Palmer/Pletsch Connecticut Sewing School


Pamela Leggett has been teaching sewing since 1981. Specializing in pattern fitting, knit sewing and fine garment skills, she has developed a fun and informative teaching style that is now available in her patterns, instructional DVD's and now at the Palmer/Pletsch Connecticut Sewing School.

One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built-in to the patterns.

Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.

Pamela lives in Connecticut and has a teaching studio in Vernon CT, near Hartford, Connecticut.



Pamela’s Patterns Fashion Sewing & Fitting Studio is located in beautiful Vernon, Connecticut. Opened in 2016, this quaint cape-style studio is bright and cheery with everything needed for a great sewing and fitting experience. Inspiration abounds with garment samples, photos, and art. A hand-picked selection of notions, books, designer fabrics, and patterns are available for purchase.

613 Talcottville, Road Vernon, CT 06066

Testimonials for the Connecticut location

"This class and being in Pamela's studio wholly focused on learning for four days was just what I needed in my life right now. I knew it was going to be great and I would learn a lot, but I didn't expect to have my mind blown and really just be in complete awe of Pamela's professionalism and expertise. She made sure that everyone got the attention that they needed. There was never a moment of frustration. She would answer the same question multiple times. She would demonstrate many techniques. Also, I must admit, I am now a convert. The Palmer/Pletsch method has changed my view on garment sewing. It no longer feels so daunting. This is something I can do and refine with practice. I am so eager to continue!"

Nellie, Great Neck, NY


Interior of Pamela's Patterns Sewing StudioIn the classroom we offer coffee, water, and snacks, and, at midday, a wonderful lunch. Dinners are on your own.

A bring list of what you need to bring for each class, along with other information, is available as a pdf to download from each class event webpage. 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.

A special graduation dinner will be held at the completion of each workshop. It's a time to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere and share the whys of your sewing, your personal interests and your aspirations. In a final ceremony, completion certificates will be awarded.


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! Teacher training is an excellent way to cement all the new skills you learned!

The day after the workshop, join Pamela Leggett for a guided shopping tour of New York City's fabric stores throughout the garment district. You will leave for NYC around 7:30 am and return around 9:00 pm. New York City is a fabulous place to visit and shop for fabrics, trims, buttons and so much more!  Pamela will be your guide for the day to explore Mood (Project Runway’s store), B & J’s (Pamela’s favorite) and other stores in the Garment District.The $150 tour price includes transportation, the fabric tour and lunch. Contact Pamela directly for more information and to reserve your spot — 

If enough people are interested, we will order in dinner and watch a fashion-related movie. Pamela has several that you will enjoy (a customer favorite is the independent smash, Men Of The Cloth). There is no charge for this; everyone pays for their own dinner.



The closest hotel to the studio is the Holiday Inn Express Vernon-Manchester, located 2 miles from Pamela’s Patterns Studio. It features a pool, gym, and complimentary breakfast. The hotel is adjacent to a shopping center with many stores and restaurants. If you are flying in, Pamela will arrange your transportation to and from the hotel to the studio. The Baymont Inn and Suites is five miles from the studio. Special workshop attendee rates are available at both of these hotels. See the Bring Lists for each workshop for more information.

Hotel near sewing schoolVernon Connecticut Holiday Inn Express
346 Kelly Road
Vernon CT 06066
Baymont Inn & Suites

20 Taylor Street
Manchester, CT 06042

Upcoming Sewing Classes at the Connecticut Location

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