Michigan Sewing School

Our Palmer/Pletsch Michigan Workshops are taught by Janet Dapson and held in Richland, near Kalamazoo.

Janet Dapson, CSI / Michigan Workshop Coordinator & Instructor

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 addition 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.

Janet Dapson, Certified Palmer/Pletsch Instructor

The Location

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. Janet recently downsized her shop and moved to a new location in Richland. Her workshops are now being held at the Fabrications Fabric Warehouse. It’s a fun, funky kind of place, with a smaller classroom suited to intimate-sized classes.

sewing classes locationFabrications Fabric Warehouse
8709 Gull Road, Suite B
Richland, Michigan 49083

Fabrications warehouse store

What's Included?

The Fabrications Fabric Warehouse, which includes a classroom, occupies approximately 1,200 square feet in a small, attractive complex in the Village of Richland. The classroom space is in a partitioned section of the retail shop, allowing quick access to needed supplies. Classroom furnishings include sturdy sewing tables, adjustable office chairs, Sew-Brite cutting tables, and Reliable irons and ironing stations. All fabrics in our shop 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.

In the classroom we offer coffee, water, snacks, and a wonderful lunch. Dinners are on your own.
Handouts and some supplies are included. We have a couple of machines to loan if you cannot bring your own.

A BRING LIST of what you need to bring for each workshop, along with each day’s schedule and other information, is available as a pdf. You can find the individual bring list within the class event description; just start looking for a class that interests you! If you have the Palmer/Pletsch book that is being used as a reference for the class, bring it.

A special GRADUATION party with refreshments will be held at the completion of each workshop. It’s a time to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere and share the whys of your sewing, your personal interests, and your aspirations. In a final ceremony, completion certificates will be awarded.

Teacher Training

Teacher Training is available in conjunction the Fit and Pant Fit workshops. The Fit and Pant Fit class descriptions pages have more information available as well as how to sign up.

Janet Dapson teaching

Where to Stay

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, may be more convenient if you are flying. If arriving by air, Uber and Lyft are available options for getting around if you have not rented a car. The hotel is located at the edge of downtown Kalamazoo, within several blocks of numerous restaurants and shops.

Our ideal suggested schedule? Arrive the day before the workshop and get settled into the hotel. Both hotels offer free hot breakfaIst.

Plainwell Comfort Inn
622 Allegan Highway
Plainwell, MI 49080
+1 269.685.9891

Kalamazoo Comfort Inn
739 W Michigan Ave,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
+1 269-384-2800

Comfort Inn Michigan