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Monmouth County Historical Association Presents Late 18th Century Shift Workshop

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 – $145

Join us for a two day, in-depth historical sewing workshop on 18th-century shifts and accessories at the historical Taylor-Butler House on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21 from 9 am to 5 pm on both days.

Examine late 18th-century garment construction methods and fabric choices and discuss the style changes of the ‘shift’ from the middle of the century to the end. Participants will be instructed on how to measure for fit, cutting the pattern, hand sewing techniques some of which are still used today, and in the afternoon of the second day, an introduction to additional accessories needed to enhance your 18th-century wardrobe. Only basic sewing skills are required.

This workshop is based on two shifts in our extensive textile collection that date to the last quarter of the 18th century. Learn historical hand-sewing techniques as well as construction methods and examine extant garments. The shift was the most basic but necessary garment for an 18th-century woman. It was her first layer underneath her many layers and doubled as her nightgown. It’s the one garment that she would have owned several.

Tickets for this two-day workshop are $95 for MCHA members and $135 for non-members. Bring your own materials or, if desired, a materials kit may be purchased for $50. Lunch is included both days. Limited to 12 participants. Tickets are available at HERE, or by calling 732-46201466, ext. 11.

More information can be found here.

Tours of the house will be available during the weekend for those interested.


Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$95 – $145
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Taylor-Butler House
127 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748


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