Results with the Sure-Fit Designs™
Consumer Comments & Photos
Since 1982 - the inception of Sure-Fit Designs™ - we've had seamstresses worldwide who have offered feedback on their experiences using this pattern fitting and designing system. I'd like to share some of these comments with you. Click here for more photos.
My pants have always bagged in the crotch. What a pleasure to have a pattern that finally fits!
I have to confess - these are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn, just wonderful. Thanks a lot for this wonderful pattern, Glenda.
M.W. - Germany
The Sure-Fit Designs fitting system has made it easy for me to learn how to fit and sew pants.
It eliminated the guess work and frustration I previously had trying to make commercial patterns fit.
I especially like the way I can make different styles from one master pattern.
K.H. - Eugene, OR
I can't believe how EASY "Sure-Fit Designs" is to use. It is truly amazing.
I have made a pattern for a 6 gore skirt for a customer with 57” hips. And a pattern for a dress with a princess line bodice with an 'A 'line skirt with a diagonal chiffon overlay for a mother of the bride whose measurements are 51” bust, 46” waist and 58” hips.
I do a lot do sewing for plus sized ladies and some times struggle with commercial patterns to get a nice fit.
I have found so much confidence in using the Sure-Fit Designs, I am confident to say from now on it will play a huge part in my dressmaking.
I LOVE these patterns -
V.L. - New Zealand
My new and latest project...challenge, this one has been my biggest challenge.....making a leotard pattern for my daughter's gymnastics group!!!
I have the "dummy" one finished and with a little bit of tweaking it fits beautifully!
Your instructions are so easy to follow.
As soon as I get the costume complete I will send you a photo of it.
As always, I am loving the SFD system and use it all the time in my sewing; I am amazed how one simple pattern can make a multitude of garments.
S.M. - Qld. Aust.
Glenda’s attention to detail, either in class or away, is wonderful and so appreciated. This was so easy to accomplish and have a finished fitted pattern – it’s encouraging.
The (fitting) class far exceeded my expectations. I have taken many pant fitting classes including the laser class. None of them have worked for me except Glenda’s. She is an extraordinary teacher with plenty of patience which she needed for me. I highly recommend her, as it took a miracle to fit me. Thanks so much Glenda.
C.B. - Salem, OR
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I finally have a great fitting pair of pants, thanks to the Sure-Fit Design system and the incredible assistance I received from Glenda. In my opinion, she is the star of the system! My original draft was easy to develop, and certainly fit me better than any “straight from the envelope” pattern I’ve ever tried. But my “great fit” is entirely the result of endless patience and guidance from Glenda, addressing my severely tilted waist, uneven hips and various other figure issues. Over the course of about three weeks, we exchanged many emails working through all of the problems, and Glenda always answered every one of my questions, most of the time the next morning. Her service is exemplary, and I highly encourage anyone with problems fitting pants to give Sure-Fit Designs a try!
K. K. - SewFittinglyYou - Victor, N.Y.
I received my Sure Fit dress kit and love it – even measuring myself, came up with a well-fitting block in the first attempt. Attached are some pics of my first “self-design” frock; I was after a sort of early 1940s British look, and it’s worked well. (Same can’t be said for quality of the pics I’m afraid.) Can’t wait to design some more!
Thanks very much for your great kit.
N.M. - Old. Australia
...lots of diagrams...simple instructions
I've often felt confident trying something new because her diagrams are very easy to read. If you want to learn some simple pattern drafting, and are like me--want to see how it progresses--I'd suggest you invest in these kits.
Endless designs possibilities. And needless to say, the customer service is impeccable!
B.P. - PA
I sew for wedding parties and for individuals and I am having so much fun with the SFD (Sure-Fit Designs™). It is so easy to draft up a pattern, I don’t even bother about commercial patterns any more. I haven't yet tried to do a pair of pants, but I'm sure it will be just as easy as the dresses have been.
My clients are loving the perfect fit. I make almost NO alterations when they come in for their first fitting......very impressed.
S.M. - Qld. Aust
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I first heard about Sure Fit Designs at a product seminar that you held in Brisbane Australia in the 1980's I purchased a full set of your patterns and used them extensively over the years. Your system is a wonderful base platform to build a wardrobe from. And being a larger lady it is so difficult not only to find clothes that fit but to find anything with individual style. Thanks.
M.C. Tasmania, Australia
I enjoy the drafting of shirts for myself. I drafted one shirt pattern many years ago & it still fits me many years later. So easy to draft menswear patterns with surefitdesigns Designing Stylus. Even women's wear (I drafted a skirt) has been done for one lady I met at a demo in a shop in Watsonia, Victoria. This lady was very pleased with the draft for her. I love to design, mostly menswear, but have drafted many womens & childrens patterns.
D.M. - WA, Australia
I dug out of my stash a piece of fabric I have been saving for years. I have always wanted to sew something special with it, but I was afraid to use it and make something that didn't fit. I have never had a pattern fit together so well. I didn't have to "fudge" any seams. Everything went together so well, I never had to rip a seam.
It was so fun to sew a blouse that fit together so well, not to mention fit me.
T.J. - Medford, OR
I have been using the Sure-Fit Designs Kits for more years than I care to remember. I have been able to fit Bridal wear for Ladies from a size 6 (which is tiny in Australia) to very large ladies. I attended your first Presentations in Australia and have wondered why more people had not heard or knew about this wonderfull method of design. So glad you are back again! Best of Luck with to new Launch in Australia.
Kind Regards, Susan from OZ
I love the video and the Kits.
All my Pants shirts, etc are from my Kits, excellent fits. I do not wear any thing else but them.
My Kits are the very best, thing I have ever bought. I have been one happy customer for many years. I just love making my own clothes and still get many comments.
So a very big, Thank you to you, Glenda.
G. A. - Tasmania, Australia
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I recently became acquainted with Sure-Fit Designs. When I went to the website, I was DELIGHTED to find lots of free videos with a very nice lady demonstrating the fitting system....
The process to prepare my pattern was fun, but the best part is that thanks to this amazing system, the crotch turned out perfectly. Not too low or high - just right. I'm thrilled with the way the pants fit!
J.B. - OK
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I made my test pants - they are great. First time I have gotten a decent crotch in many, many tries with other methods. I just need to remove width from the backs of the thighs - lots of excess fabric there due to my hip width (50"). But, that's an easy process...I think I know how to do that.
Thanks for your help!
I would just like to thank you for making it possible for me to make a pair of trousers without constant fitting. I am normally very hard to fit and I made this first pair without a toile, (although I did use cheap material) cut just to the measurements, didn't allow any further ease and made up accordingly. They fit very well. I will make a very slight adjustment to the front and back crotch depth or get someone to measure me properly, even make up a crotch - o -meter, but am very happy with the fit as is for around the house. I even put in pockets (with a side zip also). Had to figure that one out for a little while, but got there in the end. I am going to do the next lot of pockets ( in seam) with more material up into the waistband so that they sit a little better on me.
Once again THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
E.W. - Toowoomba, QLD - Australia
The jeans fit much better than the way they look in that picture. It must have been the way I was standing. I did forget to do the flat back adjustment before I drew the jeans pattern from my pants pattern. I'll have to do that next time. I may just leave them the way they are because they fit so much better than any others I have.
I am very pleased. These fit better than any RTW jeans I've ever bought. I want to make several more pairs and throw out all of my old RTW jeans.
P.H. - OK, USA
Shirt Kit is great.
I used the shirt kit to make my favorite shirt of all time. The fit was great and it was so comfortable. I have long arms and the sleeves were the perfect length. Thanks for a great product Glenda!
M.J. - Australia
My sister and I spent an enjoyable day drafting patterns using your DVD. I found the demonstration instructions on the DVD extremely helpful. They took a great deal of the uncertainty around interpreting written instructions completely away. And yes, we did stop and start when you suggested we should!
S.L. - Brisbane, Aust
First of all thank you for the time you spent on Skype with me going over my sloper. Since then I have made a dress, a top and 2 pairs of capri pants for myself and a shirt for my husband.
My husband said that this shirt is the best he has ever owned. It fit so well. He used it to a party over the weekend and got so many compliments.
I was amazed at how my capri pants turned out. They did not need any adjustments at all and fit just perfect. It is so great to know that I can make a pair of pants and know they will be perfect. My second pair, which I made this afternoon in about an hour and never even tried them on until they were finished, were just perfect.
Jane Schmitt - Florida
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I would like to share with you that these Sure-Fit Designs patterns are the best fitting patterns I have ever used. And your instructions are just GREAT! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the sewing world.
Ann Estes - Houston TX
I ordered the SFD patterns after having seen them in an Australian Sewing Magazine ‘Dressmaking with Stitches’.
When they arrived I started with the Shirt pattern blueprint for my son (student, 20+ and very slim: waist size 32/neckline size 30)
It was quite easy to follow your instructions and the blueprint was finished 'before my coffee was cold'.
Wanting a quick test, I started with a jeans fabric from my huge stash and created the trial-jeans-jacket.
It was perfect in the proportions and my son wore it the whole time. It has custom-designed inside pockets with zipper for his 'electronic equipment', outside pockets for his hands.
After this success I dared to cut the Graffity-jeans fabric in the same style.
He is very happy with the results and so am I.
'A happy customer from Germany!'
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Dear Glenda; I just wanted to let you know that I seem to finally have a muslin of pants that fits me! What a miracle!
After my first attempt I was able to determine how to again "smooth out the uneven waistline issue" and have achieved a great fitting muslin. Now I will try the pant for real. I have been sewing since I was nine years old, and after 52 years am finally achieving my dream of properly fitting clothes! I have been embarked on this quest since I retired seven years ago. I want to thank you again for not only a great fitting system but for being there on the other end of the phone when I needed your help. Valerie Schroeder - N.Y. USA
I picked up the package this morning and was so excited to start that I forgot to have breakfast (coffee was enough to tide me over...). I now have the BEST SLOPER I HAVE EVER HAD!!! I made the dress sloper and I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing process this has been – your video is fantastic and I have been watching the DVD and following your instructions step by step. I am SO GLAD I purchased the vellum – I had tracing paper but this is so much easier to work with – plus being able to erase is essential.
I was excited to let you know how thrilled I am with your product. I researched quite a few systems before deciding on Sure-Fit Designs, and I can say, this was worth every penny, and if all of my failed attempts at sewing had to happen for me to get here, well then, that was worth it too.
Sara K. - Albuquerque NM
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I have owned the Sure-Fit Design kits for many years and recently purchased the updated Pants kit. I have just sewn up 4 new shirts and 1 jacket based on the Shirt Kit and thought I would send you photos. This Shirt pattern has been a real boon to me – I like to wear lots of shirts (sometimes with Camisoles or T Shirts underneath), both for business and leisure. When I feel the need for a new shirt I usually go through my ‘stash’, find several with a similar colour palette and then make them up at the same time – using the same coloured thread in my machine and overlocker. As I work full-time I find this the most efficient way to work. I cut them all out on a Sunday afternoon, then spend an hour each week day preparing the collars, cuffs etc so that by the following weekend I just need to construct all the different pieces. Very much a production line. Each of the shirts has something different – sleeves, yolks, darts or hemline.
The pink jacket was sewn to wear to a recent wedding.
I am a member of the Australian Sewing Guild and took my shirts and jacket along to recent meetings in Bunbury and Mandurah.
Wishing you and all the Sure Fit ‘family’ all the best.
Dixie S. - W.A. - Australia
I bought your system a couple of weeks ago when I agreed to sew Hawaiian dresses for a dance group in the area. I had 12 dresses to make. I was thinking that the ladies would be slim athletic type women. Well, not exactly! These ladies ranged from size 12 to 24 with waists from 25" to 45". I made each lady a master bodice pattern and then used the commercial pattern to make the princess line dresses. I am delighted to report that all but one dress fit perfectly in the bust-line with minor tweaking to perfect the personalized fit. The one dress, that I was a little worried about, was just a matter of letting out the seams around the waist, then bust-line fell into place. I had two ladies that I needed bigger sleeves/armhole for movement when they dance and two ladies who wanted more room in the back princess seam for more movement. Overall, the ladies were happy and I was so excited that I can just do finishing work on the majority of the dresses. Check out the pictures of the Hawaiian dresses.
I was so happy with Sure Fit Designs for adults that I ordered the children's pack to work on some grand-kid's outfits.
Thanks for your product and your instructive videos that walked me through the process.
All the best,
Paula Biggs - USA
I purchased a kit last week and quickly drafted my pants. The instructions were clear and straightforward.
My first pair turned out well with minimal fine-tuning. I am very fussy and I am very happy with the fit!
Thank you for an excellent product, for your helpful videos and excellent service. I will highly recommend your products and your website!
S.J. - USA
Teresa from California attended one of the SFD Fit & Sew Retreats. On her return home, she designed and completed this well-fitting outfit for her husband's birthday party.
Her comment: 'I finished my first blouse and pants and I'm thrilled with the results.'