'Wedding Gown in a Weekend'

A demonstration of 18th century dressmaking: how a gown was draped and cut on the body and then constructed. The extant garment serving as our example and inspiration:  the tartan gown that Isabella MacTavish of Ruthven, Highlands, Scotland made for her wedding to Malcolm Fraser in January 1785. 
Photo by Ewen Weatherspoon. Reproduced with permission of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.​
Saturday 29th June – Sunday 30th June 2019

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Rebecca Olds (Timesmith Dressmaking)

Abby Cox (American Duchess)
Lauren Stowell (American Duchess)
Rebecca Olds (Timesmith Dressmaking)
Peryn Westerhof Nyman (Isabel Northwode Costumes)
Katy Stockwell (Regency Regalia)
Alexandra Bruce (Alexandra Bruce Costumes)
Georgia Gough
Flora Macleod Swietlicki



Free. Sessions will run in blocks of 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Feel free to join us for as many sessions as you like.  Please note however that seating is limited and cannot be gauranteed. 

The original dress will be on display nearby as part of the NMS’s Summer 2019 Exhibition, titled ‘Wild & Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland’.  We encourage our audience to view the original dress before coming to watch our demonstration and ideally afterwards as well -- we promise you will view it the second time with fresh eyes! Please see the exhibition details here for ticket information. 

The dressmaking demonstration will be filmed, so there will be opportunities to see the highlights, alongside the replica dress, at talks and historical dress conferences in 2020 and beyond.

Photos by Rebecca Olds. All rights reserved.