workshop students

Portland area workshops are taught by Helen Bartley and, for some topics, Pati Palmer. They are held in various locations in Portland, Oregon, and nearby Vancouver, Washington, depending on the topic. Check the Bring List for each workshop for location information.

What They’re Saying…

Vicki Peck, 2021 fit workhop attendee says…

This workshop was more valuable than I could ever have anticipated. The P/P method plus the expertise and willingness to masterfully and generously share it on your part made this the best workshop or class I have ever taken. The repetition coupled with advice and encouragement helped me so much. I will be back!    

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: Workshops in this location require attendees to provide proof of a COVID vaccination. 
The situation can change. Check in with your instructor about any additional requirements, such as masking.

WHATS INCLUDED?

Notebooks and most sample-making supplies are included in Beginning Fashion Sewing Teacher Training Workshop.

A BRING LIST of what you need to bring, along with other information is available as a pdf— just click on the bring list link on each workshop page. The bring list also gives you information about suggested hotels and guest houses to stay in. We have spiral versions of books that go along with workshops. You can order in advance or buy at the workshop.

We’ll have a celebratory GRADUATION on the last day of each workshop—a time to share information and receive your graduation certificates.

Pati Palmer fits and student during sewing camp

Optional Activities

teacher training

TEACHER TRAINING

Teacher Training is available in conjunction the Fit and Pant Fit workshops. The Fit and Pant Fit class descriptions pages have more information available as well as how to sign up.

fabric shopping in Portland, Oregon

FABRIC SHOPPING IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Portland has so many unique fabric stores—more per capita than most cities in the world. We encourage you to allow a day before or after your workshop to check them out. You’ll find a list of stores at the end of each workshop’s bring list, along with our suggestions about sequence, timing, and lunch possibilities.

HAVE YOUR COLORS DONE

When someone says, “You look amazing today!” chances are you’re wearing a color that perfectly complements your natural beauty. Learn how to determine your best colors with image consultant and color expert Ethel Harms. Ethel expands the four-season color concept with her own color system, to help you understand how the colors we wear can complement our own hair, skin and eye colors. She will then teach you how to translate this knowledge into creating a wardrobe that truly flatters.

Refer to the bring list for your workshop for more information about this opportunity. (Bring lists are available as links on each workshop web page.) For more about Ethel Harms, visit www.yourimageconsultant.com.

TOUR THE AREA

If you have time to tour our beautiful region before or after the workshop, here are some suggestions you can look up to see what interests you. You can drive the “loop” going up the Columbia River Gorge on Highway 84 to Hood River, turn up to Mt. Hood, visit Timberline Lodge and drive back to Portland on Highway 26. We are also only 1 1/2 hours from the coast. The MAX line to downtown is just across from the Monarch Hotel. The Spirit of Portland has a wonderful lunch and dinner river cruise that is quite reasonable and showcases why we are called the “city of bridges”! Learn more at TravelOregon

Where to Stay

WHERE TO STAY?—IT DEPENDS ON WHICH WORKSHOP YOU ATTEND—VISIT OUR ACCOMMODATIONS PAGE TO LEARN MORE.