by Tuesday, May 16, 2023

by Pati Palmer with Helen Bartley Before you read this blog, take note!THIS CAMP SHIRT PATTERN IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU FIT/SEW.  THIS CROQUIS shows the many fashion details and variations—not your grandmother’s camp shirt. FULL BACK YOKE – If you are square on one shoulder and sloping on the other, you ...

Fit and Sew Contour Waistbands

by Saturday, March 4, 2023

For this blog I am focusing on fitting and sewing a contour (curved) waistband. For tips on a fly front zipper and trouser pockets, see the previous blog on sewing pleated trousers. The length of this pant shows off my flat-heeled shirred ankle boots. More about those at the end! CONTOUR BAND ...


by Thursday, January 26, 2023

Trousers are back! They are comfortable to wear. The pleats give you ease as well as style. For a few years I have been thinking that pleated trousers would make a comeback. Some forward designers added them to their lines, but I didn’t see them at Nordstrom or even at our local ...

The Princess Dolman Blouse B6898

by Tuesday, January 17, 2023

By Pati Palmer and Helen Bartley PHOTO PARTY! Raise those arms to show the dolman sleeves! Carol Stalvey, a Palmer/Pletsch instructor from Macon, Georgia, sewed with us. Then we had a photo party for the Butterick Palmer/Pletsch princess dolman shirt. I wore the two dolman shirts I’d sewn and Carol tried on ...

Watch & Learn Online

by Saturday, January 7, 2023

There's a whole new layout for the learning pages for 2023! In this video we explore the new player's features from top to bottom.


by Wednesday, November 30, 2022

  By Helen Bartley with Pati Palmer Seattle resident Jaimie attended our 5-day Fit and Sew Custom Jeans Workshop in Portland, OR. She successfully sewed jeans for her curvy body. But using denim with almost no stretch, she couldn’t get a tight fit under her bum, so I offered to fit her ...

New Palmer/Pletsch Jeans Pattern for Butterick

by Wednesday, November 9, 2022

By Pati Palmer with Helen Bartley I created 10 jeans patterns for men and women for McCall’s since 1980. So how is this new Butterick jeans different? There are actually two patterns, B6911 for misses sizes 4-20, and B6912 for Plus sizes W20-W38. Together they accommodate a hip size range of 30.5” ...

Flipbooks! at Palmer/Pletsch Digital

by Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Flipbooks are COMING SOON to Palmer/Pletsch and we couldn't be more excited! Popular titles now available for online viewing with some great features...

Pati Sews Her New Blazer Butterick B6862

by Thursday, February 10, 2022

This blazer made the cover of the Butterick catalog. Helen Bartley, author of Fit and Sew Custom Jeans, decided we should both sew the new Palmer/Pletsch blazer Butterick B6862 and photograph our masterpieces for a blog post.

First Palmer/Pletsch Butterick Pattern B6856

by Tuesday, September 21, 2021

After designing and writing guidesheets for over 350 McCall’s patterns, I was invited to design for Butterick. Including Vogue, this is the third brand for which I’ve designed. This spring my bestselling McCall’s designs were moved to Butterick with new photography. You can see them all on our website. Then in ...

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Let me guide you as I sew my new blazer. This blazer made the cover of ...