Learn to Fit Sewing Patterns!
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 give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will alter McCall’s #7279, our sheath dress pattern, to fit your body. Once you have fitted this dress, you will know what alterations are necessary in the most fitted garment you would ever sew. It will become your own personal “body map,” reminding you of your alterations. Next you will tissue-fit fashion patterns and you may cut some of them out of fabric to learn to fabric-fit.
After that, you will continue tissue-fitting fashion patterns. We encourage starting with McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch patterns first, as they have alteration lines on the tissue and fit tips in the guidesheets. Then venture to whatever designs you want—this method works with patterns from any pattern company.
Since the tissue replaces making a muslin, you can go confidently right to your fashion fabric. You will cut out some of the altered patterns in fabrics and learn to pin-fit the fabrics and fine-tune the fit to both sides of your body. By the end of the class, you will be EMPOWERED to sew any pattern design and make it fit YOU.
FIT TEACHER TRAINING — 11/15/2022
Spend the day fitting others in a variety of fashions so that you will be confident when you are on your own teaching. Pamela Leggett will be there observing, helping, and available to answer questions if you get stuck. You will also receive a download with camera-ready handouts for your classes, slides and a script for teaching Fit, a variety of slide presentations in PowerPoint (which allows you to rearrange slides for any length presentation), class format ideas, sample promotional flyers and marketing materials. You will be able to order the McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch basic fit patterns at a reduced price for use in your classes. Includes lunch, professional camera-ready materials, and download of digital slides with script. The value of the slides alone is over $1,000. The price of the class is $195.
NOTE: Teacher Training can only be taken if you are also registered for this workshop.
The following optional activity can be scheduled directly with Pamela Leggett:
NYC FABRIC SHOPPING TOUR — 11/14/2022
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 — pamela