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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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…Read More »
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…Read More »
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…Read More »
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.…Read More »
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…Read More »
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…Read More »