Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Lot of Sewing Going on But..... And Sure Fit Designs

Well, as the title suggests, I've been laboring in the sewing room making my DD a winter coat but it's not finished yet although I've been at it for two weeks but a winter coat is a three week job for me. I intend to have it finished and off to Tamara by Thursday. I'll show it next weekend.

I didn't get my second B6026     finished but I do have a cute Rachel Cowan skirt finished to make an out fit with a top I made a while back and I'll show you that in a bit but first, I'm so excited !

I've been attracted to Sure Fit Designs system for a while now but it wasn't until I watched Joy of Joyful Expressions Blog display her plethora of stuff made by using SFD that I had to have another look.

I spent two whole evenings while my husband was away, perusing the Sure Fit website and watching many free videos  Glenda very generously provides I hesitated for a bit because of our diminished Canadian dollar and by the high shipping for anything over $75. I decided after seeing this on the Sure Fit Designs blog ... a $50.  Gift certificate for $25. In the end I ordered the Dress kit and the large and small design stylus.The shipping was $14.95 and that seems reasonable given our very high Canada Post shipping prices.

I can't wait for my Sure Fit kit to arrive so I can try my hand at designing my own ideas or copying RTW or patterns I don`t want to buy. This is going to be a whole new venture for me and I`m so ready to take my love of sewing in a new direction.

I`m also confident that having the Sure Fit system will help me greatly in fitting my  ladies  in Sewing Group. Here`s the link to an introductory  video that shows what you can do with the master pattern.

Now here is the outfit combining top V8856  and skirt V1247  that I`m wearing today.

Hmmm...probably won't happen too often but rather this is how I'll wear the skirt

 I should mention that I make the pockets of the Rachel skirt differently than the pattern shows.
 Here `s what I do.

As you can tell , I've moved the pockets closer to the sides of the skirt front. I just prefer them that way.
I eliminate the pocket bag and use Steam a Seam on the right side of the pocket as shown here.I use Fusi Knit to stabilize the skirt front where the pockets will be stitched.

Before pressing the pockets down, I top stitch the openings on the lower skirt piece.

I press the pockets in place and run a line of white (so it will be seen easily on the outside) basting stitches to outline the pockets. I then top stitch using this white line as a guide.

This makes for a nice clean finish and eliminates bulk

That's all I have for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Next week, I'll show you Tamara's Valentino red ,long wool winter coat so please come back.


Tee said...

Lovely outfits!!!

Bonnie @ said...

I can't wait to hear more about your experience with Sure Fit. I've been interested in it for a while but have not had the nerve to purchase. Great outfit! You look lovely!

Nursebennett said...

I have the entire SureFit Designs system. I did make my bodice and had it fitting what I thought was excellent, but had illness that sidetracked me, then adopted our little one (4 years old, whomp just turned six) and life got hectic. I hope to return to working with it when life calms down a bit. My main motivation was making my master patterns to use for fitting commercial patterns and that works like a charm. Good luck with it and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

Sarah Liz said...

I haver the SureFit kits - I did a very quick muslin for skirt, bodice and pants - from rough measurements only, more to test the concept - and even poorly measured and drafted, the muslins were very good. I am sure you will find these kits exciting to use...

I like the skirt pockets - thanks for sharing what you did. I don't like the pouch pockets much, and think this is a much better look. Little patch pockets on the front would look good too.

Mary said...

Lovely work, and the blues suit you! I look forward to hearing more about the Sure Fit system.

Gail said...

Very nice outfits. I recently made the skirt up and found the pockets are quite stretchy. I did reinforce, but made the mistake of using a denim with too much stretch.

Joyree said...

Hi Diana,
I'm Joy, from Joyful Expressions.
The V8856 is one of the tops I copies with SFD. You probably saw it in the video you mentioned.
I'm excited to see what all you have been doing since I lost my bookmark to you. Sure want to watch your SFD adventures.
Hugs, Joy

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Becky from and I found your blog from your post on Joy's video. She too influenced me to get the SFD kit. It COMPLETELY changed my sewing world and now I'm sewing like crazy with lots of success. Not having to do an FBA really made the difference for me. I'm going to follow you now too. Love to find new sewing friends!

Aminat said...

Lovely outfits, never heard of SFD kit, they sure look great

Sharon said...

You have been busy and I really like your V8856 top with your Rachel Comfey skirt. Thank you for showing how you dealt with the pockets, this will help with the bulk. Like you I aways topstitch the pocket openings, a bit fiddly but it makes a huge difference.

I look forward to seeing what you do with the SFD kit, I did have the full kit from when Glenda was in Australia but never used it and gave it to my sister who is having some success.

Subarna said...

Great post thank you for sharing this article.

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