ON THE ROAD"

Check this space often for additions, updates and details... We could have a workshop or seminar near you!

2017 TRAVELING SCHEDULE

Capon Springs, WV, May 5-7, 2017 - Educational OpportunityThe 1860s Civilian Celebration, celebrating all aspects of 1860s civilian life. Carolann will be teaching a workshop on “Sleuthing the Seams: Critical Examination of Original Garments”, and speaking on “Enjoying your Impression: Research is Half the Fun”. Capon Springs, WV, May 5-7, 2017.  Further information may be found at http://www.1860sciviliancelebration.com/

Hot Springs, AR, July 15-16, 2017 - Lightweight Jacket Workshop. (Tentative) Lightweight jackets worn over a dress were a very common accessory during the mid-nineteenth century, yet they seldom appear in our reproduction wardrobes. Jackets add warmth without bulk, making them ideal for events in historic homes with minimal heating. Layer one under your shawl or paletot for outdoor events. Change the look of a dress by adding a jacket. Participants may choose from a variety of styles taken from original garments, illustrations, patterns and photographs. Appropriate fabrics include lightweight sheer cotton or silk, light or medium weight wool, medium weight silk, cotton pique, and cotton velvet or velveteen. Lining is optional. Registration information will be announced when plans are finalized.  

Spartanburg, SC, July 22-23, 2017 - Nightdress Workshop . A mid-nineteenth century nightdress is a great addition to a 19th or 21st century wardrobe!  Based on original garments, this nightdress is ankle-length with long sleeves and front button opening. Instructions will be provided for optional embellishments including whitework embroidery, insertions, tucks, puffings, and ruffles. Recommended fabrics include lawn, batiste, Pima cotton broadcloth, or Canton flannel. Intermediate sewing skills are required. This class is full; applications for wait list accepted!

Clinton, MD, August 19, 2017, Surratt House Museum. An Introduction to Broderie Anglaise.   Broderie anglaise is a form of whitework embroidery that was very popular in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily used to ornament collars, cuffs, undersleeves, children’s dresses, christening gowns, and nightclothes for women and children. The designs are created by a series of overcast holes in the fabric – circles, ovals, tear drops. There are few, if any, lines of connecting stitches between the holes. While it looks complicated, broderie anglaise is very easy to work using three basic stitches; and the designs work up fairly quickly. We will use original patterns to create a piece of broderie anglaise embroidery that can be used in the 19th or the 21st century. Original garments with broderie anglaise embellishments will be available for examination. Basic sewing skills required. Registration information will be available in Spring 2017.

Wallingford, CT, November 4-5, 2017, Turn-over Shawl Workshop. Shawls were the most common outer garment worn during the mid-nineteenth century, and turn-over shawls were a popular variation. This shawl features a center square of the main fabric, with a sewn-on border made from alternating stripes of contrasting and center fabrics. The mitered border is attached to the center fabric on two adjacent sides of the square; it is attached to the reverse side of the center fabric on the remaining two sides of the square. When folded diagonally, the right sides of the border appear on the same side of the shawl. Basic sewing skills required. Contact us for registration information.  

Gettysburg, PA, March 2, 3 & 4, 2018, The Civilian Symposium at Gettysburg. The 23rd year! Location will be in Gettysburg. Watch this web page for details and registration information later this year.

Can’t come to Gettysburg for a class or one on our traveling schedule? We can come to you!

Your group or historical site can sponsor a Genteel Arts Academy class, or series of classes, in YOUR area. Contact us at  info<at>genteelarts.com or call 717-624-5694 for details and available dates. (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

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 PARTIAL LISTING OF LECTURES AND SEMINARS PRODUCED BY THE ACADEMY
ON A ROTATING BASIS AND/OR BY POPULAR DEMAND

If you see a topic you would like to see scheduled or have a topic you would like to have added please contact us.

Lectures & Presentations

  • Introduction to Textiles

  • Textiles for Men’s Clothing

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Women

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Children

  • Fundamentals of Clothing for Men

  • Underpinnings

  • Outerwear

  • Accessories

  • More Than a Fashion Magazine

  • Altering a Pattern for Fit

  • Altering a Pattern for Style

  • Skirt Supports

  • Fur Garments and Accessories

  • The Artifice of Dressing Well

  • Sheer Accessories

  • Men’s Dressing Gowns, Caps and Slippers

  • Men’s Vests

  • Dressing for Inclement Weather

  • Sleuthing at the Seams

  • The Difference is in the Details

Hands-on Seminars

Period Construction Techniques

  • Essential Stitches and Seams I

  • Essential Stitches and Seams II

  • Essential Stitches and Seams III

  • Nitty-Gritty Details of Dress Construction

  • Gauging and Pleating

  • Trimmings and Embellishments

  • Introduction to Sewing for Children

Hands-on Workshops

Undergarments

  • Chemise-Yoke

  • Chemise-Band

  • Corset

  • Drawers

  • Petticoats

  • Quilted Petticoat

  • Corded Petticoat

  • Wool Petticoat

  • Cage Crinoline

  • Covered Crinoline

  • Nightgown

  • Stockings

  • Garters

Garments

  • Altering a Bodice for Fit

  • Altering a Bodice for Style

  • Darted Bodice

  • Gathered/Tucked Bodice

  • Sheer Bodice

  • Yoked Bodice

  • Semi-Formal Bodice

  • Ball Gown Bodice

  • Basque Bodice - Two Versions

  • Fan-Front Bodice

  • Sleeves

  • Skirts

  • Make-a-Dress Series

  • Wrapper

  • Garibaldi Shirt

  • Sheer Overbodice

  • Bloomer/Gymnastics/Bathing  Costume

Accessories

  • Fichus and Pelerines

  • Collar and Cuffs

  • Undersleeves

  • Chemisettes

  • Belts and Sashes

  • Medici and Other Shaped Waists

  • Pinner/Work Aprons

  • Fancy Aprons

  • Muffs

  • Mittens

  • Purses and Reticules

  • Covering a Fan

  • Quilted Sontag

  • Slippers

  • Lady’s Neckties and Cravats

 

Outerwear

  • Summer Mantles

  • Silk and Net Mantle

  • Winter Mantles

  • Paletot

  • Lady’s Sack Jacket

  • Spanish/Zouave Jacket

  • Fold-over Shawl

Millinery

  • Drawn Bonnet

  • Quilted Bonnet

  • Marie Stuart Hood

  • Quilted Hood

  • Glengarry Cap

  • Day Caps

  • Dinner/Tea Caps

  • Headdresses

  • Decorative Nets

Needlework

  • Broderie Anglaise

  • Berlin Work

Novelties

  • Housewife

  • Sewing Basket

  • Needle Case

  • Scissors Sheath

  • Sewing Chatelaine

  • Thread Trolley

 

Digital Media Series

  • From Wetplates to Megapixels: Digital Photography for the Historian

  • Microsoft Powerpoint for Historians

 

Men's Clothing

  • Square-Cut Shirt

  • French-Cut Shirt with Bib

  • Vest

  • Unlined Summer Vest

  • Trousers

  • Sack Coat

  • Unlined Linen Sack Coat

  • Summer Paletot

  • Drawers

  • Dressing Gown

  • Smoking Cap

  • Cravats

 

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Profile of the Senior Staff

Clothing historian Carolann Schmitt has been studying the clothing and needlework of Civil War era since 1968. She is a featured lecturer at conferences, living history events and historic sites throughout the country. Carolann is a board member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (SUFAM) and has been a continuing education instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College. She is an active participant in many living history activities and is the past Chairperson of the Costume Committee of the North-South Skirmish Association. An accomplished seamstress and needlewoman, she and her students have won numerous awards for their authentic reproduction clothing in national and regional period costume competitions. Genteel Arts, LLC is a member of the Costume Society of America.  Carolann is the President of Genteel Arts, LLC. Her email address is: cschmitt<at>genteelarts.com (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

Don Schmitt has been actively involved in 19th century living history since 1968. In 1970 he was one of the three founding members of the 11th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf Regt. This unit remains active today in the Gettysburg area as a fife and drum corps and color guard. Prior to retirement at the end of 2013 Don was in the business information technology field for 30 years. Today he is active in the Gettysburg National Military Park volunteer program and also coordinates the auxiliary communications program for the Adams County Department of Emergency Services & 911 Center. Don provides marketing, business management and technical solutions for Genteel Arts, LLC. His email address is: dschmitt<at>genteelarts.com  (IMPORTANT: Please be sure to replace the  <at>  with  @  in email addresses before sending.)

Carolann and Don participate in North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) events. Their member organization, Knap's Independent Battery E, Pa. Light Artillery, participates in live fire small arms, artillery and period costume competitions. They have also participated in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) events which portrays Old West living history and competitive shooting of the period 1860-1898.

Carolann and Don are both fifth generation natives of Gettysburg and reside in the Gettysburg area.

Carolann Schmitt, President - Genteel Arts, LLC

Genteel Arts recommends these links:

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Gettysburg National Military Park

Adams County Historical Society

Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum

National Civil War Museum - Harrisburg, PA

North-South Skirmish Association
 

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