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Elizabeth "Betty" Dorn's short gown
Monmouth County Historical Society, Freehold, NJ. Gift of Mrs. Charles G. Bennet and Miss Louise Hartshorne, 1935

Join us for this four-week virtual workshop to learn about fashion history and how to make your own short gown based on Elizabeth “Betty” Dorn’s short gown on display in our special exhibit, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807. Dorn’s short gown, which dates to the first years of the 1800s and is on loan from the Monmouth County Historical Association, prompts us to ask whether Dorn, a free black woman, was among America’s first women voters. Explore the history of short gowns and the significance of Dorn’s before learning the basic steps and sewing skills involved in making your own with guest artist Kirsten Hammerstrom and Gallery Interpretation Manager Tyler Putman.

This workshop will meet weekly on Wednesdays throughout February (Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) from 7-8:30 p.m. All participants will receive materials by mail prior to the start of the workshop to make their own short gown. No prior sewing experience is required and this jacket will be patterned to fit you. If you plan to wear it for a costumed event, owning a set of period stays will help you achieve a more authentic silhouette. Participants will need an internet connection, microphone, and webcam.

Registration Deadline: January 25, 2021

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