Mandy Bengeyfield owner of Fit2Sew

Introducing Mandy Bengeyfield

Hi – my name’s Mandy Bengeyfield and ever since I was a teenager I’ve had to alter commercial patterns to make them fit me.  Being almost 6ft tall, in those days it was just to lengthen things.  Then I started a family!  Pretty soon long legs were the least of my worries – my body shape changed until commercial patterns just didn’t fit me anywhere any more.

So I did a couple of pattern cutting courses to learn how to make my own patterns.  This was great and I really enjoyed making patterns for clothes that would fit me properly.   But, sad to say, I’m no dress designer and most of what I made was pretty straightforward and, to be honest, a bit boring.

So reluctantly I abandoned dressmaking, relying on specialist shops like Long Tall Sally for trousers and stretch fabrics with lycra for everything else!

Mandy Bengeyfield - certified sewing instructor for Palmer Pletsch

I love sewing though and became determined to find a way to make stylish clothes that fit my shape (after 4 children, that was going to be no mean feat).  I searched on Amazon and up popped books and DVDs from Palmer Pletsch.  Their Tissue-Fit method made absolute sense to me and I was instantly hooked!

To cut a long story short, I went to America and did Palmer/Pletsch workshops and teacher training in fashion fit, followed by trouser fit and working with Knits.  Currently I am one of only two Palmer Pletsch certified sewing and fit instructors in the UK.


As well as running the Fit2Sew School, I teach on a variety of courses at Sutton College (formerly SCOLA), including level 2 Fashion Sewing as well as general interest Clothesmaking.

If, like me, you want to wear clothes that fit perfectly and flatter your figure then please contact me for expert advice and guidance.