Patterning: Traditional Linen Shirt
A linen shirt is a vital part of traditional Swedish folk dress for both men and women. It also makes a natural, breathable, and sophisticated contemporary garment worn on its own. Working with guest instructor Johanna Runbäck from the Sätergläntan Institute of Handicraft in Dalarna, Sweden, participants will begin a linen shirt from a pattern modified to their individual needs. Participants will learn a variety of stitches (backstitch, hemstitch, buttonhole stitch, and more), and create a muslin mockup before piecing together the shirt itself. This project will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their skills in pattern-making and working with linen, and to anyone interested in historical clothing. Some experience with hand and machine sewing is helpful. Given the time constraints, students will likely complete their project at home, but will leave class with a good start and a strong understanding of all the skills needed.