Sewing Workshops – What Really Happens?

by Saturday, August 20, 2016

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 ...

Julie and Melissa Bring You The FABRIC MART FIT-ALONG

by Saturday, August 20, 2016

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 ...

Our NEW Craftsy Class “Fitting Fashion KNITS!”

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

The modern Fit Pattern… FIRST since 1983

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method on Creative Live!

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

Sheer Genius

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

Skort, Culottes, Gaucho Pants – Tomaeto Tomahto

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

Summer Knits… OH so easy

by Friday, August 12, 2016

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 ...

Some history about the ‘My First Sewing’ Books

by Sunday, August 7, 2016

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. ...

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