Pati Palmer has been teaching sewing for 37 years. After being an educator for the Armo interfacing company and a department store buyer and home economist, she conducted seminars throughout North America and Australia for 15 years. She traveled 26 weeks per year before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, Oregon, which trains consumers and sewing educators. Satellite sewing schools in Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Seattle also offers Palmer Pletsch “Sewing Vacation” workshops.
Pati is the author or co-author of 10 sewing books and editor/publisher of 20 more books and 18 how-to videos, as well as the creator of eight Palmer/Pletsch sewing notion products. Her “Real People” series of books—Fit for Real People, Pants for Real People, Jackets for Real People, and the new Knits for Real People—have guided thousands of sewists around the world.
Since 1980 Pati has designed and written instructions for more than 220 patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, starting with the now infamous Pati Palmer/Susan Pletsch 8-hour blazer pattern that stunned the industry by selling one million copies the first year. Prior to 1980 she designed for Vogue Patterns.
Pati says, “I am thrilled to see so many people sewing and teaching sewing today and so many young people blogging, teaching, designing, and innovating. That includes my daughter and co-blogger, Melissa Watson, who decided to leave the ready-to-wear industry to join the fashion sewing world. I am really enjoying our joint ventures. Time for the 20- and 30-somethings to shine and the rest of us to continue our good work while mentoring them! Together we will share tips for sewing our McCall’s designs in this blog.”
Pati Palmer lives in Portland, Oregon.
Melissa Watson specializes in designing modern casual patterns with a great fit under the Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch brand for the McCall Pattern Company.
Melissa attended the Parsons School of Design and has spent her early career in NYC designing for ready-to-wear companies such as Theory, Ralph Lauren and Faherty Brand, sewing, and dabbling in teaching pattern fitting classes for the next generation of fashion sewists. All of her patterns provide additional fit tips in the guide sheets, using the successful Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting method. For more fitting techniques from Melissa that work with any pattern in your stash, check out her latest McCall’s videos HERE. You can also see Melissa in action teaching the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method online available through Craftsy.
Melissa currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
ABOUT OUR AUTHORS
author of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner
As this cookbook The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner was coming together, Liz Edmunds’ passion for the importance of family dinnertime led a kitchen-store manager to dub her “the food nanny.” The moniker stuck! Today Liz serves as part teacher, part counselor, part coach for families in need of organizational help and cooking instruction so they can implement a weekly dinner plan in their own homes.
Liz’s interest in family dinners began at a very early age, with her beautiful mother delivering a delicious feast to her family every night of the week. Liz recalls:
"All six of us gathered in our cramped little kitchen to sit at our big table for a celebration at the end of the day. The meal was so delicious it seemed to make our hurts and disappointments disappear for just that hour. We were together as a family, and that’s all that mattered in the whole world. We had something going on very special in our home and that something very special was dinnertime."
Growing up in La Mirada, California, Liz would envision the kind of home life she wanted when she grew up: a house full of laughter, happiness, loyalty, love, homemade bread, and dinner on the table every night. Liz wanted a house where the excitement level was high because there was not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. At the same time, she would set clear boundaries for her family and strive for order in the household.
When Liz and her husband, Stephen Edmunds, started having children, Liz set a goal to create a consistent dinnertime with the family, despite her husband’s extensive travels as a pilot, first for the U.S. Air Force and then for Delta Airlines. She began implementing her “theme nights” more than 30 years ago and has been developing and tweaking recipes ever since.
Over the years Liz has shared her theme-night plan with people all over the country, and many have encouraged her to write this book. Some of Liz’s four daughters used the plan in college to cook for their roommates and friends; and now that the daughters are married, they are following the plan with their own families.
Steve and Liz are the parents of seven children and grandparents of 13. When Liz is not in her kitchen, she enjoys bicycling and in-line skating. She and Steve, now retired from flying, continue to travel extensively throughout the world. They have lived in their mountain home outside Park City, Utah, for 20 years.
author of the My First Sewing Books
Winky Cherry has been teaching children to sew for more than 40 years. She is the author of the My First Sewing Book series of kits, and a teaching manual and two DVDs based on The Winky Cherry System of Sewing. She believes that hand sewing rewards the child with a feeling of accomplishment and a completed project. Sewing is also a way to learn safety, sharing, decision-making, confidence, and patience. She uses rhymes because they make sewing rules fun and easy to remember. She lives in Tesuque, Arizona.