Masque & Pettycote is pleased to announce a that we are offering Classes and Workshops.  Check out the class descriptions below.  Please register at your earliest convenience to reserve a spot as spaces are limited. If a class has not yet been scheduled and you are interested in it, please let us know and we can start arranging dates.

Mending Pile Monday Night
Got a pile of clothes that need a tweak here, a hem there? A hole? A broken Zipper? Do you hate to get rid of it but don’t know what to do with it? Come use our machinery, tools, shop space and know-how to repair that zipper, put in that hem, adjust that fit and learn new skills to help keep that pile from reappearing.
Regularly First Monday of the month, $20 includes instruction, shop and thread fee. Some materials such as zippers, fabric and buttons are an additional cost/bring your own. Maximum 6 people. Instructors Mishka Navarre/ Ricky German.
Dates: 7:00– 9:00 p.m. July 6, August 3, September 7

Drawing the Figure
Figure drawing is one of the most technical of art skills because it relies on the artists’ ability to depict form, volume and proportion while portraying something which is as familiar to us as the back of our hands.
Learn some basics of figure and face construction which is a vital skill for Costumers, Fashion Designers and Artists in general.
2 hours a week for a 3 week series.
Includes Instructor and Model fee. May contain nude figure drawingFSC_4996 sessions.
Needed Materials: newsprint pad/drawing paper, stick charcoal, drawing pencils.
Instructors, Mishka Navarre/Ricky German. Cost $55.00
Dates: July 8, 15, 22 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm

The Elements of Design
Design in all of its forms from clothing to architecture utilizes a basic “toolbox” of elements including line, shape, color, texture and focus. How do designers and artists of all types use these tools to create functional, beautiful and evocative pieces? Come discover how the elements of design are all around you and how you can use them as you create. 2 hours a week for 2 weeks.
Instructor- Mishka Navarre. Cost $38.00
Sunday July 19 and 26 2:00-4:00 pmset1_small

Build a Skirt Workshop
Learn some basic sewing skills and make a simple skirt with a waistband and zipper. By making a skirt you will learn basic skills such as Basic pattern layout and cutting, Sewing machine and Serger operation, simple seams, gathering, hemming, hand application of closures and how to do a machine or hand hem. Use your own fabric and zipper $50, use our fabric and zippers $65 (limited selections). Three 2 hour sessions. Needed Materials: 2 yards fabric, coordinating thread, one 8” zipper.
Maximum 6 students.
Instructors: Ricky German/ Mishka Navarre
Dates: Tuesdays July 21, 28 August 4 7:00– 9:00 p.m.

Zombie Workshop
You aspire to be one of the walking dead but you don’t have much beyond a limp armed stagger and a moan to show for it. In this 3 hour workshop decide upon your manner of death, learn some blood and gore makeup skills, get hints on creating that perfect ragged wardrobe. $45 includes demonstration makeup and instructor. Individual makeup may be purchased through us depending upon your undead needs. Costumes are not included.
Instructors Ricky German/ Mishka Navarre
Dates: Saturday September 12
11:00 am– 1:00 pm


Costume History Series
Part of a Costumer’s job is to be able to research and portray historical periods. Learn about the styles, lifestyles and fashion
oddities of each time period. Each series is 3 weeks with three 2 hour sessions.
1- Ancient cultures to Byzantium
2- Early Medieval to Renaissance
3- Elizabethan to 1789
4- French Revolution through the reign of Victoria
5- Edwardian and the 20th century through 1950
Cost: $50.00 per 3 week series. Purchase all 5 classes in the series for $175 (a $75 savings). We advise that the courses be taken in order as new information will build upon prior information, but it is not necessary to have studied earlier periods to learn something new and interesting about each period.
Instructor: Mishka Navarre Dates– To be Announced

Create a Costume Design Drawing
One of the major tools of the Costume Design and Fashion industries is the ability to depict the clothed body and how to render different types of fabrics on the body form. Work with clothed models and color medium to create your own costume design plate.Kate Act 1
Needed Materials: Bristol board tablet, Inexpensive drawing paper tablet, watercolor and brushes or colored pencils.
2 hours a week for a 3 week series. Includes instructor and Model fees. Cost $55.00. Suggested prior class “Drawing the Figure”
Dates -To Be Announced

Tassels, Tear-Away and Sequins Workshop
Hey Burlesque Beauties!!! Come up your game and learn some skills to make your awesome clothing finds work for your act! Learn breakaway rigging and techniques, make your own pasties and explore the bling bling bling!!!! Come with your ideas and clothing pieces. Fabrics and Materials not included. 3 two hour sessions.
Week 1 Concept, Refine and fit
burlesque cropWeek 2 Fit alterations, Fabrication and rigging
Week 3 Finish work
Materials not included. Cost $50
Instructors Ricky German/ Mishka Navarre
Dates– To Be Announced

Drag Workshop
Girlfriends! Whether you are a pro, aspiring Queen or like to dress for fun or lifestyle come have some rainbow sparkle high heel fun! 9 hour 4 week series:
Week 1- (2 hours) Clothing Makes the Lady: discuss and find ideas for your girlish figure: gaffs, boobs, foundation garments and explore dressing the part. Clothing, wigs and underthings not included in class costs. Seek out your own style or rent our stock for a reduced price.
Week 2- (2 hours) Movement: learn the mysteries of how to walk in high heels and to sit like a lady- bring your own skirt and heels or use ours to get you outfitted for a practice session.
Week 3- (2 hours) Makeup: bring your makeup kit or purchase from our stock and explore highlight and shadow, eyebrows and cheekbones, glitter and lip liner.
Week 4- (3 hours) Put it all together and “Lip Sync for your Life!” Use your new skills and fabulous looks to try out a new number or just strut your stuff in a supportive atmosphere. Invite your crew to see your new look and get critiques from professional Queens and performers. 1 adult beverage for those over 21 included and soft drinks/ coffees for minors. 6 student limit. Instructor Ricky German
Dates: To Be Announced

Instructors- Do you have a class you are able to instruct and just need a space to do it? Talk to us about Scheduling and Finances.

ALSO! if you are interested in having a custom costume made for Halloween…Talk to us now! We will be taking orders for custom work until July 31 so that we know we will have enough time to complete all custom work before the Holiday rush. Make an appointment or drop in and chat with us about your costume desires.


Explore a Little 1930’s Fashion

The Atelier is preparing for a 1930’s theme Wedding for some clients and we are pulling some looks together for their guests. If you are putting a 30’s ensemble together or are thinking about what kind of anHenryMarshPhyllisHainesWedding1933 outfit we can put you in, here is a little primer of fashion from the early to mid 1930’s

Women’s Wear

With the new decade, women’s clothing evolved away from the boyish, boxy looks of the 1920’s to looks which emphasized womanly curves.

Waistlines returned to the natural waist. Shoulders lettylynton-1930s-evening-dress-by-adrianwere emphasized with puffed, padded  or butterfly sleeves, which helped create an illusion of a smaller waist. Skirt lengths were generally mid calf or longer. Skirt Fullness was minimal and many skirts clung to the hips and flared below the knee.1933-women-dresses-ad-02

Bias Cut gowns and dresses were introduced by designer Mme. Vionnet and became all the rage as street dressing imitated the slinky silver screen imagesWM2SZBM2sirens. Bias is fabric turned on a 45 degree angle to the grain which gives the fabric more stretch and allows it to glide over the body curves.

Suits and Skirt Jacket and Blouse combos were common for daywear.  Jackets followed the body closely and were often hip length with a flared skirt or peplum. Bolero Jackets were popular for both dressy and casual events.3906653_f260


Shoes had a boxy tapered heel. Pumps, peep7875025_thumbnail toe and sandals were popular for day and evening and oxfords were a daywear staple.

Accessories finished off the outfit. Stockings, gloves (short for day, long for evening) and hats were de rigeur.  Floppy picture hats, cloches and small brimmed hats and caps matched gloves, bags and often shoes. 50a9ff22f699391470056ddbcec5f534

Hair While still predominantly short was worn longer and softer than the blunt bobs of the 20’s.   Makeup concentrated on glamor with red or wine colored lips in a bee-stung or cupid’s bow shape with thin eyebrows and mascara or false eyelashes. Blush was concentrated on the apple of the cheek and was usually in the pink range.Fan mag_PhotoPlay & Silverscreen,1933-41


Gentlemen generally wore variations of the three piece suit. Jackets were most often 3 button, fairly broad in the shoulder and nipped in at the waist and flared again at the hip creating9d363c06fa221d1aa98b20a599d577d3 an hourglass shape. Single and double breasted jackets were both worn. Lapels were very wide and generally peaked.  Pants were generally quite full, pleated, worn at the waist 1930s mens suitsand for the conservative tapered at the ankle while the more fashion forward youth would wear them wider at the ankle. Pants were usually cuffed and creased. The zipper fly made its appearance in the 30’s.

Accessories gave the gentleman opportunities for personal style. Hats were worn at all times outdoors. Usual styles were the fedora, the narrower brimmed trilby, bowlers and newsboy caps.1930s-dobs-fedroa-hat-221x300 Straw fedoras and boaters were options for warmer weather. 1930s-hat-ad-boater-fedora-Copy-339x500Pocket squares, dress scarves, vests, suspenders, bow and straight ties, tie pins and gloves were worn. Sweaters and sweater vests were beginning to be common day wear most often seen with “v” necks and in an argyle or fair-isle pattern. imagesVNW023FO

Shoes had a fairly pointed toe and the oxford or brogan in solid black or brown or two tone were most common.1930S-mens-fashion3

Hairstyles were generally short on back and sides with a little length on top. article-new-ehow-images-a07-s6-6n-mens-evening-wear-1930s-800x800Sideburns were short and neat. Beards were unacceptable but small neat moustaches were occasionally sported by snappy gents.

Men’s Formal Wear had more or less standardized to the black tuxedo jacket with peaked lapels. White dinner jackets began to give men lighter summer options. The turndown collar formal shirt and the cummerbundresized-1936-jan-mens-formal-dress-article-illus were regular evening options. “Black tie” became the less formal evening option indexworn with the short tux coat while “white tie” was reserved for the more formal tail coat. Grey Morning coats and striped trousers reflected a slightly earlier period and were staples of daytime formal events.c4b14fdca06d8754bc80dad84ec77873








Here are a few video links to clips from the early 1930’s




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