Jul 17, 2018

Clarifying the SFD Websites & Account Details





During our recent Customer Appreciation Gift event, many customers were significantly confused between the different Sure-Fit Designs websites and whether their login details for one of the sites would work for the other. Hence this explanation.


Were you confused?  Sure-Fit Designs websites explained...
When some of you went to access the recent Customer Appreciation Gift for the High Cowl Neck/Split Sleeve digital Fashion Leaflet, many of you got your email and login information confused with the SewFitAcademyOnline.com site.

Let me explain...

There seems to be a fair bit of customer confusion with my sites.

There are 3 websites:

1. www.surefitdesigns.com - where you purchase your SFD Kits & Tools and where you previously were not required to set up an account - however this was recently changed and now anyone who purchases anything or even in the case of this free gift, will need to set up an account. Previously, when you ordered from this site you were not required to have an account. You could also sign up for the SFD newsletter from this site, but the newsletter has nothing to do with setting up a purchasing account.

2. www.sfdlearningcenter.com - houses all our free videos and articles - it's our resource center and is free to everyone. From there you could also sign up for the newsletter - which is the same newsletter you've always received and has nothing to do with your (new) account at the Sure-Fit Designs store.

3. www.sewfitacademyonline.com – this site houses all our streaming video, Sew Alongs and Design Alongs. If you have previously used this site, you were required to set up an account therefore you will have a pre-existing account with username and password. Many customers thought their username/password from this site would log them in to www.surefitdesigns.com - this is not the case.

The Benefits of having an account with the Sure-Fit Designs store:


Checkout Faster:



Pay with credit cards saved to your profile or choose your PayPal account. Auto-fill address details.



Manage Orders:


See what you've previously ordered (as of your most current order). Easily track your orders. Quickly re-order past purchases.



Auto-Remember:

If you choose 'remember login & password' details - you'll never struggle with login again. Future easy access is now available.


I do hope this explanation sheds some light on the different sites that Sure-Fit Designs offers you for your learning experiences.

Happy Fitting & Sewing with Sure-Fit Designs!
Glenda the Good Stitch

Jul 10, 2018

Customer Appreciation Gift - High Neck Cowl Fashion Leaflet

www.surefitdesigns.com

It's kind of a 'cold-shoulder' look and fashioned so easily from your SFD Dress Kit Bodice blueprint.
You'll love this new digital Fashion Leaflet detailing how to draw and sew this high cowl neck, add a simple split sleeve that's 3/4 length and shirr above the elbow if you want.  You'll be ready for summer fun!  You'll have 2 different styles of front treatments: one with a high hip band and one with asymmetrical shirring on the left side seam.  Both are great alternatives and easy to design and sew.

And the best part is - it's our Customer Appreciation Gift - totally free for 3 days (July 10, 11, 12, 2018) so Click Here to get yours now.  No strings attached - completely free.

I hope you enjoy and have fun designing and sewing our latest Fashion Leaflet.

Happy Sewing!
Glenda the Good Stitch

Jun 5, 2018

Jacket Designing Retreat

What a success!  The recent Sure-Fit Designs Designing Retreat was fun, enjoyable and totally rewarding for those in attendance.  I couldn't have asked for a lovelier group of ladies in attendance.
Ladies came from far and wide (to Eugene OR) to attend this designing retreat - from N.Y., Wisconsin, California, southern Oregon and the UK.  We were so fortunate to have Judith Johnson, the Sure-Fit Designs UK/Ireland distributor participate in this workshop.  And for all you UK/Ireland customers, Judith will be offering a Jacket Designing Retreat most likely in October this year.

I'll keep my comments brief and simply show you some highlights in a photo story of the 4 day event.  One of the students chose to design and sew a princess line blouse rather than a jacket.  But all was good and everyone almost completed their projects - in fact two of the ladies did indeed finish.

It was a great retreat.  I hope you enjoy seeing the daily progression.
Day 1 - gathering for the opening 'welcome'
 
 How to design the princess line

 Add a lapel if you want to



Drawing the 2-part sleeve







Students drawing their patterns

Students enjoying the sewing process

Students showing off their makes!

Well done ladies!  It was totally my pleasure to have you attend.

For those of you who think you might want to attend in 2019, please send an email to info@surefitdesigns.com and put 'Design Retreat Wait List' in the subject line.  And though I'm not sure of the dates, my best guess is that early March 2019 will be the next designing retreat.  As soon as possible there will be a dedicated website page with all the required details, but in the meantime email me if you are interested.  You will have first right of refusal.

Glenda the Good Stitch!

Apr 24, 2018

Sewing Instructions Provided by Sure-Fit Designs

I'm often asked if Sure-Fit Designs provides sewing instruction steps.  Beginners are particularly worried that they might not know how to sew the pieces together and what should happen first.


Even though Sure-Fit Designs is primarily a fitting and designing system, there are sewing construction steps provided for specific designs in all the Dress, Pants, Shirt, Children's kits and in the Men's Instructional Package.  Here's where you'll find the information and though construction illustrations are not always provided, the instructions tell you what to do and in what order.


Sure-Fit Designs Pants Kit:  
  • How to sew basic pants together is provided on page 11 of the Pans Kit Instruction book. 
  • Sewing jeans is provided on page 23.
  • Sewing an elastic waist is on page 24.
  • Inserting a pocket opening (eliminates the need for a zipper and is extremely comfortable) is on page 25.
  • Inserting an inseam pocket is on page 25. 
  • Sewing a zipper fly front is on page 27.                                                                                                                                                                              


     Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit:
  • Bodice sewing construction steps are found on the following video tutorials:       
    D.8.a Pt. 1-Fabric Choice/Layout/Cutting                                                         
    D.8.b Pt. 2-How to Sew and Press Darts                                                        
    D.8.c 
    Pt. 3-Sewing Shoulder & Side Seams                                                  
    D.8.d Pt. 4-How to Set in the Sleeve                                                                
    D.8.e Pt. 5-Staystitching/Pressing/Fit Evaluation  
  • Sewing a V-Neck (Dress or Shirt pattern)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Sure-Fit Designs Shirt Kit:          
   



    Sure-Fit Designs Children's Kit:
  • General instructions for sewing elastic back pants are found on page 16 of the Children's Kit Instruction book.
  • How to insert a zipper fly front is on page 17.
  • How to attach a bib to a waist edge is on page 18.
  • General instructions for sewing a shirt/blouse are on page 20.
  • Sewing a child's cross-over shoulder T-shirt is on page 21.
  • Sewing a hood on to a neck edge is found on page 22.
  • How to sew a tab neckline treatment is on page 26.
  • General skirt sewing instructions are on page 27.
  • How to sew a tab front is found on page 29. 
  • How to sew children's robes are on pages 30 & 31.
  • How to sew a girl's party dress is on page 32.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 Sure-Fit Designs Men's Instructional Package:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  •   General sewing construction steps for men's pants is on page 12.              


   
Sure-Fit Designs Newest downloadable Fashion Leaflets (Digital Sewing Patterns:                                                                                                  
  •  Go to https://surefitdesigns.com/collections/digital-e-goods                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Sure-Fit Designs designing book/DVD combinations:                                                                                                                                                            All new designs - each with complete step-by-step sewing construction instructions.  (Each book/DVD is designed specifically to go hand-in-hand with the Pants Kit, shirt Kit and Dress Kit.) In an effort to give you sewing guidance, first analyze your current resources.  Did you know all of these how-to sewing instructions existed in the Sure-Fit Designs kits, patterns, books and leaflets?  Use this information as a handy guide to find what you might be looking for. Second, so you have a stockpile of existing commercial patterns?  The sewing steps provided on the accompanying guide sheets provide an excellent source of instruction.  Their pattern may not be exactly what you are wanting to sew, but if there is any similarity in design to what you are creating, their instructions can be a great resource. Third, do you have any general sewing construction resource books?  There are a number of comprehensive books available that not only provide construction techniques, but will also provide step-by-step procedures.  My favorite is the Vogue Sewing Book.  It's a thick resource guide and well worth the investment.  For more information on how to sew the garment together read this article Part 1: Sewing Construction Guidelines
                                
                                                                                     
  •  Pants that Mix 'n' Multiply  
  • Sew Sensational Shirts 
  • Beyond Bodice Basics   
  • As you can see (and read) there are truly lots and lots of sewing tutorials and sewing construction steps given with the Sure-Fit Designs fitting and sewing system.
     
  • Happy Sewing! Glenda the Good Stitch!                                                                                

Apr 17, 2018

Take10

www.SewFitAcademyOnline.com

April is the month to draw attention to our streaming video option and Sure-Fit Designs Sew Alongs.  For those of you not familiar with this site, we at Sure-Fit Designs wanted to provide you with an alternative to watch all your Sure-Fit Designs DVD tutorials in a streaming video format.  Why?  Because so many of you no longer have DVD drives in your viewing device.  Laptops are being sold without DVD players and smart phones and tablets definitely don't have DVD players...hence the need for streaming all of our Sure-Fit Designs DVD content.  We're simply keeping up with the technology times.

At SewFitAcademyOnline we provide you with the streaming video for the following DVD tutorials:
* Introductory How-To DVD
* Pants Fitting Course DVD
* Bodice Fitting Course DVD
* Shirt Fitting Course DVD
* Darts: Versatile & Amazing
* Jeans: Behind the Scenes
* Fitting Commercial Patterns 
* Pants that Mix n Multiply
* Beyond Bodice Basics
* Sew Sensational Shirts

If you already own these DVDs and have not yet received your 100% Discount Code, please email directly to Glenda - info@surefitdesigns.com.  Please include proof of purchase or approximate date that you purchased the product.  Our files go back through 2015 and I'll cross-reference your order.  Your discount code(s) will then be sent to you via email.

SAVE 10% - TAKE10 - when buying the digital version...
BUT...if you don't already own any one of the above DVDs, you can purchase it online at www.sewfitacademyonline.com - save 10% by using the Coupon Code 'take10' at check out.  Please keep in mind that if you buy the streaming video version from this site, you will not receive the physical version, which only comes if you've also paid for postage for the item.

We also have 6 Sew Alongs.  If you'd like to participate in all 6, you'll receive a 20% discount - no coupon code necessary.

However, if you just want a couple of them, you can save 10% by using the 'take10' coupon code during checkout as this discount code applies to Sew Alongs as well as the DVD courses.

April is the month to get online and on board with video tutorials and Sew Alongs.

Happy Fitting & Sewing!
Glenda the Good Stitch


Apr 10, 2018

The Long-Tailed Big Shirt - Sew Along with Glenda the Good Stitch

www.SewFitAcademyOnline.com

The Long Tailed Big Shirt is the newest Sew Along with Glenda the Good Stitch.  You'll love this comfy shirt designed and sewn from your Sure-Fit Designs Shirt Kit.

It's designed with a longer back hem and is perfect to wear with skinny pants or leggings.

Designed and sewn from your Sure-Fit Designs Shirt Kit, the Long Tailed Big Shirt is designed to be worn untucked over skinny-legged pants or leggings.  It's comfortable and casual.  This 19-lesson Sew Along will teach you all the necessary steps to design and sew a front placket, how to sew the collar and collar stand and how to sew the 3/4 length sleeve with a pert turn back cuff.

 The front...

 The back...

 The side view...

Save 10% on this new Sew Along.  Join me, Glenda the Good Stitch, participate in the Long Tailed Big Shirt Sew Along and save 10%.  Use Coupon Code 'take10' at checkout.  Watch for the small window that asks if you have a Coupon??


Have fun sewing along with this streaming video 19-lesson Sew Along.


Or...you might be interested in our Bundle & Save 20% Sew Along package.  With this bundle you'll get all 6 of the Sure-Fit Designs Sew Alongs.  Please click here.

See you there!
Glenda the Good Stitch

Apr 3, 2018

Princess Line Perfection - Free Master Series

www.SewFitAcademyOnline.com

Princess lines are generally so flattering for so many different figure shapes.  Why? Because the design line flows up to either the armhole or shoulder line and lends visual height to your frame.


The princess line design actually dates back to the 1870's with the designer Charles Frederick Worth, who initiated this design to take flat pieces of fabric and conform them to the female shape.  He named the style after the elegant Princess Alexandra.

This design line has a long and successful history because it is so flattering on so many different shapes of figures.  The one caveat is that the shape of the design line curvature needs to flow smoothly over your bust line no matter the position of your bust level or the fullness of your bust.

With the Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit bodice pattern, you can achieve just that - a seam that shapes for the fullness and position of your bust.


With the Sure-Fit Designs Princess Line Perfection Master Series you'll see how to take your Dress Kit bodice (your personalized bodice blueprint) and convert it into the ever-flattering princess seam.
This Master Series is in the form of streaming video and can be found here - https://www.sewfitacademyonline.com/  (Look for the image shown below for this course).



Participation is totally free but if you haven't already, you need to establish an account with username and password.
(PS - this fits me better than it fits the mannequin which is fuller busted than I am).  This is a faux-suede jacket with princess seams up into the shoulder line.  I love it!

Princess Line Perfection - Master Series - offers 7 totally free videos to help you design the best-fitting princess line from your Sure-Fit Designs patterns - both bodice and pants.

Enjoy!
Glenda the Good Stitch