Summer Workshop Wrap-up

by Thursday, August 1, 2019

July in Portland, Oregon, is a major workshop month at Palmer/Pletsch. The Fitting Fashion Patterns 4-day workshop and our Sewing Camp 5-day workshop were held in Lake Oswego at Montavilla Sewing Center, using the back of the store and a classroom for sewing and lectures. We were also able to sew on ...

A Sweater Knit Vest for Cool Summer Evenings

by Tuesday, July 23, 2019

McCall's Palmer/Pletsch M7695 Vest/Jacket -- While many of us around the country are wishing for cool summer evenings, the time we're spending indoors where it is, hopefully, comfortably cool, creates an opportunity to sew this vest to wear when they finally return.

When a Blouse Can Be a Jacket

by Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sewing McCall's 7760 Retro Drape Front Blouse & Jacket I was amazed to find I had a coordinating group of purple fabrics in my stash—a jersey knit, a 3-ply silk, and a poly/rayon/spandex bottom weight for pants. This Melissa Watson blouse pattern, McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M7760, can also be a drapey jacket (jersey ...

Taking a Favorite Pattern to a New Season

by Tuesday, July 2, 2019

McCall's Palmer/Pletsch M7092 Empire-Waist Top for Knits McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M7092 is one of my favorite tops. It is very flattering. The contrast inset adds interest by framing the face, or it can be made in the same fabric as the body of the top. The original croquie shows all the front ...

Easy & Fun Shirt or Artist’s Smock

by Tuesday, June 25, 2019

McCall's Palmer/Pletsch Pattern M7842 - Creative Shirt Mix colors and fabrics to show your creative genius with McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch pattern M7842. Mix solid colors with prints. Mix quality quilting cottons from entire collections designed to go together. For a softer drape, use woven rayon fabrics in both solids and prints. I love ...

Sewing Beyond the Pattern Envelope—McCall’s 6750 Blouse

by Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You met Helen Bartley in our previous blog, The Magical Blouse. She is one of our workshop instructors and also teaches sewing at her home studio Seam Divas Sewing Lounge. Now I'll let her tell us more about what else she's doing with the pattern M6750—our "Three-hour Perfect Shirt." ~ Pati ...

The Magical Blouse, McCall’s 6750

by Thursday, June 13, 2019

FIRST, A NOTE: It's been a long time since you've seen a new blog from us. We got caught up in creating our newest book, The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting. Melissa designed it with a whole new look, which we love. (See the cover at the bottom of this post.) Now ...

Pati’s Summer Sewing

by Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My mom, Pati Palmer, has been making some great outfits this summer that are a must share on the Palmer/Pletsch blog. I'll let her tell you about them below. Happy Sewing X Melissa EASY, LOOSE, COLD SHOULDER TOP McCall’s 7596

Melissa Watson for McCall’s M7445 Silk Velvet Pants!

by Friday, May 19, 2017

A prominent trend this spring and something that I personally love are my silk velvet pants. Being a more flowey style of pant McCall's (M7445), they are easily worn into summer and the silk is surprisingly breathable. I did encounter a few grievances along the way and I had to even scrap ...

Raglan Sleeves For Summer

by Wednesday, May 3, 2017

So a little background on this new pattern of mine M7574. I wanted an easy knit raglan sleeves pattern for spring/summer 2017. I was inspired by these easy fitting knit dresses and casual tops which I put together in a design board for McCalls. I really wanted the three length versions, especially ...

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