Jul 21, 2015

Pants - Curving the Center Front Seam for the Protruding Tummy

As we age, many women develop a fuller tummy/stomach pouch.  Sometimes this is primarily at CF and immediately underneath the waist.  For other women, this rounding/fullness is not only under the waist, but it also spreads horizontally.

When you have this little belly/pouch, you will often experience fullness in the CF seam right underneath the pouch.

However, sometimes it fits just fine under the pouch, but you'll see drag lines/wrinkles pointing up toward the center of the tummy fullness.  If this occurs, then consider this CF crotch seam refinement.

Rather than maintaining CF as a 'straight line', it can be slightly curved right where the tummy fullness is located.

The result is that:
1.  You wouldn't be able to put in a zipper fly at CF - since you need a straight seam for this application.  But a zipper front might not suit your body shape anyway because of the tummy pouch.

2.  With a curved CF seam, you wouldn't want to sew with a stripe or checked fabric, as you'd end up with a 'chevron' effect at CF which likely wouldn't be that flattering.  Choose solid colors.

This added curvature doesn't need to be a lot to make a substantial difference.  So even though this refinement might sound a little strange, it really does work.

Here's a photo of a happy seamstress, as these are the best fitting pants she's ever worn.  In this photo, her blouse is tucked in to show the excellent pattern fit, but typically she only ever wears her blouses out over top of her pants.  This refinement really does work well!

Happy Fitting & Sewing!

Glenda...The Good Stitch

Jul 14, 2015

Gift for You! Free for a week

As many of you know, from time to time, I send out 'thank you' gifts for you, my loyal subscribers.  For one week, you can claim your new Fashion Leaflet 'the Princess Line Blouse'  After July 21, 2015, there will be a nominal fee for this newest Fashion Leaflet.

So many of our SFD sewists ask for directions to make a basic blouse and how do you size up for just a little more wearing ease from your finished bodice blueprint.  These directions tie all the concepts together for you.  Please enjoy!

Princess Line Blouse

You'll be using your Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit bodice to design this great-fitting princess line blouse which can be worn open or closed.  The blouse features:
  • shoulder princess line detail
  • 'V'd Center Front
  • CF Placket/band
  • Collar & Stand
  • Shirttail style of hem
  • 3/4 Length Sleeve
  • Inverted 'V'd Sleeve hem detail
 It's yours free for a week - until July 21 - as another one of my gifts to you, my loyal customers, subscribers & followers.

New Fashion Leaflet - Click Here 

Happy Sewing
Glenda...the Good Stitch!

Jul 7, 2015

How to Add a Bust Dart to a Dartless pattern

Here's another short video tutorial...
If you'd like to see how to add a bust-fitting dart to a dartless bodice pattern, watch this short video for the step-by-step process.  I show you how to do this using the SFD Shirt Kit pattern.  As many of you know, it's our uni-sex Shirt Kit and will sew shirts for both women and men and therefore it doesn't start out with a bust dart.  But some of you ladies with fuller bust lines. will always get a superior fit when you have some bust dart shaping.


Glenda...the Good Stitch