Workshop: Busserull - Norwegian Work Shirt with Carol Colburn

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Monday, January 21, 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Monday, January 21, 2019, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI011918CC
  • 2


  • $225 + $35 material fee
  • $170 + $35 materials fee

To register and pay off-line, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

Be sure to "Join Waitlist" if this class fills (there is no cost to do so) and we will notify you if a seat opens up or this class gets offered again.
Registration is closed

Sew your own Busserull! These heritage work shirts are designed for outdoor life and festive occasions. These shirts were part of the rural heritage of Norway. Similar work shirts were used throughout Scandinavia, and among immigrants to North America. Today they make an ideal comfortable shirt for men, women and children. 

The shape of the work shirt is based on squares and rectangles, so you will follow stripes as you cut and sew. You will create your distinctive shirt with step-by-step guidance, first adjusting your pattern, then cutting, marking, machine and hand sewing, and adding finishing touches. Natural fiber, striped fabrics in many colors and textures make your shirt distinctive.

Ten sizes of patterns are available, including three sizes for children, and adult sizes from XS to XXXL. You will leave class with a personalized, reuseable pattern, and  instructions, ready to begin your next Busserull. Learn a life-long skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. 

There is a material fee of $35 that 
covers the cost of one pattern, the written instruction packet, and some patterning supplies specific to methods that will be taught. 

The teacher will send each registrant a detailed list of supplies needed, along with fabric guidance and samples.

Skill Level: Proficiency with using a sewing machine.  Beginners with basic knowledge of machine sewing will advance their proficiency, and experienced sewers will learn special techniques for creating this classic shirt. 

Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

To read a short history of the Busserull, see Carol’s articles in the online publication Norwegian Textile Letter. 

Instructor Bio: Carol Colburn teaches workshops merging traditional Scandinavian textile traditions with contemporary sewing craft. After a career teaching costume history, theatrical design and pattern making in universities, she now enjoys teaching custom garment making from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, and in fiber arts guilds and craft schools such as North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota and John C. Campbell in Brasstown, North Carolina. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments.

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