Learn to Sew Program Overview

A BEGINNERS SEWING METHOD FROM SEWING EXPERT JANET CORZATT

The "Learn to Sew with Janet Corzatt" Beginners Sewing Method from Palmer/Pletsch includes four videos with accompanying handouts.

At last, a beginner sewing method, created by Janet Corzatt for Palmer/Pletsch. Learn the sewing techniques that will enable you to sew what you want to sew. Learn skills, not just projects. Compile your own sample notebook that will help you understand “sewing language” when you work with patterns, then see how those skills are applied to real garments. This series of four levels is geared toward the beginner, covering all the basics to get you on your way to sewing on your own. Step-by-step pattern instructions guide you through the construction of an apron, a kimono-style robe, and two-piece pajamas. You’ll also learn how to sew zippers, elastic, buttonholes, and much more. Just think of the possibilities! This course will help you become a Real Sewist! 

LEVEL ONE: Sew an Apron

Janet Corzatt’s Learn to Sew! Level One covers basic techniques and terminology to help you start sewing on your own. Sew samples for a notebook and apply those skills when sewing a child-size or adult-size apron using the Apron for Artists & Chefs Learn-to-Sew Pattern designed by Janet Corzatt. Janet has designed this pattern in an easy shape for beginners to sew, with a beginner-friendly guidesheet. She has added features like faced armholes that will build many skills. You can practice your skills by making aprons for gifts. Make a matching set for adults and children, since all sizes are in one pattern.

LEVEL TWO: Make a Kimono Robe

Janet Corzatt’s Learn to Sew! Level Two covers more basic sewing techniques and terminology to help you start sewing on your own. Sew samples for a notebook and apply those skills when sewing a robe using the Learn-to-Sew Pattern designed by Janet Corzatt. Janet has designed this pattern in an easy shape for beginners to sew, with a beginner-friendly guidesheet with step-by-step instructions. In this level you’ll make a kimono-style robe, first making samples of new techniques for your notebook and then using these and techniques learned in Level One to sew the robe. The robe can be made in any length and has a front band and pockets.

LEVEL THREE: Make PJ's — Pant & Shirt

Janet Corzatt’s Learn to Sew! Level Three covers more basic sewing techniques and terminology to help people start sewing on their own. You’ll make more samples for your notebook and apply those skills when sewing pajamas—a camp shirt and pull-on pants. Janet has designed this pattern in a loose-fitting shape for beginners to sew using a beginner-friendly guidesheet with step-by-step instructions. You will also use techniques you learned in Levels One and Two. The pajama bottom can be made in any length you’d like.

LEVEL FOUR: New Skills + Samples

In this level you’ll learn how to sew zippers, elastic, buttonholes, and much more. These are the skills you will use over and over. NOTE: Some of these techniques are used in the pajamas in Level Three. Making the samples here will refresh your memory and give you more practice.

The four video workshops are just part of this Learn to Sew program

This program includes sewing templates and notebook pages for each level.

notebook pages and templates

In this program you'll sew projects using these two patterns.

Janet designed an Apron for Artists & Chefs pattern that you’ll use to make the LEVEL ONE project.  This pattern, which includes sizes for adults and children, is available at palmerpletsch.com.
Learn to Sew Apron pattern

Janet designed a Kimono Robe & Pajamas pattern that you’ll use to make the LEVEL TWO and LEVEL THREE projects.  This pattern is available at palmerpletsch.com

Start at the beginning, or jump in where you feel comfortable...

Your Class Instructor: Janet Corzatt

Janet Corzatt, creator of the Learn to Sew program for beginners

Janet Corzatt has been teaching beginners to sew since 1996. Her background in education plus many years’ experience in the fabric and sewing industry have come together in a sewing curriculum that will enlighten and inspire. An excellent teacher, Janet always gives you the hows and whys. Since 2000 she has also been training sewing teachers from around the world in how to use her sewing program to teach beginning sewing enthusiasts. And even these already-skilled sewists learn new methods from Janet. The techniques you learn here will open up the world of sewing and get you started on your way to expressing your own creativity through your newfound skills.