Sewing : Pants That Fit


Tired of pants that don’t fit? In this hands on tissue fitting workshop, learn your correct pattern size and how to alter any commercial pants pattern to fit your body. Discover solutions to fit problems and pick up tips in order to create a flattering style. Using Palmer/Pletsch fitting concepts to make alterations to the basic Mc Calls pant fit pattern 6901, you will take home a pattern that you can use over and over again. You will then learn to sew your pants and fine-tune fit. A list of course requirements will be provided on enrolment.

Westfield Penrith Weekend on Sunday

Beginning 14/8/2022 from 9:00:00 to 15:00:00

for 2 Weeks


Topics Covered include:

1. • Introduction to pant fit. • Measuring and how to ascertain correct size. • Pattern preparation for fitting • Tissue fitting • Pattern adjustments for a good fit 2. • Layout and cutting for pants • Fabric fitting • Pants construction

Course Outcome

By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to tissue fit themselves in any pants pattern, perform common alterations to the pattern and then fit and sew the pants in fabric.

On the first session bring

• Comfortable, easy to change out of clothes. You may like to wear/ bring a camisole and leggings or tights to wear during fitting. • A box of fine large head pins in a magnetic pincushion • Tape measure • Soft lead pencil • Red and green fine felt tip pens • Two rolls of 12mm Scotch brand magic transparent tape • Weighted table tape dispenser • Paper scissors • Gridded plastic ruler (eg quilters), plastic ruler or dressmakers square • 6mm elastic to tie around your waist • Note pad and pen • Fabric to make up pants (see reverse of pattern for amount) • 25cm nylon zipper (not invisible) • Thread • Basic sewing kit (scissors, needles, quick unpick, chalk etc) • Interfacing (for waistband, 10cm of fusible will be sufficient) • Palmer/Pletsch gridded pattern tissue (from Lincraft, Spotlight or online) or white gift wrap tissue. Greaseproof paper is too stiff. • Mc Calls pants pattern 6901 (preferred) or out of print 5239 (sizes 6 to 22) or 5537 (sizes 18W to 32W for larger, more mature women’s figures). See below • Optional book “Pants for Real People” by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. This is a useful reference book and is available from ,, and You may also find it at Spotlight and Lincraft. • A basic sewing kit (scissors, reel of thread, unpicker etc ) is also required. While the college does have sewing machines available, you may wish to bring your own to use. Determining Pattern Size Compare your hip measurements to those below. Purchase the pants pattern according to your fullest hip measurement above the crotch (generally 18 to 23 cm below the waist). SIZE 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 Waist 56 58 61 64 67 71 76 81 87 94 99 104 Hip 80 83 85 88 92 97 102 107 112 117 122 127 Size 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W 28W 30W 32W Waist 84 89 94 99 105 112 118 124 Hip 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 The pattern can be purchased from Spotlight or Lincraft or online from the following: (pattern tissue can also be purchased on this site) If you are unsure of your pattern size, or have difficulty purchasing the pattern, please contact Wendy Walters on 0403824731

Items to be purchased during the course


Special Issues To Note

14th & 21st Aug. Workshop, no concession

NCC Code: 97PANW322



Home | Courses | Registration | About Us | RTO Number 1223