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Pattern Fitting - The Dress Bodice

Achieve excellent-fitting patterns in this 3-day pattern fitting workshop, using the Sure-Fit Designs™ pattern system. You will draft your own personal pattern, your body blueprint (sloper), based on your unique measurements thus achieving an excellent fitting pattern.

This innovative pattern drafting and fitting system allows you to easily make a single set of blueprint patterns that is uniquely yours. From this pattern you can launch your own well-fitted wardrobe! The workshop will include design tips and techniques to set you free to take control of your own individual style.

Your reward? Using the versatile Sure-Fit Designs™ Dress Kit, you will have the foundation for the most basic items in your closet: skirts, dresses, tops, blouses and jackets. Your patternmaking will be easy and fun because Sure-Fit Designs™ took all the technical, math-y chores out of your work and provided an easy process and ingenious tools to help you achieve your desired wardrobe.

We are extremely honored and proud to announce that Sherry Reese of Thimble Fingers Sewing Studio Inc. has been certified and authorized to teach hands-on pattern fitting and design classes to our students using the Sure-Fit Designs™ system of pattern fitting and sewing.

  • You can follow this link to for more information about the pattern fitting Kits, Essential Tools and multitude of learning resources.
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This Class Is For You If...

  • You want to achieve better-fitting clothes.

  • You dread shopping trips because nothing ever fits.

  • Your weight and size tend to fluctuate, and you need something that fits you right now.

  • You have your own distinctive style. Ready-to-wear generally doesn’t suit your taste, and you want to create your own look.

  • You need another set of eyes and hands to assist, even if you know some basic fitting.


Workshop Course Outline

This is a 3-day workshop, 10am-5pm each day with a 45 minute lunch at noon.

During this bodice/dress fitting workshop you will:

  • Take an accurate, full set of personal measurements.

  • Draw three foundation blueprint/sloper patterns unique to you - for a bodice, sleeve and skirt - based on your own measurements. These will be the basis for creating blouses, tops, skirts and jackets.

  • Draw a bust dart unique to you with the Sure-Fit Designs™ Adjust-A-Bust template – no more Full Bust Adjustments (FBAs) on all your patterns for every sewing project!

  • Sew your new blueprint patterns in a practice “muslin” to test the fit.

  • Fine tune and personalize your fit if necessary. No more repeatedly tweaking and fussing over the same fitting techniques for every garment you make!

  • Learn about the many design changes you can make to your blueprint pattern, including princess seams, moving darts, adding pockets, changing sleeve lengths, designing necklines and more!


  • $259 for three full days of instruction.
  • Supplies and instructional materials must be purchased separately.

About Your Supplies

This workshop requires the purchase of the following items specific to the class. Bring your Sure-Fit Designs™ Dress Kit and Designing Stylus if you already have them; or they can be purchased when you register (online or by phone) or when you arrive for your class.

For more details on the Sure-Fit Designs™ Dress Kit and the Designing Stylus, you can check them out here.

Things to Bring to Your Bodice Fitting Workshop:

  • Sure-Fit Designs™ Dress Kit;
  • The Sure-Fit Designs™ Designing Stylus;
  • Tracing vellum (20yd roll)
  • Removable Tape

    and . . .

  • Other additional items to bring to class include basic sewing tools, test fabric (cotton/poly), and your sewing machine

A full check list of patternmaking supplies and items to bring to your class will be sent with your enrollment confirmation.

How the Schedule Works

The program includes 3 full-day classes. There are no makeups or re-teaching for missed sessions, but you are welcome to purchase private sessions if you need help catching up on your skills or project.


This workshop requires that all students have at least basic sewing skills and proficiency on a sewing machine. You don’t need to be an expert, but you won’t want to slow down for sewing lessons! Our definition of basic skills includes the ability to thread and operate a sewing machine unassisted, sewing straight seams, sewing darts and having sewn at least a few simple garments using a commercial pattern. Please feel free to call us if you are unsure. Phone 281-493-1941. Ask for Sherry.

If you don’t know how to sew, no worries! Put this class on your bucket list and check out our fast, fun Basics 1 – Sewing Essentials class. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

What's Next?

The Sure-Fit Designs™ Pants pattern fitting will be our next exciting and much sought after workshop! Once you have drafted and personalized your pants blueprint pattern, you will be shown how easy pants designing can be including leggings, yoga pants, jeans, palazzos and more. Watch our July schedule for dates.

Take your pattern fitting, sewing and designing skills to the next level with personalized instruction using the Sure-Fit Designs™ pattern fitting system.


Your instructor, Sherry Reese of Thimble Fingers Sewing Studio Inc., is a fully trained, certified Sure-Fit Designs™ teacher. Sherry Reese has the legal right to re-sell any and all of the Sure-Fit Designs™ products as well as accrue benefits through affiliate sales.

Our Summer Schedule is Now Up!

We just finalized our 2021 summer schedule, and it's ready for online registration by using the online calendar below.

Or you may register by phone if you want more details or need assistance.

Questions? Please contact Sherry

(281) 493-1941 at the studio or (713) 504-3989 to text

Pattern Fitting Class Schedule