Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Methods for sewing a tailored jacket or blazer including interfacing, welt pockets, setting in sleeves, bagging a lining and fitting.

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Maker's Hideaway

This is an All-Inclusive Tailoring Retreat at Makers Hideaway.

This class will help you be comfortable fitting and sewing jackets.

Prerequisite: The 2-day Fashion Fitting the Upper Body or 4-day Fit Sewing Patterns workshop. It is important to bring your pattern that has been altered to fit you to the workshop. If you need assistance with altering your pattern, contact Nancy prior to the tailoring workshop.

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.

Check in to Makers Hideaway on the afternoon of the first day, with a welcome and introduction at 5pm, followed by dinner and an evening slide presentation. Classes end at 3:00 pm on the sixth day.anatomy of a jacket

During this workshop you can tailor any jacket style, though you might find it easiest to use our classic blazer pattern, Palmer/Pletsch Butterick pattern B6862. You will learn cutting and marking accuracy, interfacings and proper fusing, fit, shoulder and chest shaping, shaped darts, careful trimming and quality pressing, sleeve heads, bound buttonholes, patch and welt pockets, linings, and perfect hems. Truly, all of your sewing will improve after you learn to tailor. You will select a good fabric and a pattern based on your skills. If you have never sewn a jacket, choose one with fewer details to sew. More advanced techniques will be demonstrated, but you need not make samples or use them in your jacket until you come again.

Nancy Seifert with two students at a Palmer/Pletsch workshop

The Book You’ll Want to Have—Jackets for Real People

Use this book and ALL of your sewing will improve. For a minimal investment and a little time, you can have a designer jacket. Using the latest interfacings sew it Armani-style and achieve a custom fit no matter what your figure.

spiral version of Pants for Real People

The Blazer Pattern We Suggest You Bring

Butterick B6862 is our current blazer pattern with a notched collar and pockets. You can purchase it here:


Butterick Palmer/Pletsch B6862 blazer jacket

Optional Activity

We do not offer this teacher training in-person, as we do for fit and pant. When you sign up for the Tailoring Workshop, you can also opt to purchase the teacher training files. You will receive the link to download them before the workshop and you should open and review the files prior to the workshop. Then, during the workshop, you can ask questions of your instructor.  The teacher training files include: outlines for teaching, slides in PowerPoint with scripts for teaching 1-3 hour seminars or to use throughout hands-on classes, camera-ready handouts, Palmer/Pletsch wholesale ordering information, special price ordering info on Pati Palmer’s  Butterick patterns, and tools and suggestions for teaching.

NOTE: Teacher Training can only be taken if you are also registered for the tailoring retreat.

Tailoring Teacher Training


Since it is difficult to accomplish ALL details in one workshop, we hope you’ll return so you can master and expand your tailoring skills. Returnees may add new challenges or try new fabrics. If you didn’t do welt pockets or a notched collar the first time, do it now.

And again.

If you want to become a MASTER tailor or because you teach or sew for others, come back as often as you like. You will try new techniques, and challenging fabrics, and continue to perfect your skills. You can watch fittings, and fit yourself, in new jacket styles.





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