Sewing Workshops: Six Schools and Classes Across America – Sew & Fitting Lessons
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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.
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SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland, Oregon
November 10 - November 13| $60 - $750
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 give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch tissue-fitting Method. Then we will alter McCall’s #7279, our sheath dress pattern, to fit your body. Once you have fitted this dress, you will know what alterations are necessary in the most fitted garment you would ever sew. We will then take you shopping and show you our favorite fabrics. If you decide not to sew this style, it will become your own personal “body map” reminding you of your alterations.
After that, you will continue tissue-fitting fashion patterns. We encourage starting with McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch patterns first, as they have alteration lines on the tissue and fit tips in the guidesheet. Then venture to whatever designs you want.
Since the tissue replaces making a muslin, you can go confidently right to your fashion fabric.You will cut out some of the altered patterns in fabrics and learn to pin-fit the fabrics and fine-tune the fit to both sides of our body. By the end of the class, you will be EMPOWERED to sew any pattern design and make it fit YOU.
Take fit again.
The study of fit is ongoing. As fashion changes, there are new fit challenges. You will have four full days to tissue-fit and fabric-fit all the new 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!
And again, and again...
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!!
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OTHER OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
FABRIC SHOPPING TOUR ONE DAY 11/14/17
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.) The price is $60.00.
FIT TEACHER TRAINING 11/15/17
Spend the day fitting others in a variety of fashions so that you will be confident when you are on your own teaching. Pati Palmer or the Palmer/Pletsch instructor at your location will be there observing, helping, and available to answer questions if you get stuck. You will also receive a download with camera-ready handouts for your classes, slides and a script for teaching Fit, a variety of slide presentations in PowerPoint (which allows you to rearrange slides for any length presentation), class format ideas, sample promotional flyers and marketing materials. You will be able to order the McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch basic fit patterns at a reduced price for use in your classes. Includes lunch, professional camera-ready materials, and download of digital slides with script. The value of the slides alone is over $1,000. The price of the class is $195. NOTE: Teacher Training can only be taken if you are also registered for the 4-day workshop.
Two DVDs and Two PatternsPalmer/Pletsch makes it easier than ever for people to learn fashion sewing. For over 15 years we’ve offered a workshop curriculum for teachers of beginning sewing, and now we’ve modified this exceptional program into a DVD home-study course for beginners who want to teach themselves how to sew. Learning to sew has never been easier. And if you have friends or family who don’t yet know how to sew, this is the program to give them! INCLUDES TWO DVDS AND TWO PATTERNS ($79.90 if purchased separately)
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.