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Intermediate Top: The Patina Blouse

The Patina Blouse is a collared, v-neck, button-up top. The sleeves are full and the pattern includes options for a short sleeve or long sleeve with cuff and continuous bound placket. It comes with two neckline depth options and you can access free additional neckline options on this blog post. The Patina is designed for light to mid-weight woven fabrics. The Patina is an essential button-up blouse with a twist and is sure to be the type of top you reach for again and again.

The Patina Blouse is loose without being oversized. The sleeves are full so there is a lot of room through the biceps and shoulder area. If your chest, waist, and hips fall into different sizes, we will help you blend between multiple sizes to get your perfect fit! 

The Patina Blouse works best with woven fabrics in light or medium weights. As the pattern includes a short or longer sleeve the results of your make can vary depending on the sleeve choice and fabric choice. The shorter sleeve version in a lightweight fabric would be great for warmer weather and the longer sleeve layered with a sweater vest or cardigan would be great in winter. 

Other fabrics that would work well and look great include linens, lawn, cotton blends, double gauze, Twill, brushed cottons, lightweight cotton denims, ginghams and so many more! 

For this class you will need the following:
- The Patina Pattern
- Swedish Tracing Paper
- muslin in the correct yardage
- fashion fabric in the correct yardage
- Polyester thread to match
- 3/4 yard light to mid-weight interfacing
- 5-7 1/2" buttons depending on the shirt style

Schedule as follows:
Weeks 1 & 2: Sewing the muslin and adjusting fit/style
Weeks 3 & 4: Sewing the final shirt with your fashion fabric.

Size range: XS - 7XL

This course requires you to come to class with your pattern traced and muslin cut. If you have taken Capsule 1 workshops, you will have experience doing this.

Class Policies

Attendance Agreements:

  • You acknowledge that crafting often involves the use of electrical equipment, irons, and sewing machines, as well as needles, scissors, and rotary cutters, and that the use of these tools includes risks that can lead to injury. You agree to release and hold harmless Needles & Bolts, LLC its instructors, and employees from any and all claims and liability related to any accident that may arise as a result of your or your child's participation in classes, workshops, or programs. You agree to first aid and/or medical treatment, should the need arise.
  • Each person who is planning to attend a class must purchase a seat.
  • Please be on time. We cannot accept students after 15 minutes before the start time of class. If you are later than 15 minutes and are not allowed into class, we cannot offer you a store credit or refund for the missed class.

Cancellations + Rescheduling:

  • All classes need a minimum of 2 students to run (except the "Make Friends" series). If a class has less than 2 students 24 hours before class starts, we will contact you and discuss moving your seat into the next available workshop or offer you a credit of the class amount paid to put towards a future class.
  • We do not offer refunds for classes unless Needles & Bolts needs to cancel for any reason. Store Credit or a transfer to another workshop is permitted. We do allow transfer of class credit to another student. We require a 48-hour notice of cancellation before the start of your class to receive a store credit. Please note that we cannot offer a store credit if you are within the 48-hour time frame. If you need to cancel a class or switch the date and the 48-hour deadline has not passed, please email us at to do so and we will be happy to help.
  • There are NO refunds, exchanges, or store credits given at any time for classes with out-of-town instructors and special guest instructors.


Additional Information


  • Free street parking is available on Germantown Avenue, Carpenter Lane, Meehan Street, and surrounding side streets. Please note that even if parking is free, there may be an enforced time limit. You may need to walk a bit to get to the shop, please plan accordingly.

Mass Transit:

  • The SEPTA 23 bus from Market Street Station in Center City headed towards Chestnut Hill stops directly in front of Needles & Bolts.


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This is an intermediate-level garment construction workshop. You should have experience sewing a few. If you have taken our Capsule Wardrobe 1, this is a great next step. If you would like to take a beginner garment class, check out our Scout Tee and Pietra Pant workshops.
Materials Included: Bring your own materials. Irons and cutting tools will be provided.
Instructor: Beth Paolini
Instructor Bio: Beth is an accomplished seamstress, who has taught sewing classes for Mt. Airy Learning Tree. She currently works at the Philadelphia Art Museum and has been doing reproduction sewing & upholstery there since 2005. A patent instructor, she loves walking sewists through the magic of garment construction to help them build their own handmade wardrobes.
Price includes expert instruction, use of classroom machines, cutting & pressing tools.

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Included Materials



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

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