19th Century Cartridge Pleated Skirt Class

$ 49.00

Fall 2017: Our online classes have moved to a new platform that will make learning new sewing techniques, finishing projects, and communication with me as instructor SO much easier. Whoot!! 

All previous and current students will have the opportunity to enroll on the new site without having to pay again for class access.

New site is available now and all classes are open for enrollment. Info has been sent to previous students from this registration site and to those on our newsletter list. If you are a previous student but did not receive an email with the new login info, please contact us.

A private Facebook group is available for all students. 


Move beyond knife and box pleats!

Learn the beautiful technique of cartridge pleating while creating a fashionable skirt you can wear for 1830s, 1840s, 1850s and early 1860s dressing.

Called gauging in the Victorian Era, cartridge pleating is the method to reduce a great deal of fabric down into a small length by creating tiny pleats. This particular technique was hugely popular in the early Victorian decades being that fashion called for voluminous skirt widths.


Through 5 lessons, this class will cover the steps of starting from scratch with your skirt project through to final closure. A wearable garment is yours when you finish the class!

No pattern needed! We calculate yardage amounts for your skirt in class and cover appropriate fabrics too.

Each lesson has detailed sewing video tutorials along with PDF handouts full of photos of each step and written sewing instructions to accompany what you see in the videos. It's a complete course from start to finish!

Enrollment now open!

Richard Herr ~ "Jennifer Rosbrugh is amazing! She is such an encouraging person! Her classes leave every question answered, and her teaching method makes historical sewing a breeze!"


This class is for beginning-to-intermediate historical costumers.

You’ll learn exactly how to complete each step in creating the skirt, but you should understand basic sewing techniques including grading, topstitching, and hand sewing stitches such as the running stitch, whip and slip stitch.

The priority of this class is for you to understand how cartridge pleats are created while making a wearable garment. We go beyond the sample board here!

Once you understand the process of creating cartridge pleats you’ll be able to use the technique on other garment areas like sleeves in the 1830s and 1840s and Renaissance/Elizabethan skirts. Even the hem methods taught in class can be used on all Victorian Era skirts - 1830s through to 1900. The skills you learn here will take you far in your historical costuming journey!



Libby Dasbach ~ "Jennifer, you have inspired me so much to branch out to new things. I have started a project to to make something from every decade of the 19th century.""


Detailed Tutorials:

Welcome & Getting Started: Discuss time periods appropriate for the project, supplies needed, and fabrics best for your skirt

Lesson 1: Take measurements, calculate yardage needed for your skirt, and cutting all skirt pieces

Lesson 2: Sew major seams and hem the skirt; also includes BONUS of finishing the hem with protective tape

Lesson 3: Prepare the waistband and skirt edge

Lesson 4: Mark and sew the cartridge pleats

Lesson 5: Finish the project for a beautiful skirt ready to wear


With each lesson you have a chance to ask the instructor questions, post photos about your project as you work on it, and get feedback.

As with all our courses, we have a special private Facebook group set up for students enrolled in this class. Be sure to send us a message with the email address you use for Facebook and we'll send you an invitation to the group.

Our private groups have been very valuable to our students over the years with the ability to connect with others working on the same project while chatting about our love of historical fashion. You can also get individual help and feedback on your project from Jennifer, the instructor, as well as others in the class. You get to meet other costumers from around the world who have a passion for sewing like you do!



Skills & Techniques You'll Learn in Class:

  • Fabrics specifically recommended for 19th century skirt projects
  • The tricky calculation for yardage required for a cartridge pleated skirt
  • Hem facings - the techniques of application and why they are important
  • Making a waistband separate from the skirt which makes it easy to re-do a skirt later for another size
  • How to level a skirt from the hem up to waist for a perfectly balanced skirt
  • Creating various sizes of cartridge pleats
  • Both creating the pleats as well as mounting them to a waistband
  • What to do with the threads that create cartridge pleats
  • Applying a hook & bar closure


Jill Lane ~ “What I enjoy the most... is that there are actual, practical tips and videos that are truly helpful. Thank you for putting so much obvious love and attention into everything you do.”


Challenge your historical sewing skills. Get started today learning this much-loved technique. Make a fabulous new skirt for your next Victorian event! See you in class!!

All class lessons and PDF handouts will be available to students on an unlimited-access basis.


ATTENTION: We have a new class platform for our students - yay! If you enroll for this class on this page, please note the following steps to access the class:  

Upon successful registration students will receive:

1) download link at checkout (and also an email from SkyPilot with the link) to download the first PDF of class. Instructions are given in this PDF with the link to our new class platform and how to login and enroll there. Students will have information on how to bypass the enrollment fee on the new site.

2) an email invitation to join the Facebook workshop group (sent from FB within 24 hours). PLEASE let us know the email you use for Facebook if it is different from the one you use to enroll in this course. You can jump right in with questions in the group. The fun begins right away!

Be part of this exciting program of online sewing lessons! I'll see you in class soon!

Jennifer Rosbrugh, instructor

Jennifer Rosbrugh, instructor


P.S. The class lessons are entirely online and self-paced with no specific day or time required to be online. You work at your own speed and schedule - the platform will bookmark your place! Read the lessons and watch the videos when it's most convenient for you. Then pop into the Facebook group when you have a question or need help. 

No refunds. 

Attention EU students: our classes & workshops fall under the new 1/1/2015 digital VAT regulations. All online classes and workshops will have your EU country's VAT tax rate added at checkout. Class prices shown do not include VAT.

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