Course Description

For all our mobile device viewers, Sure-Fit Designs (SFD) has now taken the Introductory How-To DVD tutorial completely mobile. You can now stream each of the 30 lessons to your mobile device to watch and follow along in the leisure of your sewing space. If you don't have a DVD player handy our online streaming video will fill the gap.

Don't let 30 video lessons overwhelm you! These lessons are logically divided into the major chapters for the SFD Dress Kit, Pants Kit, Shirt Kit, Children's Kit, and Men's Pants Instructional Package. Choose the chapter of your choice and begin with how to measure. Each lesson follows the logical progression of drawing your personal body blueprint for that particular fitting kit. See how simple, quick and easy Sure-Fit Designs can be for you.


President Sure-Fit Designs

Glenda Sparling

Since 1982, Glenda has been President of Sure-Fit Designs™, an international company specializing in pattern fitting and designing. Canadian born, her impressive background includes 10 years as a Home Economics educator, plus 36 years in the sewing industry. Based in Eugene, OR, she has traveled extensively in the USA, Canada, Australia, N.Z., and Great Britain showing home seamstresses the ease of achieving excellent pattern fit with the Sure-Fit Designs™ system of pattern fitting and designing. She has authored numerous articles, pattern fitting, designing, fabric embellishment and machine embroidery books for the benefit of home seamstresses worldwide. She has been featured in sewing forums and shows throughout the USA and Australia and is recognized as a leading educator in the sewing industry.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter #1 - Sure-Fit Designs Dress Kit Measuring & Drawing the Patterns

    • Introduction - Sure-Fit Designs How-To DVD - Video Lesson

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video Lesson #1 Measuring Accurately to Draw off the Dress Master Patterns

    • Video Lesson #2 Drawing Dress Bodice Front

    • Video Lesson #3 Drawing Dress Skirt Front

    • Video Lesson #4 Drawing Dress Bodice Back

    • Video Lesson #5 Drawing Dress Skirt Back

    • Video Lesson #6 Drawing Dress Bodice Sleeve

    • Video Lesson #7 Drawing Collars from the Sure-Fit Designs Collar Collection

    • Video Lesson #8 Dress Designing with the Sure-Fit Designs Dress Pattern

  • 2

    Chapter #2 - Sure-Fit Designs Pants Kit Measuring & Drawing the Patterns

  • 3

    Chapter #3 - Sure-Fit Designs Shirt Kit Measuring & Drawing the Patterns

  • 4

    Chapter #4 - Sure-Fit Designs Children's Kit Measuring & Drawing the Patterns

    • Video Lesson #20 Children Intro-Measuring

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Video Lesson #21 Drawing the Children's Shirt Back

    • Video Lesson #22 Drawing the Children's Shirt Front

    • Video Lesson #23 Drawing the Children's Shirt Sleeve

    • Video Lesson #24 Drawing the Children's Skirt

    • Video Lesson #25 Drawing the Children's Pants Front

    • Video Lesson #26 Drawing the Children's Pants Back

    • Vidoe Lesson #27 Children's Accessory Pieces

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    Chapter #5 - Sure-Fit Designs Men's Pants Instructions & Conclusion

    • Video Lesson #28 Introduction to the Sure-Fit Designs Men's Pants Instructional Package and Accurate Measuring

    • Video Lesson #29 Men's Pants Drawing and Designing

    • Video Lesson #30 Sure-Fit Designs How-to DVD Conclusion

Reviews

5 star rating

Helen Olufunke Awuyo

5 star rating

Dress Fit Design Tutorial

Elaine Evans

This really is wonderful! I am so glad that I have bought this kit. Now I just need to find more time to sew!!

This really is wonderful! I am so glad that I have bought this kit. Now I just need to find more time to sew!!

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Basic body blueprint

wendy bakel

So easy to follow quick and simple to draw. Fabulous kit

So easy to follow quick and simple to draw. Fabulous kit

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how to dvd course

angela earp

Very clear and concise videos.

Very clear and concise videos.

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Dress kit combo

Kate Millar

I'm always happy to learn more. This is wonderful. Can't wait to begin.

I'm always happy to learn more. This is wonderful. Can't wait to begin.

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Excellent

Carrie M Davis

I'm reviewing the videos to mentally familiarize myself with the designing technique.

I'm reviewing the videos to mentally familiarize myself with the designing technique.

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Sherri Lindsay

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pants

Jean Forster

very helpful. Glenda easy style makes it interesting to watch, while learning as we go along. ideal back up to instruction book, thank you.

very helpful. Glenda easy style makes it interesting to watch, while learning as we go along. ideal back up to instruction book, thank you.

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Pant Kit Design and Measure

Marcia Petrus

Quite clear instructions. Good pace. Just enough detail. I feel confident I'll be able to make my sloper successfully. Only thing that drove me a touch b...

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Quite clear instructions. Good pace. Just enough detail. I feel confident I'll be able to make my sloper successfully. Only thing that drove me a touch batty was the "Sraddle" on the "Straddle/Crotch" measurement section. I'm sure you've heard this, undoubtedly, a few hundred times. Maybe you have an "Oops" message flash on the screen that I may have missed. I'm getting really excited about making a great fitting pair of pants. If I'm successful, I'll try it on my sister who has an EXTREME diamond booty and struggles to find pants that fit.

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Dress Kit Tutorial

Sheila Grant

The addition of the online version of the instructional DVD is a fantastic bonus. I no longer have a DVD Drive but I was able to follow along on my iPad as I...

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The addition of the online version of the instructional DVD is a fantastic bonus. I no longer have a DVD Drive but I was able to follow along on my iPad as I worked through the instructions. Glenda is a natural on video. She speaks clearly and fluently so it was a pleasure to watch. It is apparent that she is extremely knowledgeable yet her explanations are simple and precise. I find it easier to learn when I can watch the process on video and stop or repeat as needed. I followed along with the written instructions as I watched which gave me a deeper understanding of the process. Although I have just started my Sure-Fit journey I’m already looking forward to my next design kit. Thank you Glenda!

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When sewing pants with the sure fit pants kit makes sense.

Kissie Harris

I was initially unsure of how the kit would all come together, however, after watching Glenda take the measurements and use the stylus, EVERYTHING made so mu...

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I was initially unsure of how the kit would all come together, however, after watching Glenda take the measurements and use the stylus, EVERYTHING made so much sense. I am so glad I got the combo. I am excited to make my very first pair of pants that fit. The video series is priceless. Everything is explained exceptionally well. As a newbie to sewing, having the video really helps put it into perspective and is so much easier than trying to figure it out with a store bought pattern. She made the crotch measurements make so much sense. This series and the sure-fit designs master patterns are a phenomenal investment for any sew enthusiast.

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How To DVD

Bridget Fennell

Glenda The Good Stitch takes learning materials that could be overwhelming and translates them into easy to understand directions. I have been sewing for yea...

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Glenda The Good Stitch takes learning materials that could be overwhelming and translates them into easy to understand directions. I have been sewing for years without really understanding the underlying foundations of this beautiful craft! I bought the streaming video and watch it as many times as I need to in order to master techniques I would never have even considered doing before I found Sure Fit Designs. Moreover, the knowledge transfers to commercial patterns! All of a sudden, “I get it!” and am no longer “stuck” on more difficult tasks! Thanks so much! I just love Sure Fit Designs!

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5 star rating

How-To-DVD - Online Version

Patricia Palm

I ran across SFD while surfing YouTube for sewing terms I was not familiar with and I am so happy I did. After, watching the many videos on the YouTube Chann...

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I ran across SFD while surfing YouTube for sewing terms I was not familiar with and I am so happy I did. After, watching the many videos on the YouTube Channel, I went to the website and ordered the Pant Kit with the necessary essentials. I just ordered the kit, so I have not worked with it yet, but happy I was able to view the How-To DVD before the kit arrives; now I am even more excited awaiting the arrival of my kit. Glenda is an awesome teacher. Everything is explained in detail, so no need for any follow-up questions. I have never run across any class that I have taken in person or online where I did not have questions. I first began sewing in High School, many, many years ago. I am now retired and decided to take up sewing again. Although, I am familiar with some of the sewing terms, I feel like a beginner, so this is perfect for me. I found a local sewing machine dealer in my area, who allowed me to trade in my old machine for an updated machine, so I am ready. Glenda, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. xoxo

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Finished Chapter 1 Dress Kit measuring and drawing the pa...

Valerie bishop

This is blowing my socks off! I think I CAN do this! I don't quite have my dress kit yet but I will try and get my measurements done so I'll be ready. I hope...

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This is blowing my socks off! I think I CAN do this! I don't quite have my dress kit yet but I will try and get my measurements done so I'll be ready. I hope to join in on the patchwork skirt SAL! So exciting for sure. Glenda you are a great presenter! Not too fast and not too slow. Clear directions and I like that you repeated to use a pencil for erasing. I never mind repeated things as I never catch everything the first time. Thanks so much and I am looking forward to getting back into sewing garments! Valerie Bishop

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basic bodice and skirt

Michele Wardle

Since I have been sewing for 50 decades I have tried to solve fitting issues for myself and my children. I now have the information I have needed for all of...

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Since I have been sewing for 50 decades I have tried to solve fitting issues for myself and my children. I now have the information I have needed for all of these years. I recognized the "torn back sleeve" trauma cure. The blouse won't button all the way down cure. The bust "gaposis disaster" cure by placing a button at the a bust apex. Finally, after much research, trial and error and successes too few, failures too many I feel armed to create a garment which will truly be comfy to wear.

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Pants - anything but...

Toni Leggate

Here in the UK 'pants' means something that is not good e.g. a 'pants' idea. But the DVD lesson clearly is not 'pants'! It shows me clearly how to draw my ve...

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Here in the UK 'pants' means something that is not good e.g. a 'pants' idea. But the DVD lesson clearly is not 'pants'! It shows me clearly how to draw my very own trouser pattern, that will fit me! Also how to make variations om that basic model. I am very hopeful that I will actually, finally, have trousers that fit every part of my lower body and I can't wait... Thank you Glenda, and also Judith here in the UK.

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5 star rating

Excellent Course

sonia sabaz

Glenda you have a fantastic way of explaining everything a beginner or even a moderate sewer needs to know. Thank you for a well detailed explanation and eas...

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Glenda you have a fantastic way of explaining everything a beginner or even a moderate sewer needs to know. Thank you for a well detailed explanation and easy step by step instructions. Would highly recommend to everyone. It is definitely worth buying the DVDs.

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5 star rating

Works for me

Suzi More

Very detailed information and the repetitive emphasis regarding the grain line, 5/8” seam allowance marking etc . drove the points home. As you moved from p...

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Very detailed information and the repetitive emphasis regarding the grain line, 5/8” seam allowance marking etc . drove the points home. As you moved from pattern piece to piece I found myself mentally hitting those points . I will definitely watch the video again and also view it along with making my blue prints.

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Excellent

Mary Ellen Poulton

The video's explain everything and doesn't make it confusing, simple but with room to grow and change

The video's explain everything and doesn't make it confusing, simple but with room to grow and change

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Dress

Billie Hall

excellent. easy to follow.

excellent. easy to follow.

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