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Sun, Feb 25


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IN PERSON: How to Read and Alter Sewing Patterns with Beth Galvin

One reason to sew your own clothes is so you can make them just the way you like them but ... that is easier said than done. In this class, Beth will show you how to select the right top, shirt or dress pattern and then make some common adjustment to the shoulder, bust and back. Held at Bay Quilts

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IN PERSON: How to Read and Alter Sewing Patterns with Beth Galvin
IN PERSON: How to Read and Alter Sewing Patterns with Beth Galvin

Time & Location

Feb 25, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST

Bay Quilts, 5327 Jacuzzi St Suite 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804, USA

About the Event

This will be a fast-paced, busy class, packed with a lot of information focusing on patterns for women. In the first part of this class, you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about sewing patterns. In the 2nd half, we'll shift our focus to learn how to do basic alterations to a top, shirt or dress pattern to fit you through the bodice.

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Everything You Need to Know About Sewing Patterns!

Does reading a sewing pattern leave you dazed and confused? There's a ton of information on the pattern envelope (or website) and even more inside. Beth will  start by explaining what to look for in a good sewing pattern, how to choose your correct pattern size (it's probably not the size you buy at the store), and how various pattern brands handle sizing differently. She'll walk you through how to untangle all those lines and decode the crazy symbols. Last but not least, Beth will talk about one of the most important elements for garment success, the fabric choice. 

Fit to Perfection! Pattern Alteration Basics for Tops, Shirts and Dresses

Everyone is different. Big or small, high or low, broad or skinny, most of us need to adjust sewing patterns to better fit our body. Learn the basics of to how to alter a top, shirt or dress pattern so it has the same shape as you do. We will discuss why you may have tight shoulders, pulling open in the front or darts in the wrong place, and see how to do common pattern adjustments to address those issues. This class will be a workshop-style class including both demonstration and hands-on practice using half scale sample patterns so that you can get familiar with doing adjustments. 

On your sample pattern, you will learn how to:

  • Measure yourself and determine your pattern starting size
  • Check your shoulder slope and compare to pattern
  • Adjust the bust/chest on a variety of styles
  • Do an adjustment for full or small bust
  • Add, raise, lower or remove bust darts

This is a pattern reading and alteration class - you will not be sewing in class. Also, while the information Beth shares about pattern reading is applicable to all kinds of patterns, the alterations discussed will only be for the bodice area of shirts, tops and dresses, not pants or other garments.

Skill level: ✂️✂️

You have a few projects under your belt. You've sewn some garments, have used a sewing pattern and you're ready to learn more advanced basics.

Supplies: This is not a sewing class. You will receive a supply list when you sign up and Beth will provide you with half size sample patterns in class to practice making alterations.

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 Bay Quilts located at 5327 Jacuzzi St. 3-C, Richmond, CA 94804. Bay Quilts is run by Sally Davey and her daughter, Abbey-Shane  a team of lifelong artists and crafters who have been in the quilting industry for over 30 years. They opened Bay Quilts to share their passion and knowledge with the vision of creating a community where artists, crafters, quilters, and makers of all ability can learn, grow, and create together.  This unique fabric shop is so much more than a store - from consignments quilts and gifts, and cloth figures to monthly gallery exhibitions and artist receptions to workshops.  Bay Quilts is a sanctuary for creatives of all skill level. Bay Quilts is generously offering a 10% discount to students on the day of the class.

The classroom space is on the 2nd level so you will need to be able to climb a flight of stairs. There is a convenient caddy so you don't have to carry your equipment up the stairs.

Cancellation Policy:

Class fees are non-refundable. However you may transfer the class to a friend if you let us know in advance.


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