To Turn a Good Leg: Men’s Breeches Sewing Workshop

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February 21 and 22, 2015 from 9:30am-4pm

During the 18th Century, breeches were the principal form of fashionable men’s trousers. Henry Cooke, principal of Historical Costume Services, will lead participants through the construction of a pair of breeches, either from a kit supplied by him, or from cloth supplied by participant. The different types of stitches, details of construction and fitting will be covered, as well as finishing techniques. While you may not finish a pair of breeches in this weekend class, if you have good to moderate sewing skills, you will come close. Breeches kits are available in a variety of Kochan and Phillips woolens, along with linen osnaburg, and brown or indigo blue dyed linen. Space is limited to twelve students.

Part of the History Space series presented by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Newport Historical Society.