February 24, 2024   1-3 PM

Take advantage of Marla’s 40 years as a professional dressmaker and sewing instructor as she shares tips for pattern adjustments and couture techniques for darts, seams and hems. It’s all in the details.

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Couture is in the details.  Put the “rules” of couture into practice as you see how to make simple adjustments to improve your patterns and learn simple techniques for darts, seams and hems that will give your garments “evidence of effort”. 

2 hours — $95 (includes kit)


Bring your sewing machine, foot pedal, power cord, bobbins and needles. 

Sewing supplies:

Thread – dark and light colors
Fabric shears
Small, sharp scissors
Chalk marker and/or marking pens or pencils
6” ruler or seam gauge
Seam ripper
Hand sewing needles and needle threader if needed


Focus on the “rules” of couture as you learn how to sew with your head, listen to your fabric, and make choices on the best techniques for your garments.  It’s all in the details. 

Add pattern adjustments such as curving darts and off-graining  to improve the fit and hang of your garments. 

Learn to make a perfect French seam and a single thread dart.  Practice making tiny loops and a very narrow hem. Discover 10 ways to use silk organza including as interfacing in an interfaced hem. 

Make samples in class.

A kit is included. 

sheer layered fabric in black and white stripes
button loops
couture hem technique

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—Couture, The Art of Fine Sewing

by Roberta Carr

Couture is an attitude. Now, thanks to Roberta’s writing and Palmer Pletsch’s publishing efforts, couture is available to everyone with an interest in quality, style and individuality.

Another Book You Might Enjoy—Théâtre de la Mode

Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

Liberation in the fall of 1944 after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. Hoping to make a statement to the world that Paris was still the center of fashion, couturiers, jewelers, milliners, hairdressers, and theatre designers joined together to present the Théâtre de la Mode.

Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.


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