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Garment Sewing 101 - Button Up Shirt

We are excited to introduce our very first Garment Sewing 101 class at Quilter’s Cottage! Sign up today for the perfect summer-time project promoting our shop’s new pattern partner “Wardrobe by Me”! Join James every Thursday in June to learn patterning and fundamental garment construction techniques that you can utilize in future sewing projects! Although the title of the pattern is “Tropical Shirt”, Wardrobe by Me patterns are very versatile, capable of becoming casual or formal button up depending on the type of fabric, buttons and fit you choose!

tropical shirt fabric requirements

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Open to all ages & skill levels. You will need a sewing machine in good working order or you can rent one of our shop machines for $5/day.

It is helpful if you are familiar with your sewing machine and know how to:
Replace & Thread the needle
Replace & Wind a bobbin
There will be some intermediate level skills covered in class

“Tropical Shirt” Pattern - Wardrobe by Me (Required for all students)
Sewing machine in good working order with manual (shop machines available to rent for $5/day)
Sewing Machine Needles (such as Schmetz Universal or Microtex, size 80-90)
Universal Sewing Foot
Button-Hole Foot
Bobbins for your Sewing Machine
Fabric (See Fabric Requirements Page above) **please add 1/2 yard to accommodate for 44/45" width fabrics. We recommend non-directional fabrics for making your first shirt.
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing, such as SF101 (See Fabric Requirements Page)
Coordinating All Purpose Sewing Thread (recommend 50 wt or above)
5 Buttons, 3/8” - 1/2”, Matching Style
Seam Gauge
Transparent Ruler (2.5” / 3” x 18”)
Fabric Scissors
Hand-Sewing Needles
Fabric scissors
Thread Snips
Marking Pen
Seam Ripper
Fabric Marking Tool/Chalk
Notebook and Pencil and Big Eraser
Lunch and/or snacks

Please wait to purchase supplies until after the first class.
*Most supplies are available for purchase at the Cottage.*
You will have access to the store's cutting mats, iron, ironing board.
Instructor: James Evans
Instructor Bio: Hello! I’m a 23 year old historical costumer and artist, currently studying many different art and design mediums at Fullerton College with the intent of transferring to a 4 year art school. This is my first teaching opportunity and I look forward to bringing my experience in theatrical costuming, garment construction, and design to Quilter’s Cottage! With this class I hope to give you the tools you need to follow pattern instructions, construct garments, and become more comfortable sewing!

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

(760) 723-3060
131 E. Fig St., Suite #6
Fallbrook, CA, 92028


We're a family owned and run quilt shop located in North San Diego County, CA.