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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.

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SEWING WORKSHOP: 2-DAY PANT FITTING INTENSIVE | Brooklyn, NY | September 22-23, 2018

September 22 - September 23

| $575

Workshop Details

When: Start: September 22 -- End: September 23
Where: 96 Madison Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216 United States
Instructor: Melissa Watson


In the 2-day pant fitting intensive sewing workshop in Brooklyn you will embark upon the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method for pants. You will learn everything you need to know to tissue-fit a pair of pants, alter your sewing pattern, and fit in fabric. Leave class with a fitted and altered pattern, and with fabric pin-fitted pant that is ready to sew up when you get home!

Our Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Pants Intensive is like taking a 2-day fitting vacation, and we’ve taught wonderful students from all over the world. We invite you to spend two days working with us in our inspiring and friendly studio. After this class your eyes will be opened to the possibility of custom fitting sewing patterns on yourself (and sewing buddies!) and building confidence in your garment sewing adventures!


The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method as well as an overview of best fabrics for sewing pants.

  • We will measure you and let you know the best size you should use for your body and tissue fitting.
  • Show you how to cut,  prepare, and pin together the pattern for tissue fitting.
  • Tissue-fit a classic trouser pattern and alter it to fit you, taking into account your fitting preferences.
  • During the fitting you will fill out a Fit Chart body map with suggested alterations.
  • Show you how to make any and all alterations.
  • The alterations made on this pant will show how you differ from other commercial patterns.


There is always some tweaking do in fabric since you are fitting both sides of your body and every fabric fits a bit differently. 

  • Cut and pin-fit fabric.
  • Tweak the fit in fabric.
  • You will learn to sew a fly front and/or invisible zipper.
  • You will learn how and what to interface and reinforce.
  • You will learn to sew on a waistband and/or a sew-on elastic waistband.

Included in this class:

Our Palmer/Pletsch McCall's M6901 pant fitting pattern, lunch, and 16 hours of instruction with handouts and other supporting materials. Lunch, treats, and coffee are included every day. For more information on the location visit the Brooklyn Location page.

Mini Sewing Vacations are limited to 6 students per instructor.


The study of fit is ongoing. As fashion changes, there are new fit challenges. If you have already taken this class once you can still take it again and you will have two full days to tissue-fit and fabric-fit any pant patterns you desire. Bring questions you want answered, and plan to spend time watching others being fit; there is much to learn in that process!


Continue to refine and MASTER your fitting and sewing skills under our expert guidance. If you teach fit, you will want to watch even more bodies being fitted and more alteration challenges tackled. You will truly achieve your masters in fit!


Suggested Resources

  • This is the original fit pattern that was used in Palmer/Pletsch fit workshops to create your “body map.” For those who want to make a "muslin" out of gingham before sewing other garments, this is the perfect pattern. 

  • Straight or boot legged, below waist jeans have side front pockets with inside pocket, front fly zipper, back yoke, back pockets, waistline with button closure, belt carriers and narrow hem. The guidesheet includes fit tips and sewing jeans details. See Marta fit and sew jeans and follow along with her on our DVD Jeans For Real People. An expanded jeans chapter is in our latest book Pants For Real People and includes a sewing order that you'll love.

Who's Attending

3 people are attending SEWING WORKSHOP: 2-DAY PANT FITTING INTENSIVE | Brooklyn, NY | September 22-23, 2018

  • Judith Keilp
  • Mary Thaman


6 available
Pant Fit and Sew 2-Day Workshop - Brooklyn Location - September 22-23, 2017$575.00

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