Learning to Sew: Palmer Pletsch Method

McCalls Pattern 8532
McCalls 8532

McCalls 8532, The Creative Jacket using the Palmer Pletsch method of sewing

There are many different methods for sewing. Palmer Pletsch is one method that I personally like. The method was developed by Pati Palmer. She runs the Palmer/Pletsch sewing school and designs for McCall’s Pattern Company. One of the great things about the Palmer/Pletsch method, is that there are plenty of modern and vintage patterns available that use this system. Other resources include online videos and sewing books. You can find Pati Palmers patterns for McCall’s, and there are out of print patterns by Vogue available through various online pattern shops.


What if you do not know how to sew? Depending on where you live, sewing classes might be hard to come by. Gone are the days when sewing is taught in most public schools. There is an entire generation of people who did not grow up with any sewing instruction. I have found that online classes can be very helpful. One of my favorite places to turn to sewing classes is Craftsy.


I love the Craftsy video platform. You can come back and watch the videos over and over again. They allow you to add notes and rewind a specific portion of the video. You can also post questions to the instructors and to those who have taken the class already. It is a great resource. Palmer/Pletsch has several videos available for viewing on Craftsy.  This is one of my favorites Easy Fitting the Palmer/Pletsch Way: Shirts & Tops. Sometimes starting with something simple can really help you master basic sewing techniques. This is just one of several videos available.


McCalls 7883

McCall’s 7883, blouses and tops. Uses the Palmer Pletsch method of sewing.

With cooler weather on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about sewing for the fall and winter. In my Etsy shop, I have several patterns featuring the Palmer/Pletsch method. The first one is a simple blouse or top that has a short and long sleeve options and neckline variations. The other is a plus size jacket with a shawl collar and kimono sleeves.


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