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Beginning Sewing: Shirt No. 1 Two Ways

  • Bolt Neighborhood Fabric Boutique 4636 NE 42nd Ave, Ste C Portland, Or 97218 USA (map)


This class meets 3 times. Monday August 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing is a great pattern to cut your sewing chops on.  It’s easy to work with, and it leaves you with a super sweet blouse. In this class we’ll work through the pattern twice.  The first time working exactly with the pattern as written. The 2nd time we’ll talk about simple ways to alter/change the pattern.  We’ll walk through how to make it longer or shorter, add a pocket, or with a few slices cut out of the pattern and the addition of seam allowance to make it with contrasting fabrics!

In this class students will learn:

  • How to thread and operate a sewing machine.

  • How to lay out a pattern.

  • How to sew from a pattern.

  • How to use bias binding.

  • Simple options for altering a pattern.

Students will leave with one hand-made Shirt No. 1 and ideas, techniques and a road map of how to construct a second with variations. This class includes homework for students to work on outside of class time. Included in the ticket price students receive 2 free hours of Open Sew per week of class. Open Sew times must be scheduled with the Class Coordinator via email.

Materials List:

  • 100 Acts of Sewing Shirt No. 1 Pattern

  • 1 ½ -1 ¾  yards light-weight cotton or natural fiber blend woven fabric (no jersey or knits.) Find exact yardage on the pattern envelope. Please pre-wash, dry, and press fabric according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  • A spool of all purpose thread to match your fabric.

  • 1 yard ½ inch bias tape.

*Materials and supplies are NOT included in the price of the class. All materials are available to purchase at Bolt Fabric, either in store or online. Students will receive 10% off of supplies purchased at Bolt Fabric and enjoy 10% off purchases made the day of class. Please purchase supplies in advance of the class, as it is necessary to pre-wash fabric to manufacturer’s specifications.

** Please note that classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Learn more about this and all our policies here.

Earlier Event: August 10
Beginning Sewing: The Tote
Later Event: August 16
Beginning Embroidery