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

April 20 - April 23

| $60 - $750

Workshop Details

When: Start: April 20 -- End: April 23
Instructor: Helen Bartley


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 fabric selection, preshrinking and notions needed. Whether your figure type is full, petite, or curvy, we will focus on fitting YOUR body.

Tissue fit.  Fabric fit. Sew your jeans! 

Watch Helen sew a pair of jeans from start to finish, including jeans details and how they go together, plus seam options—flat-felled or mock flat-felled. She will demonstrate all the jeans pockets, traditional jeans fly zipper as well as a shortcut, threads and techniques for topstitching, waistbands, belt carriers, button, buttonholes, and rivets. Learn to effectively shorten a metal zipper and use an industrial press to perfectly set rivets and tack buttons. A selection of buttons and rivets are included with the class along with McCall’s pattern #M5894 (other patterns may be used).

Depending on your skill level and sewing speed you may be able to sew two pair of Jeans. There is a difference in fit using stretch and non-stretch denim, so you may want to try both.  It is highly recommended that you take the 4-day Pant Fitting and Sewing Workshop first.

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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.

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.


Out of stock!Jeans That Fit 4-Day Workshop - Portland Location - April 20-23, 2018$750.00
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Fabric Tour - Portland Location - April 24, 2018$60.00

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