Fit and sew custom jeans using the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Learn how to achieve the jeans look and fit you want. Pant fitting expert Helen Bartley will guide you through four classes over four weeks of fitting and sewing your best jeans.


This four-week class meets 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2023

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Jeans are fun to sew when you have a system. Learn how to get the look and fit you want, to make your comfiest pair.

4-week class—$450.00

Your instructor, Helen Bartley, pant fitting expert and author of Fit and Sew Custom Jeans, will guide you through four sessions of fitting and sewing your best jeans.

Learn how to achieve the look and fit you want. You will learn how to choose the best pattern size based on your fit needs and your fabric.

See jeans in many fabrics and styles, bootcut to boyfriend to skinny, and learn about fabric selection, preshrinking and notions needed. Whether your figure type is full, petite, or curvy, we will focus on fitting YOUR body.

Tissue fit.
Fabric fit.
Sew your jeans! 

You will learn how to alter your pattern and to fit as you sew. Helen will demonstrate sewing all the jeans pockets, traditional jeans fly zipper, threads and techniques for topstitching, waistbands, belt carriers, button, buttonholes, and rivets.

Jeans Making Kit: For your convenience, Helen offers a kit for sale that includes pattern, preshrunk denim, PerfectFuse Medium interfacing for waistband, PerfectFuse Sheer interfacing for stabilizing, threads, zipper, and hardware-everything you need to sew your perfect jeans for $95.00. Email Helen to order:

Anyone with strong intermediate sewing skills can sew great jeans. Some sewing homework will be assigned after each class. 

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


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