Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Finally a minute to write!

Scary September ended with four bras made, and none that I particularly liked. So I have ordered a new custom bra pattern from Dini and can't wait for that to get here. I won't be showing pictures of that on my body, but I'll try to toss a few finished bras into the mix so you can see that I am indeed sewing something very useful!

Moving forward into October, my friend and I are having an adventure! My first road trip (other than going "home" after moving to Northern California,) AND Barbara and I have come to the beautiful area of Eugene-Springfield Oregon for our Sure Fit Designs retreat aka workshop.

Barbara drafting her pants

We left EARLY Saturday morning...Barbara picked me up and after loading my stuff into the car, we were on the road again by 6 am. After a few stops and lunch in gorgeous Ashland, Oregon, we arrived in Springfield at a few minutes before 4 pm. Glenda had let us know she'd be at Our Sewing Room, the venue where the retreat is held, between 4 and 4:30 pm, so we stopped by to drop off our things for the week.

Our Sewing Room

Bright and early Sunday morning, we started our adventure. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were  pants. We had measurements done, learned the proper way to draft our patterns the Sure Fit Designs way, and then made our muslins. Barbara and I both got Princess Pants due to our unique bodies and shapes. That allows a greater opportunity for fitting curvey bodies without having excess fabric in places you don't want it to be.

We're with a lovely group of ladies. Five of us will soon have perfectly fitting patterns! There are Barbara and I from the Wine Country in California, Kathleen who is local, Joann who is all the way from Kentucky, Denise from Washington State, and Kathleen who is local.  Then Jayna from a prior retreat has joined us and she is working to become Glenda's assistant. It's a great group!

Barbara's Pattern and hand!

Because I never wear knit pants,I spent the Yoga Pants day refining my pattern and cutting out my pants from a light weight denim. I am hoping to have the pants completed and ready to wear before the week is over.

Today we begin our slopers or as Glenda calls them, our body blueprints for our tops. Y'all know I've already completed mine, but having a "Pro" to help with fitting will probably help with my little issues that I came up with and couldn't figure out on my own.

We're having an exciting (if exhausting) week, and I'll  keep you posted as I have time!


  1. How great is that. Enjoy your retreat and I look forward to seeing the end result.

  2. Awesome to learn new skills!! Have fun!!

  3. Ooooh so happy for you. Can't wait to read the next installment!