Historical Hand-Sewn Shirt


Historical Hand-Sewn Shirt


In a unique project-based class with historian and costumer Sarah Woodyard of Sewn Company, participants will have the opportunity to connect to history and construct this 19th Century shirt completely by hand. The detailing on this shirt is exquisite. In recreating this garment, participants will learn to measure their own body and cut the garment to fit, gathering, historical, counted top stitching on the collar and cuffs, buttonholes, a unique, woven reinforcement detail at the sternum, and the cross stitch monogram as seen above. Participants will come away with a new confidence in hand sewing, and amazement in what the hands can do.

The course will take place over 2 months and will consist of:

– six live, virtual sessions with Sarah
– seven pre-recorded videos
– access to a private platform group for questions and sharing

Undoubtedly, this will also be a community building exercise. There will be tremendous support along the way from Sarah and your fellow sewists. Additionally, participants will have access to a private platform to share photos and questions between our virtual sessions.

Dates: Saturdays March 20, 27, April 10, 17, May 1, May 8 – SOLD OUT

NEW SUMMER SESSION! Saturday July 31, August 7, 21, 28, September 11, 18

Time: 11 am – 1 pm EST
Location: Virtual class on Zoom, link will be sent the day before class.
Cost: $600
What To Bring: Refer to the materials required list
Experience: Basic seaming is helpful to take this course but beginning hand sewers are most welcome. A video covering basics will be available.



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