Palmer/Pletsch East Workshops
Hundreds of students from around the world have attended our sewing workshops. Like a sewing vacation, you'll share camaraderie with other sew-ers from all walks of life. Everyone who attends 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 sewing and fitting. We have worked with, and influenced, major pattern companies, bringing our message to you along with our fashion sewing books and sew-a-longs. We want to personally share our sewing knowledge with you in these workshops. And, we learn from you as well, which makes us better teachers.
The East Coast Locations - Steve's Sewing in King of Prussia PA (near Philadelphia) and The Studio at Pamela's Patterns in Vernon CT (near Hartford) are taught by Pamela Leggett, fitting fanatic and owner of Pamela's Patterns. Workshops are taught in a fun, kind, and learning environment...this is truly a Sew-Cation!
Fit Fashion Patterns
Are you tired of making clothing that doesn’t fit? Then this Fit Workshop is for you! How do we do it? By fitting real women! Having long ago dispensed with tedious measuring or making a muslin to check the fit of a sewing pattern, we have mastered the process of tissue-fitting. This simply means "trying on" the pattern's tissue pieces to see where to alter the pattern for a custom fit. By following a systematic tissue-fitting sequence that has been developed and refined (wait till you see the "wrinkle dictionary"!), the pattern pieces themselves become the muslin!
Upcoming Fit Fashion Pattern Workshops
September 17-20, 2020 (Connecticut)
Pre-workshop Dress Form September 16
Optional - September 21 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Optional - September 22 Teacher Training
Jan 21-24, 2021 (Philadelphia)
Optional - Jan 25 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Optional - Jan 26 Teacher Training
Sep 16-19, 2021 (Connecticut)
Pre-workshop Dress Form September 15
Optional - Sep 20 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Optional - Sep 21 Teacher Training
Pant Fitting and Sewing
Learn to fit any style pant and to sew them to perfection! We’ll give you a comprehensive presentation, show you pant styles, and discuss the best pant fabrics. We take ONE measurement to determine your size, fit you in tissue, and show how to alter it for your figure. You will then cut it out in fabric and do more fitting. Demonstrations are included for beautiful zippers, waistbands, pockets and hems. After the first pair, you decide what style pant to work on next – even jeans!
Upcoming Pant and Sewing Workshops
November 5-8, 2020 (Philadelphia)
Optional - November 9 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Apr 15-18, 2021 (Connecticut)
Optional - Apr 19 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Nov 11-14, 2021 (Philadelphia)
Optional - Nov 15 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Fit and Sew Fashion Knits
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! We’ve taken the mystery out of fitting a pattern for any type of knit fabric. Every garment from a T-shirt a draped dress should fit and suit your individual body and style. After an introductory comprehensive presentation on knit fabric types, fitting knits, and knit sewing tips, we will show you knit garments and introduce you to a wide variety of textiles, fibers, colors and styles. You will go home with several knit garments perfectly fitted to you!
Upcoming Fit and Sew Fashion Knits Workshops
Mar 18-21, 2021 (Philadelphia)
Optional - Mar 22 trip to NYC fabric shopping
May 13-16, 2021 (Connecticut)
Pre-workshop Dress Form May 12
Optional - May 17 trip to NYC fabric shopping