May 16, 2017

Customer Appreciation Gift - Nautical Flare Sew Along

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Many of you already know that periodically I extend to you Customer Appreciation Gifts.  Since we now have a new streaming video platform for our Sure-Fit Designs DVD tutorials and Sew Alongs, we thought this next gift should be a Sew Along.

Since we just went on a cruise and I made this top as part of my trip attire, I called it the Nautical Flare Sew Along.

It is designed from your Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit and is sewn with a comfy knit fabric.  I did not size down even though it is sewn with a knit.  Perhaps this is because the neck and shoulder seams were stabilized with stay tape.  So not too much of it really stretches. And where the yoke joins the body of the garment, it has been top-stitched with the cover stitch machine (you definitely can make do with regular top-stitching if you don't own a cover stitch machine).  The remainder of the body flares and drapes at the hem level.

It's great worn with cropped legged pants, leggings or skinny jeans - take your pick.  It's just super comfortable.  I know yours will be too.

Including today, Tuesday May 16, and until mid-night Thursday May 18, 2017, for 3 days this is my gift to you, our very much appreciated and valued customer.  Simply go to www.sewfitacademyonline.com - choose the Nautical Flare Sew Along - proceed as if you were to purchase this Sew Along - then just before checkout, enter the coupon code NF3FREE.


PS - We had 7 glorious days of blue skies and sunshine...very much needed after our worst rainy winter in 97 years!!

Have fun with your Nautical Flare!

Kindly,
Glenda the Good Stitch!

May 9, 2017

What do these abbreviations all mean?

Every now and again customers will email and ask what our Sure-Fit Designs product abbreviations mean.  What do I mean by this.  Well take the Bodice Fitting Course DVD as an example.  We abbreviate that BFC.  Why do we do this?  When we're creating the shopping cart drop-down options, I'm limited to the number of characters I can use in any given description which means I must use abbreviations.

Finally we've had time to prepare the Sure-Fit Designs Abbreviations list.  I've posted this list on www.surefitdesigns.com and hopefully this will clear up any further customer confusion.

I thought you blog readers might like to see this too.  I'll show it to you here, but if you'd like to download it, please Click Here.


Happy Fitting & Sewing,
Glenda...the Good Stitch!


Apr 25, 2017

Large Upper Arm Alternation Choices and Style Options

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Some of you have large upper arms that you need to contend with.  What I'm referring to is when your bicep requires more ease than your current sleeve pattern is giving you.  If this occurs for you, then you must watch this short video on alteration alternatives...and what sleeve styles give the pattern more ease for your wearing comfort.


To view this video you will need to most likely go to the actual blog page www.surefitdesigns.blogspot.com, as it most likely won't show up or play within your email program.

I've also offered a great article on Option #3 which is where I discuss curving and widening the underarm of the sleeve pattern.  See the Learning Center article - http://www.sfdlearningcenter.com/LargeUpperArmPatternAlteration.html





Then, consider an alternative sleeve style, like the flutter sleeve, pleated sleeve, sleeve with center (curved seam), sleeve with godet, dolman sleeve (as in our Holiday Happy Top Sew Along shown below) or a petal/tulip sleeve.  All are excellent style options when you have a large upper arm.

 The Sure-Fit Designs designing book - Beyond Bodice Basics - gives directions for the flared flutter sleeve, sleeve with godet and petal/tulip sleeve...enjoy!


And you'll want to read how to add the pleat down the center of the sleeve in this blog article - http://surefitdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/03/pleated-sleeve-detail.html   It's another great choice for a large upper arm sleeve style.
Make sure you give these options a try!
Happy Sewing!


Apr 18, 2017

Pockets for Pull-on Pants

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Recently a customer brought up a good question.  When designing and sewing a pair of pull-on pants with an elastic waist edge, what is the best design shape for the inseam pocket so that it will extend up into the waist edge for stability, yet without causing too much bulk?

Here is short blog with a clear illustration of the design change to make to the Inseam Pocket shape provided in your Sure-Fit Designs Pants master patterns.

The original inseam pocket shape (from the Pants master pattern sheet) is drawn in pencil and is indicated with black arrows.

Alternative #1 is to re-draw the pocket shape as indicated with my red lines.  You're basically taking the tear drop pocket shape a little wider at the top and extend it about 1/2" into the casing allowance for the elastic.  In this example, the elastic to be used is planned at 1" wide, therefore the casing requirement is drawn at 2" wide.  This will give more stability to the pocket so that it's not flopping around on the inside of the pants, and the 1/2" extension into the casing means the top of the pocket will get enclosed as the fold is made in the casing.

Alternative #2, which is indicated by the green lines takes the pocket pretty much straight up and extends it 1" (or almost 1") into the casing allotment. This alternative would definitely added more width-wise stability, but will add a little more bulk in the casing.

If you were using a medium to heavy weight knit for these pull-on pants, I'd suggest using Alternative #1.  If using a lighter weight knit, then Alternative #2 would be appropriate.  The choice is yours but it will primarily depend on your fabric weight.

Give a try re-drawing the pocket shape.  It's easy to do and will result in a much more stable pocket on the inside.

Directions for sewing this particular style of inseam pocket are found on Page 25 of the  Sure-Fit Designs Pants Kit Instruction Book.

Directions for designing the Pull-on Pants are found on Page 24 of the Sure-Fit Designs Pants Kit Instruction Book.

Happy Sewing!

Apr 11, 2017

Fit & Sew Retreat - March 2017

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Another Sure-Fit Designs successful Fit & Sew Retreat has come and gone.  We had a lively, full group of ladies attending from Texas, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.


Here is a sampling of both the pants and bodices as we work our way through the fit and any necessary fit refinements.  Please pardon the obvious fabric wrinkles that have absolutely nothing to do with the fit of the garment.






Then came the 3 days of bodice blueprints.






All were pretty satisfied...and pretty tired at the end of 6 days.  This last photo is of our Celebration and Farewell Event.


Happy smiles!

Thanks so much to all of you for attending.

If any of you reading are interested in attending, please click on over to the Fit & Sew Retreat details page.  Make sure you send a direct email to me to be put on the 'short list' - email: info@surefitdesigns.com.

Happy Sewing!


Apr 3, 2017

Little Black Leggings (LBL)

I've recently introduced our Little Black Dress (LBD) Sew Along.  Today I want to discuss my recently sewn little black leggings (LBL).  They are so simple to design, cut and sew that they definitely qualify as a Made in a Day project.


(Sorry, they are in basic black, so unfortunately you can't see much detail.  But they are pretty basic - no fancy color blocking or designing.  I needed them to wear with the High Low Hem Swing Top (Dress Kit Instruction Book pg. 38-39) to wear at the Fit & Sew Retreat).


In case you didn't see the post a few moons ago on designing the No-Side Seam Leggings, here's the short video to introduce you to designing them.  You'll most likely need to go to our Learning Center or YouTube to see this video, as I know it doesn't display in many email programs.  Go to http://www.sfdlearningcenter.com/Pants-Videos-Designing.html and look for P.12 - How to Draw Leggings without a Side Seam.


A point of discussion...how much elastic to use at the waist?  This is asked repeatedly.  Here is the elastic I used - 1" (2.5cm), non-roll elastic, with almost 100% stretch.  You'll likely recognize it.


My waist is 28".  I cut the elastic 23" - removing 5".  To be on the safe side, I pinned it in a circle and made sure it pulled up over my hips.   How much you remove (meaning your waist measurement minus 'X' amount is going to be determined by 3 factors: the width of the elastic, the stretch of the elastic, and how YOU like it to feel on your body).  Sorry there really are no hard and fast rules about how much to remove as the factors are too variable.  You just have to pin and test!

When it was applied to the waist edge, it feels quite comfortable in the finished leggings.


Here's a close-up view.  Sorry the color is off, but in order for you to see the stitching detail, I needed to make some color modifications in Photoshop.  They really are a lovely rich, dark black.

If you're unsure of how to sew this elastic application, I have this covered in our Make it Sew sewing series DVD for beginners and intermediate sewists.  See - http://www.surefitdesigns.com/MakeItSew.html

To construct these, I used all 3 sewing machines - the serger for the inseams and crotch seam, the Cover Stitch machine for the hem, and the regular machine to zigzag the elastic in position...I love 'em all!

Give them a try.  They really are a Made in a Day project.

Happy Leggings Making!😊


Mar 28, 2017

Oh my Flat Backside!



Do you have a flat backside?  If you do, you might experience bagging under your backside when wearing pants.
In this video, see how to refine the fit of the pants back when drawing the Sure-Fit Designs™ Pants pattern to accommodate a flat backside.  This is a common issue for lots of women and men and no matter your gender, the process to resolve this issue is the same.

And for some crazy reason, you can no longer view these videos when looking at your emails.  You will need to click through to my web page where all these short video tutorials are listed.  Please go to http://www.sfdlearningcenter.com/Pants-Videos-RefiningFit.html  

I know the videos are in a small viewing format.  That's to reduce file size with the hosting company I use.  However, you can easily click on the title of the video and will automatically open up in YouTube where you can watch it in a larger viewing format.

Happy Sewing...
Glenda the Good Stitch
   

Mar 21, 2017

Pleated Sleeve Detail

You remember this blouse that I'm wearing in the new Darts DVD - Versatile & Amazing



I've had many lovely comments about this blouse and some of you wondering exactly what I did to design the pleated sleeve.

I know you'll love it as it's so simple to add the pleat detail.   Use your sleeve pattern for woven fabric which has the elbow dart.  I left the elbow dart where it was.  If you wanted to, you could transfer it down to the hem line and 'remove' it...I chose to leave it in place.  If you're sewing with a knit fabric, then of course you'd use the sleeve pattern for knit/stretch fabric.

Here's what I did to the pattern.
1. Split it from the cap notch down through the hem level.
2. Spread the opening 2" (5cm).
3. Folded it as an inverted pleat - meaning each side of the pleat ends up being 1/2" (1.3cm) wide.

4. I stitched the inside/center of the fold down about 1" (2.5cm) down from the cap stitching line.  From the hem edge up, I stitched the inside/center of the fold up about 2" (5cm), so that when the hem was turned up inside the pleat would be secure.


5. Then I added a decorative (non-functioning) button to finish the hem off.

For the back of the blouse, I also added the same width for a center back inverted pleat and I shaped the hem to be just a little longer in the back.



I hope you enjoy designing and sewing this fashion blouse from your Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit.  It's all pretty simple when your bodice blueprint (sloper) fits just you.

Happy Sewing!

Mar 14, 2017

Darts: Versatile & Amazing

Have you ever looked at a dress and wondered how the darts got into that unique position?  This new Sure-Fit Designs DVD tutorial is going to answer many of the questions you may have regarding the stunning array of dart positions and design possibilities.  Please watch the short introductory video below showing you highlights of this Darts DVD tutorial.  (You may need to open up this email in a browser in order to see the video, as frequently this link does not show up in your email  program).








It's almost magical how it all happens.  You'll love seeing the versatility and amazing possibilities of where your basic waist and bust fitting darts can be moved to and how they no longer look basic.

Highlighted in this course will be moving darts into the following positions:
  • Triple, parallel shoulder pleats.
  • Graduated and radiating darts from the neckline.
  • Angled and parallel center front darts.
  • Asymmetrical, curved and parallel darts from the waist and armscye.


Experience this dart designing fashion fun for yourself and in doing so build your confidence for designing on your own.  You'll follow me...Glenda the Good Stitch...in my usual highly detailed lessons taking you step-by-step through each transferring process in this 1.5hr. long DVD tutorial.

To introduce you to this new DVD, we're offering a 20% Introductory Special.
It's regularly $14.95...Now only $11.95...Simply use Discount Code darts20 during checkout.
Please order from this special Promo link - Click Here
Offer is good through Wed. March 22, 2017 

Remember, now when you purchase the physical DVD, you will also receive the 100% discount code to watch the lessons in streaming video format in our new online platform - www.sewfitacademyonline.com. Simply watch for my 'Thank you Letter' in your email inbox which will contain this discount code.




Happy darting!
Glenda...the Good Stitch