Jan 15, 2018

That Sewing Blab Interview

This should be interesting and fun. The co-hosts from That Sewing Blab will be interviewing yours truly on Tuesday night.

If you've not watched their live Internet sewing show before, Dawn from DuelingDesigns and Myra from SimpleInspirations, offer this fun and informative TV show where they interview all kinds of sewing personalities.


If you are new to Sure-Fit Designs, you can learn more on our websites:

1. www.surefitdesigns.com – the main website where ladies can find out about their pattern fitting kits, see photo galleries (real customers in real garments sewn with SFD), make purchases, find out about their Fit & Sew Retreats, etc.

2. www.sfdLearningCenter.com – their learning center. They offer over 200+ free videos on fitting, designing, and sewing. The learning center offers a Video Library and Article Library all free of charge. This valuable resource is available 24/7.

3. www.SewFitAcademyOnline.com –their courtesy website that offers a streaming video option of all of our physical DVD tutorials. They also house our Sew Alongs on this website.

We also have a worldwide distribution network where you'll find fitting and sewing help for our international sewists:
1. UK/Ireland/EU – Judith Johnson – www.surefitdesigns.co.uk
2. South Africa – Elsabe Hurn – www.surefitdesigns.co.za
3. Canada – Anna Espindola – www.surefitdesigns.ca
4. Australia/NZ – Martha Schuster – www.surefitdesigns.com.au



We'll be talking about how and when I started sewing, the evolution of Sure-Fit Designs as well as all the multiple resources we offer to those just starting out sewing as well as for our seasoned sewists.

PLEASE REGISTER - It all happens Tuesday night - 7:30PM Pacific Time - and if you want to catch the live broadcast, make sure to register on this page. If you happen to be catching your beauty sleep then, the broadcast will be available in YouTube the next day, as well as I will post it on our website - www.SFDLearningCenter.com. The video file may be too large to post in our Facebook group.

Hope you can join us...
Glenda the Good Stitch

Jan 9, 2018

Gosh, darn Pilly Ponte

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I do love Ponte Roma, but the surface sure does pill.  What is Ponte and why does it pill?

Ponte Roma, originally from Italy (hence the name) is a double knit which is constructed with interlocking stitches that connect the front and back surfaces - like a Roman bridge. Now the term is used generically for double knits in a variety of weights, fiber content and cost from very spendy to low price.

I recommend my Fit & Sew Retreat students bring Ponte Roma for their yoga pants projects.  It's an ideal beginner's knit if the student has never sewn with knits before.  It's stable, the edges don't roll.  It's smooth and resilient.  And best of all, it feels oh so comfortable on.  It can come with either a 2 or 4 way stretch.  The lighter weight ponte is great for tops, skirts and dresses.  Whereas the heavier weight is wonderful for pants and skirts.  In the photo below, the pants are of a heavier, 4-way stretch ponte which is simply perfect for our winter weather.



This photo is of 4 students in our recent Nov 2107 Retreat who completed their 'Yoga Pants' project - all sewn with Ponte Roma.


So with all these wonderful properties why does it pill?  After 4-5 washings it can look like they been worn for years.  Such a shame.  Often times the pontes with a high percentage of polyester pill.  But I've also found that a ponte with rayon can also pill.  Some experts say the ideal fiber content is rayon/nylon/lycra.  Generally, nylon is an indication of quality.  Nylon fibers will add to the luxurious feel of smoothness against the skin.

But why does it pill?  It's not only the fiber content, but the way the yarn is made and processed.  To make a polyester yarn soft, the original smooth extruded fiber is cut into short lengths and spun into yarn.  The yarn is then constructed into fabric and in the case of ponte, is made into a double knit.  Because the polyester synthetic yarns are so strong, when they are rubbed, tiny elements of those short fibers pop out from the yarn and form pills along the surface.

What can you do about this?  Sorry...not much.  You can brush the pills gone.  Wawak sells a tailor's brush that looks like this.

And you can always use a sweater shaver.  But no matter which tool you use to remove the pills, unfortunately they will still come back with wear and washing.  Oh...so sad.

But this hasn't stopped me from sewing up at least 8 pairs of yoga pants in various leg shapes.  I simply love the feel of ponte on and as I said earlier, this fabric is so easy to sew with.

The first photo shows an entire outfit sewn with ponte.  The Yoga Pants instructions are found in our pants designing book - Pants that Mix n Multiply.  The top is the Caprezio top with complete directions from our Caprezio Top Sew Along.
The second photo features more of a flared leg pant style, though still from the Yoga Pants directions in Pants that Mix n Multiply.  And there are shown with the Cargo jacket (directions in this digital Fashion Leaflet) and a simply tank top underneath.

And last, but certainly not least, here is Anna, our Canadian Sure-Fit Designs distributor wearing her ponte Yoga pants which she sewed during her training Retreat.



Happy fitting and sewing...
Glenda the Good Stitch!


Jan 1, 2018

The NEW Sure-Fit Designs Website & Grand Opening Special Combo

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We've listened to your requests for a more mobile-friendly website...and the good news is that it is finally ready.  This now means that no matter what type of device you are on - a computer, a tablet or a smart phone, you'll receive the best viewing options possible.

www.surefitdesigns.com

You also asked to see real people in real garments that have been sewn with Sure-Fit Designs.  As you scroll down the home page, you'll see exactly that.  Here is a sample.


We did a 'soft launch' on December 19.  There were a few kinks to work out and a little tweaking to do, but I think everything is working relatively smoothly now.

So now it's time to celebrate and offer you our Grand Opening Special Combo.

https://surefitdesigns.com/collections/discounted-combos/products/grand-opening-special-combo

This Grand Opening Combo is regularly $158.70 and provides you with the main items that women love to have when starting out with Sure-Fit Designs - both the Dress & Pants Kits, the introductory How-To DVD, a 10yd roll of Tracing Vellum, the Designing Stylus and the Designer's Companion - all for $134.95 (+ S&H).

This Grand Opening Combo will only be available until mid-night on Jan. 2, 2018 (It's hard to believe we've entered in to another New Year).

And for those of you who simply would like to supplement your existing Sure-Fit Designs patterns/tools, if you are purchasing an individual pattern Kit, DVD or vellum, please be my guest and take 10% off your order by entering Discount Code GOS10 during checkout.

These offers are valid now through mid-night January 2, 2018

Another new automated feature on the site is that you can now choose to pay with a Lay-By or Layaway option.  When you get onto the Checkout page, you'll see this option under the payment types.  When choosing this payment option, it will take you to PayPal where you can use an existing account or you can pay with the credit card of your choice.  We've tried to give you as many choices as possible to make your ordering all go smoothly and efficiently.

I sure hope you like the new site and please feel free to comment below or you're welcome to communicate with me directly at info@surefitdesigns.com.

Happy New Year everyone...
Glenda the Good Stitch!

Dec 26, 2017

Truing a Pattern before sewing

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In this blog post I'd like to share with you a few tips about truing and perfecting your patterns before you cut your fabric.  Everything you do to check and true your pattern will pay off when you begin sewing the pieces together.

Here is an example.  Let's say you want some gathers at the neckline.  You move the side-fitting bust dart up to the neckline.  In this example I'm showing you a scooped neckline by dropping the center front neck point about 4-5" and reshaping the neck curve with the Designing Stylus.

Here is what that could look like.


You'll notice the jagged, jogged neck line that results.  This needs to be trued.  Use the Designing Stylus as shown.


'True' a new seam line to smooth out the curve.


The last thing you'd most likely do is add the required seam allowance.

This is just one example of truing or perfecting the pattern before cutting and sewing.


Here's a video on what to look for in the rest of the pattern: how to look for 90 degree angles with two adjoining seams, how to match and check seam line lengths, how to check side seam shapes.  In the video I show this process on a bodice/skirt combination but the general concepts apply to all your patterns including pants and shirts.


If you can't see the video within your email display, simply click on the link provided.
https://youtu.be/U6Vw-qDLIFw

All these tips will no doubt result in a winning pattern that sews together easily.

Happy Sewing!
Glenda the Good Stitch

Dec 19, 2017

Oh by gosh by golly...

...it's time for mistletoe and holly.

I'm old fashioned I suppose.  I simply would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for being such a loyal Sure-Fit Designs customer.

May you all have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

Sincerely,
Glenda The Good Stitch!

Dec 12, 2017

the Line Drafter Version 2.0

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the Line Drafter - Version 2.0

'Now...this is definitely a tool I can use'!



Whether you are a crafter, quilter or garment seamstress, you'll love this latest version of this essential tool...the Line Drafter - version 2.0.  An attached handle gives you that great grip offering extremely easy maneuverability and insuring a steady edge for drafting or cutting all the lines you need.  Drawing on vertical or horizontal surfaces is definitely a breeze.



You'll get a good grip...it will never release (like suction cup handles often do).  You'll obtain precision and accuracy with every drawn or cut line, on vertical or horizontal surfaces, which all ensures accuracy and success with all your projects! And yes...it's stable & see-through.




Specifications:
1. 24" x 6" (61x15cam) - which is great for long grainline markings
2. 1/8" thick clear plastic - it's see-through, rigid & stable for easy maneuvering
3. Version 2.0 offers increments displaying inches on all 4 sides
4. Has 5/8" (16mm) seam allowance guide on both long sides
5. Has 3/8" (10mm) seam allowance guide on one short end
6. Has 1/2" (13mm) seam allowance guide on the other short end
7. Offers 45 degree angle lines for all your true bias lines and cuts
8. Has 1/4". 1/2", 3/4" and 1" grid lines making drawing and cutting parallel lines a breeze


9. It's all about the Handle: The Line Drafter features a permanently attached handle making maneuverability fast and easy on both vertical and horizontal surfaces!  The handle depth is ideal for a woman's hand to get a solid grip, and yet deep enough for a man's (larger) hand.  And...it's not obtrusive or too large so that it doesn't obscure the ruler markings.


10. Straight or Bias cuts - they're all a breeze with the Sure-Fit Designs Line Drafter V2.0

If you'd like to see a short video (below) on the multiple uses of the Line Drafter, click this video link:



https://youtu.be/aUxTZHDRNMg

'This really is a tool you can use'!
In the USA, please go to: http://www.surefitdesigns.com/LineDrafter.html

For our international customers, please click through to your respective distributor:

In UK/Ireland/Europe go to: www.surefitdesigns.co.uk

In Canada go to: www.surefitdesigns.ca

In Australia/NZ/Pacific Rim countries: go to www.surefitdesigns.com.au

Here's a couple of photos of ladies using the Line Drafter in the recent Fit & Sew Retreat.  They expressed how beneficial it was.


Happy Drafting!

Glenda...the Good Stitch

 

Dec 4, 2017

Once a Year - FREE Shipping

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Merry Christmas everyone...in the form of FREE shipping for 2 days only!


Have you been waiting for a discount? Just in time for Christmas presents, so take advantage of our Free Shipping - December 5 & 6, 2017.

In the USA, a minimum purchase of $49.95 is required which will get you the versatile Dress Kit.  Go to www.surefitdesigns.com.

All of the Sure-Fit Designs distributors are participating, though each of them have different conditions to received either free or discounted shipping.
In the UK/Ireland/EU - contact Judith Johnson - www.surefitdesigns.co.uk
In South Africa - contact Elsabe Hurn - www.surefitdesigns.co.za
In Canada - contact Anna Espindola - www.surefitdesigns.ca
In Australia/NZ - contact Martha Schuster - www.surefitdesigns.com.au

(PS - For international countries not serviced by our distributors listed above, feel free to order from the USA site - www.surefitdesigns.com.  You will receive a saving of 50% off of normal ship rates.  But due to software limitations, you will need to add the full amount of shipping when in the Shopping Cart, then when we receive your order, I will issue a refund of 50% for the shipping/postage that was charged.)

We'll definitely get your order shipped to you in time for Christmas.

Happy Fitting & Sewing
Glenda the Good Stitch
 

Nov 28, 2017

From R-T-W to SFD

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From ready-to-wear (R-T-W) to Sure-Fit Designs (SFD) - you can have it all when you sew your own clothes.


I'm shorter (and older - oh well!) but it's almost an exact copy of a very recent ready-to-wear outfit I saw in a mail order catalogue.  Yes...this entire wardrobe ensemble can be sewn so easily with your Sure-Fit Designs pattern kits.  Sure, I could have drawn the shirt to be longer, but on my short body frame much longer would not have been flattering.  Let's analyze.


The reversible vest is designed from the Dress Kit and can be found on this page - http://www.surefitdesigns.com/Reversible-Vest.html.  And also remember that each of our international distributors also carry these digital e-goods Fashion Leaflets.


The princess seam pants are designed from the Pants Kit.  Yup, I added princess seams to the back legs.  I just love this feature as the seaming open up lots of opportunity for you to really achieve a great fit in the back of your pants.  I know it's hard to see the seam in these pants because of the almost perfectly matching pattern...but it's there.  You'll find free video directions for adding this seam in our SFDLearningCenter Video Library - look for P.14.

And the shirt (designed from the Shirt Kit)...it's on its way.  This long-tailed Big Shirt is going to be our newest Sew Along.  We just need to shoot the video instructions and soon you'll see this Sew Along in our latest website - www.SewFitAcademyOnline.com.  I know you'll love the look, the simplicity of the design and the ease of sewing it all together.  It's just great for wearing with your leggings, jeans or skinny pants.  Watch for this announcement.

I hope you're having lots of fun with your Sure-Fit Designs!

Happy fitting & sewing,
Glenda the Good Stitch!

Nov 21, 2017

Peplum Anyone?

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I recently wore this blouse with peplum in the November Fit & Sew Retreat.  All the students loved it and so I thought I'd share it with you.

With the dominant pattern, it's a little difficult to see, but it buttons up to the waist level, then releases into the peplum feature.  The bust dart has been transferred up to the shoulder line and then stitched in a release pleat.  You'll find direction to transfer the bust dart on pages 24 & 25 of the Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit Instruction book.  The 3/4 length sleeve has a little fullness at the hem level and is finished with a narrow band.

The back bodice is pretty simple.  I left the waist-fitting darts out - meaning they are there in the pattern, but not sewn.  The resulting dart width space gave a little bit of fullness/gathering before attaching the peplum.  I also added a narrow bow tie that is inserted into the side seam and then tied at center back.  This is not a feature I'd normally wear, but it worked well with the peplum feature.

The Peplum instructions are found on the 4-pg Fashion Design Sheet that you see in the above photo.
The other designs given in those instructions include garment shirring, inset godets, asymmetrical yoke designing and a tulip-flipped flounce skirt.  You can order the download version of the Fashion Design Sheet from this page.  These digital Fashion Leaflets and other Digital E-goods are also available from the SFD international distributors.


Ah...the neckline...it's the S-Curved neckline that I've used on a couple of blouses.  It's got a feminine curve to it which is drawn by using the mini-Stylus...the Designer's Companion drawing tool.  The directions for this feminine neckline style are found on page 54 of the Dress Kit Instruction Book.




Have fun designing and sewing!
Glenda the Good Stitch

Nov 14, 2017

Photo Highlights - Nov Fit & Sew Retreat

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I thought you might enjoy seeing a few photo highlights of the recent Nov 4 - 9 Sure-Fit Designs Fit & Sew Retreat.

 Enjoying a lunch break on Day 1 - the sewing studio has a great little kitchenette


 Our opening day group photo - representation from Australia, Wisconsin, New York, Missouri, & Michigan

Our Sewing Room - everyone has a dedicated drafting table

  
 The celebration and closing event - there's even a small 'living room' area in the sewing studio


 Certificates of Achievement

 We had 2 very tall ladies and short Martha (from Australia).  It simply doesn't matter your height, the Sure-Fit Designs fitting/sewing system accommodates all heights and circumferences.

 The bodice project - tank tops (almost completed).  Nice job!

The pants project - completed yoga/travel/comfort pants.  Sewn from Ponte Roma - they are so comfortable!

My thanks to each of you who attended the Fit & Sew Retreat.  It was my pleasure to meet you and teach you.

Kindly,
Glenda the Good Stitch