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FIT & SEW the Perfect Blouse: Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method


This class meets 4 times. Wednesday March 20th, March 27th, April 3rd, and April 10th.

Learn the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method using any commercial pattern to create your perfect shirt. The art of fit is imperative for successful garment sewing. If you have sewn and struggled with fit, this series is for you. We know you will love the results.

In this series you will learn:

  • How to choose your correct pattern size using one measurement.

  • To prepare, tissue fit, and alter the pattern.

  • Layout, cut and mark your fashion fabric.

  • Pin fit & “tweak” your garment and mark changes.

  • Sew a blouse or shirt with great techniques for collars, yokes , bands and cuffs.

Your instructor, Helen Bartley, teaches the Palmer/Pletsch Fit, Pants, Jeans, and Knits workshops here in Portland and has worked alongside Marta Alto and Pati Palmer, authors of the book “The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting” for the past ten years. Her goal is to help you perfect your garment creation by starting with the most critical part - FIT. You will never have another fit disaster!

Supply List:

  • Pattern: Grainline Archer Shirt, or any basic button-up shirt pattern with a collar and either a facing or a band in your size grouping.

  • Palmer/Pletsch Perfect Pattern Paper

  • Fabric: Woven Cotton or Rayon recommended for the blouse or shirt. Please pre-wash fabric according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Matching thread

  • Buttons (as requested on pattern)

  • 1 package of Palmer/Pletsch PerfectFuse SHEER Interfacing

  • 1 box of 1 3/8” extra fine glass head pins.

  • *Optional, but very helpful* The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

Materials and supplies are NOT included in the price of the class. All materials are available to purchase at Bolt, either in store or online. Students will receive 10% off of supplies purchased at Bolt. Please purchase supplies in advance of the class, as it is necessary to pre-wash fabric to achieve desired fit.

Earlier Event: March 17
Beginning Embroidery
Later Event: March 23
Sewing with Knits