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Pants & Bodice Fit & Sew Retreat
Sunday is the day for taking personal measurments but of course, no photos were taken.
Location for all SURE-FIT DESIGNS™
Our Sewing Room
5th. & Main
Our Sewing Room is fully equipped and spacious with everything you need for your Retreat experience:
*Each student has their own cutting table.
*Private sewing space with a sewing machine for each person.
*Use of equipment (if you can't bring it on the airplane) - Shears, rotary cutters, tracing and marking notions, paper scissors, rulers, measuring tapes and tools.
*Irons and ironing boards.
*Kitchen with microwave and refrigerator.
*High ceilings - excellent lighting.
Welcome to SURE-FIT DESIGNS™...Your Online Home for Pattern Fitting, Sewing & Designing!
New! New! New!
The Sure-Fit Designs™ Pants Fitting Class in now on DVD
And now available, the Bodice/Skirt Fitting Course on DVD.
Sewing enthusiasts seeking good pattern fit came from far and wide...1 lady from Canada, 2 Californians, 1 South Carolinian, and 1 from Wisconsin. As usual, they presented a diversity of body shapes. By the 6th day, they all went home happy as could be with their well-fitting patterns.
I'd love to have you join me in one of the Sure-Fit Designs Fit & Sew Retreat. If you can't attend, you may be interested in our new Bodice and Pants Fitting Courses on DVD.
Kindly, Glenda...the Good Stitch!
Then the pattern drawing begins as each student draws out their personalize pattern.
You'll notice princess seams in the pant legs. These seams are great to use for shaping the back leg.
I got a great fitting pant and bodice pattern. I came home, and have finished my tank top, and hemmed my pants. My outfit looks great and is so comfortable to wear.
S.K. - Canada
Before the waistband is sewn on, an initial fitting is completed. Waist levels, side seam shape, crotch fit are all evaluated and modified if necessary.
After the pants refinements are completed, we moved on to the Yoga pants. This was an amazing group of ladies. Everyone got both their yoga pants and their tanks tops either totally completed or next to...with only minor details to finish sewing at home.
This class has exceeded my expectations. I have learned so much and feel inspired and energized to sew and design clothes that fit well.
Thank you for passing on your knowledge in such a kind and patient manner.
S. K. - Canada
This was the best class for fitting I've attended. Glenda is a very good teacher - very knowledgeable and attentive. In addition she is gentle, humble, and very hard-working! There is plenty of individual attention. The facility was spaceous, had good light, and was very comfortable. Everything was perfectly organized and the 6 days progressed flawlessly.
B.P. - Wisconsin
Thanks, Glenda for being such a great instructor. I know that many people have great knowledge in their heads, but the difference with your classes is, you are a professionally trained teacher, with years of experience. You know how to teach in a comprehensive and logical manner.
S.K. - Canada
Sewing machines are provided, but you're also welcome to bring your own if you wish.
It's definitely a busy time. Wednesday we moved on to drawing the personalized bodice pattern. Each of these ladies chose to draft and sew the 'blouse' version of the bodice for fit testing purposes.
If you've ever tried to photograph muslin, or fabric that's been over-worked or not pressed properly, and the lighting is not the best, you'll know the challenges I face to show you these photos. But I know you like to see what others have achieved, so please bear some of these wrinkles in mind. In real life, the result look far better.
This rounded back and forward-sloped shoulder was effectively addressed with a curved CB seam, shoulder darts and moving the shoulder seam forward.
And no matter the size of your bust dart, the Adjust-A-Bust template saves the day. It's easy to use and there simply is no more need for the dedious full bust adjustments that so many women require. If you need a dart larger than an E cup, here's a free video showing you how to accomplish this.
Your 6-day Fitting Retreat is held at this fabulous sewing studio. You are given your own work space with high cutting table, excellent lighting, and all the required supplies, tools and sewing machines. You'll be totally spoiled and you deserve it!
The final project in the bodice segment of the retreat is a tank top. Again...an amazing group...they all got this project either totally completed or nearly done. One student even designed and sewed a reversible cowl neck top.
Well done ladies! You're an inspiration to everyone!
My goals were met and exceeded my expectations. The retreat was well worth the money, time and effort of traveling considering the personalized attention I received when I needed it.
M.G. - L.A. California
The retreat experience was great. It has started me in a direction I had not considered for myself and my business.
L.M. - Sacramento CA