Online Historical Costuming and Sewing Classes
to Help You Create the 19th Century Garments of Your Dreams
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How many times have you looked at a costume project and wished there was a class you could take that would show you, step-by-step how to accomplish it? Now there is!
Historical Costuming Classes with Jennifer Rosbrugh
Want to make a corset but afraid to go it alone?
Ready to tackle a new time period but need guidance to do it correctly?
Excited to finally attempt that project you’ve been putting off?
Ruth B - “I truly did enjoy your class. I found exactly what I was seeking and oh so much more.”
Current Hosted Classes:
Victorian Undergarments - New beginner class in development
Join other historical costumers in an online setting with an experienced instructor as you progress through detailed lessons. Learn from others and share your knowledge through a private discussion group for your specific class. Pick up handy tips & techniques. Be inspired to get sewing!
Jocelynne Woolf - “Jennifer, my sewing had already improved so much by just following your blog. Taking your classes has been an absolute game changer. Sometimes I can’t believe the level of improvement. I know this won’t be a perfect corset, but I fully believe it will be my best yet!”
Class FAQs (aka How they work and what you get with each class)
- Classes are presented online through a variety of media including videos, photos & discussion groups
- There is no specific “live” time for class as we have students from around the world and would be impractical to have live class times
- Classes run generally in 3 to 6-week time frames depending on the complexity of the project
- New lessons are emailed to students each week of the class
- Videos accompany each lesson covering specific topics for that week’s tasks
- Each week’s lesson includes an extensive PDF handout with detailed instructions and homework assignment
- Discussions during the class will take place on Facebook in a private group setting which offers valuable benefits such as:
- Personal access to the instructor’s extensive sewing & costuming knowledge
- Q&A regarding the lesson in progress
- Additional videos on specific techniques
- Encouragement both to & from fellow students to keep you motivated
- Classes have limited number of students for more personal attention
- Life happens when there are sewing projects to be finished. If you cannot finish the project lessons by the last official week of class, fear not. Sewing lessons and the Facebook group will remain live for at least 4 weeks after the last week of class so you can “catch up.”
All international students welcome! Instructions and measurements presented with American English standards.
Registering For a Class: Click on the class link below to learn more about the project and techniques covered throughout the class. Check out using PayPal with a debit or credit card. Students do not need a PayPal account to sign up for the class. Your payment method is secure and the instructor, Jennifer Rosbrugh, and HistoricalSewing.com do not have access to your payment account information.
A welcome message will be sent (to the PayPal email) confirming your enrollment in the class with information on the start date, supplies needed, and how to join the private Facebook group.
Skills Required: Each class description will note the difficulty level. Most classes will fall in the intermediate range with advanced techniques presented from time to time. Classes assume students have basic sewing knowledge, including how to operate a sewing machine and general sewing tools. A familiarity of 19th Century history and dressmaking is helpful but not required.
Computer Requirements: Standard definition videos for each class will be available for streaming view only on this site. (Videos are embedded links from a third party hosting server.) A high-speed internet connection will make the viewing more enjoyable with less buffering time.
Lesson outlines will be available in basic PDF format and are readable through Adobe Reader (which your computer or mobile reader probably already has installed). Please visit the Adobe site to download the latest version. This software app is free.
Evette Nixon – “Your videos are a big help. I look at each video about three times, watch it first then stop it and replay and pause. The last time I viewed the video, I run it through all of the way as a checkpoint. You are a very good teacher.”
Refund Policy: There is no pressure to complete a class. However, if you decide you cannot continue, refunds will only be given within the first 10 days of lessons. For more information, please read our Terms of Service.
If you need to repeat a class within a 12 month period (say, you didn’t finish the first time and need the instructions again), a substantial discount off the current class fee will be given. Video subscriptions may be available to current students for longer access to the videos. Please inquire during the class.
What people are saying about Jennifer’s online classes:
Becca Hill – The Victorian corset class I took from them was AWESOME!… The class is amazing!”
Verónica Del Río - “Thank you all for these wonderful weeks. It was a pleasure to share with you. I learned a lot with you. Especially thanks to you, Jennifer. For your kindness, love and support. And because you’re a great teacher! Your courses are fantastic!”
Laurie Eisenbraun - “The wealth of knowledge and sewing supply sources I’ve gotten from this group is unbelievable!”
Trudi Schooley – “This has been a great class, Jennifer. I can’t wait to make some more [hats]. And got so many great ideas from the rest of the group.”
Val LaBore – “I enjoyed [the class] too. Kept me on track to finish mine.”
Christina Papp – “I’ve been very happy to be a part of this group and have learned SO MUCH by reading everyone’s posts, watching Jennifer’s videos, and seeing all photos posted.”
Tonya Clevenger – “Well, Here it is [photo], nothing fancy but I am proud of it…never thought I could make a corset!! Thank you Jennifer…”
Connie Whittlesey – “All done. Thank you Jennifer so much for this. I would never have tried this alone. It may not be perfect but I now have the confidence to step out of my tiny little box I have been sewing in. Seeeewwww much fun!”
Historical Costuming Classes with Jennifer Rosbrugh
Sign up now and improve your skills!
Classes fill quickly so don’t delay!
Victorian Bustle Day Dress - Next session in May 2014. Watch for registration details to be posted for this continually sold-out class.
Victorian Corset Class – Next session starts in April 2014.
Lobster Tail Bustle – Subscription starts today!
1880s Bustle Era Hat - Next session in 2014. Watch for when specific dates will be posted and when registration will open.
Victorian Undergarments - New class in development! First session will start in February 2014. Stay tuned for more details on this beginner class!
More classes coming soon!
Here are a few potential, upcoming classes:
- Edwardian Corset
- Regency Corset
- Set of Undergarments (Victorian and Edwardian)
- Bustle (petticoat style)
- Bodice Fitting
- Sleeve Fitting
- Regency Dress
- Millinery including bonnet making
- Pleating Techniques
- Fabric Selections
- Hook & Eye Tape Application
- Hand Stitches