September 17 2022, 9:00am

Heritage Sewing Workshop at Stephenson House

Heritage Sewing Workshop at Stephenson House

1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

409 S. Buchanan St.
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

  • Admission: $45 Per Person
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Phone: (618) 692-1818

A chemisette (aka Betsy or Tucker) is a garment similar to what we call a ‘Dickie’ today. Our foremothers wore these lightweight undergarments to fill in the neckline of dresses or shortgowns without adding bulky underlayers to their ensemble.

In this one-day workshop, participants will hand-sew a simple ruffled chemisette that ties closed at the waist and pins at the neck. The patterns being used are taken directly from extant garments and historical images. Participants should bring their period undergarments (shift and stays) to insure a proper fit and length. Space is limited to 6 adults (ages 16+). Knowledge of hand sewing techniques is a must for the workshop. Participants must bring a basic sewing kit (needles, straight pins, scissors, white cotton thread, fabric marker). The site will provide pattern tracing paper, fabric (you are welcome to bring your own), patterns to copy, and instructions.