Fit and sew a jacket with couture attitude! Learn to sew with your head and create a jacket that shows “evidence of effort.” Lunch Included.

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Couture jacket
couture jacket

Sew a Couture Jacket

PREREQUISITE: A Palmer/Pletsch Fit Sewing Patterns Workshop


Fit and sew a jacket with a couture attitude.  Using Bobbie Carr’s “rules of couture” from Couture, The Art of Fine Sewing, you will learn to sew with your head, listen to your fabric and use your best judgment in all decisions  to create a jacket that shows “evidence of effort”.

Choose one of the patterns shown below and make your jacket in any type of fabric – dressy or casual.  Refine the details of your pattern and learn simple, yet effective techniques for sewing darts, sleeves and special buttonholes as you create your couture jacket.

The workshop includes  lunches.

Patterns to Consider

Below are some possible patterns to consider.  Choose a cardigan style or with a collar style other than a notched collar—save those for the tailoring workshop. 

Choose your favorite basic silhouette. You will learn how to make changes to patterns to make construction easier, to add an extension for buttons if not included and to add lining if you wish. Contact me with questions or other suggestions. 

Click on these pattern envelope images to learn more about each of these jacket patterns.

Vogue jacket pattern V9133
Vogue jacket pattern V1644
Butterick jacket pattern B6602

This workshop is held at Sew-Op + Maker Space in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland, OR.

Sew-Op Exterior

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663

Helen Bartley teaching a class at the Palmer/Pletsch Sew-Op Sewing School

The Book You’ll Want to Have—Couture, The Art of Fine Sewing

by Roberta Carr

Couture is an attitude. Now, thanks to Roberta’s writing and Palmer Pletsch’s publishing efforts, couture is available to everyone with an interest in quality, style and individuality.

Another Book You Might Enjoy—Théâtre de la Mode

Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

Liberation in the fall of 1944 after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. Hoping to make a statement to the world that Paris was still the center of fashion, couturiers, jewelers, milliners, hairdressers, and theatre designers joined together to present the Théâtre de la Mode.

Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.


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