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Sat, Oct 28


Ace Makerspace

IN PERSON: Classic Shirt Construction with the Beth Galvin

Whether your style is high fashion, tailored, preppy, punk or grunge, there's a place for a button shirt in your closet. Learn all the techniques you need to tackle the button shirt pattern of your choice. This class will be held at Ace Makerspace in Oakland.

This class is SOLD OUT! Please contact us if you would like to be put on the waitlist.
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IN PERSON: Classic Shirt Construction with the Beth Galvin
IN PERSON: Classic Shirt Construction with the Beth Galvin

Time & Location

Oct 28, 2023, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ace Makerspace, 6050 Lowell St #214, Oakland, CA 94608, USA

About the Event

IN PERSON + access to technique videos following class

Classic Shirt Construction with the Beth Galvin 

Saturday, October 28, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Ace Makerspace, Oakland

Learn to make a classic shirt!

In this class, garment maker extrodinaire, Beth Galvin, will teach you all the techniques you need to be able to make an amazing shirt. Beth will walk you through the skills needed to make a button shirt, sharing her expertise and answering all of your questions. One of the great things about this class is that Beth will also share her series of videos that demonstrate these techniques so you can review them from home following the class.

Beth will discuss:

  • setting a sleeve
  • collar
  • collar stand
  • button placket
  • cuffs
  • interfacing
  • French seams

Rather than focus on only one pattern, Beth will share the tips and tricks needed to make just about any classic shirt pattern. There are lots of great patterns out there for both women and men, you choose your favorite. Because this class focuses on techniques rather than being a sew-along following a specific pattern, you will learn the skills regardless of what pattern you select!

Remember you are learning the techniques to make a shirt - so think of this as a practice version where you make components rather than sewing a shirt start to finish. We suggest you cut out the pattern and shirt pieces (leave the pattern pieces pinned to the shirt you have cut out). This is a great time to make a practice shirt - so feel free to use muslin, scraps, or a combo of remnants from your stash. Beth with demonstrate sewing the components of a shirt and you can practice along in class and get feedback and helpful tips. 

Keep in mind there's a lot of sewing involved in sewing a button shirt. You will leave class with the skills you need to make a shirt - you will have an opportunity to sew many of the components of the shirt in class where you can ask questions while you gain expertise. AND, you will have Beth's videos available to refresh your memory when you want to tackle that part of the project.

Skill level: ✂✂

You are comfortable with a sewing machine and want to take your garment sewing to the next level.

Supplies: You will need to purchase your pattern. You will receive the supply list that includes some recommended patterns once you sign up. 

Sewing Machines: If you would like to use one of the sewing machines at Ace Makerspace please select the Use Ace Machine ticket. If you are comfortable and would like to use your own sewing machine please select the Use My Machine ticket. DO NOT purchase a Use My Machine ticket if you don't have a machine, it isn't working properly or you aren't comfortable operating it. We don't have extra machines you can use. If we have sold out of Use My Machine tickets, and you want to use your own machine, you may purchase a Use Ace Machine ticket. 

About the instructor: 

Beth Galvin started sewing at age 7 and can sew everything from casual knit tops to tailored jackets to over the top party dresses. She has a popular sewing blog, Sunnygal Studio where she shares her tips and tricks and she also blogs for Craftsy. Beth loves to help people get the pattern they love to fit the way they want. She is brilliant at adding stylish little details that make your projects look professional and special, but what's even better is that she has figured out how to make it easier! One of her favorite things is to teach you the tips and shortcuts that will make your sewing faster and also more fun. Sign up for one of Beth's classes and let her teach you how satisfying it can be to sew great clothes that make you look great!


This class is being held at the Ace Makerspace located at 6050 Lowell St, #206, Oakland CA 94608. Located where Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville come together and just a short hop from Ashby BART. Ace Makerspace is a nonprofit whose mission is bringing people together to create, learn and solve life’s challenges with an amazing array of tools, technology, and project-based education. All in inclusive spaces, serving everybody in Oakland and beyond. You are required to open a free guest account prior to class.

Cancellation Policy:

Class fees are non-refundable. However you may transfer the class to a friend if you let us know in advance (please ask them to set up a guest account at Ace Makerspace).


  • RSVP - Use Ace Machine

    This is an IN PERSON class. It will be held at Ace Makerspace, 6050 Lowell St, Oakland. You can use one of the sewing machines at Ace Makerspace.

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  • RSVP - Use My Own Machine

    This is an IN PERSON class. It will be held at Ace Makerspace, 6050 Lowell St, Oakland. You need to bring your own sewing machine!

    Sold Out

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