Meet the Isabella MacTavish-Fraser Gown

Registration will open on November 18, 2019.

Date: March 14, 2020

Time: 10:30AM to 3:30PM 

Location: Woodlawn Manor House, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

In the spring of 2019, a team of historical mantua-makers made a close recreation of the famous Isabella MacTavish Fraser wedding gown.  This gown was made and worn in 1785 and is now in the collection of the National Museum, Scotland.

Rebecca was the team lead for this recreation, and will be joining us in Maryland for a one-day presentation on the gown, the history and contexts of it, and the creation of the reproduction gown. 

The reproduction gown will be on display and available for audience members to (view, touch, etc?)

Presenter: Rebecca Olds of Timesmith Dressmaking

Rebecca Olds is the founder, designer, and dressmaker at Timesmith Dressmaking. She is an independent ‘original practice’ researcher and maker of reconstructed historical clothing of the 18th century.  She specializes in making research-based garments, underpinnings and accessories and in re-creating/re-constructing surviving originals held in public and private collections. 

This event is limited to 30 registrations of $80/ seat. 

We will start taking deposits for this event on November 18, 2019.

$30 non-refundable deposits taken from November 18, 2019 to January 26, 2020.

Note: Some students have reported problems with the payment system when registering online. If your registration payment isn’t loading properly, please contact us directly at or through the contact us ( page and let us know so we can help you and confirm your participation.

$50 balance due by February 26, 2020. We will bill you through PayPal for this balance. If you prefer to pay another way, please contact us at

Registration will be open until February 26, 2020 or the event sells out.

Woodlawn Manor House and Trunk Show

Woodlawn Manor House was constructed in the early 1800s.  Dr. William Palmer and his son Benjamin were the longest property owners from the early 1800s to early 1900s. Francis Scott Key was a visitor when the home also served as a boarding school. In the late 1970s Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission purchased the property from the McKeever family establishing Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Tours of the museum and the other areas of the site will be available for individual purchase during our lunch break.

For more information, please visit:

This event will include a trunk show for browsing throughout the day.  Details are TBA.

Lunch and Beverages

Lunch will not be provided. Participants will have access to a refrigerator and microwave in our host site.  In addition, there are many restaurants nearby. Please contact us at if you have questions about what will be available. 

A selection of teas and instant coffee will be available all day at no charge. 

Transportation and Parking

The red line Twinbrook metro stop is a 20 minute drive to our location. 

Surface parking is free in the attached parking lot.