Sew pants that fit your body and your style. Master sewing zippers, pockets, the waistband of your choice, and creative hems. 5 days of sewing and fun!

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Palmer/Pletsch Pant Fitting & Sewing Workshop in Michigan

This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pant.

Butterick B6845 pant pattern

In this 5-day workshop you will learn to sew pants that fit your body and your style. Master sewing zippers, pockets, the waistband of your choice, and creative hems.

The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method of pattern altering is internationally known for its success. We start with a presentation that walks you through pant fit basics, fabrics, and notions, too.  You will tissue-fit and alter your pattern, cut from fabric, pin fit, and learn to fit-as-you-sew for the very best results. 

We will provide the newest Palmer/Pletsch pant fitting pattern.

For your first pair you’ll start by choosing from a menu of pant design options for leg width, rise, waistbands, and hems.  For your next pair you can choose from more zipper and pocket options. 

The reference book is Pants for Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. It is in its second updated edition. 

You can also change up this basic pant in numerous ways and make it your lower body roadmap. For your next pant you can choose to sew a trouser style or a no-side seam pant.

Our Palmer/Pletsch Michigan workshops are held in Richland, Michigan, near Kalamazoo.

Janet Dapson teaching a Palmer/Pletsch pant fitting and sewing workshop
Students in Janet Dapson's Palmer/Pletsch Pant Fit & Sew Workshop


Since this is already a 5-day workshop, we will incorporate teacher training. Those who sign up will receive a complete digital file of handouts for classes, slide program with script, and teacher tools. Teacher Training will be discussed on the first day for those who have registered. Then practicing fitting will be integrated into the next four days.

This session also allows you to order the Palmer/Pletsch basic fit patterns at a reduced price for use in your classes as well as ordering Palmer/Pletsch products at wholesale. This session also allows you to apply to become a Palmer/Pletsch CSI.

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Palmer/Pletsch teacher training


On your first return visit to the pant workshop you can fit and sew for FOUR straight days. You might want to try our latest no-gap vertical welt pocket. We’ve developed great instructions. It adds time, so we don’t recommend it for your first pant workshop. If you want to learn to fit and sew jeans, we suggest our Jeans That Fit workshops, and/or get Marta Alto’s Jeans for Real People DVD or streaming video.

And again, and again…

Each time you return to Pant, you’ll build on your fitting and sewing skills, and new challenges in details and/or design will be added. You will love sewing with the experts as they guide you to fitting and sewing beautiful pants. If you teach pant fit, you will see even more body shapes and improve your skill in fitting others. You’ll become a master in pants!

The Book You’ll Want to Have—Pants for Real People Second Edition — Updated in 2019

by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

Forget the fitting shell! Toss the tape measure after taking just one measurement! Now, with just the hip measurement and the help of Pants for REAL People, by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, women of all sizes, shapes, and ages can try on the tissue-paper pattern to see how to fit the pants they sew. Tissue-fitting, a technique devised and perfected by Palmer/Pletsch over three decades of hands-on teaching, has never before appeared in print for pants. 192 pages.

Pants for Real People book by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto


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