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with Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson
Online Class

Fitting Fashion Knits the Palmer/Pletsch Way

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Create the perfect templates for flattering garments by learning how to adjust your patterns for knit fabrics! Fashion designer Melissa Watson and sewing fit expert Pati Palmer begin by reviewing different knit fabrics, from ponte and jersey to novelty knits. Then, get tips for perfectly pairing your yardage with a pattern. Once you've taken your measurements, Melissa and Pati will teach you the Palmer/Pletsch tissue-fitting method! Use this technique to alter a basic T-shirt, wrap top and no-side-seam pants without creating muslin after muslin. See how to make adjustments for armholes, bust and side seams on your T-shirt pattern. Next, modify your wrap top's neckline and front pieces to ensure a flattering fit. Move on to your knit pants, and learn how to modify the inseam and darts to match your curves. Finish class with Pati's expert tips for working with less-stable knits.


  • intermediate
  • 5 episodes
  • 1h47m

Included in this Class

1. Fitting Knit Fabrics

1. Fitting Knit Fabrics

The Palmer/Pletsch method can help you get a great fit. Meet Palmer/Pletsch founder Pati Palmer and her daughter, fashion designer Melissa Watson, then review fit considerations for different types of knits as you choose fabric for your next sewing project.

2. Tissue-Fitting Essentials

2. Tissue-Fitting Essentials

Melissa explains the Palmer/Pletsch method and how you can add key adjustment lines to any pattern. Learn how to choose the correct pattern size and prepare your tissue pieces for fitting by marking seam lines and reinforcing with tape.

3. Fitting a Basic Tee

3. Fitting a Basic Tee

Melissa tests a basic T-shirt pattern on Pati and shows how to mark needed adjustments. You'll learn how to alter pattern pieces to modify armholes, bust, side seams and more. A second tissue fitting helps you further refine the pattern. A fabric fitting helps you check overall balance.