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Master Class

coming soon


So Established & Modish a Dress

the 18th century banyan & cap



"So established and modish a dress were these gowns that the making of them became a special calling." 

(A.M. Earle)

Join instructor Carrie Midura for a two-day seminar of pattern drafting and sewing to customize a banyan for your height, body type, and sleeve preference. A full-size sample will be available during the class for reference, while the instructor will be working at 1/4 scale on graph paper and plain paper templates for better demo visibility.


Basic construction will be discussed and demonstrated, specifically seam treatments for an unlined version and achieving great fit and finish for the tricky neck pieces. Students may not finish their banyan in class, but will have an excellent head start.


The signature accompanying hat will be a four-panel soft cap with a shaped brim. This part of the class will consist of straight drafting and fitting in muslin, including reviewing construction techniques and beginning assembly.

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