A Very Pretty Workbag

Presented by Dr. Ann Wass

Women in Jane Austen’s time generally had hand sewing (or “work”) to do. Some of it was portable. A woman could put it in her workbag with her sewing supplies and take it along on visits so her hands were busy as she chatted with her hostess. 

In this workshop, you will be provided with pre-cut fabric pieces in a variety of prints along with the notions and sewing supplies you will need to complete your bag. 

A basic knowledge of hand sewing stiches is required. 


Ann Buermann Wass has a Ph.D. in costume and textile history from the University of Maryland. She is retired from the Federal era Riversdale House Museum, in Riverdale Park, Maryland, where she began to study Regency/Federal fashion in 1998. She writes and lectures widely on dress and other aspects of early 19th century life. She lives in the history-rich Washington, DC, area, where she makes Regency era clothes for herself and her husband. They are delighted to be returning to the Mount Dora Jane Austen Fest in 2023. Ann is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, the Costume Society of America, and The Costume Society (UK).

Materials included
Limit to 15

Mount Dora Center for the Arts

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