Introduction to Historical Costuming
(The Gilded Age: 1870-1913)
Online Workshop with Live Instructor
Love costumes? Why doesn't your project look like the pattern?
Trouble with fitting/sewing?
Want fashion plate style but don't know where to begin?
Welcome to Historical Costuming!
Join instructor Chantal Filson for an online workshop
This class will primarily focus on adult fashion (mostly women's wear) of 1870-1913 for hobby costuming/reenactment, but some information on menswear/children, living history/performance costume and other eras will also be provided. Lgbtq/bipoc/all genders are welcome and supported.
Students will complete numerous sewing samples in class under teacher supervision (both hand and machine-sewn) to learn:
-types of seams
-2 types of hem treatments with facings
-3 types of pleats (knife, box & organ)
-creating a dagged edge with a facing
-2 methods of waterfall lace arrangement
-how to make and use bias edging
-how to make and use piping
-tips & tricks
The instructor will explain and demonstrate a spectrum of info and tips on:
-starting out & costuming on a budget
-event options (sportswear, fancy dress, formal & seasonal garments)
-workwear vs fashion
-foundation layers in bodices
-foundation skirts (3 kinds) & hem treatments
-costume, reenactment & living history
-types of glues, boning and interfacing
-flatlining and bag lining
-draping & drafting
-choosing & using patterns (paper & digital, various brands)
-brief overview of original pattern diagrams
-padding, corsetry & undergarments
-plus & petite sizing
-mockups, fitting & alterations
-tips for velvet, knits, fur, leather & embroidery
-brief overview of millinery and tips/trimming techniques
-replicating fashion plates/photos/antique garments
-using antique buttons
-vintage style/modern values- discussion on ethical costuming
-where to wear?
-completing the look (hairstyles, accessories, footwear,etc)
-shopping resources & info (readymade, vendors, books, websites, etc)
Reference examples provided will include reference photos and a look at antique garments and reproduction outfits from the instructor's collection.
Supply list and pdf handout with links/info will be provided in advance, teacher will demonstrate techniques on camera and assist students as they work along at home. Master Class tuition includes Student Orientation and follow-up assistance as needed.
**Sewing machine is highly recommended but not mandatory for class. If you would like to purchase one to use in class, please contact me for a consult in advance**
The course is geared towards beginners, 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 that students are required to purchase/prep the required supplies in advance of class*
SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2023
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PACIFIC (LOS ANGELES)
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM CENTRAL (CHICAGO)
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM EASTERN (NYC)
2 DAY ONLINE WORKSHOP
6 HOURS EACH DAY + 1 HR LUNCH BREAK
$100 + SUPPLIES
PDF HANDOUT & SUPPLY LIST INCLUDED
Chantal is a chihuahua parent, professional costume designer and the Founder/Dean of Costume On.
As a professional costume designer/seamstress/milliner she has designed and constructed clothing and costumes for every type of media and project, from space suits for film to 19th century replicas for a museum. She has taught for Costume College, Costume On, Costumers Guild West, Grant Larson Productions, Genesee Country Village & Museum and others.
Her first garment was a pair of shorts made out of a towel, and they were absolutely terrible.