Staying Warm in the 18th Century
Cloaks and Mitts for Women

March 16, 2019

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In keeping with Women's History Month
we present
Staying Warm in the 18th Century:
Cloaks and Mitts for Women

with Angela Murphy
Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
$55 Per Student
(class fee includes noon meal)

The Cloak

Two of the most common ways women of all classes--from the poor up through the wealthiest upper classes--and through all decades of the 18th century, stayed warm was to wear cloaks upon their shoulders and and mitts on their arms.

In the 18th century, cloaks could be long, covering the gown, or short, not quite hitting the elbows, and any where in between.

Cloaks could have had hoods or collars. They could have been made of silk, or wool, or printed cottons. Cloaks could be plain or trimmed.  

A woman's wallet (think $$), taste, station in life, and activity, all played a factor as to which cloak would be worn at a given time or place.

& Mitts

Mitts, known in this century as fingerless, elbow-length gloves, could be made of wool, silk, linen, lace, cotton or cotton muslin.

Mitts were commonly worn to keep arms and hands warm while allowing fingers to remain free for tasks. Aside from their practical use, mitts could also be a used as a fashion statement with elaborate embroidery, faggoting, and lace ornamentation.

It was not uncommon for women to use mitts as a form of sun protection as well as for warmth. Surviving examples of plain linen, light-weight white or cream cotton and cotton muslin, would suggest little other use.

Our class will concentrate on making a short wool cloak and wool mitts. Keeping onself warm is they key to this class.

By the end of the class students will be well on their way to completing a pair of wool mitts and a wool short cloak.

Students will also take home a copy of Angela's research, a personalized (just YOUR size) pattern for mitts, a short cloak pattern with a hood and collar option, as well as comprehensive directions to complete construction of both your mitts and your cloak.

Once you have registered for this class, additional information regarding the class will be emailed to you.

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with subject line: Cloaks and mitts

"An engagement in Billingsgate Channel, between Terrible and the Tiger, two First Rates;" 1781; Carrington Bowles, publisher. Image courtesy The British Museum.

Paul Sandby, "A Girl in a Sunhat, Seen from Behind." Circa 1760.

An example of a short (short, short) cloak (?) and mitts.

"The Lady with the Veil." Alexander Roslin. 1768.

Check out the snazzy brown mitts.

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Saturday March 16, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM