Our workshops are now offered in
Michigan and Seattle, in addition to Portland, Oregon, and
NEAR KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN
For dates see the main
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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.
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
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.
Palmer/Pletsch has become known for
its successes in teaching people to fit. Satellite locations
will make the workshops accessible to more people. We welcome
Janet and wish her success. In 2013, Pati Palmer will be joining
Janet in teaching two workshops.
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.
workshop photos, visit our
For full descriptions, click above. For a sequential
calendar listing of workshops, click
Our Michigan workshops
are held at
8860 North 32nd Street, M-43
toll free 1-877-629-0190
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.
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
If you are driving to your Michigan Sewing Vacation,
we recommend the
Comfort Inn Plainwell
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!
Comfort Inn Kalamazoo
(269-384-2800), located about
5 miles from the
Creek International Airport,
is more convenient if you are flying.
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.
If you need additional workshop information, please contact
Pati Palmer at 503-294-0696 or
and the Palmer/
An all-day teacher
training session will be offered the day after the fit and pant fit
workshops. For details, click the logo below.
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.
A list of what you need to bring,
along with other information is available on the
If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference
for the class, bring it.
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
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 2008