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Easy Fitting the Palmer/Pletsch Way: Shirts & Tops

Make misfit shirts and tops a thing of the past. Learn simple tissue-fitting techniques and swiftly adjust patterns to complement your figure beautifully.


Pattern Mailed to You
Pattern Mailed to You
Online Lessons
Online Lessons

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • McCalls 6750 shirt pattern (Please allow up to 14 business days in the US and up to 5 weeks internationally)
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable alterations worksheet, supply list and guide to fitting order
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers to student questions from instructors Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson

Class Overview

Create perfect-fitting shirts without a partner! Learn an easy yet remarkably effective system for tissue-fitting on the body alongside sewing experts Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson. Start with a simple trick for choosing the perfect blouse size, as well as how to prepare a pattern for tissue-fitting. Move on to fitting and even discover the secrets that allow you to fit yourself! You'll see how to assess the fit of your pattern in the back, shoulders, bust and hips, and make adjustments for all types of figure variations. Then, build your alterations expertise with step-by-step instructions for full bust and Y-bust adjustments. Finally, get in-depth guidance to make your fabric fitting nothing short of a stunning success.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Intro to Tissue Fitting
Meet renowned pattern designers and fit experts Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson, then get started! Pati and Melissa explain the basics of tissue fitting and demonstrate the correct technique for choosing the right size of blouse pattern. Melissa also gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a pattern for fitting.
2. Fitting Yourself
3. Pati's Fitting: Full Range of Adjustments
4. Marta's Fitting: Back Adjustments
5. Shannon's Fitting: Full Bust
6. Fabric Fittings
7. Finished Garments & Final Tips

Taught by

Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson
Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson
Pati Palmer is a pattern designer and sewing instructor with more than 37 years of experience. She has designed more than 200 patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, and she's the author of 10 sewing books. Pati taught sewing seminars throughout North America and Australia for 15 years before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, Oregon. Melissa Watson is Pati's daughter, so it's no surprise that her love of fashion and sewing can be traced all the way back to childhood. Melissa designed a line of print fabrics for Springs Creative and co-designed the DIY Line for McCall's. Soon after that, she began designing for the Palmer/Pletsch line at McCall's creating patterns that appeal to the next generation of sewers.

McCall's Misses'/Misses' Petites

Bust (in.)29 1/2"30 1/2"31 1/2"32 1/2"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"
Chest (in.)27 1/2"28 1/2"29 1/2"30 1/2"32"34"36"38"40"42"44"46"
Waist (in.)22"23"24"25"26 1/2"28"30"32"34"37"39"41 1/2"
Hip (in.)31 1/2"32 1/2"33 1/2"34 1/2"36"38"40"42"44"46"48"50"
Back Waist Length (in.)15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"17 1/4"17 1/2"17 3/4"18"
Petite Back Waist Length (in.)14"14 1/4"14 3/4"15"15 1/4"15 1/2"15 3/4"16"16 1/4"16 1/2"16 3/4"17"