May 30, 2017

Princess Seam in Pant Legs and

Do you ever get baggies under your backside?  This often resisted design feature can be a tremendous benefit when getting pants to fit beautifully under your buttocks.  This is such a functional addition to your pants that it is definitely worthwhile repeating the information on how to add the Princess Line to either the Back or Front pant leg.

Let's take a look:

Step 1 - Extend the grainline through to the waist edge and hem level.
Step 2 - Draw/move the dart so that it now straddles either side of the extended grainline.  Curve the dart tip slightly.
Step 3 - Draw new grainlines on the Side Back and Center Back section equidistant from the original grainline.
Step 4 - Draw double matching notches at the top and bottom to help aid in sewing the 2 pant leg sections together.
           **Label each pattern section as Side Back and Center Back.

Step 5 - Cut the two sections apart.  Add a strip of tracing vellum so that you can add the appropriate 5/8" (1.6cm) seam allowance to each cut edge.  Extend the matching notches onto the seam allowance.
Step 6 - Curve and shape the princess line seam to shape the fabric under your backside.  This curved stitching line can be more or less curvy to best conform the fabric to the shape of your body.

Here's a video showing how to add the princess seam to the front of the pants leg, but no matter whether you insert it into the front or back pants leg, the process is the exact same.  (This video most likely will not show up in your email software - if that is where you are reading this blog.  You will need to watch it in either your tablet or computer).

  See the great fit in the back of these cropped leg pants.

Happy Fitting!
Glenda...the Good Stitch

May 16, 2017

Customer Appreciation Gift - Nautical Flare Sew Along

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 - 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!

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 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!