Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Palmer/Pletsch - Meet and Greet Fit Workshop July 2012

I know many of you are ready to read about the workshop.  But before I get into that I wanted to talk about the welcome and the mood of the atmosphere.  These things are important to demonstrate the professionalism, passion, and proficiency of the Palmer/Pletsch School of Sewing.  Second, I wanted to send a shout out to my fellow classmates.  There were 18 students, with varying skill levels.  Many are Home Economics teachers, some retired and others still working.  Our group included a speech pathologist, college professor, and an IT professional (like me).   You can see that people from many professions enjoy sewing and customizing their wardrobe. 

Instructors and Students - 

Pati Palmer was strategically stationed at the door of the classroom with a warm hello, a firm hand shake and welcoming smile on her face.  Marta Alto was all smiles too and graciously greeted everyone as they came through the door.   As we bustled into the room, everyone was cheerful and eager to learn how to tissue fit patterns to make well fitted custom garments.  There were name tags for everyone to help us remember the names of our fellow classmates.

 Marta Alto - Teaching Dart Rotation

The program was well organized and flowed seamlessly from one segment to the next.  The atmosphere and the mood were perfect for learning.  For an ice breaker, each person introduced themselves.  Pati and Marta’s introduction included the telling of extensive training and experience in sewing and teaching.  Combined, they have over 80 years of experience.  The love for the craft was evident from their long history of educating people in sewing and the business of sewing.  You knew this wasn’t just a job/career; it was a sure labor of love.  

 Cat of Cat Larrea Art Quilt

Everyone was ready to be taught and ready to be fitted.   There were individual workstations for everyone who signed up for the class.  This element reminded me of the Project Runway workroom. There were pressing stations, as well as stations for cutting, sewing, and eating.  The classroom was equipped to accommodate hands-on learning, lecturers, and construction demonstrations.


Each person found a work space that was comfortable for their height and made that their work space for the duration of the workshop.  I made a few new friends during the workshops.  I’m not able to post everyone picture based on preference or due to not so good photo quality (on my part).  Please meet a few the newly certified fit Palmer/Pletsch members. 
Michelle of The Farm Stitcher

 Helen of Seam Divas

Next up, more details on my four day fit workshop.

Stay tuned and thanks for your visit,


  1. I've been curious about this workshop so I really appreciate your taking the time to walk us through it so thoroughly. Thank you! Elle

  2. Thank you for the wonderful descriptions and photos.

  3. Thanks, ladies. I hope you find something useful in my review of the workshop.

  4. Patti and her daughter Melissa graced the Trained Sewing Instructor class briefly to speak to us about 2 years ago. Both of them were very friendly, warm. They were on their way to a workshop and stopped in to speak with us. It's good to see a fellow blogger enjoy a life-changing experience. Please accept my very late congrats on winning one of her contests. :-) (I saw it in one of her emails, but didn't have your blog link at the time to comment). :-)



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