Festdrakt Class

Festdrakt Class

Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

At Norway House

  • Sew a Festdrakt for you or your child/grandchild
  • Sew a bunad blouse
  • Alter a bunad or drakt
  • Easy instruction (Fabric & supplies available in class)
  • $35.00/day plus cost of supplies

Class taught by Deb McConaghy and sponsored by the Washington Lodge.

Now is the time to have the costume you have always wanted!

About the Class

The Lodge will offer a festdrakt workshop at Norway House on April 11-12, run by Deb McConaghy. Deb is a talented seamstress and costume historian, and Vice President of the Norsk Carolina Lodge in Charlotte, NC. If you’ve ever wanted a festdrakt, this is a great opportunity.

Deb started constructing traditional woolen bunads over 17 years ago, but after moving to the warm and humid South her repertoire now includes the lighter weight folk dress (festdrakt), made from cotton of linen.

The workshop offers many possibilities. Deb can help you sew your own festdrakt, including vest, apron, purse, and cap, or help alter or restore existing items including bunads.

She will bring a wide selection of fabrics, trims, and clasps to choose from, or you can bring your own sup- plies. She can also furnish sewing machines.

Not interested in sewing? Deb will use your fabric selections, take your measurements, and make a festdrakt for you at a very reasonable price.

Deb has run two previous workshops here, well attended by our members. Check the April 2014 Capital Viking for photos from last year’s event and an article by Elizabeth Bruening about her 166 year-old bunad, a family treasure she entrusted to Deb for restoration. 

Denise Bowden especially appreciated all the sewing help Deb gave her. Doris Goodlett was thankful for the continuing help she received. After the workshop, Doris realized the fit of her vest could be improved, and sent it to Deb back in NC, who made the alterations to complete satisfaction. Other Lodge members who have participated in past workshops include Sonja Bensen, Debra Fosaaen, Susie Fosaaen, Linda Hurt, Tina Keune, and Karon Plasha.