Sunday, July 22, 2012
Palmer Pletsch - Flagship School of Sewing - Portland, Oregon
This is a glimpse of Portland, Oregon. Lush and green and full of architectural history and beauty like the large cities on the west coast. It is one of three cities in the contiguous United States with extinct volcanoes (Mt. Hood and Mt. Helen) within its boundaries. The hillsides are covered with evergreens. A beautiful sight to see. It's also known for it's fine cuisine and classical performing arts.
So what does Portland have to do with fabric, sewing, and fitting? Well it is where the flagship Palmer/Pletsch School of Sewing is located. The school is conveniently accessible at the Fabric Depot, which is a fabric collectors dream. There is a wholesale counter, where people in the business of sewing can make there purchases at a special price.
Why am I telling you all of this? Palmer/Pletsch is a great reason to visit Portland, Oregon. On July 12th, several other eager sewists and I converged onto Portland, Oregon, to learn how to sew clothes that fit. Your probably thinking, "You already know how to fit the garments you make." And that is partially true. I have dozens of patterns that I don't know (correction didn't know) how to fit. So I avoided even trying. Those are the projects you never hear about. Okay... back to Fit Workshop. Our educational journey begin early Friday morning. The Monarch Shuttle promptly arrived at 9:00am. We rushed into the classroom, ready to learn how to best fit our handcrafted garments.
Now if you are planning to attend a Palmer/Pletsch workshop, please be advised to come with a clear and positive mind, an acute passion for sewing, a willingness to try new approaches to obtain a perfect fit, and understanding that many construction guidelines are just that, a guide. No process is etched in stone. You can make adjustments based on your own fitting needs.
During the four/five day workshop, we learned how to use the markings on the pattern as a guide, test the process, tweak it, and learn from each other. You bet there were many success stories. We were each others' praise team, acknowledging our success.
So this is the beginning of several posts that will give you a taste of what you can expect when you attend your first fit workshop in Portland, Oregon.
Instructors and Students
Tools to Help You Perfect Your Skills
Be A Sewing Teacher
My Fit Experience and Future Garments