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What is Accouters?
 

"Accouters - from the verb to accoutre (orig. mid-16th century French accoutrer) to clothe or equip, typically in something noticeable or impressive."

         

Our 1,500 square foot educational facility is designed for a wide array of sewing, knitting, garment construction and other fiber arts programs held by local and national educators. The facility is also available to outside groups for their own activities.

         
 

“Fabric Collage a la Koos”
September 12-13, 2015

Try something new this year! Marla Kazell is coming back to Richland for a weekend workshop exploring fabric collage techniques used by popular designer Koos van den Akker. A frequent visitor to Koos’ workroom and boutique in New York, Marla will show techniques such as fabric slicing, couching, applique, origami folds and using bias tape for both design and edge finishing. Learn how to combine a variety of fabrics and fibers into your own work of art. Blend colors, textures, prints, plaids and stripes. You will see sample garments to illustrate a variety of design ideas and fabric combinations. Practice the techniques, then create your own one-of-a-kind collage. Students may want to start by collaging a piece of fabric to make a tote bag, pillow or apron. Be daring and design a stunning jacket!
 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day. Registration fee $180, catered lunches included.

Register by phone, mail, or in person. Hurry-class size is limited.

 

 

Palmer/PletchWorkshops
with Janet Dapson

   
 

Pant Fit & Sewing



September 18-21, 2015

4-Day Workshops: $695

 

We will analyze your body and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and show you how to alter it for your figure. You will then cut it out in fabric and pin the pants together. Then, we will fine tune the fit in fabric. We’ll show you how to sew a variety of details including pockets, pleats, zippers, and waistbands. We include the latest Palmer/Pletsch basic pant-fit pattern.

 

 

4-day Fit & Sew Fashion Knits-NEW



October 16-19, 2015

4-Day Workshops: $695

 

 

If you have dreamed of spending four days just focusing on knit fashions, then this is for you! After an introduction to knit fabric types and basic knit sewing tips, start with a simple top to understand how to fit yourself. From the simple fitted top, learn how to make creative garments with design changes. Try a variety of styles in knits including the no-side seam pant, dresses, cardigans, cowl, and other other necklines, jackets and more.

 

 

2-day Fashion Fitting the Upper Body; Blouse Fit



April 2-3, 2016

2-Day Workshop: $350

 

You will learn to buy the right size pattern, tissue-fit a Palmer/Pletsch fashion blouse, alter the tissue to fit you, cut and pin-fit the fabric. You will learn about the importance of fusible interfacing on the facings and how to use them. You will each bring your own fabric and learn how different fabrics affect fit.

 

 

Pant Fit & Sewing



May 13-16, 2016

4-Day Workshops: $695

 

We will analyze your body and determine your size. We will fit you in tissue and show you how to alter it for your figure. You will then cut it out in fabric and pin the pants together. Then, we will fine tune the fit in fabric. We’ll show you how to sew a variety of details including pockets, pleats, zippers, and waistbands. We include the latest Palmer/Pletsch basic pant-fit pattern.

 

 

4-day Fit



August 5-8, 2016

4-Day Workshops: $695

 

 

Try on our fitting shell to find your correct pattern size and bra cup size. We give you the classic Palmer/Pletsch basic fit pattern, McCall’s #2718, to alter to fit your body. Once the bodice, skirt, and sleeve is fitted to you, you will have your own body map of what alterations are necessary in the most fitted garment you would ever sew.
Then, to introduce you to fashion fit, you will fit a McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch blouse or dress pattern. This will show you which alterations are necessary in a fashion garment. After that, you will fit as many additional fashion patterns as you wish. You will cut out some of the altered patterns in fabrics of your choice and pin the pieces together. We will show you how to fine-tune the fit in fabric.

 

   
 

2-day Fashion Fitting the Lower Body; Pant Fit & Sew



September 10-11, 2016

2-Day Workshop: $350

 

You will learn to buy the right size pattern, tissue-fit a Palmer/Pletsch fashion pant, alter the tissue to fit you, cut and pin-fit the fabric. You will learn about the importance of fusible interfacing on the facings and how to use them. You will each bring your own fabric and learn how different fabrics affect fit.

 

 

4-day Fit & Sew Fashion Knits-NEW



September 30 - October 3, 2016

4-Day Workshops: $695

 

 

If you have dreamed of spending four days just focusing on knit fashions, then this is for you! After an introduction to knit fabric types and basic knit sewing tips, start with a simple top to understand how to fit yourself. From the simple fitted top, learn how to make creative garments with design changes. Try a variety of styles in knits including the no-side seam pant, dresses, cardigans, cowl, and other other necklines, jackets and more.

 

 

2-day Fashion Fitting Camp



October 15-16, 2016

2-Day Workshop: $350

 

Would you like a little more help with fitting patterns, but don't have much time? You now have an opportunity for MORE fashion fitting during a 2-day weekend Mini Sewing Vacation. If you have taken a previous Palmer-Pletsch Pant or Fit workshop (any length, any location), you are eligible to attend the Fashion Camp. Bring one or several fashion patterns to tissue-fit, along with fabric to cut and pin-fit. Although you will be working on your projects Saturday and Sunday, you have the option of arriving on Friday afternoon to set up in the classroom. Prep your pattern tissue before arriving to make the most of your time in class.

 

 

5-day Learn to Sew Jackets



November 11-15, 2016

5-Day Workshops: $795

 


A prerequisite for the Jacket class is either the Palmer-Pletsch 4-day Fit or 2-day Fashion Fitting the Upper Body class. We will cover the different tailoring methods, interfacings, and the parts of a jacket. You will select a good fabric and a pattern from our preselected patterns for different skill levels; we will guide your choice. If you have never sewn a jacket, choose one with fewer details to sew. At a minimum you will learn cutting and marking accuracy, interfacings and proper fusing, fit, shoulder and chest shaping, shaped darts, careful trimming and quality pressing, sleeve heads, bound buttonholes, patch pockets, linings, and perfect hems.

 

 

 
 
 

Palmer/Pletsch Teacher Certification Program


Teacher training will be offered the day after Fit and Pant Fit workshops. However, when less than 3 are registered for training, we will instead offer it as a home-study program. Click here for more details.

 

Join with sewing friends in the fabulous Accouters fiber arts venue located at Fabrications. Registration is limited for all workshops. Sign up early!

Click here for more information and to register for these Palmer/Pletsch workshops.


 

 
 
         
Traveling from out of town to attend class? Here are places to stay.
         
Comfort Inn - Plainwell, MI
 
Comfort Inn - Kalamazoo, MI