Marla Kazell guides you through a five-day camp. Fit and sew a garment of your choice with a couture attitude. Learn to sew with your head, listen to your fabric, and use your best judgment in all decisions. Lunch included.

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Marla Kazell teaching a couture workshop
couture jacket made by Marla Kazell
Marla Kazell teaching a couture workshop

Perfect Your Couture Sewing!

PREREQUISITE: A Palmer/Pletsch Fit Sewing Patterns Workshop

Join Marla Kazell as she guides you through five days of fitting and sewing a garment of your choice with a couture attitude. 

Put into practice Bobbie Carr’s “rules of couture” from Couture, The Art of Fine Sewing, from sewing with your head to enjoying the process as well as the result. 

Try some simple, yet effective couture techniques and receive guidance, support and fitting help. 

The workshop includes lunches.

couture detail on blouse
couture dress
couture blouse
couture skirt
couture detail on blouse
couture top and scarf

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

For Portlanders who don’t often cross the river, it’s easy. Traveling north on I-5, take Mill Plain exit toward Port of Vancouver, stay in the left lane. (The far left lane is not Mill Plain.) Turn left at light and move to the right lane. You are now on 15th Street. Turn right on Broadway. Sew-Op is in the green building on right—the first building you come to.

There is 2-hour free street parking in front of Sew-Op and extended parking four blocks east. For closer parking download the convenient Parking Kitty app. Use this City of Vancouver Parking Map to find more parking locations.

Sew-Op Exterior

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663
near the corner of E. 15th and Broadway. Use the parking map link button above to find parking near Sew-Op.

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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