Learn how to achieve the jeans look and fit you want. Pant fitting expert Helen Bartley will guide you through five days of fitting and sewing your best jeans. Includes the latest Palmer/Pletsch jeans pattern and lunches.

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Learn to fit and sew jeans using the right size pattern for your body and fabric. Learn to sew any jeans style.

jeans kits for Palmer/Pletsch jeans workshop

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

Learn how to achieve the look and fit you want. The workshop includes the Palmer/Pletsch jeans pattern, which we have sewn in every size for you to try on, but you may sew any jeans pattern printed on tissue. 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, we are offering 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. See the “Bring List” for ordering information or email

We strongly recommend taking our 4-day Pant Fit and Sewing Workshop or the 5-day Design-Fit-Sew Pants Workshop as a prerequisite.

The workshop includes lunches.

This was a great step-by-step workshop from fitting and adjusting to a pair of finished jeans. Helen took great care to get a good fit and to explain every step in the process. The slideshows were interesting and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. I loved the workshop and I love my jeans!
Pam U., Vancouver, WA
Suzie Brown at Palmer/Pletsch jeans workshop
Palmer/Pletsch jeans workshop students modeling their finished jeans in front of Sew-Op

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—Fit and Sew Custom Jeans

Classic and Creative Sewing Techniques for Modern Patterns

by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

There is nothing like wearing your own custom fit and sewn jeans! Start with a style you like and use this book by author and certified sewing instructor Helen Bartley to create a pair of jeans that fits your unique body and your unique style.

Fit and Sew Custom Jeans book, spiral bound


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