Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Methods for sewing a tailored jacket or blazer including interfacing, welt pockets, setting in sleeves, lining, and fabric-fitting.

This 5-day workshop is held on Zoom once a week on Saturdays, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, and February 15, 2025, from noon to 6:00 pm Eastern time. 

An optional one-day jacket pattern tissue-fitting workshop on Zoom is offered January 11, 2025, for those who would like instruction in tissue fitting techniques that are specific to jackets.

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Master Tailoring a Jacket

This 5-day workshop is held live on Zoom over 5 weeks. —$895


All students must have attended a 2-day Fashion Fitting the Upper Body or 4-day Fit Sewing Patterns workshop. Please tissue-fit your pattern prior to the first day of the workshop. An optional 1-day fitting workshop on zoom is offered in advance of this workshop for those who would like to tissue-fit their jacket with the instructor and other participants.

Learn to tailor Palmer/Pletsch’s latest jacket B6960. You will learn cutting and marking accuracy, interfacings and proper fusing, fit, shoulder and chest shaping, shaped darts, careful trimming and quality pressing, sleeve heads, bound buttonholes, welt pockets, linings, and perfect hems. Truly, all of your sewing will improve after you learn to tailor. You will select a good fabric and a pattern based on your skills.  Advanced techniques will be demonstrated and sampled.

You will receive the Zoom link 2 days before each class.

The bring list provides information about what you will need prior to joining this Zoom workshop. You will find hyperlinks in the bring list PDF to sources for some of these items. NOTE: Please allow time to order required supplies so you receive them in time for this workshop!

fabric and jacket pattern pieces
model wearing custom made jacket
close-up of jacket shoulder and undercollar
pressing a collar on a ham

The Pattern You’ll Need—Butterick B6960 – Misses’ Jackets

How to Buy the Right Size

Download and print out this instruction sheet on how to buy right right size pattern in a top or dress.

Buy the Right Size Pattern

The Book You’ll Want to Have—Jackets for Real People

Tailoring Made Easy!

by Marta Alto, Susan Neal, and Pati Palmer

Use this book and ALL of your sewing will improve. For a minimal investment and a little time, you can have a designer jacket. Using the latest interfacings sew it Armani-style and achieve a custom fit no matter what your figure.

The book includes pattern and fabric selection, patterns and fabrics fitting on real people, the latest on fusible interfacings, cutting and marking tips, how-to’s for buttonholes, a NO-FAIL welt pocket, “bagging a lining”, easy mitered vents, and much more, plus finishing touches such as topstitching and piping.

The Book You’ll Want to Have—The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting

Sew Great Clothes for Every Body. Fit Any Fashion Pattern

by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

With this guide to fitting you’ll learn all facets of bodice and skirt pattern fitting and alteration to give you the background and guidance needed to achieve a custom fit on any pattern from any company. Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in the 2019 “Craft & Hobby, Home & Garden” book category. For specific fitting guidance for pants, see Pants for Real People, and for comprehensive fitting of jackets, see Jackets for Real People.

Amelia, from the UK, says: “I started dressmaking about two years ago. I am obsessed with fit, but have never got it quite right until I bought the Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting. Wow! Your book has transformed my sewing and made me understand about fit and how to achieve it. I’m telling all my sewing buddies about it! What a difference this has made—although I now seem to be even more picky! I now realize how awful the fit is with all my ready-to-wear clothes!”

The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting book


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