February 18-19, 2023
From Page to Pattern
Using 19th Century Pattern Diagrams
Join instructor Chantal Filson for a two-day Master Class on original 19th century pattern diagrams. Learn how to find, analyze, enlarge and convert diagrams into sewing patterns with simple tools.
What do the squiggly markings mean? How do you translate them into sewing instructions? Can you use diagrams to sew for a Victorian doll? What do you do if you are a size 20 and the diagram has a 32 bust?
Learn these and more! Working with 19th century pattern diagrams involves much more than simply making them bigger. Review determining grainlines, apportioning scales, schematics vs patterns and various sizes/body types/proportions. The seminar offers an extensive look at simple methods of enlarging, original source material, the various types of diagrams, analyzing the accompanying illustrations, spotting mistakes and working with diagrams in other languages. Students will also learn what’s not included in original diagrams- crucial info specific to the design they will need for patterning and sewing.
Examples of garments made with original pattern diagrams will also be shown, with a focus on incorporating period techniques and the mysteries of items such as dolman wraps and foundation linings.
The class will focus on the late 19th century, but will cover both earlier and later examples. The skills and knowledge learned in this course may be applied to diagrams of other eras.
Students will receive a pdf handout with links and info. Registrants will receive a list of basic tools required for demo exercises (ruler, string, pencil, etc) and all Costume On Master Classes include student orientation, welcome packet and additional help as needed.
The course is geared towards an advanced beginner to intermediate skill level, but all levels of experience are welcome. Costume On is body-positive, beginner-friendly and a staunch supporter of inclusivity/bipoc/lgbtq/costuming for any gender.
*Please note this class is a demo workshop where students will watch live demos and create their own samples in practical exercises. Students will not create a complete sewing pattern during class but will be taught the skills needed to do so.*
FEBRUARY 18-19, 2023
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
9 AM - 4 PM PACIFIC (LOS ANGELES)
11 AM - 6 PM CENTRAL (CHICAGO)
12 - 7 PM EASTERN (NYC)
2 DAY WORKSHOP
6 HOURS W/LUNCH BREAK EACH DAY
1886 / Costume On
A lifelong obsession with the 19th century has evolved into a desire to create this forum for education and period fashion, part of the larger plans for 1886. She hopes to begin hosting private events and classes in-person at 1886 in the near future (safety first).