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.



with Janet Dapson


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

May 30-31, 2015

2-Day Workshop: $350


You will learn to buy the right size, tissue-fit a Palmer/Pletsch pant, alter the tissue to fit you, cut and pin-fit the fabric. You will learn how different fabrics affect fit. You will learn to sew fly front and invisible zippers, and make a non-roll waistband or a sew-on elastic waistband.



2-day Fashion Fitting the Upper Body; Blouse Fit

August 15-16, 2015

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

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.



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