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

October 14 - October 15

| $350

Workshop Details

When: Start: October 14 -- End: October 15
Instructor: Helen Bartley

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 fit in fabric. There is always some tweaking do in fabric as you are fitting both sides of your body and every fabric fits a bit differently. Learn to choose the best interfacing for your fabric and properly fuse the interfacing to the facings. You may sew the blouse or tissue-fit additional style tops.

Included: The Palmer/Pletsch blouse pattern McCall's 6750, interfacing for the facings, lunch, and 17 hours of instruction.

There are also fabrics, interfacings, and notions available for sale at the store at a student discount.

Mini Sewing Vacations are limited to 6 students per instructor.

Take Fashion Fitting The Upper Body again.


The study of fit is ongoing. As fashion changes, there are new fit challenges. You will have two full days to tissue-fit and fabric-fit any top or dress 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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Suggested Resources

  • Two DVDs and Two Patterns

    Palmer/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. 

Who's Attending

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

  • Nancy Brannies
  • Carolyn Larson
  • Deborah Wilkinson
  • Ann Martinson
  • Jeanne Phares
  • Jennifer Luce
  • Julie Brady

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