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Tailored to Fit: The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method

with Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

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About The Class

sewing for real-world curves.


Don’t settle for clothes that don’t fit! Learn how to customize patterns so they are perfectly suited to your body type in Tailored to Fit: The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method with Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. 

Pati and Marta have spent over 30 years developing the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method and in this class they will show you how it works. 

You’ll learn: 


  • A better way to fit yourself, eliminating the need to take so many body measurements  
  • Identify the areas of your pattern that need adjustment 
  • Tips for fitting a sheath dress (both bodice and skirt) to your body type 

Pati and Marta will help you sew for your real-world curves. You’ll learn how to adjust a pattern to fit a large bust, a sway back, rounded shoulders, a broad back, and many other common features. They will share techniques developed over three decades of sewing that are guaranteed to lend a tailored look. 

Learn how you vary from a standardized pattern and alter the tissue to fit you using the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method. After watching Pati and Marta at work, you'll be able to customize patterns so your handmade garments look and feel awesome.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:51
  2. 02

    What is Tissue Fitting?

    24:34
  3. 03

    Tools for Tissue Fitting and Measuring High Bust

    11:51
  4. 04

    Prepping the Pattern

    12:11
  5. 05

    Making Alterations on the Pattern for Hourglass Figure

    22:35
  6. 06

    Working with Darts

    19:41
  7. 07

    Tissue Fitting on a High-Low Round Back

    29:00
  8. 08

    Tissue Fitting Full Bust/Broad Back

    34:34
  9. 09

    Tissue Fitting for High Bust/Straight Back/ Making a Y-Bust

    28:20
  10. 10

    Fit and Alter the Sleeve

    12:01
  11. 11

    Fit and Alter the Skirt

    24:08
  12. 12

    Altering Fashion Pattern: Side Panel Blouse

    53:46
  13. 13

    Altering Fashion Pattern: Knits

    52:24
  14. 14

    How to Stabilize the Back, Neck and Front Edges

    06:27
  15. 15

    Altering Fashion Pattern: Princess Bust

    54:17
  16. 16

    Working with a Non-Palmer/Pletsch Pattern

    35:50
  17. 17

    How to Tissue Fit Without a Partner

    08:26

Meet Your Experts

Pati Palmer

Pati Palmer is the author or editor/publisher of dozens of sewing books and how-to DVD’s and creator of eight Palmer/Pletsch sewing notion products, including PerfectFuse™ Interfacings. . Palmer has also been designing for The McCall Pattern Co. since 1980, and Vogue prior to that. She has written the ... read more

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Marta Alto

Marta Alto taught costume design at San Francisco State. She then did custom sewing for a major department store where she and met Pati Palmer. She ran its sewing school in four stores. Marta traveled for Palmer/Pletsch teaching sewing Ultrasuede, tailoring, and fit classes throughout North America and Australia. She is co-author of Fit For Real People and other books with Pati Palmer and the duo developed the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method and continue to refine and improve it through hands-on classes.  ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • pdf Class Resources
  • pdf How to Buy the Right Size Pattern
  • pdf Sheath Dress Press Release
  • pdf Body Map Pattern Alteration Worksheet
  • pdf Fitting Order For Tops
  • pdf Size Education
  • pdf Tailored to Fit Y Bust Tips

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-7c3291

    October 2017

    This is one of the best courses I have taken online; I just wish you had the ability to make notes or tabs so you could refer back to certain sections more easily. I have met and followed Pati Palmer for many years but this was my first experience listening to Marta Alto and I see why they work so well together. Thank you both for sharing your many years of experience. It was interesting to hear Pati's history on many things and I really loved Marta's sense of humour it makes watching so much more fun!

  • Leslie coduti

    March 2019

    I sew very well, imagine the disappointment when what I have sewn just does not fit well. Everyone who sews and wants what they have sewn to really be a joy to wear should take this course. It is like being there in the actual workshop. I am only half way through in the viewing and am anxious to apply what I have seen to my own sewing. It has been presented so well and in such detail that one comes away with confidence that they too can do this. I am also impatient, making a muslin takes time. Time is so precious and time to sew is really hard to come by. I have tissue fit pants in a workshop in Michigan and used a Palmer-Pletch pattern for a princess line dress I made in silk on my own. Both items fit my mature figure beautifully, and I did not have to make a muslin first for either one! When you hear, "What you see is what you get" believe it. Take this class, it will improve your fitting ability immensely and you won't believe how easy it is.

  • Rose Mellor

    May 2016

    Love this program! Being able to watch the lessons multiple times is like taking the class over and over. For those of us who have a hard time learning something new this is sensational. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Rose Mellor

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