Hey there cats and kittens! I’m calling it in today… I spent yesterday working in the garden and this morning I’m updating my class page and am just re-posting it here, too. It’s pretty exciting around Sewtropolis this summer – we’re taking a break from our normal mix of classes and we’re devoting each month to a specific garment. June is shirt month and July is the MONTH OF DRESSES! I’m totally excited for July!

Here’s my upcoming class schedule – you’ll see a lot of the usual suspects! If you’re ‘round Minneapolis come join us! And to see the FULL class schedule (these are just classes that I’m teaching!), check out our class page.

Sweet Button Front Blouse

Mondays, June 13th and 20th
6-9 p.m.
“>$65 + materials (10% discount on materials!)
Skill level: 3/Advanced beginner

Ready to tackle your next project? Why not the Sweet Button Up Blouse? We’ll use Colette Pattern’s new pattern, Violet, to create this darling button-front blouse with a gentle fit and a peter pan collar. We’ll work on version 1, the short sleeved version, during the class. Techniques covered include darts, buttons, buttonholes, gathering and attaching a collar.


Princess Seam Blouse

Tuesday, June 21st
6-9 p.m.
$50 + materials (10% discount on materials!)
Skill level: 3/Advanced beginner

Tasia Pona of Sewaholic patterns has created this beautiful semi-fitted pullover blouse (meaning there is no complicated closures to master) and our very own Patty will walk you through the steps of how to create it. You’ll learn all about princess seams and finishing seams with bias tape.


Full Skirt Dress

Thursdays, July 7th and 14th
6 – 8:30 p.m.
$50 + materials (10% discount on materials!)
Skill Level: 3/Advanced Beginner       

50’s style dresses with full skirts were have been all the rage and make perfect summer sundresses! For this class we’ll use the Monique pattern from Serendipity Studios. Choose to make yours in all one color or mix and match prints for a unique look! The dress has an invisible center back zipper, scooped neckline, a super flattering raised waistline and a full skirt.




Pattern Reading Workshop

Saturday, July 9
Skill level: 2/Beginner

Do patterns look confusing? Not sure which size to choose? Come join us for the Pattern Reading Workshop! We’ll go over different pattern companies, reading a pattern envelope, understanding the markings on the pattern pieces and the instruction sheet. Particular attention will be paid to choosing the correct size and making use of the multi-size pattern lines, with some basic information on adjusting the pattern to get the perfect fit.

Come to the workshop with questions and a pattern you’d like to work on!


Perfect Wrap Dress

Tuesdays, July 12 & 19
6-8:30 p.m.
$65 + materials (10% discount on materials!)
Skill Level: 2/Beginner

Take your sewing skills to the next level with the Crepe wrap dress from Colette Patterns. This sweet dress wraps in the back and is easy enough for advanced beginners and flattering for all body types with its cute vintage vibe, full skirt and scooped neckline. In this class you’ll learn garment construction basics such as working with facings, staying a neckline and sewing darts.

The class will meet for two sessions and some outside sewing time will be necessary.


Maxi Dress

Tuesday, July 26
6 – 9 p.m.
$50 + materials
(10% discount on materials!)
Skill Level: 2/Beginner  (woven fabric), 3/Advanced Beginner (knit fabric)     

This summer’s hottest look is the maxi dress and we found the perfect pattern! This super-easy pattern is a perfect next class for those of you have taken Sewing Essentials and are ready for your next project. For more advanced sewers, choose a drapey jersey and learn the basics of sewing a knit garment. The dress is a pull-over style with a deep V neckline, cap sleeves and an empire waist. For an elegant 70’s vibe, go with the full length version and pair it with a pair of wedges and some chunky jewelry. If that’s not your thing, the shorter view B makes for a great casual summer dress or even an easy beach coverup!

Please come to class with your fabric selected and paper pattern pieces cut out. You should be familiar with sewing machine basics to take this class.

Materials: Pattern (Kwik Sew 3856), thread, 2 – 3 3/8 yards of fabric depending on size. All materials are available for purchase at Sewtropolis. Use of our sewing machines, rotary cutters, scissors, mats, and rulers are included for class sessions.

A note on skill levels! We are offering this class as a level 1 and a level 3 class!!


Prerequisites for a level 2 class: Sewing Essentials or equivalent experience. Students taking this as a level 1 class should choose a woven fabric.


Prerequisites for a level 3 class: Level 3 students have taken at least one level 2 class at Sewtropolis or have sewn a few garments from patterns independently. Level 3 students will choose a knit such as jersey or interlock for their garment


No Fuss Knit’n’Cotton Dress

Friday, July 29
6-9 p.m.
$50 + materials (10% discount on materials!)

Wish I lived in Minneapolis – I would sooo take your classes!!!! What pattern are you using for the no fuss knit & cotton dress? Your garden looks great!! I garden on my balcony – I just love it!

  • Debi

    awwww! I wish I could take a class with you!!! I love the hide and seek picture of your doggy….just the tail sticking out …ehhehehehee… Your garden looks fantastic!

  • Gaidig

    The classes look like so much fun. I wish I lived in Minneapolis and could take one.

    Also, I hate to be knit picky, but since you said this was also posted to the shop's website, I will mention it. Your description for the last class says:

    "We are offering this class as a level 1 and a level 3 class!!
    Prerequisites for a level 2 class:…
    Prerequisites for a level 3 class:…"

    You're pretty clear on what the prerequisites are, but I fear some new students might get confused about whether they're ready for the class.

  • LAP

    I love the mix of greens in the picture where Lucy is hiding. Yesterday was a good gardening day for sure..

  • [patty the snug bug]

    Karen – it's kwik sew 3758!!

    Debi – isn't that picture funny! I was taking pictures of the roses when I saw it – I was so happy I had the camera ready to go!

    Gaidig – you RULE!! We only have one 'level 1' class – it's our very, very basic how-to-turn on the sewing machine class. So I always think of our 'beginner' classes as level 1 classes – you know?

  • Tilly

    Looks like such fun! So great that you're using independent pattern companies 🙂

  • Peanut Butter and Black Coffee

    Hey Patty – I took one of your sewing essentials and I've been following you since. Great blog! 🙂 I will be attending the Perfect Wrap dress – I'm glad you are offering it. Pelin

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