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: CAMP 5-DAY OPEN SEWING – Portland – July 26-30, 2018

July 26 - July 30

| $60 - $850

Workshop Details

When: Start: July 26 -- End: July 30


Have you ever dreamed of getting together with other sewing enthusiasts to sew for a week AND to work on anything YOU wanted to create?

The goal of this "open sewing" class is to sew any project(s) you'd like help with, under the expert guidance of our staff. Demonstrations are given as needed or requested - watch them only if you wish to. Bring challenges for your level of sewing whether you are just beginning or a couture sewer.

Would you also like help in selecting patterns and fabrics that will suit your coloring, size, shape and style? We will help you do that too. If you've had your colors done, bring your palette. If not, or if you'd like an update, consider making an appointment with Ethel Harms before the workshop. We will teach you how to "shopping cart shop" - a technique of creating a fabulously coordinated wardrobe.

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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.


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Sewing Camp 5-Day Open Sewing Workshop - Portland Location - July 26-30$850.00

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Fabric Tour - Portland Location - July 24, 2018$60.00

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