Remember the Ladies

In 2008 the museum received the second of 2 grants to reproduce 1812-era women's clothing. An often "live" exhibit, it involved having the student and women seamstresses working on the project during museum open hours in the back gallery. Visitors could see the process of producing a dress, from cutting out the pattern to sewing and attaching buttons or ribbon casings. A wide variety of gowns were produced in many colors and styles, and in an assortment of sizes. The completed garments were then hung as part of the display itself. Workers also learn to weave sashes and garters, plait cord, and sew beading onto trade clothing.

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