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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Palmer/Pletsch Brooklyn Sewing School


Melissa Watson is a pattern designer and fit enthusiast. She has developed two lines of patterns for the McCall Pattern Company currently branded Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch. She has also designed for ready-to-wear companies in New York City, including Ralph Lauren, Faherty Brand, and Theory.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, you could say that sewing and design is in her blood. Beginning at the age of six, Melissa has watched her mom, Pati Palmer, teach fit and sewing construction, collect ideas, sew designs, and present them to McCall’s for the Palmer/Pletsch pattern designs. After gaining her fashion design degree from Parsons School of Design in New York she has spent her adult career designing, sewing, and now teaching. She hopes to inspire the next generation of creative sewists and designers to learn to fit and make clothes that are tailored to their style and body!


Our New York Palmer/Pletsch sewing and fitting classes are held at the fabulous Workroom Social is a boutique sewing studio located in Brooklyn, New York. With a well equipped workspace that caters to both experienced and novice makers, we enjoy working with crafters and fashion designers alike! At Workroom Social we educate, support, and inspire those who share our love of fabric.

Workroom Social
893 Bergen Street. Suite 11 on the 2nd floor
Brooklyn NY, 11238


A Note From Jennifer, owner of Workroom Social:

"Hi! I’m Jennifer Wiese, founder of Workroom Social. I believe that every woman can lead a joyful, creative, and confident life, and I know that making your own clothes (and wearing these you-made clothes) is a surefire way to find joy, creativity, and confidence every day. I am on a mission to empower women just like you to sew beautiful clothes that look store-bought, not homemade."


Below is a shortlist of what is included at the Brooklyn location studio.

  • Lunch and treats every day.
  • Sewing pattern relative to the class topic.
  • Handouts and other supporting materials.
  • Use of studio equipment and tools. If you prefer to work on your own sewing machine, you are welcome to bring it. We have machines to loan if you do not want to bring your own.  Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies.

For more specifics on a class that you are interested in please visit the individual class description pages.  Dinners are on your own.

Read more about what to expect from your class at Workroom Social.

A bring list of what you need to bring for each class, along with other information, is available as a pdf. You can find the individual bring list within each class event description—just start looking for a class that interests you! If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it.



If you are driving, on-street parking is rarely a problem.


  • C to Franklin (at Fulton Street)
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin (at Eastern Parkway)

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