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Part 2- Hands-on History Workshop for the Traditional Fiber Arts Series: Henrietta Garey’s Dress

April 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This series will explore the world of Henrietta Garey through the brown taffeta and velvet dress she wore to Christmas and Boxing Day festivities in Australia while on her 1884 honeymoon voyage with Searsport captain Franklin Garey. After the kickoff presentation “Wearing an 1880s dress with Anneliese Meck,” these two workshop sessions continue the series by taking a close look at Henrietta’s dress including how it was constructed, fastened, altered, and worn. We will discuss sewing at sea and what technology was available at the time this dress was made. Then we’ll enjoy hands-on components that focus on skills and techniques necessary to make the dress including a blind hem stitch, hand-stitched button hole, sewing on the button, plus a hook and “bullion stitch” eye. To keep the project accomplishable within the workshops, we’ll be making a fabric bracelet or wristlet.

Materials will be mailed to participants starting March 14th. Participants must provide their own scissors; all other materials are provided.

Sewing and history have long been passions for Alice Seeger. Weaver, sewist, and owner of Belfast Fiberarts, Alice has been sewing and making clothes since she was 10 years old. She has designed, created, and altered wedding gowns, prom clothing, and is currently working on a collection using handwoven fabrics. Ms. Seeger has worked at historic sites in the Hudson Valley, and was Director of Hands-on History Inc, creating experiential educational programs for elementary schools. She is excited to be working with Penobscot Marine Museum on this project to peek under the skirts of brave sea captains’ wives.

Workshop Fee: $60

Register here by March 16th

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.


April 7, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Penobscot Marine Museum
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