Sewing Workshops: Five Schools and Classes Across America – Sew & Fitting Lessons

Check out our sewing lessons in a city close to you:
Portland, Oregon |
Seattle, Washington|
Detroit, Michigan |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |
Hartford, Connecticut

Hundreds of students from around the world have attended our sewing workshops. Like a sewing vacation, you'll share camaraderie with other sewers from all walks of life from surgeons to CEOs to fabric store owners, homemakers, dressmakers, attorneys, farmers, and teachers while you are taught expert sewing techniques and the tissue-fitting method of pattern fitting.

You will be guided by the qualified Palmer/Pletsch sewing teaching team. We have been teaching sewing and fitting sewing patterns for over 35 years, focusing on quality garments sewn with limited time. We have worked with and influenced major pattern companies, bringing our message to you along with our fashion sewing books and Learn How to Sew DVDs. We want to PERSONALLY share our sewing knowledge with you in these workshops. AND, we learn from you as well, hopefully making us better teachers.

Learn more about each location below…

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Portland Sewing School

THE LOCATION!

Sewing School LocationWorkshops are held in a spacious classroom in the Fabric Depot, a wonderful fabric store in southeast Portland, close to hotels and the airport. They have a huge selection of fashion, quilting, and home decorating fabrics. For "shopping convenience" you may run a tab, which means no waiting in lines for purchases, and they will ship your purchases home. Some workshop attendees even ship their laundry and pack their fabrics!

Fabric Depot StoreFabric Depot
700 Southeast 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 252-9530
http://www.fabricdepot.com/

WHATS INCLUDED?

The hotel provides transportation to and from the workshop each day. In the classroom we offer coffee, water, and snacks, and, at midday, a wonderful lunch (see the rave reviews at right!). We have some machines to loan if you cannot bring your own. Notebooks and most sample-making supplies are included in Beginning Fashion Sewing Teacher Training Workshop.

BRING LIST
A bring list of what you need to bring, along with other information is available as a pdf, just click on the bring list link above. If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it. We have found that most people have the books, so we are no longer including them. (It is a way to keep our prices the same as they have been.) We recommend the spiral versions. Fabric Depot does carry them

GRADUATION
We'll have a celebratory lunch on the last day of each workshop - a time to share information and receive your graduation certificates. Then back to work on your projects until 5:00pm

Workshop Attendees LOVE the food!
Our caterer, Jody, gets rave reviews for the lunches she provides during our workshops:
"I ate things I would never have tried and I think it's great she is allowed to just cook as she wishes for the classes."
"Excellent. Very sensitive to everyone's needs. Healthy and tasty. Great presentation."
"Yummers! Great ideas and combos."
"Excellent. Very accommodating to the needs of the group and it was delicious."

TEACHER TRAINING
Teacher Training is available in conjunction the Fit and Pant Fit workshops. The Fit and Pant Fit class descriptions pages have more information available as well as how to sign up!

OTHER OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

FABRIC SHOPPING TOUR
This is an optional program offered the day following the workshop. We have so many unique fabric stores—more per capita than most cities in the world. The day after the workshop Pati Palmer and Marta Alto will be your guides transporting you to and helping you shop at our best stores. Lunch at one of Portland's culinary experiences is included. We will pick you up at the hotel at 9:15 to take you to fabric stores, lunch, and back to hotel by 6:00. (A minimum of 4 people is needed to offer the shopping trip.)

HAVE YOUR COLORS DONE
If it has been years since you’ve had your colors done or if you never have, Ethel Harms is an amazing image consultant who has developed her own color and cosmetic line. This is not a “canned” color palette. Ethel hand builds your palette according to your hair, eyes, and skin colors. If you make an appointment with her the day or evening before the workshop, she will bring you your color palette two days later and show you how to shop with it. Or, book with her any available evening during the workshop.

Ethel will give you the names of the others (up to 4) who have signed up at the same time and you can contact each other and cab to her studio about 15 minutes from the hotel. She will give you the cab information. E-mail Ethel at eharms@msn.com for an appointment or call 503/699-5501. Color Analysis price for Palmer/Pletsch Workshop Students is $175. For more about Ethel Harms, visit www.yourimageconsultant.com.

TOUR THE AREA
If you have time to tour our beautiful region before or after the workshop, here are some suggestions you can look up to see what interests you. You can drive the “loop” going up the Gorge on Highway 84 to Hood River, turn up to Mt. Hood, visit Timberline Lodge and drive back to Portland on Highway 26. We are also only 1 1/2 hours from the coast. The MAX line to downtown is just across from the Monarch Hotel. The Spirit of Portland has a wonderful lunch and dinner river cruise that is quite reasonable and showcases why we are called the "city of bridges"!

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Upcoming Sewing Classes at the Portland, Oregon Location

WHERE TO STAY?

The Monarch Hotel
I-205 at Sunnyside Road/Sunnybrook Blvd.
12566 SE 93rd Avenue
Portland/Clackamas, Oregon
503-652-1515 -- 1-800-492-8700
info@monarchhotel.cc
http://www.monarchhotel.cc/
Hotel near classes

Pati Palmer says: "The Monarch Hotel offers great value to Palmer/Pletsch students. The rooms are lovely, and Tammy Thompson, the Sales Manager, will make sure your stay is pleasant and your needs are met. If this hotel were in the city center, it would cost $200 a night."

The current rates are $99 for a single/double rooms, a triple, or a quad, and $149 for suites plus tax, for single or double occupancy. You may request a queen, king, or double queen.

The hotel gives you a daily coupon for a 10% discount on meals at their restaurant, Sam's, and they offer a shuttle bus that will ferry you to and from the airport and the classroom at the Fabric Depot as well as to nearby malls for no extra charge (the hotel is across the street from one of the best shopping malls in our area with a Nordstrom's and a Macy's and is also near a huge discount mall). All rooms have Serta Pillow Top beds and upgraded linens. You can get a pass for the local athletic club that is nearby. You can go to the hotel's website to see the amenities.

To reserve a room call 1-800-492-8700, or e-mail the hotel directly at rescenter@monarchhotel.cc and tell them you are with Palmer/Pletsch and request the "Palmer/Pletsch rate." If you have a roommate, please give them that name as well. You will get the special Palmer/Pletsch rate (plus hotel tax). We hope you will enjoy your stay and be rested for a fun and information-filled workshop!

 

The rate includes:

  • Airport pickup at baggage claim. For pickup areas and wait time call 1-800-492-8700 after collecting luggage. Vans say Monarch on the side.
  • Amtrak pickup. For pickup in Oregon City, three miles away, call the number above. (There is no pay phone - please use your cell phone.) From the downtown Portland Amtrak Station, take the MAX Green Line to Clackamas Town Center and call the hotel for pick-up.
  • Room service from 6:00am to 9:00pm . Food is available in the lounge until 2:00am .
  • A 10% off coupon per person per day for use in Sam's Restaurant in the hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • In-room coffee pot, regular ironing board, iron, hairdryer, refrigerator, and data ports for you laptop. Laundry valet and/or self-service facilities, fax and copy service are available. (A washer and dryer in are the hotel in case you need to preshrink fabric.)
  • Free local calls and free Wi-Fi.
  • Safety deposit boxes at front desk and an ATM on property.
  • Shuttle to Fabric Depot at 8:45 am first day and Sundays; 8:15am other days so you can have some shopping time before class. The return is at 6:00pm except last day at 5:00pm .
  • There are several restaurants and malls within walking distance. If you are taking the Fit Workshop, you might go to Nordstrom and get a bra fitted to you. Check out the Walco brand.
  • Enterprise Rental Car will deliver to the hotel and the rates are better than at the airport due to airport taxes.
  • The hotel includes 192 rooms on 3 floors with elevators, restaurant, and lounge. The interior rooms face a courtyard and waterfall and are quieter.
  • It also has an outdoor seasonal swimming pool. There is an adjacent 20-mile paved jogging path and guest discount passes to nearby East Side
    Athletic Club.

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May 2017
$60 - $750
May 19 - May 22

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT & SEW FASHION KNITS 4-DAY – Portland, Oregon

  This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern in any knit. Sewing with knit fabrics today is quick, easy, and very fashionable! From casual to formal wear, knit fabrics rule, but all the old "rules" don’t. Take all the best ideas from ready-to-wear to couture sewing and incorporate these techniques into your knitwear. We’ve taken the mystery out of fitting a pattern for any type of knit fabric. Every garment from the T-shirt to the draped…

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July 2017
$60 - $750
July 7 - July 10

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland, OR

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

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$60 - $850
July 13 - July 17

SEWING WORKSHOPS: CAMP 5-DAY OPEN SEWING – Portland, Oregon

  Have you ever dreamed of getting together with other sewing enthusiasts to sew for a week AND to work on anything YOU wanted to create? The goal of this "open sewing" class is to sew any project(s) you'd like help with, under the expert guidance of our staff. Demonstrations are given as needed or requested - watch them only if you wish to. Bring challenges for your level of sewing whether you are just beginning or a couture sewer.…

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$60 - $750
July 21 - July 24

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT AND SEW 4-DAY – Portland, Oregon

  Learn to fit any style pant and to sew up all those details. The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will show you pant styles from our wardrobe. Then we will take you shopping to show you the easiest to fit pant fabrics that have good fit and sew qualities. We will measure your hip and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and then show you how…

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August 2017
$60 - $750
August 11 - August 14

SEWING WORKSHOPS: BEGINNING SEWING 4-DAY TEACHER TRAINING – Portland, Oregon

  Learn to teach four levels of beginning fashion sewing. You will make the notebook samples and four garment projects that you will be teaching. Class includes business basics such as how to market your classes and includes camera-ready originals for you to reproduce. Teachers completing this course are having a very HIGH success rate in filling classes and in teaching. Because beginning sewing is not being taught in most schools today, there is a need for beginning sewing teachers.…

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October 2017
$350
October 14 - October 15

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FASHION FITTING THE UPPER BODY 2-DAY CLASS – Portland, OR

Day One 9-6 The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will do a store tour of best fabrics for sewing a blouse that you will love. Measure for size. Fill out a Fit Chart with suggested alterations. Tissue-fit a blouse and alter it to fit you. The alterations made on this blouse will show how you differ from a commercial pattern. Day Two 9-6 Cut and pin-fit fabric. Tweak the…

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November 2017
$60 - $750
November 10 - November 13

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland, Oregon

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

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January 2018
$350
January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT & SEW 2-DAY – Portland, Oregon – January 27-28, 2017

  Day One 9-6 The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will give you a store tour of best fabrics for sewing pants. Measure for size. Fill out a Fit Chart with suggested alterations. Tissue-fit a pant and alter it to fit you. The alterations made on this pant will show how you differ from other commercial patterns. Day Two 9-6 Cut and pin-fit fabric. Tweak the fit in fabric.…

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February 2018
$350
February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FASHION FITTING THE UPPER BODY 2-DAY – Portland – February 24-25, 2018

Day One 9-6 The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will do a store tour of best fabrics for sewing a blouse that you will love. Measure for size. Fill out a Fit Chart with suggested alterations. Tissue-fit a blouse and alter it to fit you. The alterations made on this blouse will show how you differ from a commercial pattern. Day Two 9-6 Cut and pin-fit fabric. Tweak the…

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March 2018
$350
March 24, 2018 - March 25, 2018
serger stitches

SEWING WORKSHOPS: SEWING WITH SERGERS 2-DAY – Portland – March 24-25, 2018

    Take two days and really learn what your serger can do to improve your fashion and home décor sewing.  By understanding the anatomy of your serger and and how it works to create stitches, you will leave empowered to make the most of your machine. On day one you will learn how to thread your machine, how to set up and create all the basic stitches:  3 & 4 thread overlock, 2 or 3-thread flatlock, narrow hem, rolled edges,…

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April 2018
$60 - $750
April 20, 2018 - April 23, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: JEANS THAT FIT 4-DAY – Portland – April 20-23, 2018

  Pati Palmer, McCall’s Fit Expert, has been designing jeans patterns for McCall’s since the 1980s. Learn how to achieve the look and fit you want, beginning by completing a personal jeans profile, then using the right size pattern. Learn the latest way to tissue-fit your jeans pattern: first tissue-fit like any pant, then give it the “jeans fit” in fabric—all before you do any sewing. See jeans in many fabrics and styles, bootcut to boyfriend to skinny, and learn about…

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June 2018
$60 - $750
June 15, 2018 - June 18, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT AND SEW 4-DAY – Portland – June 15-18, 2018

  Learn to fit any style pant and to sew up all those details. The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will show you pant styles from our wardrobe. Then we will take you shopping to show you the easiest to fit pant fabrics that have good fit and sew qualities. We will measure your hip and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and then show you how…

Read More »
$60 - $750
June 22, 2018 - June 25, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: BEGINNING FASHION SEWING 4-DAY TEACHER TRAINING – Portland, Oregon – June 22-25, 2018

  Learn to teach four levels of beginning fashion sewing. You will make the notebook samples and four garment projects that you will be teaching. Class includes business basics such as how to market your classes and includes camera-ready originals for you to reproduce. Teachers completing this course are having a very HIGH success rate in filling classes and in teaching. Because beginning sewing is not being taught in most schools today, there is a need for beginning sewing teachers.…

Read More »
July 2018
$60 - $750
July 6, 2018 - July 9, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT & SEW FASHION KNITS 4-DAY – Portland – July 6-9, 2018

  This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern in any knit. Sewing with knit fabrics today is quick, easy, and very fashionable! From casual to formal wear, knit fabrics rule, but all the old "rules" don’t. Take all the best ideas from ready-to-wear to couture sewing and incorporate these techniques into your knitwear. We’ve taken the mystery out of fitting a pattern for any type of knit fabric. Every garment from the T-shirt to the draped…

Read More »
$60 - $750
July 20, 2018 - July 23, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland – July 20-23, 2018

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

Read More »
$60 - $850
July 26, 2018 - July 30, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: CAMP 5-DAY OPEN SEWING – Portland – July 26-30, 2018

  Have you ever dreamed of getting together with other sewing enthusiasts to sew for a week AND to work on anything YOU wanted to create? The goal of this "open sewing" class is to sew any project(s) you'd like help with, under the expert guidance of our staff. Demonstrations are given as needed or requested - watch them only if you wish to. Bring challenges for your level of sewing whether you are just beginning or a couture sewer.…

Read More »
October 2018
$350
October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FASHION FITTING THE UPPER BODY 2-DAY – Portland – October 13-14, 2018

Day One 9-6 The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will do a store tour of best fabrics for sewing a blouse that you will love. Measure for size. Fill out a Fit Chart with suggested alterations. Tissue-fit a blouse and alter it to fit you. The alterations made on this blouse will show how you differ from a commercial pattern. Day Two 9-6 Cut and pin-fit fabric. Tweak the…

Read More »
November 2018
$60 - $750
November 2, 2018 - November 5, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland – November 2-5, 2018

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

Read More »
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