Elizabeth Stewart Clark & Company

Mahaffie Stage Stop, Olathe KS 16-18 Feb 2018

Don’t miss this great workshop series in Olathe Kansas, at the lovely Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Historic Farm Site! Not only will we get a chance to see the site, we’ll dive into a variety of fantastic workshops to get your inspired and ready for your 2018 living history goals!

Every workshop includes take-home resources to help you on your personal historic path; all skill and experience levels are welcome!

As we get closer to the workshop weekend, participants will receive additional information on lodging and meals options, and some fun activities to enjoy, as well as the option to pre-purchase select publications for delivery at the workshop weekend.

All workshops include both national and regional information, with an emphasis on the span of 1855-1865. Register for individual workshops, or for the entire weekend, whichever fits your needs best!

If you are registering more than one person, please indicate the additional names in the shopping cart notes section, so we may prepare name tags, raffle tickets, and other individual items. While registrations are non-refundable, they are transferable!

Seats are limited, and registration closes very firmly 27 December 2017.

Register for the Full Weekend, All Kits Included: $290




Or select the workshops that best meet your individual needs:

Friday 1pm – 4pm: Handsewing for Accessories, $40 or $65 with materials kit

Learn the simple hand techniques you’ll use to make historically-accurate accessories, such as neckerchiefs, collars and cuffs, handkerchiefs, and bow-knots to ornament a Sunday Best dress or hairstyle. The base workshop fee includes the workbook with templates to use with items from your own textiles stash; you may also choose to add a materials kit (lawn, thread, lace) if desired.


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Friday 6pm-8pm: Your Historic Wardrobe, $30

Clothes should suit the woman! Get inspired with a fun, fast-paced visual overview of each element you’ll need in a functional historic wardrobe, suited to your climate, your activities, your impression, and your personal style preferences. There are options to suit every individual! Simple, effective research habits take the guesswork out of developing your historic wardrobe. We’ll focus on how The Original Cast handled their own challenges, and how we can use their examples to do the same, staying safe, comfortable, and ready to handle every living history situation, and take your impression to the next level.




Saturday 9am – 10:30am; SPF 19thC–Sunbonnets, $45
We’ll start with a visual tour of sunbonnet options, then test out styles to see which features suit your needs best. With hands-on stitching to learn some easy construction techniques, and a workbook and template pack for multiple mix-and-match styles, this workshop sets you in good stead to keep yourself and all your friends well-protected with versatile styles you’ll enjoy wearing! Your workshop fee includes workbook, template pack, and sampler materials packet.




Saturday 10:45am – 12:30pm: Setting Up Housekeeping, $25
What domestic arrangements could you expect to find in the west at mid-century? How do we incorporate housekeeping information into our impressions? Boarding houses, hotels, wagons, house building… what would you choose, and what would you need? This regionally-specific workshop will help you answer questions with confidence, and round out your own understanding of the options your various personas might have taken.




Saturday 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Textiles for Historic Clothing, $20
After lunch, we’ll get visual and hands-on, with a survey of textiles and their uses at mid-century, plus a guided walk through key items in the Mahaffie Station collection. See first-hand what textiles to look for in your own reproduction sewing, or educate your eyes for features you’ll want your sewist to include in custom commissions. Getting to see the wide variety of appropriate textiles for mid-century wardrobes is truly an adventure!




Saturday 3:30pm – 6:00pm: Bodice Fitting & Refitting, $30
Every figure is unique, and no one pattern can hope to suit us all. In this live-demo workshop, you’ll learn easy techniques for fitting historic patterns to your unique figure, plus how to refine the fit of existing dresses using simple period methods. We’ll do live demonstrations with willing workshop participants (corset required). Please indicate if you’d like to model! Workshop fee includes a fitting tip-sheet, and we’ll have plenty of time to focus on individual questions as we go.


Willing Model?


Sunday 11:30am – 1:30pm: Truths Not Mine To Tell, $30
This workshop takes a look at the many ways we can develop citizen living history designed to engage our visitors, and tell even difficult stories with a high level of integrity and ethical consideration. Every story is worth telling well. How can we share accurate regional history in ways that respect and honor the complexity of our shared national story? We’ll examine ways to overcome obstacles and present truly rounded living history for all. Workshop includes helpful take-home planning templates and tip-sheets to use in your own interpretive development.




Sunday 1:45pm – 3:30pm: Dressmaking In Miniature $45
Piping, basting, gauging–it can sound like a foreign language when you run into historical technique terms! Dressmaking in Miniature gives you the easy historical translations, and you’ll try a variety of techniques in a sampler you can refer back to over and over for future projects. Your workshop fee includes take-home technique reference sheets and a sampler materials kit.




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About The Sewing Academy
With a focus on the 1840-1865 era, The Sewing Academy is your home on the (internet) range for resources to help you meet your living history goals!

Elizabeth Stewart Clark has been absorbed by the mid-19th century for over 20 years. She makes her home in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, four children (from wee to not-so-wee), far too many musical instruments, and five amusing hens.

Email Elizabeth Or call 208-523-3673 (10am to 8pm Mountain time zone, Monday through Saturday)
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