Carolingia Garb Workshop

Event Details

This event is running from 20 January 2018 until 21 April 2018. It is next occurring on March 17, 2018 1:00 pm

I will be hosting a 5 session workshop to help people make garb!  If you do not have any garb yet, or just have the itch to make something new, this is for you.  Note, this is not an A & S workshop, and I am personally only capable of teaching modern methods (though some of this knowledge overlaps with period methods).  The emphasis will be on creating a wearable garment that has a period silhouette, even if our method or materials are less than period.  I will be teaching to beginners, so no experience is necessary to fully participate and make a garment, but everyone is welcome.  Experienced makers are most welcome.  I will teach machine and hand sewing techniques.  Please see below for the complete schedule.
If you have questions or are interested in assisting with teaching or can loan extra sewing machines, please reach out!

Garb Workshop #1 – Preparation – Jan 20, 1pm – 5pm

PLEASE RSVP if you plan to attend – I will be booking future classroom spaced based on the number of attendees.

  • Deciding what you want to make
    • Bring you idea, no matter how simple or complex!   The purpose of working together as a group isn’t for everyone to make the same thing, but rather for you to benefit from help and experience for those who are able to offer it, and also to have the motivation of working together with others.  Sewing can be a lonely activity!  For this workshop, please bring a picture, image, or drawing of what you want to make.
  • Purchasing or Making a pattern
    • Selecting a pattern for purchase (or borrowing someone else’s pattern), or evaluating the feasibility of drafting your own pattern with period or modern sources & methods.
  • Buy, Beg, or Borrow
    • What materials and tools do you need to turn your vision into reality?  Where can you get them and how much should you expect to spend? (Birka is the weekend after this workshop!)
  • Note: please ensure you eat lunch before arriving as there will not be snacks, although you are welcome to bring your own.
Garb Workshop #2 – Patterning – February 17
Location TBD
  • Preparing your pattern
    • If you have a pre-printed pattern, you’ll get assistance measuring yourself, the pattern, and tracing out a copy and making pattern adjustments  for personalized fit
    • If you are drafting a pattern, you’ll get assistance measuring yourself, drafting onto paper, and making pattern adjustments for personalized fit
    • We’ll review best practices for cutting out your fabric to make your mock up – accurate cutting is part of accurate fitting!  Cut out your mock up at home, so you’re prepared for Workshop #3.

Garb Workshop #3 – Making Your Mock Up & Fitting – Mar 17

Location TBD
  • Assembling your mock up
    • Once you’ve cut your mock up, you can assemble it – some may be able to accomplish this at home, but if not, there will be lots of hands on support.
  • Fitting your mock up
    • Fitting yourself is hard!  Experience hands will be available to pin, tuck, and let out and help you create a final pattern
  • Next Steps
    • A review of what you’ll need to do in order to be ready for Workshop #4.  Some will have more they need to accomplish at home then others.
Garb Workshop #4 – Making Your Garb – April 21 (we will add a 2nd session if needed)
Location TBD
  • All the prep work is done!  Cut and assemble your garb!  We will have 2 work days which are devoted to cutting and construction.  Come for the coaching or the company or both.
Garb Workshop #5 – Accessory Round Table – Date TBD
  • We’ll have a round table discussion about accessorizing.  Proper accessories will elevate your garb to the next level!


–Lady Anne Forneau (aka Wendy)
Phone Number: 571-201-5341
Home Address: 100 Lowell Rd