Period Clothing Sewing Class


On Saturday, July 16, 2016 the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Park and SPParks held a “Period Clothing Sewing Class” for docents led by Carolyn Elder, costumer and host of “Costumes Enough” ( who specializes in wearable period clothing based in Sacramento.  Women made a Californio skirt and sash and men (Gordie Stedman) made a pair of pants ably helped by Leticia Sotelo.  Before the workshop, Carolyn presented a lecture on clothing worn in pre-Statehood California.  Of great interest to all of us was the fact that in the 1860’s the greatest killer of women were fires (their skirts would brush the flames).  Hence, skirts had ruffles, pleats, and other details which made repairing and re-hemming burned skirts easier.  Join us at the Annual Docent Potluck on August 7th at the Gen. Vallejo Home picnic ground to see our handiwork!

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