Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sure-fit Designs Discussion and Other Stuff

I'm listening to the debate, so I may be a bit distracted writing this post.

I have to brag a  bit to start.  When I woke up this morning, I noticed that my waist looked a little smaller than usual.  Even though my waist has mood swings and sways between actual measurements from hour to hour, the measurement I took this morning was the best since I started my diet.

I took a picture so you can see:

if my friend, Margaret, would QUIT bringing me french bread with the chicken soup from Panera Bread, I MIGHT have measured even less than that this morning.  I arrived here yesterday about noon, and the house was really cold because we keep the thermostat on 60 when we are away in the winter.  It takes forever for the house to warm up, and for some reason, I could NOT get warm.  I had the fireplace on and was sitting in my recliner with a hoodie on and my quilt on top of me.  I was still cold.

I texted Margaret and told her I didn't feel like going to Outback for a steak dinner.  She asked if I would like some chicken soup, and OF COURSE, I said "YES!"  I did sort of ASK her to bring some bread too, but.....  SOMEONE has to be strong.  It was seriously very healing.  I felt better just as soon as we ate the hot soup.

I had time this morning to make a video, so I decided to talk some more about Sure-fit Designs.  I seem to have given some people the idea that I didn't think Sure-fit would work for beginners.  Glenda, who owns Sure-fit Designs, feels like it is actually very good for beginners because it can save them the horrible frustration of putting all the time into making a garment and then having it not fit.

I blab on and on, and I'm not sure I fixed the issue, but here it is:

And I actually INSPIRED MYSELF as I was playing with all my envelopes, and I decided to make a new knit top this afternoon.

I started about 1:00, and by 5:00 I was wearing it.  The front and the back SFD patterns were already made and were in one of those envelopes.  I did change the bust dart to a french dart.   I didn't have a sleeve though with my smaller measurements.  SFD has TWO sleeve patterns:  one for wovens and one for knits.

I'm showing you the one I used to make myself a sleeve pattern in about 10 minutes.  Notice it says "STRETCHY".   The other side has the WOVEN version.

Here, I am drawing my sleeve with the 38 dots.

And here, I pinned the paper sleeve together and tried it on:

Here I am with the finished top on, and I LOVE it!  PERFECT fit!

I wanted to share Glenda's comments with you here, but I cannot figure out how to copy them.  I have tried everything I know.  

I encourage anyone who is interested in making their own patterns that will be made to their exact measurements to go to Glenda's website:  www.surefitdesigns.com 

You could spend days looking around at all she has to offer in articles and videos.  I sat in my bed many nights and watched all of her videos when I was first learning how to use Sure-fit Designs.

Some of you have asked me to show you how I draw my patterns using SFD, but that is totally not necessary.  You can watch Glenda do it in a very easy to understand format with close-up photography.  You can email her if you have any questions.

First debate is over.  It was pretty much the same stuff as the last one.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy


  1. Hello Joy,
    I have recently discovered your blog and really enjoy it. Although I do not always share every views you have on life, I look forward to your posts. They are
    very informative and uplifting and make me smile. I like that you are honest in your opinions and respect you for it; It is so hard nowadays in blogs and Youtube to know if recommendations are truthful or have ulterior motives. Like you I have tremendously enjoyed the Rudy course on pants on Craftsy and like you I have problems with Silhouette patterns, although I still religiously watch Peggy's webcasts, and because of you I have ordered both the dress kit and the shirt kit. I just wanted you to know that all the hard work you put into your blogs and videos is deeply appreciated. So Thank you!
    Danielle from Maryland
    By the way, I find this new top very attractive on you!! :-)

  2. I'm so jealous. My waist is still a 37. Oh well, I'll keep working on it. Love the new blouse. Keep them coming. As always love your blog.

  3. Hi Joy,
    First I want to say I loved your table scarf, very cute. I think I will make one for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration. Secondly, I laughed so hard when you were talking about your eyebrows because I have experienced the same issue. I, too, had very thick brows when I was young. I still see them on my youngest daughter now. I also plucked those pesky gray ones and low and behold that over time they don't grow back, who knew! Well, live and learn. Have you found a brand you like in the powder? I have not seen one yet. Please let me know. Congrats on the waist loss...you look wonderful and very young looking. I have also been dieting due to stomach issues and I will brag along with you, I have lost 18 pounds and my waist is down to 31-32. Doesn't it feel fabulous to look down and not see our stomach sticking out. Of course it does.
    Anyway, keep doing what you do, i love it...btw, that blouse looks great and I love the fabric, where did you find the fabric? Love to you, Anne


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