Traditional Work Shirt
John C. Campbell Folk School
5 Days – Sunday November 4 – Saturday November 10, 2018 (During Shaker Week at John C. Campbell Folk School)
See Workshop listings under Work section of this web site for many photos of this versatile shirt. Work shirts are worn by men, women, and children for work and outdoor fun in all seasons. My work shirt patterns were first developed in reference to shirts that I studied in Scandinavia, and since then I have found that work shirts followed a very similar cut throughout the British Isles and Northern Europe. This was true also in rural North America before ‘ready-made’ clothing became available, when everyone’s work clothing was largely made at home. Now after researching museum examples of Shaker shirts, I find parallel traditions of cut and garment construction were used throughout the Shaker communities. Today these shirts become sturdy long-lasting and comfortable custom made shirts that are worn by men, women, and children.
In the class at John C. Campbell, we will first learn the history and cultural background of these shirts, and I will have an opportunity to share insights from historic examples of shirts I have discovered on my recent travels in Scandinavia and Europe. You will be learn to adjust the patterns to your preferences for both size and design, learning the basic construction as well as how to create variations such as different closures and unique pockets that suit your own activities.
You can make a shirt for yourself or for someone else, and in this five day class you will have time to complete a shirt and to get started on another; reinforcing your new DIY skills. A smaller sized child’s shirt makes a good first project; using it to learn the basic steps before advancing to a larger scale shirt with more pattern adjustments. Before the class, I would like to email or talk with everyone so that I know how many patterns and what sizes to bring. I will also send you lots of information about fabric choices and make suggestions for good fabric sources.
You can see the listing for this class and get registration information from John C Campbell Folk School web site.
If you have any questions about getting ready to join the class, feel free to get in touch with me.
ALSO IN NOVEMBER, 2018 -
Nature’s Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt
North House Folk School
Grand Marais, MN
2.25 Days – Friday November 16 – Sunday November 18, 2018
Winterer’s Gathering at North House is a time to
Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, film festival, speakers, this is a classic event to welcome the season of snow.
The Wool Blanket Shirt workshop fits right into the theme. It is always a great time to work on a wool sewing project in November, as we anticipate the colder months ahead. These warm shirts create a warm enclosure for your body, while at the same allowing your body to ‘breath’ with the surrounding environment. Great for either winter camping, hiking trips, or for evening walks around town. You can plan to bring a blanket from home or buy a blanket from North House School Shop. Before the class, I would like to email or talk with everyone so that I know how many patterns and what sizes to bring. We will also correspond about your choice of blanket. If you have any questions about getting ready to join the class, feel free to get in touch with me.