Elizabeth Stewart Clark & Company

Natchez MS 16-18 March 2018

Join us at Natchez for a great weekend of workshops!

Your registration in each workshop includes take-home materials and useful supply kits; bring along your favorite thimble and sewing scissors, or borrow from the class stock. All skill levels 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!

Secure check-out is handled through PayPal; you do not have to have a PayPal account to complete registration! Look for a text link to use any debit or credit card for your registration total when you have made your selections.

Seats are limited, and registration 26 February 2018.

Want it all? Register for the full workshop series for $150:

Or choose individual sessions:

Friday 6pm-8pm: Your Historic Wardrobe, $25

We’re kicking off 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 preferences. 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 accurate in our modern day history adventures. Come prepared to learn about personal wardrobes, as well as lending and educational trunks! Workshop fee includes great take-homes to simplify your wardrobe strategies!


Saturday 9am-11:15: Having a Fit, $30

We’ll find out which of the currently available published patterns are your best bet for good results, how to choose a base size, and what to expect from a pattern; then we’ll dive into individual fitting demonstrations to create personalized patterns. Please indicate in the shopping cart comments if you’d like to be a fit model; a decently-fitted, historic-cut corset is required! Workshop fee includes illustrated fitting tips packet!

Willing Model?


Saturday 11:30-12:30: Textiles for Historic Clothing, $20

We’ll survey the wide variety of historic textile options, and what you’ll use each for in your own wardrobe, plus share tips on sourcing great fabrics today. These options cover the full gamut of economic impressions, with a special emphasis on the range of working class needs. Workshop fee includes great decision-making tips packet and sourcing notes!


Saturday 1:30-5:30: Dressmaking In Miniature, $45

After lunch, we’ll settle in for a pleasant afternoon of visual presentations and hand-sewing on a sampler of useful dressmaking techniques on a scale designed to educate and delight! We’ll survey the skills you’ll use to create skirts and petticoats of all kinds, as well as the features of a great mid-century bodice. The “tech” used by The Original Cast is our best example for How To Do It Well, and you’ll be amazed at how easy “the real thing” truly is. Workshop fee includes a full materials and supplies kit!


Sunday 11-1:30: Creative Citizen Living History, $30

Don’t get stuck with the same old rut, so often devised decades ago by a military-heavy paradigm! Join the discussion with some solid techniques to design interesting, interactive, history-heavy living history options for citizens of all ages, with or without a military component. There are thousands of accurate stories to be told; which call to you? Workshop fee includes a useful take-home workbook!






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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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