FIT SEWING PATTERNS 4-DAY WORKSHOP • MICHIGAN
We begin with The Palmer/Pletsch tissue-fitting Method, teaching you to fit your own body. We move on to fashion patterns and customization. By the end of the workshop, you will be empowered to sew any pattern design for the perfect fit!
This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern.
Because we do hands-on fitting, we continue to be innovative and fine-tune our skills. We’ve examined and used many approaches to fitting over the years. Today we teach what works the best and easiest for YOU! We do very little measuring because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about the body you are fitting. Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself!
The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch tissue-fitting Method. Then we will alter Butterick B6849, our sheath dress pattern, to fit your body. Once you have fitted this dress, you will know what alterations are necessary in the most fitted garment you would ever sew. It will become your own personal “body map” reminding you of your alterations. Next you will tissue-fit fashion patterns and you may cut some of them out of fabric to learn to fabric-fit.
After that, you will continue tissue-fitting fashion patterns. We encourage starting with Butterick Palmer/Pletsch patterns and McCall’s Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch patterns first, as they have alteration lines on the tissue and fit tips in the guidesheet. Then venture to whatever designs you want.
Since the tissue replaces making a muslin, you can go confidently right to your fashion fabric.You will cut out some of the altered patterns in fabrics and learn to pin-fit the fabrics and fine-tune the fit to both sides of our body. By the end of the class, you will be EMPOWERED to sew any pattern design and make it fit YOU.
Our Palmer/Pletsch Michigan workshops are held in Richland, Michigan, near Kalamazoo.
FIT TEACHER TRAINING
You may purchase this teacher training in conjunction with registering for a fit workshop in Michigan.
Spend the day fitting others in a variety of fashions so that you will be confident when you are on your own teaching. Janet Dapson will be there observing, helping, and available to answer questions if you get stuck. You will also receive a download with camera-ready handouts for your classes, slides and a script for teaching Fit, a variety of slide presentations in PowerPoint (which allows you to rearrange slides for any length presentation), class format ideas, sample promotional flyers and marketing materials. You will be able to order the Butterick Palmer/Pletsch basic fit patterns at a reduced price for use in your classes. Includes lunch, professional camera-ready materials, and download of digital slides with script. The value of the slides alone is over $1,000. The price of the class is $195.
TAKE FIT AGAIN!
The study of fit is ongoing. As fashion changes, there are new fit challenges. You will have four full days to tissue-fit and fabric-fit all the new patterns you desire. Bring questions you want answered, and plan to spend time watching others being fit—there is much to learn in that process!
And again, and again…
Continue to refine and MASTER your fitting and sewing skills under our expert guidance. If you teach fit, you will want to watch even more bodies being fitted and more alteration challenges tackled. You will truly achieve your masters in fit!!
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!”