Fit & Sew Retreat Details


Fit & Sew Retreat Details - 2019

March 16 - 21, 2019 (6 days) (FULL)

(to be taught by Anna from Canada (SFD Distributor) & Glenda the Good Stitch)

- To receive first right of refusal to attend the next 6-Day Fit & Sew Retreat, please email Glenda at and request to be put on the 'short list'. (Oregon)

- To book for a Fit & Sew Retreat, please call Glenda at 541-344-0422 (Oregon)

6 days beginning on a Saturday and ending the following Thursday
- 3 days Pants fitting (Sat/Sun/Mon)
- 3 days Bodice fitting (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
Retreat Fee:
* $989.00 if you already have your SFD Kits/Vellum/Stylus.
* If you need to purchase the relevant Kits & supplies - add $100.00.
* 50% is due at the time of booking your Retreat (non-refundable).
* The balance is due 45 days prior to your Retreat dates (non-refundable).  (If you have severe personal circumstances that prevent you from attending a Retreat that you have paid for, we may be able to schedule you for a future Retreat only if we are able to fill your reserved space.  However due to the fact that we only take 5 - 6 students, there will be no refunds of any nature either before or after a Retreat).

Host hotel is the Comfort Suites in Springfield OR (969 Kruse Way, Springfield, OR 97477) - room rate for 2019 is $109.00/night + tax - you can share with a roommate if you so desire.  Please inform me of your desire to room share at the time of reserving your Retreat.  You are required to book your own hotel room.  Please use this direct phone number - 541-746-5359.  When booking, make sure to ask for the 'Sure-Fit Designs group rate'  Hotel bookings must be made at least 30 days prior to the Retreat start date.
Additional costs:
* Your airfare,
* Your food,
* Car rental if you so choose.
* Your required sewing supplies like test fabric, thread etc.  A supply list will be sent to you once a specific Retreat is full.
Retreat Facility:
Our Sewing Room, a sewing studio, in Springfield OR (sister city to Eugene OR) (448 Main St, Springfield, OR 97477).  Sewing machines are provided unless you are driving at which point I recommend that you bring your own machine.  See the video below to see a bird's eye view of where you will be fitting and sewing.
Personal Sewing Skills:
You must have a minimum of basic sewing skills in stitching accurate 5/8" seam allowances, sewing darts etc. But you do not need to be an expert.
You will receive the following:
6 days intense, individualized instruction and fitting assistance, including a lecture/demo on fitting commercial patterns.
Pattern drafting/drawing experience with the Sure-Fit Designs patterns.
Gift bag including (some) drawing/drafting supplies
Non-stretch elastic for your Yoga/Travel/Comfort pants project from the designing book 'Pants that Mix n Multiply'.
Waistband interfacing
High cutting table – 1 per student – personal workspace - no need to share your space.
Use of a sewing machine and serger – no need to bring your own when flying in.
Transportation to and from the hotel to the sewing studio (Note** You will need to take a shuttle/taxi from the airport to the hotel)
Lunch is provided on Day 1 – Saturday.  Convenient restaurants are located near the Sewing Studio.
Fabric shopping field trip - Thursday.  There are 2 (small) fabric stores within walking distance.
Farewell event

**Please note: This Retreat is not suitable for severe asymmetry (like scolisis or asymmetrical hunch back) or personal measurements beyond the master pattern measurements.

Oct 2018 Fit Retreat Students

Happy faces from Oct 2018!

Student Feedback/Comment:

'I’m one of the recent attendees. It was the most awesome week! We all agreed this was like a college or graduate level class. Glenda works harder than any of us, wants success for you and works with you to achieve it, is thorough, well-paced, professional, and methodical in her teaching. It was worth every penny and I highly encourage you to attend if possible. I had drawn and sewn up many garments from my bodice and pants sloper. This retreat still taught me a ton about fitting even better than what I had done. It is fun learning how to adjust for different body types. Glenda is able to look at you and know what refinements can be done before you even draw your first line. It was an amazing experience.' Patt from Iowa

'Thank you Glenda for hosting a Fit and Sew Retreat.  It was a treat to learn the Sure-Fit Designs pattern fitting system under your guidance.  I feel I received my share of your personal attention in our small group of six students.  Your lectures are clear and easy to follow.  The pattern drafting immediately after the lecture reinforced the information.  The work tables in Our Sewing Room are a good height for my tall stature and provided plenty of room to work on my pattern drafting. The pace of the class was steady without being rushed.  I am especially excited that my pants and bodice muslins fit well the first time.  Your help with additional minor tune-ups made them fit better.  I could not have done this by myself. Sure-Fit Designs is so easy to work with that I purchased the Shirt Kit, Children's Kit, and Men's Pant Instructional package.  Your instructional videos on will help me in my goal to create a well-fitting wardrobe.  I hope to join you in the future at one of your Designing Retreats.  Happy Sewing,  Lynn from California'

 "Thank you so much for such a wonderful six-day experience. I learned so much and had such a great time. I appreciated all your help and your patience with me. You are a gracious and encouraging teacher. Your professionalism, expertise and courtesy created the perfect learning environment. Attending a Sure Fit Design Retreat was by far the best retreat I have attended. The Retreat included both bodice and pants fitting, which I enjoyed learning both in one retreat.The class size of 5 to 6 students was perfect. It felt like I was getting one-on-one attention. You were always available to answer my questions. I enjoyed the lectures, which you explained so well. Jayna was also very helpful. Her personality is amazing.  I enjoyed  working with such supportive and encouraging women!!! Everyone that attended this retreat were amazing to work with. I truly had an amazing time!!!"  Judy from NY 


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