Fashion Knits – Designing with a simple pattern

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As a fashion designer and pattern maker, I’m always trying to come up with new and interesting designs while sticking to classic silhouettes. At the end of the day, when you are sewing something yourself, you are the designer because you are making the decisions for fit and fabric. Hope you enjoy some tips on fashion knits – designing with a simple pattern. One of my favorite things to do is to take a simple, ...

Sewing Workshops – What Really Happens?

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Are the sewing “workshops” really sewing “vacations”? In other words, do we work or play? Anyone who has the passion for sewing knows it is really playing, when it might look like work to others. A Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Workshop gives you totally focused time to do what you love - sew- with no other responsibilities including cooking for others. Plus you are learning new sewing techniques in the classes, meeting other sewers who share ...

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Julie and Melissa Bring You The FABRIC MART FIT-ALONG

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I was introduced to Julie Brown by Pamela Leggett of pamelaspatterns.com (and Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia), because Pamela is good like that, she can sense commonalities between people. Julie is the head merchandise buyer for Fabric Mart's fashion fabrics. We met last summer for a bite when she was in NYC (she so kindly came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to meet me) and we knew we could do something really different and interesting together. With her access to beautiful fashion fabric ...

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Our NEW Craftsy Class “Fitting Fashion KNITS!”

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In my late 20's, I now have a whole new meaning for "Sunday Funday". If you are anything like me, you've saved up some cash and are looking for that little deal that gives you a 'victory dance' feeling when you find it. Everyone loves to score a sale, am I right?! So in the spirit of #blackfriday and the announcement of my newest Craftsy.com class, I want to offer a 50% discount to all of our ...

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The modern Fit Pattern… FIRST since 1983

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M7279 Sheath Fit Pattern with the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method  We are so excited about the launch of our new McCall's fit pattern. It's been 22 years since the last one came out. This new one reflects how we are fitting and sewing NOW! This pattern not only has updated fitting information in the guide sheet but also includes a fashion dress with length and sleeve variations and an optional collar. Melissa, Marta and I had ...

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The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method on Creative Live!

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BREAKING NEWS! Marta and I just filmed a 3-day fit workshop in Seattle for www.CreativeLive.com. It was so fun for us to do our swan song together and show all of our latest fit and alteration techniques. We also promoted our teachers during the workshop as there is nothing better than a hands-on class. For a list of Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructors go towww.palmerpletsch.com/teachers. Marta did the fitting and alteration demonstrations and I assisted her ...

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Sheer Genius

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Using Perfect Fuse Sheer I was able to manipulate a sheer silk gingham into a wearable skirt (without lining!) from my McCall's skirt and top pattern - M7166. I haven't sewn with a lightweight silk in a long time, not to mention a sheer, NOT to mention GATHERS. Below are the techniques I used in fitting and sewing to make my skirt the best quality custom "made to measure" garment: 1) Used Perfect Fuse Sheer fusible interfacing- to make ...

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Skort, Culottes, Gaucho Pants – Tomaeto Tomahto

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But... what is a Skort? They're in between a skirt and a pant and basically the best bottoms you can wear this summer... and it's time to embrace them because it doesn't look like they are going anywhere this fall! Designers are loving them on the runway and WE are loving them in this summer heat! They are very flattering for any body, especially if you are curvy. With the princess panels this style is very ...

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Summer Knits… OH so easy

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FIT AND SEW KNIT TOPS WITH McCALLS PALMER/PLETSCH DESIGNS There are so many beautiful FASHION knit fabrics available. Poly/spandex interlock is easy to sew—my top on the left—and rayon/spandex is so soft and drapey—Marta’s top on the right. While writing the new Knits For Real People book, I had a ball sewing knit tops. It was a quick way to try out many knit fabric varieties. Co-author Sue Neall brought three of her Australian Sewing Guild friends to ...

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Some history about the ‘My First Sewing’ Books

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Hello Everyone! Pati here... Last week you got an email from me about a special "Give the Gift of Sewing — Teach Young Children to Sew" package — My First Sewing Book plus My First Doll Book, plus our Yes, I Can Sew! DVD. I'd like to tell you more about this exceptional program. I know this is a "Pattern Blog" but this program has patterns, too —patterns to make hand-sewn stuffed shapes from felt and ...

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