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With 2020 Around The Corner, This Local Sewing Group Still Crafts 18th-Century Clothing

(L-R) Sara Hasz, Christine Millar and Emily Maynard joined Thursday's talk show to talk about their passion for sewing 18th-century inspired clothing.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio
(L-R) Sara Hasz, Christine Millar and Emily Maynard joined Thursday's talk show to talk about their passion for sewing 18th-century inspired clothing.

Sewing may be considered a dying art, but it’s very much alive in St. Louis — and not just the typical hand stitch. In 2017, Dr. Christine Millar and Sara Hasz helped create the St. Louis Georgian Sewing Society. The collective meets frequently to craft clothing based on Georgian attire that hit its peak of popularity from 1715 to 1830. 

They craft intricate dresses, court suits and even baby clothes that try to historically mimic 18th-century fashion — items that Marie Antoinette or Madame de Pompadour would wear. Members help each other source the fabric, and learn the technique and designs based on real patterns people once donned centuries ago. 

They also attend local events such as symphonies at Powell Hall while wearing clothing that match the time period of the musical pieces performed. And once a year, some members fly out to Versaille, Paris, to participate in the Grand Masked Ball Festival.

All are welcome to join, regardless of skill level. All that’s required to participate is an interest in history, camaraderie and a fondness for fancy behavior. 

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske explored how the group formed around such a niche interest and what all it entails. Joining the discussion were Millar, Hasz and Emily Maynard, the group’s vice president and social media manager. 

Listen to the full conversation: 

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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