2013 Workshop & Seminar Schedule - Gettysburg
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Sewing Case or
Housewife: A Primer of Essential Stitches
– A sewing case or housewife was a portable sewing kit that contained
the essential tools and notions needed to perform simple sewing tasks
and repairs. They could be found in a workbasket or a soldier’s
haversack. Sewing cases were made in a variety of sizes and shapes from
scraps of fabric and were often embellished with decorative stitches. As
you make your sewing roll, you will learn the fundamentals of plain
sewing and many of the common stitches and techniques used during the
mid-nineteenth century, including planning, laying out, cutting,
pressing, a variety of stitches, gauging, stroke gathers, cutting bias,
making piping, bias binding and hand-worked buttonholes and eyelets.
Embellishments include braiding and decorative stitching, e.g. feather
stitching and blanket stitch. This class is suitable for all skill
levels, adults and children. Students will supply their own scrap
fabrics. January 19-20, 2013. Adults - $119.00; children 12 and under -
Bag – Soft traveling bags were
an alternative to structured carpet bags and trunks. They are
lightweight, can be compressed to fit into small spaces, and can hold a
change of clothing as well as some small items. Copied from an original
bag in the instructor’s collection, this bag is made from linen
embellished with black cord in a scroll pattern. The bag is long with
rounded ends and has a flap closure. It is lined with glazed cotton and
has an interior pocket. Seams are piped with wool piping for strength
and durability. A shaped strap is used to carry the bag. March 23-24,
2013. $119 plus materials
– Can’t find a ready-made corset that fits? Have a special fitting
problem that a mail-order made-to-measure corset hasn’t resolved? A
corset that has been custom-fitted to your body instead of a measurement
chart can be comfortably worn all day, will last for many years, and is
essential in achieving a period silhouette. After individual fittings,
students will use appropriate materials and period construction
techniques to construct their corset. You will leave the class with a
finished garment. A kit containing pattern, fabric and all necessary
notions and findings will be provided. Friday late afternoon and
evening, all day Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13-14, 2013. $175.00 plus
Bodice - This class begins
with a review of basic bodice styles worn c.1855-1865. After a
custom-fitting session, students will use their customized pattern to
create a darted bodice. Period techniques include alternate methods of
constructing the back of the bodice, closures, seam finishes, and how to
make and attach piping. This session covers the bodice only; it does not
include sleeve or skirt construction. Intermediate sewing skills are
required. May 4-5, 2013. $119 plus materials
Traveling Bag – Same class
as the March session, in Spartanburg, SC, June 8-9, 2013
Traveling Outfit – Enjoy a week
in Gettysburg while making an ensemble from start to finish – with a few
days off for fun! This ensemble features a slightly fitted sack or
paletot worn over a matching skirt. Students can choose from variations
in length, sleeve shapes and embellishments. Class schedule: August 3-4:
Review original photographs, engravings and descriptions of ensembles
worn for traveling. Begin construction of the sack/paletot. Aug 6-7:
Construct sleeves; begin skirt construction. Aug 10-11: Finish skirt,
apply optional trimming and final finishing touches. August 5, 8 and 9
are free days; use them for ‘homework’, optional field trips,
sightseeing or relaxing. Join us in September to make a body or waist to
complete your ensemble. Intermediate sewing skills are required. August
3-11, 2013. $360.00 plus materials; counts as three classes for frequent
and Waists – Bodies or
waists are garments worn with skirts. They were usually worn under
jackets or coats, or by fashionable women with a skirt and shaped belt.
They can be relatively simple or embellished with tucks or puffings, cut
full or more closely-fitted, with a high neck and long sleeves, and
gathered into a waistband. September 21-22, 2013. $119.00 plus
Bodice – Just in time for
Remembrance Day, holiday parties and the winter ball season. Using
period illustrations and images of original garments, we will discuss
the characteristics of ball gowns worn c. 1855-1865, proper fit,
appropriate fabrics and trimmings, and period construction techniques.
Participants will make muslin that will be custom-fitted; they will then
use this muslin as a pattern to make their bodices. This class covers
ball gown bodices only. We will discuss skirts and instructions are
included in the workbook, but there will not be time to construct the
skirt during the class. Intermediate sewing skills are required. October
19-20, 2013. $119.00 plus materials.
Variations on a Sleeve: Part 2
– Sleeves! Open, closed, wide or narrow; slashed, gathered or
pleated; with epaulettes, puffs, flounces, flanges, cuffs, cut-outs,
ruffles, ruching and trims. Period images show an infinite variety of
sleeve shapes and styles, but how do you make them? This workshop will
begin with a review of the basic elements of a sleeve and some of the
countless variations worn during the period. Students will learn how to
use basic shapes to create numerous styles. You may make a portfolio of
sample sleeves for future reference, or apply your newly-learned skills
to create slaves for a particular garment. $119.00 plus materials.
November 2-3, 2013
Class and Seminar Location
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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8-9, 2013 - SOUTH CAROLINA,
Spartanburg. A Hands-on Workshop - LINEN
Soft traveling bags
were an alternative to structured carpet bags and trunks. They are
lightweight, can be compressed to fit into small spaces, and can hold a
change of clothing as well as some small items. Copied from an original bag
in the instructor’s collection, this bag is made from linen embellished with
black cord in a scroll pattern. The bag is long with rounded ends and has a
flap closure. It is lined with glazed cotton and has an interior pocket.
Seams are piped with wool piping for strength and durability. A shaped strap
is used to carry the bag. Contact us for additional information regarding
enrollment in this workshop.
MAY 25-27, 2013 - MICHIGAN, Dearborn, Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum.
Civil War Remembrance weekend. Lectures on period attire and extensive
display of original garments. For more information:
JULY 5, 2013 - PENNSYLVANIA,
Gettysburg. 150th Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment, Activities
Tent #1 at 2:30 PM. Presentation: Civil War Fashions of the 1860's presented
by Carolann Schmitt. Free to ticketed visitors and registered reenactors.
JULY 26-28, 2013 - OREGON,
Oregon City. Conference of the Civil War Era and The Westward Connections.
Civilian and military presentations, workshops, displays of original
clothing and other material objects, market area. Several presentations and
workshops will be given
by Carolann Schmitt from Genteel Arts. Host and sponsor: 1st Oregon
Volunteer Infantry/20th Maine Regiment. For more information and
registration go to:
NOVEMBER 9-10, 2013 - CONNECTICUT,
Hamden. A Hand-on Workshop - FANCY APRONS.
Contact us for additional information regarding enrollment in this workshop.
MARCH 6-9, 2014 - PENNSYLVANIA, Harrisburg
ANNIVERSARY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE 1860's CONFERENCE
RADISSON PENN HARRIS, CAMP
HILL (HARRISBURG), PA. Check back in late summer for details.
come to Gettysburg for a class or one on our traveling schedule? We can come to you!
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