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Sat, Sep 10


The Backcountry Peddler

Wrapping Gown Workshop

Join us at The Backcountry Peddler to make your own dressing or wrapping gown. Carol Salloum and Janet Pyatt will lead us in drafting a pattern, cutting, and sewing this simple 18th-century “undress” garment.

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Wrapping Gown Workshop
Wrapping Gown Workshop

Time & Location

Sep 10, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Backcountry Peddler, 323 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 28144,


About the Event

Description:  Join us at The Backcountry Peddler to make your own dressing gown or wrapping gown.

We will start with an overview of the garment, viewing images, defining common features, and discussing when it is appropriate to wear.  Next everyone will partner up and measure each other.  With the measurements, and our guidance, you will create a customized pattern for yourself with sleeve variations.  Next, we will teach you how to lay out and cut your fabric.   After cutting out your fabric, we will machine stitch it together (due to time constraints) with the exception of the neck insert which will be sewn by hand.  

There will be a one-hour break for lunch, you are welcome to bring a bag lunch or patronize a local eatery.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Options:  You may bring your own cotton fashion fabric and cotton lining fabric (please pre-wash and iron); or, we will have a selection of period appropriate block printed cotton fabrics prewashed for you to purchase at the store.  To determine the yardage needed, decide how long you want your dressing or wrapping gown, measured from the top of your shoulder, then double that dimension and add a yard for gores and sleeve extensions.  (Example:  For a large gown 56” from the shoulder, I used 4 ¼ yards of the 42”wide block printed cotton. )

Class fee includes:  Instruction booklet with reference links, paper to create your personalized pattern, and use of the following:  fabric cutting implements, sewing machines, limited colors of thread, hand sewing needle and wax cake.

By the end of the class, you should have dressing or wrapping gown finished or well in progress with an understanding of how to complete the project at home.  You will also have a personal pattern and instruction booklet.


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