Take Two: Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson on Project Runway, Sewing Bras and More

Take Two with Melissa Watson and Pati Palmer on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

The New York Times does this fun feature called “Take Two: A Dual Review of What’s New.” They pick two famous people, who are usually polar opposites, and ask them to each review products or concepts in a couple of sentences. We thought it would be fun to try this with McCall’s licensed designers and mother-daughter sewing duo Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson (Palmer/Pletsch).

Pati Palmer is a pattern designer and sewing instructor with more than 37 years of experience. She has designed more than 200 patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, and she’s the author of 10 sewing books. Pati taught sewing seminars throughout North America and Australia for 15 years before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, Oregon.

Melissa Watson is Pati’s daughter, so it’s no surprise that her love of fashion and sewing can be traced all the way back to childhood. Melissa designed a line of print fabrics for Springs Creative and co-designed the DIY Line for McCall’s. Soon after that, she began designing for the Palmer/Pletsch line at McCall’s — creating patterns that appeal to the next generation of sewers. [bios from Pati and Melissa’s Craftsy class]

Take Two Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson. On the McCall Pattern Company blog

photos from Lifetime, Threads, Great British Sewing Bee and the New York Times.

  1. Sewing bras is easy – if you can manage straight stitch, zig zag and triple zigzag – you have it made. It is easy sewing with many steps, but not complicated – just step by step, and you are done in one day. It helps if you can find a person who teaches bra classes, as they can fit you – they have tester bras to try. Once you have your size, easy peasy. It is the most fun sewing ever – and beautiful bras that are comfortable – makes your day every day. And once you have a basic bra, you will find you may want changes – different wires, etc. I believe anyone can make a bra and do it well 🙂

  2. I love bra sewing! The challenge of it makes it fun. 🙂

  3. Awe this was real nice 🙂

  4. That was adorable!! It would be awesome to have the “big name” sewists like PP competing against each other in a GBSB type show.

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