Helen Bartley learned sewing at her mother's knee, has devoted much of her life to it, and is the author of the book “Fit and Sew Custom Jeans: Classic and Creative Techniques for Modern Patterns” (Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, 2021). She studied textiles, fashion design and clothing construction at Eastern Washington University and is now a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor and corporate educator who teaches pants, knits and fit workshops in Portland, Oregon. She served as technical editor for “Knits for Real People” and as contributor, garment maker, and model for both that book and the highly regarded “The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting.”
Known for her thorough knowledge of sewing and empathetic teaching style, Helen has conducted numerous workshops in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The mother of two grown daughters, Helen is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter who occasionally performs in the Portland area.