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Palmer/Pletsch East Workshops

Palmer/PletschHundreds 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!

Types of Workshops

Fit Fashion Patterns

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 ‘til you see the “wrinkle dictionary”!), the pattern pieces themselves become the muslin!

Pant Fitting and Sewing

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!

Fit and Sew Fashion Knits

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!

Workshop Dates

Registration for these workshops are made through Palmer/Pletsch's website. Click on the links below for more information and registration, or Contact Us with any questions.

Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia

Fit Fashion Patterns
September 19-22, 2019
Optional - September 23 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Optional - September 24 Teacher Training

Pants Fitting & Sewing
March 14-17, 2019
Optional - March 18 trip to NYC fabric shopping

Fit and Sew Fashion Knits
May 14-17, 2019
Optional - May 20 trip to NYC fabric shopping



Palmer/Pletsch Connecticut

Fit Fashion Patterns
June 6-9, 2019
Pre-workshop Dress Form June 5
Optional - June 10 trip to NYC fabric shopping
Optional - June 11 Teacher Training

Pants Fitting & Sewing
November 7-10, 2019
Optional - November 11 trip to NYC fabric shopping

Fit and Sew Fashion Knits
April 4-7, 2019
Pre-workshop Dress Form April 3
Optional - April 8 trip to NYC fabric shopping