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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.

         
 
 

Marla's Spiral Twist Scarf Class

This popular class is being repeated in response to customer requests!

Saturday February 13, 2016

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sew two different fabrics together, give it a twist, and create a one-of-a-kind infinity scarf that's a perfect accessory for your spring wardrobe!

$30 class fee includes 2 silk fabrics for your scarf.

Pre-registration required.

Click here, call us, or come in to the store for a brochure and to register.

 

Palmer/PletchWorkshops
with Janet Dapson

   
 

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