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 Michigan Sewing School


We are fortunate to have Janet Dapson, Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor, join forces with Palmer/Pletsch to bring our popular fit workshops to the Midwest. Janet's business, Fabrications, is located in Richland, in southwest Michigan, near Kalamazoo. Janet has attained the Palmer/Plestch master level of Educational Associate, specializing in bodice/skirt/dress/pant fitting and tailoring techniques. In addition to our Palmer/Pletsch Fit and Pant workshops, she offers basic to advanced sewing classes, including garment fitting and construction, at her specialty fabric store.

Although she has been sewing for over 40 years, much of Janet's skill was learned on her own. With a degree in biology, sewing was a creative diversion from her career in the biomedical field; it also enabled her to create the professional wardrobe required for her job. Janet eventually decided to begin a career change, turning her sewing passion into a business. After taking in-depth courses with Pati Palmer and her colleagues in Portland, Oregon, Janet spent several years teaching sewing at her home and at the local Bernina store.


In 2003, Janet, her husband, and daughter opened Fabrications. Although most of the classes are now held at Fabrications, Janet travels throughout the Midwest to present lectures and seminars on the Palmer/Pletsch methods. She recently added an additional 1500 square foot classroom and extension of her store. This made way for the Palmer/Pletsch Michigan Sewing School 4-day Workshop location. Janet's store is a wonderful place for fashion sewers.

sewing classes locationFabrications
8860 North 32nd Street, M-43
Richland, Michigan
Toll-free 1-877-629-0190


fitting and sewing pants class


The store, which includes a large classroom, occupies approximately 3,000 square feet in the Clock tower Green complex just north of the village of Richland. The classroom space is outfitted with new daylight-type lighting, extra electrical circuits and soft carpeting. Like the present store, the new classroom has large windows that let in a lot of natural light. These are curtained to take advantage of that asset while creating a sense of privacy for fit classes. Sixteen sewing tables, six Sew-Brite cutting tables, and six ironing stations are available. All fabrics are hand selected and are primarily natural fibers; silks, wools, cottons, rayons and linens. Unusual blends are a specialty, with combinations such as silk/cashmere, wool/cashmere, wool/silk, silk/cotton, cotton/Lycra, wool/Lycra and silk/Lycra.

In the classroom we offer coffee, water, and snacks, and, at midday, a wonderful lunch. Dinners are on your own.

Notebooks and most sample-making supplies are included. We have some machines to loan if you cannot bring your own.

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 the 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.

A special graduation party with refreshments 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!


If you are driving to your Michigan Sewing Vacation, we recommend the Comfort Inn Plainwell (269-685-9891), with recently updated rooms. Restaurants and shopping are nearby. An added bonus is being able to stop at the Plainwell Ice Cream Company for what the locals contend is the best ice cream in the country!

The Comfort Inn Kalamazoo (269-384-2800), located about 5 miles from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, is more convenient if you are flying. Limousine service is available from the airport to the hotel by Leisure Limousine Service (269-381-5460); cost is $24.00 one way. The hotel is located at the edge of downtown Kalamazoo, within walking distance of restaurants and shops - be sure to wear comfortable shoes. If arriving by air, contact Fabrications to arrange transportation from the hotel to the store.

Our ideal suggested schedule? While you are here is to arrive the day before the workshop and get settled into the hotel. Both hotels offer free hot breakfast.

Plainwell Comfort Inn
622 Allegan Highway
Plainwell, MI 49080
+1 269.685.9891
Kalamazoo Comfort Inn

739 W Michigan Ave,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
+1 269-384-2800
Hotel near sewing school

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March 2018
March 23, 2018 - March 26, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT & SEW FASHION KNITS 4-DAY – Michigan – March 23-26, 2018

  This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern in any knit. Sewing with knit fabrics today is quick, easy, and very fashionable! From casual to formal wear, knit fabrics rule, but all the old "rules" don’t. Take all the best ideas from ready-to-wear to couture sewing and incorporate these techniques into your knitwear. We’ve taken the mystery out of fitting a pattern for any type of knit fabric. Every garment from the T-shirt to the draped…

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April 2018
April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018


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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May 2018
$195 - $750
May 4, 2018 - May 7, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT AND SEW 4-DAY – Michigan – May 4-7, 2018

  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 2018
August 25, 2018 - August 26, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: PANT FIT & SEW 2-DAY – Michigan – August 25-26, 2018

  Day One 9-6 The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will give you a store tour of best fabrics for sewing pants. Measure for size. Fill out a Fit Chart with suggested alterations. Tissue-fit a pant and alter it to fit you. The alterations made on this pant will show how you differ from other commercial patterns. Day Two 9-6 Cut and pin-fit fabric. Tweak the fit in fabric.…

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September 2018
$195 - $750
September 14, 2018 - September 17, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY – Michigan – September 14-17, 2018

  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 2018
October 5, 2018 - October 9, 2018

SEWING WORKSHOPS: TAILORING 5-DAY CLASS – Michigan – October 5-9, 2018

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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