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Our workshops are now offered in Michigan and Seattle, in addition to Portland, Oregon, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

 
WORKSHOPS NEAR KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
For dates see the main workshop page.

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4-Day Fit

4-Day Pant Fit & Sew

 

NEW! Mini Two-Day
Sewing Vacations

now offered in Richland, Michigan

Can’t get away for a week-long sewing vacation, but want to learn to fit? Our new Weekend Palmer/Pletsch Mini Sewing Vacations may be the answer.
 

2-Day Mini Vacation:
Fashion Fitting the Upper Body


2-Day Mini Vacation

Fashion Fitting the
Lower Body -
Pant Fit & Sew

Click on the titles above
to learn more.

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 addtion 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 a satellite Palmer/Pletsch 4-day Workshop location.

Janet's store is a wonderful place for fashion sewers. It is a very peaceful environment in contrast to a big city with lots of distractions. I expect you will all accomplish more than if in our other locations. Just enjoy the moment!!

For more information about each topic, click on the workshop title to the left. To register for workshops and optional programs, click on one of the turquoise "READY TO REGISTER" buttons.

To see workshop photos, visit our gallery

 

WORKSHOP
DESCRIPTIONS

For full descriptions, click above. For a sequential calendar listing of workshops, click here.

 


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Our Michigan workshops
are held at

8860 North 32nd Street, M-43
Richland, Michigan
toll free 1-877-629-0190
269-629-0190
info@fabricationsonline.com

The store, which includes a large classroom, occupies approximately 3,000 square feet in the Clocktower Green complex just north of the village of Richland. Click on the logo above to learn more, and for driving directions.

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.

Classes based on the Palmer/Pletsch books, "Fit for Real People", "Pants for Real People" and “Jackets for Real People” are conducted on a regular basis.

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.

Do You Need a Hotel?

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.

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If you need additional workshop information, please contact
Pati Palmer at 503-294-0696 or
email Pati Palmer
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TEACHER
TRAINING 

and the Palmer/
Pletsch Teacher 
Certification 
Program

An all-day teacher training session will be offered the day after the fit and pant fit workshops. For details, click the logo below.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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. 

Bring List
A list of what you need to bring, along with other information is available on the registration page.. If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it.

GRADUATION CERTIFICATE
Your graduation certificate will say  Fit I, Fit II, Fit III, etc., depending on the number of times you have attended.


Gift Certificates are Available for all Workshops:

 

 

 


 

 

This was my first time attending a Palmer/Pletsch workshop and I will definitely return for all the offered courses. I intend to make this a yearly vacation just for me. I never once thought seriously about my business back in New York City while in Portland.
Robyn Turner, NYC, NY, Pant Fitting and Sewing July 200
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