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Webinar: From Petticoats to Pockets: Getting Dressed in the 18th Century


Webinar: From Petticoats to Pockets: Getting Dressed in the 18th Century
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
6:30 pm
FREE (registration required) / $10 soup supper (optional)

If you think getting dressed every morning is a chore, imagine what it took for a woman to put herself together in the 1700s. There were petticoats and stays, of course—but also a whole lot of other things under those skirts too. From detachable “pockets” to hip pads and bum rolls designed to lift a woman’s skirts and make her waist look small.

Curious to know exactly what it took to get dressed in the 18th century? Come learn from Old York’s own historic clothing experts, Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson, as they explain the complexities of a woman’s wardrobe. As living history enthusiasts, they have extensive experience constructing and wearing reproduction clothing. Using a combination of historic and reproduction examples, Peterson and Henry will examine each layer of clothing, explore various clothing construction techniques and materials, and discuss the difference between lower- and upper-class garments.

Kristel Henry has been interested in fashion since childhood. She has researched historic clothing for the past 15 years, focusing primarily on the 18th century. Henry is a self-taught seamstress, who learned 18th-century clothing construction techniques from Larkin & Smith in Massachusetts. She has a passion for living history, and is currently a member of McAlpin’s Corps of Loyal American Volunteers, and the Pawtuxet Rangers RIM. She has volunteered her interpretive services with the National Park Service, and at several museums in Rhode Island and Connecticut. She holds a BA in English Literature from Rhode Island College, and currently is employed as a historical interpreter at the Old York Historical Society.

Hannah Peterson began pattern making in her teens, and has since then honed her research skills and developed an extensive knowledge of historical clothing by completing master seamstress training, and apprenticing with a master tailor from Europe. She has been a historical reenactor since she was 15, and is currently a member of McAlpin’s Corps of Loyal American Volunteers. She has worked as a stitcher at a professional theater, and a men’s personal stylist, and is currently employed as an educator at Old York Historical Society. Peterson also has in interest in historic plants, and has lectured on the topic at Freeport Historical Society and MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair.

This virtual program is presented via Zoom. You will receive an email with the zoom link for the program with your registration confirmation through our online ticketing system.

If you need technical support either with connecting via Zoom or with technical issues during the virtual event, please consult the Zoom help center here directly HERE. Please note that Old York’s hosts and employees are unable to answer technical support questions.

Optional soup supper to go:
$10 per person. Enjoy a bowl of homemade Tomato Pumpkin and Tortellini Soup (vegetarian), accompanied by bread from When Pigs Fly. Local pick-up only.

Contactless pick up between 3 and 5pm on March 10 at the Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road. Your meal will be packaged, labeled with your name, and available for pick up outside at the side door (by the bluestone patio). You will need to heat your meal at home.