by Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This fast and easy unlined coat with bias binding finishing doesn’t have a lining or shoulder pads. You can quickly make your own bias binding to finish the inside. Even with fast sewing we still want our garments to look structured and well made. Below are my favorite tips on where to ...

McCall’s Jacket and Pant Easy Wardrobe

by Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pati writes about making this McCall's Jacket and Pant Easy Wardrobe pattern twice in very different fabrics: I wanted to design an outfit that I call edgy classic. Jackets and vests worn open give you a slimming vertical line. The jacket/vest in our Knit Wardrobe pattern M7260 is an easy classic lapel ...

The NO Fail Double Welt Pocket

by Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I was kicking myself that I didn’t add this design feature to my overcoat pattern McCalls M7479, but this technique is very simple and you can make your own patterns pieces by following the instructions here on the blog!

#M7470 Winter Shirtdress Inspiration

by Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I'm already starting to dread the long winter months ahead; with the cold comes pants, pants, pants! Come spring I'm so tired of the same ol' jeans. I'm thinking I'll break it up this winter with a very cozy but chic winter dress. I think my mom's new shirtdress pattern M7470 from ...

Swing Dress from Summer to Fall + Tips

by Thursday, November 3, 2016

My 'swing' top and dress pattern (McCall's #M7407) has been a hit with all ages and seasons! I chose to bring my navy one into my fall wardrobe with my wrap unlined overcoat in the long version with the tie McCall's #M7479. I want to share a few different ways this has ...

Pati makes McCall’s Melissa Watson Shirtdress!

by Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I decided to sew Melissa’s new shirtdress, McCall’s 7380. I love the hidden placket front, the shirt tail hem, and the slightly raised waist which will give less emphasis to my thicker waist. I love the Liberty cotton and though spendy, it was 58” wide. McCalls 7380 Alexa Elastic Back Shirt Dress ...

Fashion Knits – Designing with a simple pattern

by Tuesday, August 30, 2016

As a fashion designer and pattern maker, I’m always trying to come up with new and interesting designs while sticking to classic silhouettes. At the end of the day, when you are sewing something yourself, you are the designer because you are making the decisions for fit and fabric. Hope you enjoy ...

Sewing Workshops – What Really Happens?

by Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are the sewing “workshops” really sewing “vacations”? In other words, do we work or play? Anyone who has the passion for sewing knows it is really playing, when it might look like work to others. A Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Workshop gives you totally focused time to do what you love - sew- with ...

Our NEW Craftsy Class “Fitting Fashion KNITS!”

by Friday, August 12, 2016

Now that I am in my late 20's, I have a whole new meaning for "Sunday Funday". If you are anything like me, you've saved up some cash and are looking for that little deal that gives you a 'victory dance' feeling when you find it. Everyone loves to score a sale, ...

The modern Fit Pattern… FIRST since 1983

by Friday, August 12, 2016

M7279 Sheath Fit Pattern with the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method We are so excited about the launch of our new McCall's fit pattern. It's been 22 years since the last one came out. This new one reflects how we are fitting and sewing NOW! This pattern not only has updated fitting ...

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