Subject: Short & Sweet: Sept-Oct. SFD Newsletter


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Short & Sweet!
Sept/Oct SFD Newsletter

National Sewing Month!

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sept/oct  2011 newsletter

Welcome to the  combined September/October Sure-Fit Designs newsletter.

Since I've begun designing new patterns and writing content for the next new design book, time has become quite limited for other regular activities. 

Thanks so much for your understanding...and once again, I appreciate your input on the Dress/Blouse survey as your comments/suggestions have guided the designs in this forthcoming blouse/dress design book.

What' New?


New Videos – How To Draw Matching Notches

I've had many of you ask how and where to place the matching notches while you're drawing your patterns.  This video should help to clarify this issue.    

How to Draw Matching Notches

Follow this link: Click Here.  Then scroll toward the bottom of the page.


Sewing it all together!

Since it's National Sewing Month in the USA, let's review.  Sure-Fit Designs has primarily always been about getting the best fit possible.  Both beginners as well as advanced seamstresses benefit from getting a good fit as easily as possible. There's no point in putting the effort into construction unless the results are going to fit.  Sure-Fit Designs provides an alternative to getting patterns to fit your exclusive body shape and size.

But how do you sew the garment together?  SFD does offer general sewing construction steps, but if you do need basic lessons in sewing construction, you may want to investigate the following three resources.

1. Teach Yourself to Sew

2. You Can Make It

(You'll find these link partners on the SFD Links Partners page)
Though I've not personally experienced either of these sites/programs, I've had customers who have learned a tremendous amount about sewing construction skills from both informational sources.  If you're needing sewing construction assistance, please evaluate these for yourself.

3. ASG - American Sewing Guild

-another great source for learning sewing construction skills.

There's no reason to be frustrated when sewing it all together.  There are so many benefits of being an ASG member, and one of them is learning the details of sewing construction with their instructional videos. The 'Let's Talk' sewing series with ASG includes: Creating beautiful seams, various types of seam finishes, information on pressing tools, how to create welt pockets and bound buttonholes, basic sewing terminology and so much more!  The information is presented as individual segments and short video snippets demonstrating the sewing topic.  To join The American Sewing Guild for all these benefits as well as discounts on patterns, fabrics and notions, please visit


A Carousel of Customer's Creations

See more customer's creations - Capris from Pants that Mix 'n' Multiply, a costume 'Flapper Dress', and fitting a G-cup bust - the maxi-dress (maxi is back this fall) more!  I love receiving notes of your successes and your photos.

Click here.

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Happy Sewing...


'Just use Sure-Fit Designs
and be Sure of the Fit!'


Sure-Fit Designs



Welcome to all our new members!


September is National Sewing Month and...the next SFD designing book is underway.  As a result of everything that is on my 'plate' to accomplish, during the remaining 2011 year, I will be combining the newsletters for Sept/Oct and for Nov/Dec.  Thank you for your understanding.

Blouse/Dress Design Book

A great many of you offered excellent suggestions as to what you'd like to see in the next new SFD design book.

Watch for Empires & Beyond!  Empires are not built in a day, but they can last a century!

I realize that some of
you never  wear dresses.   Blouses/pants/skirts are your preferred garments.  So even though this next design book will be focused on extending the use of your SFD Dress Kit, you'll see both dresses and blouses to suit our current life style.  I think you're going to enjoy the offerings which will include a wide selection of styles to suit many of your requests. 


National Sewing Month sees a Sewing Resurgence

We all hoped it would happen in time...and now it is.  Sewing is making a come back with the younger generation! In one of our latest Costco magazines (of all places), there is an article devoted to this very topic.  Where the 'Gen X'er's' sewed not at all, the next generation is using sewing, knitting and the hand arts as a means of personal, creative expression, as well as creating something practical and useful.  Thanks to today's technology, it makes it even easier to create.  As an ex-home economics teacher, I welcome this renewed sewing enthusiasm no matter the reasons. A big welcome is extended to all of our new sewing enthusiasts!

Sept/Oct. Web Site Special - Free Shipping on the How-To DVD

The SFD How-To DVD is now being offered with Free Shipping.  If you don't already have it, take advantage of this limited time offer.

To receive this special, it must be ordered from the Specials page on the SFD website.

Skype Address:

Remember, you can always Skype me with any questions...I'm here...and always happy to help! Skype address. This is going to make it so much easier for me to actually ‘see’ some of the questions you might have.



New SFD Video
Matching Notches

SFD Customer Comments

Sept/Oct Special

Learn the how's and where's of placing and drawing the matching notches on your Sure-Fit Designs body blueprint.


SFD How-To Draw Matching Notches - Click Here

A Customer Comment...

I love my new pants pattern.  I just finished a pair of navy linen pull-on pants with elastic and a thin tie threaded through over the elastic.  It's anchored through all layers in the ditch at the back and ties in a bow.  They fit beautifully!  I'm now going to make other designs including jeans.

Thanks so much.

Avril M.  Australia


SFD Special

Free shipping on the 2 hour SFD How-To DVD.  Now's your opportunity to pick it up if you haven't already.

To receive this special, it must be ordered from the Specials page on the SFD website.