CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

18th Century Pocket Embroidery

Where do I put all my stuff? 18th Century pockets were not sewn into women’s gowns as they are often sewn into garments these days. Instead women had a pair of pockets – or a single pocket – attached to some ribbon or tape, which was tied around their waist. The pockets were rather voluminous and were reached through a hole in the side of the skirts of the dress. Ladies often practiced their embroidery skills on decorating their pockets. Students will be given “pocket kits” that contain pre-cut, pre-stenciled pockets, embroidery thread, and needles. Emily Frank will teach easy and simple embroidery techniques for pocket decoration. The pockets will not be pre-sewn but final construction will be discussed.

Date/Time:  February 10, 2018 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Location:  The Revolutionary War at Huntington Beach at the civilian camp

Huntington Central Park, 18000 Goldenwest St, 92648 Huntington Beach, United States (Behind the library on Gothard between Slater and Talbert)

Parking: Parking is available behind the library and in the areas designated by the event coordinators.

Ticket Price: $7.00

Tickets will be available until 2/8/19 at 12:00pm, or until sold out. Only 10 seats are available. Purchase your tickets at this link.

When you purchase your ticket, you will be asked to select Pocket Embroidery Color: (1) red/blue/yellow/green; (2) shades of blue with green; (3) shades of red with green

Teacher to Bring: Pocket Kits

Students to Bring: Basic hand sewing kit

Are children allowed: Please do not bring children to the workshop.

Additional information: Period correct attire is not required but is encouraged (it just adds to the fun).  Additionally, it would be most helpful if you could bring a folding chair.

Teacher:  Emily Frank

Emily grew up in a family of seamstresses and needle-workers; taking an interest in historical costuming after a childhood full of American Girl books and other historical fiction. Embroidery is a talent she’s particularly partial to, occupying the hands while leaving her mind and mouth open for conversation with friends.

Liaison:  CGW VP Cynthia Aronin