Fit & Sew Retreat Workshops

Fit & Sew Retreat Workshops 2024

Martha is gearing up for more travel in 2024, and of course is available at all other times to have a one-on-one workshop with you at her studio in Brisbane. If you are planning a holiday trip to the Gold Coast why not contact Martha if you would like to catch up wih her for a one-day workshop - her studio is only about an hour drive from the Gold Coast on Brisbane's southside.

Otherwise if you would prefer to participate in a small group setting (2-3 ladies plus Martha), she prefers to conduct Brisbane area scheduled group workshops during the more comfortable winter months, and will be advertising in future newsletters - make sure to subscribe and keep an eye on your inbox to be aware of the details

If you are interested in a workshop please email or call Martha to discuss directly with her. 

Sure-Fit Designs Australia Fit & Sew Retreat


Sure-Fit Designs Australia Fit & Sew Retreat

All Brisbane area workshops will be held at Martha's studio in Shailer Park (southside Brisbane).

The price is $660 (incl GST) for each attendee, for the three day workshops held in Brisbane at Martha's Sewing Studio. Plus you will need to pay for your own travel expenses, accommodation and meals. And you will need to bring your own Sure-Fit Designs Master Pattern Kit (we will have Sure-Fit Designs Master Pattern Kits available for sale if you want to purchase them when you arrive for the workshop). We will have fabric available for sale that you can use to produce your test garments, or if you prefer you can bring your own - Martha will provide more details in the weeks leading up to the workshop. 

We will require $260 deposit to secure your booking for each three-day retreat or equivalent (note this deposit is not-refundable!).  About one month prior to the start date of the retreat we will require your final payment, also non-refundable.  If you have serious personal circumstances that prevent you from attending a retreat you have paid for, we may be able to book you for another future retreat.  But we cannot refund any of your retreat payment after you have attended the retreat.  (CLICK HERE to learn more about our refund policy for retreat fees.)

We will supply the venue, tables and sewing machines, lunches, and of course morning and afternoon tea.

This is a workshop, so it is very much hands-on and focused on your learning, with lots of one-on-one time with Martha. They will be full days, each day will commence at 9:00 am and go until 4:30 pm as a minimum.

You must have a minimum of basic sewing skills in stitching accurate 16mm seam allowance, sewing darts, etc.  But you do not need to be an expert.

You will receive the following:

  • Intense individualized instruction and fitting assistance.
  • Pattern drafting - drawing experience with the Sure-Fit Designs patterns.
  • Ribbed elastic (non-roll) waist band for your Yoga / Travel / Comfort pants project (Pants Fitting Retreats only) from the designing book "Pants that Mix 'n Multiply."
  • Waist band interfacing.
  • High cutting table, one per student, personal work space (no need to share your space.)
  • Use of sewing machine and over-locker, no need to bring your own. Of course if you are able to it would be best to bring your own sewing machine!

Please note these retreats are not suitable for severe asymmetric or personal measurements beyond the "Master Pattern" measurements.

So that Martha can design the retreat to ensure all of you get the best experience, I require some information about you - your sewing experience, and any fitting needs you may have.

Thank you! I look forward to meeting and working with you, and please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy Fitting and Sewing!

Sincerely, Martha.




Fit and Sew Retreat

What happens at a Fit & Sew Retreat?

Many people find it difficult to 'fit' patterns for themselves.  It can be hard to take your own measurements, or see how a garment is fitting around your back.

Getting away from the distractions of home and spending time with other like-minded seamstresses who want to get the most out of their Sure-Fit Designs kits is a very rewarding experience.  Many people make several meaningful new friendships.

Each Fit & Sew Retreat will be limited to no more than three students. This means each student will receive lots of one-on-one support during the retreat.

There will be individualized instruction and fitting assistance to create your 'body blueprint' from either the Dress Kit or the Pants Kit, and there are additional tips on designing from your blueprint. There will be a nice mixture of lectures and demos, as well as hands-on practical pattern drawing and sewing.

As a minimum, students need to be familiar with garment sewing and have basic to intermediate sewing skills, but you do not need to be an expert.

Very intense days, but lots of fun!


 Real people, real results!

If you have any other questions please feel free to send an email to me at

Thank You!