Spanish Frock Workshop

What: An intensive workshop on Early 16th century Spanish gowns.

When: 13th and 14th of June 2015. 10am- 4pm both days.

Where: University of Canberra, Rooms TBA


  • Steward: Ginevra Lucia Di Namoraza ( Carina)
  • Deputy Steward: Helayne Quynteyn (Kylee)
  • Webmistress: Eyfura ( Elonwy)
  • Teachers: Mistress Constanzia will consult us via the facebook group whilst five fantastic laurels are travelling to help us with correct patterning. Details TBA
  • And you!


  • $5 for members
  • $10 for non-members
  • Money will go towards printing, tea and coffee as well as incidentals. Money left over will go in a workshop fund.


The goal: The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills and knowledge of Spanish dresses, with the goal to encourage and support beginner and intermediate sewers to pattern and construct an early 16th century Spanish dress and chemise ( Optional). Depending on sewing expertise, some may go away with a full dress and chemise, whilst others will have most of a bodice down, ready to finish at home. Sewers will be paired up to help each other pattern and we will have teachers checking on progression and helping as needed.

If you are an independent sewer attending our workshop for motivation and inspiration, you will be encouraged to work on your gown as you see fit and supported as much as is possible around that. Any support you can offer to your less experienced sewing friends will be appreciated!

What you need to do:

  1. Register your interest at ASAP. This will enable us to:
  1. book an appropriate room
  1. help us when doing our optional, potentially discounted group order (boning, fastenings, interlining, striped white fabric etc.)
  1. allows us time to speak with other teachers, so we can set an appropriate class size.
  1. Look out for your booking email – once we have confirmed availability of teachers, we will open the bookings. You will receive an email to say that you are being offered a place, or are on the waiting list. You will have 3 days to respond before your place is offered to the next participant on the waiting list.
  1. Once your booking is confirmed, fees will need to be paid in cash or via direct debit.
  1. Beginners are highly encouraged to pick from a couple of simple dresses on the Facebook page. This will help us to help you construct a gown by the end of the workshop.

When booking, please send us the following:

  • Name and SCA name, as well as membership details.
  • Sewing experience – please indicate whether you are:
  •  a (mostly) independent sewer who is just coming along for some advice and motivation, and/or some help in one particular area (e.g. patterning)
  • a pretty okay sewer, but need a bit of help along the way. I can do the following things:
  • Patterning:
  • Constructing experience:
  • Use of sewing machine:
  • Use of overlocker:
  •  a complete newbie, but you’re super excited to learn!
  • A picture or drawing of the dress you want to make, or confirm satisfaction with our beginner option. This information is helpful for us in organising the teachers, space and workshop.
  • If you need billeting.
  • If you are happy to billet.
  • If you wish to participate in a group order, and what you wish to buy
  • Any needs you may have.
  • If you have any sewing machines/overlockers you are willing to share with other participants

What you need to bring:

  • Pre washed fabric for dress and chemise
  • Preferably pre ironed the aforementioned fabric
  • Material: 5-6m of natural fabrics (Thin wool, thick silk, medium to heavy linen, brocades. Brocade, silk and velvet will result in a more formal gown, linens will be a more casual gown/suitable for warmer weather)
  • Material: 2-3m of white/white with black lines (Again natural fibres such as linen are best)
  • Material: 1-2 m of lining for bodice and sleeves.
  • Lining for skirt as well as bodice may be need for thinner materials – if in doubt, ask!
  • Sewing threads to match fabric of dress and chemise
  • Material for the guards/trim ( black bands on dress and sleeves) if you choose them (black velvet bias binding, velvet trim, etc)
  • Boning
  • Interlining
  • Lucetting cord/ribbon
  • Fastenings
  • Pins
  • Tailors chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Bring a plate to share for lunch, or bring your own if you have dietary requirements.
  • Bring personal plate, cup and utensils
  • If you have a sewing machine or overlocker, please bring it with you.

Important dates:

  • Bookings open on the 27th of April and the 15th of May is close of Bookings.
  • The workshop is held on the 13th and 14th of June

Additional information:

  • Resources and references will be available on the day.
  • A guide and reference will be emailed out to all participants, and printed copies will be available on the day.
  • Spanish dresses will be available to look at.
  • There is a Facebook group, ( please join for support and communication.
  • Remember to bring water and snacks!
  • This is an intensive workshop designed to get you a mostly wearable dress in two days (some hemming or finishing etc at home may be required). You will need to bring all your focus and energy…and perhaps consider leaving your children at home 😉
  • First day is patterning and constructing of the gown, second day is finishing the gown and constructing a chemise. For early finishers accessory options may be available, otherwise we are sure beginners would appreciate the help.
  • An accessories class featuring headgear, jewellery, etc will be held at the Politarchopolis A&S Collegium in August.


Rachel Vess's photo.
"Constanzia's Coronation dress II.<br />
Issues with the dress.<br />
1. Bodice is actually too big by about 2 cms in the centre front (pattern copy error).<br />
2. The bodice needs a slight peak at the front to assist with the split at the centre front.<br />
4. Angle of shoulders needs to be more at 90 degrees<br />
5. Bell shape is not quite big enough<br />
4. Didn't bother splitting the sleeves half way down."

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