2023-05-19 - Sewing Historical Stays
Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 (9:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)
This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.
A folk vest, bodice, or liv is the pinnacle piece of a beautiful folk costume! They define the iconic silhouette of an era as well as the regional culture. Join us in a three-day workshop to create historical stays in the style of the bunad (Norwegian national costume) for Odal and Solør in eastern Norway. In this area of Norway, the garment is called snøreliv, but historical costumers just refer to them as tabbed stays!
Multi-sized patterns will be available from the instructor as well as corset coutil for lining, grommets, and synthetic whalebone. You will be guided through every step of the process – from customizing your pattern size to construction to how these garments have historically been styled. Bring your own fashion fabric and sewing machine, leave with a beautiful heritage folk garment!
Level of Instruction:
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced sewists however very patient beginners are also welcome!
April 28, 2023
Learn more about Martha Coates-Donahoo here.
The historical examples of snøreliv pictured here are shared with permission:
Livstykke from the collection of Stiftelsen Domkirkeodden is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Livstykke from the collection of Stiftelsen Glomdalsmuseet is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
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