Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Random Notes In Historical Fashion This Week...

Just a couple of quick, random notes about some current goings-on in 18th century fashion and textiles:

- This week's podcast by Colonial Williamsburg features journeyman Mark Hutter discussing the art and skill of tailoring in the 18th century.  Mr. Hutter addresses a range of interesting topics, from the difference in skill sets between those who practiced mantua-making and those who were tailors; the invention of the sewing machine (did you know mechanized sewing was being attempted in the mid-18th century?); the types and varieties of men's garments, and the art of achieving a perfect period fit.

Colonial Williamsburg tailor
Journeyman tailor Mark Hutter interprets and actively practices the
art of tailoring at Colonial Williamsburg.
4 July 2010.

- Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers is holding a hands-on workshop/seminar on "Everyday Fabrics of the 18th Century" at Eastfield Village in NY this summer, 17-19 August (you might recall this is where we had our shoemaking workshop last summer).  The three-day workshop will explore the availability of different kinds of fabrics during the 18th century, how and where they were used, and how to identify textiles today.  Registration is now open here.  Due to scheduling conflicts, neither of us is able to attend, but we thought it sounded very intriguing and something our readers would be interested in hearing about.  If anyone does go, please let us know how it is!

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