Sewing Schools

Hundreds of students from around the world have attended Palmer/Pletsch sewing workshops,
taught by Certified Sewing Instructors across the country, and now on Zoom.

Take a sewing vacation!  You’ll share camaraderie with other sewers from all walks of life — from surgeons to CEOs to fabric store owners, homemakers to dressmakers, attorneys, farmers, and teachers — all while you are taught expert sewing techniques and the tissue-fitting method of pattern fitting.

You will be guided by the qualified Palmer/Pletsch sewing teaching team.

We have been teaching sewing and fitting sewing patterns for over 35 years, focusing on quality garments sewn with limited time. We have worked with and influenced major pattern companies, bringing our message to you along with our fashion sewing books and Learn How to Sew DVDs. We want to PERSONALLY share our sewing knowledge with you in these workshops. AND, we learn from you as well, hopefully making us better teachers. Workshops are taught in five locations across the United States.

Browse Workshops by Sewing Technique

    Learn About Each Palmer/Pletsch Sewing School Location

    Connecticut workshops are taught by Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor Pamela Leggett, in beautiful Vernon, Connecticut at Pamela’s Patterns Fashion Sewing & Fitting Studio.  

    Michigan workshops are taught by Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor Janet Dapson in her fabric store, Fabrications Fabric Warehouse.

    Portland-area workshops are taught by Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor Helen Bartley. Workshops are held at Sew-Op Makers Space in nearby Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland.

    We also offer classes and seminars at this location.

    Kentucky, workshops are taught by Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor Lyndsey Stanfill in her studio, Made Stitch Company.

    We now also offer live Zoom workshops and webinars:

    In addition to regional workshops offered in-person in four locations across the country we offer live Zoom workshops and webinars. Visit the Palmer/Pletsch Live Zoom Sewing School page to see what is available. These workshops are taught by Certified Sewing Instructor Tammie Pontsler.

    The Palmer/Pletsch Sewing School at Sew-Op

    We also have a local sewing school in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area offering seminars and hands-on classes. If you’re near that area, check out our schedule by clicking the red  LEARN MORE box. If you’d like to be added to our local email list to be notified of upcoming classes, please send us an email at

    We Say Sew!

    What They’re Saying…

    Laura Bentz, 2023 fit workhop attendee says…

    The tissue fitting workshop reframed how I perceive my body shape. Rather than thinking “I’m too long here, or too short here” or this or that or something else “not enough”, learning the tissue fitting method broke it down into just shapes and bumps and lines. No more judgment or criticism. The method honors each body shape as unique and can absolutely be fitted perfectly in a flattering garment.
    The expertise shared in the workshop was exceptional and inspiring. I have become a Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting evangelist to people, sewists or not.


    Sandy Hagness, 2021 pant workhop attendee from Wisconsin says…

    I keep coming back for workshops because of the opportunity to refine my fitting skills and learn new techniques from these amazing instructors. I enjoy having an oasis of sewing time and meeting others who share a passion for garment sewing. I always leave feeling inspired!