Feb 3, 2015

A BIG Thank you!

  What's in the blog?

1. A big, big thank you!
2. Narrowing the Pants Leg
3. Your favorite sewing notion

A Great Big Thanks

Glenda the Good Stitch is saying many, many thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the survey questions from last week.  Wow!  Did you ever provide lots of food for thought and great topics for the Good Stitch to discuss in the coming weeks and months.

I generally don't repeat blog information very often, but we've had an influx of new SFD followers, and obviously they don't all know what you might know.

Narrowing the Pants Leg

One respondent asked about the leg width of the SFD Pants pattern.  She said that due to her larger hip circumference, when the pants pattern was said and done, she felt the leg width was too wide.  Even though the leg width doesn't grade out as wide as was needed for the hip circumference, for her height, she wanted the leg narrower.  Personal preference comes into play her, as some ladies might say the leg width was just fine.

So here's a video showing you how to narrow the leg.  It's very simple to do as long as you keep the amount removed basically the same on the inseam and side seam.

I often get asked how long the pant length should be.  First, it all depends on the height of heel you'll be wearing with that particular style of pants.  Generally, the higher the heel height the longer the pant length. 

In addition to heel height, you also need to think about hem circumference.  Here's a little rule of thumb for the length and circumference of the hem:  The skinnier/narrower the width of the pants leg (like in skinny jeans), the shorter the pant length should likely be.  The wider the circumference of the pant hem (as in flared leg pants), the longer the pant leg should likely be.

Once again, for those of you how are relatively new to Sure-Fit Designs and may not be aware of all the educational resources we offer, make sure you spend some time in the SFD Learning Center Video Library.

Your Most Favorite and Useful Sewing Notion??

And on a totally different topic, please use the comment box below to tell me the most important (sewing) notion you'd simply never want to be without when garment sewing.

Thanks so much,
Glenda...the Good Stitch!


  1. Hi Glenda,
    A BIG thank you to you for all your fantastic products and videos.
    I have two favourite notions. Firstly, my air erasable marker. I love it! And it also encourages me to press on and complete those tricky tasks since the markings will have disappeared if I take a break. Secondly, a glue stick. Yes, a general craft use glue stick. I started buying all those iron on tapes for hems, which are great but fiddly, and I found that they left the hems a bit bobbly after washing. Then someone in an online discussion page mentioned they use a glue stick for hems. I haven't looked back. It's easy, cheap, it works, and it washes away once the job is done.

  2. Cant just think of one!
    My steam station for ironing, clover chalk markers, masking tape ( for identifying pattern peices), seam ripper :( , burda tracing carbon/ smooth tracing wheel ( dont like the one with spikes)

    Love love surefit and your videos are great


  3. For me, it's all my pressing tools - tailor's ham, board, clapper and seam roll. I actually have more tools that I value, but these are essential to achieving professional results. Thank you so much for your products and wonderfully helpful videos, Glenda!

  4. I really can't do without my rotary cutter and also my large sheets of tracing paper.

  5. My 'couldn't do without' would have to be my Clover unpicker. It's nice to hold
    (I have quite bad arthritis in my fingers and thumbs) and is SHARP!! Of course, like all avid seamstresses, there are oodles of other tools I adore- too many to list,really!