Fit & Sew Retreats - 2017

2017 Dates:
March 25-30, 2017 - This Retreat is FULL

June 24-29, 2017 - This Retreat is FULL

Sept. 16 - 21, 2017 - This Retreat is FULL

- To book for a Fit & Sew Retreat, please call Glenda at 541-344-0422 (Oregon)

6 days beginning on a Saturday and ending the following Thursday
- 3 days Pants fitting
- 3 days Bodice fitting

Retreat Fee:
$899.00 if you already have your SFD Kits/Vellum/Stylus
$999.00 if you need to purchase the relevant Kits & tools
50% is due at the time of booking your Retreat (non-refundable)
The balance is due 30 days prior to your Retreat dates

Host hotel is the Comfort Suites in Springfield OR - room rate for 2017 is $109.00/night + tax - you can share with a roommate if you so desire.  Please inform me of your desire to room share at the time of reserving your Retreat.  You are required to book your own room.  Please use this direct phone number - 541-746-5359.  When booking, ask for Paul or Sabrina who are both very familiar with Sure-Fit Designs.  Also, please reference 'Sure-Fit Designs event' when booking your room.  Hotel bookings must be made at least 30 days prior to the Retreat start date.

Additional costs:
Your airfare, food, car rental if you so choose though renting a car is not totally necessary as my husband will don his cauffeur's hat during the Retreat and bring you to and from the hotel to the sewing studio.
Your required sewing supplies like test fabric, thread etc.  A supply list will be sent to you once a specific Retreat is full.

Retreat Facility:
Our Sewing Room, a sewing studio, in Springfield OR (sister city to Eugene OR).  Sewing machines are provided unless you are driving at which point I recommend that you bring your own machine.  See the video on the left hand side of this page to see a bird's eye view of where you will be fitting and sewing.

Personal Sewing Skills:
You must have a minimum of basic sewing skills in stitching accurate 5/8" seam allowances, sewing darts etc.

You will receive the following:
6 days intense, individualized instruction and fitting assistance, including a lecture/demo on fitting commercial patterns.
Pattern drafting/drawing experience with the Sure-Fit Designs patterns.
Gift bag including (some) drawing/drafting supplies
Non-stretch elastic for your Yoga/Travel/Comfort pants project
Waistband interfacing
High cutting table – 1 per student – personal workspace - no need to share your space
Use of a sewing machine and serger – no need to bring your own
Transportation to and from the hotel to the sewing studio (Note** You will need to take a shuttle/taxi from the airport to the hotel)
Lunch is provided on Day 1 – Saturday.  Convenient restaurants are located near the Sewing Studio.
Fabric shopping field trip - Thursday.  There are 2 (small) fabric stores within walking distance.
Farewell event

**Please note: This Retreat is not suitable for severe asymmetry or personal measurements beyond the master pattern measurements.
If your local sewing group, guild or store would like onsite demonstrations/presentations, please contact me.
Glenda teaching at Our Sewing Room sewing studio - Springfield, OR.

Class size never exceeds 6 students - you all get individualized attention.

Sure-Fit Designs
Fit & Sew Retreat

The 'Short List' - If you want advance notice of Retreat dates (before they are advertised to the general mailing list), email
Glenda to be put on the 'short list'.  These Retreats generally fill within 2 - 4 days of announcing them.
Glenda, you are an excellent teacher and extremely well spoken. Your classes are the best fitting classes I have ever taken and I can recommend them without reservation.  Your professionalism, expertise and courtesy create the perfect learning environment.
Kathy - FL
ASG 2016 or 2017 - Presentation Information
If your local chapter wants a personal visit, please call Glenda (541) 344-0422 (Oregon)
Watch this short video introduction and see a class in action.
Can't Attend?
New!   New!   New!

The Sure-Fit Designs™ Bodice Fitting Course is now on DVD
For details Click Here.
The Sure-Fit Designs™ Pants Fitting Course is also on DVD
For details Click Here.
The SFD Shirt Fitting Course is now available on DVD
For details Click Here.
**** Although this is a 'fitting' class, basic to intermediate sewing skills are definitely required.
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4 Free Getting-Started Gifts with Subscription

You'll receive:
  • Instructions for this 'Pretty in Peach Princess Jacket' design
  • Instructions for the Color-Blocked T-Shirt
  • 4-pg. essential Guide to Sewing Notions
  • Drawing tool - Designer's Companion (with 1st order)

You will receive an email asking your to confirm your subscription. (Watch for this in your email Inbox.  If it's not there, check your Junk/Spam folder).  Then you'll be directed to the Subscription Gifts page where you can choose 1 or more of the Welcome Gifts (see revolving carousel below).
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To see what the Designer's Companion is used for and how it is different from the Designing Stylus, please click here.
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Would you like to read a 'Retreat' story?

Hi Glenda,

It's me again, just popping off a note to you. This time it's a story:

I have been creating garments for my kids since they were young so I wasn't surprised when my younger daughter, who I went to Palm Springs with, wanted to go fabric shopping there. I wasn't really in the market for fabric but love to check things out. Kerri on the other hand, kept pulling out fabric, saying "this would look so good as a dress" and this will make great Santa sacks. She asked how many yards she needed for a dress and I told her, using your Yardage Cheat Sheet of determining fabric quantities to buy, Glenda. She ended up buying enough for 2 dresses.

When we got home, she came over with 2 pictures and asked if I could make these garments using her body blueprint. I figured they were simple enough but wondered about the wisdom of removing darts as these garments had none. Finally I made the pattern. Yesterday I made the muslin prototypes and today made the 2 dresses.

Kerri's comment is a testimony to using the Sure-Fit Designs system. She loves the dresses, which fit her to a tee. Her comment was, "mom, you have made me so many outfits but these ones surpass anything you have ever done! I am amazed at how quickly you pulled them together after making the pattern which fits me. I think it's due to that course you took in the States. It gave you confidence and lots of skills!"

I agreed with her. Taking your Sure-Fit Design retreat, Glenda, was the best idea I have ever had! I can fit myself as well as others and turn out some great designs using fabrics I never used before! Thank you so much for offering your retreats and sharing your wisdom so freely!

One happy Canadian Sewer!
Eileen McNeil