Sewing Workshops: Five Schools and Classes Across America – Sew & Fitting Lessons

Check out our sewing lessons in a city close to you:
Portland, Oregon |
Seattle, Washington|
Detroit, Michigan |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |
Hartford, Connecticut

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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June 2017
$350
June 23 - June 24
Seattle Sewing School, 2230 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134 United States

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FASHION FITTING THE UPPER BODY 2-DAY – Seattle, Washington

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…

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July 2017
$60 - $750
July 7 - July 10

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Portland, OR

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

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$60 - $850
July 13 - July 17

SEWING WORKSHOPS: CAMP 5-DAY OPEN SEWING – Portland, Oregon

  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.…

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$60 - $750
July 21 - July 24

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT AND SEW 4-DAY – Portland, Oregon

  Learn to fit any style pant and to sew up all those details. The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will show you pant styles from our wardrobe. Then we will take you shopping to show you the easiest to fit pant fabrics that have good fit and sew qualities. We will measure your hip and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and then show you how…

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August 2017
$60 - $750
August 11 - August 14

SEWING WORKSHOPS: BEGINNING SEWING 4-DAY TEACHER TRAINING – Portland, Oregon

  Learn to teach four levels of beginning fashion sewing. You will make the notebook samples and four garment projects that you will be teaching. Class includes business basics such as how to market your classes and includes camera-ready originals for you to reproduce. Teachers completing this course are having a very HIGH success rate in filling classes and in teaching. Because beginning sewing is not being taught in most schools today, there is a need for beginning sewing teachers.…

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September 2017
$350
September 9 - September 10

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FASHION FITTING THE UPPER BODY 2-DAY – Michigan

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…

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$195 - $750
September 14 - September 17
Seattle Sewing School, 2230 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134 United States

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Seattle, Washington

  Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will…

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October 2017
$850
October 5 - October 9
Seattle Sewing School, 2230 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134 United States

SEWING WORKSHOPS: TAILORING 5-DAY CLASS – Seattle, Washington

Tailor any jacket style. 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…

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