SEW FAB BUNDLE AVAILABLE NOW!!!! September 30 2013, 5 Comments
Welcome to the Fall and Winter 2013
Sew Fab e-pattern Sale Event!
Last February was the first ever Sew Fab e-pattern Sale and it was so successful and was so well received that Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, the creator and administrator of the sale, decided to have more! This sale is bigger and better than the first, with plenty of patterns to get you through the fall and winter (if you live on this side of the hemisphere), and a few warm weather patterns thrown in for those of you who live on the other side of the world. You'll also find more gender neutral patterns for those of you who are sewing for boys. And what about you? Of course there are a few women's patterns thrown in for some selfish sewing too!
Over the past several weeks a lot of behind the scenes planning has taken place to bring you this newest bundle of ePatterns from many of the top established and up and coming online sewing pattern designers. The result is a bundle of 26 PDF sewing patterns that you're going to love!
For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers have come together to bring you 26 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at well over $2oo.oo, for the incredible price of $29.95!!! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value! Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway with several prize packages from some of your favorite online fabric shops!
For less than $30.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.
The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft. Each designer has contributed one of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.
If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!
Now for the good stuff... the PATTERNS!
26 amazing ePatterns from 26 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle. Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the images for more information about each pattern.):
Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo, Ananda Pants from CHOPSTIX, The Sally Dress from Very Shannon, Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets , Notebook Slipcover from Gingercake, Junebug Dress from Craftiness Is Not Optional, Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, Skinny Jeans from peek-a-boo, Pajama Eaters from Sew Fearless, Ruffle Dress from Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Go To Cape for Women, Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns, Zermatt Bow Swing Coat from See Kate Sew, Tumble Tee from imaginegnats, Nituna Jacket from Figgy's, Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June, Gathers and Giggles Quilt from Sew Much Ado, Billy Car Play Mat and Roll Up from Handmade Therapy, Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing, Candy Carousel Dress from Molly Blossom, Convertible Clutch from LBG Studio , Infinity Sweater from One Girl Circus, Undies Pattern from From the Red Kitchen, Owl Backpack from The Sewing Loft, Ethan Shirt from the Scientific Seamstress
This Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from September 30th at 8 a.m. EST through October 8th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds.
You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 26 PDF sewing patterns from 26 of the best designers out there!
And now for The Sew Fab Giveaways!
I'm so excited about these giveaways! Can’t buy the pattern bundle? It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter. Each of these prizes will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with what you need for your upcoming projects. There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to all of the giveaway packages. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.
#1: $50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly who began her shop as a side business, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. You'll still find the same level of service at Fat Quarter Shop, along with an extensive selection of high quality fabrics at great prices.
#2: $50 Gift Card to Girl Charlee Fabrics
Girl Charlee Fabrics is your retail and wholesale source for unique knits fabrics at the best price. Browse their wide selection of fabrics and specially select knit specific sewing patterns from independent designers.
#3: $50 Gift Card to Modern Yardage
Modern Yardage has a curated team of talented designers who design fabric exclusively for them. They print your fabric on-demand and offer their prints in small, medium, and large scale and as many as 10 different color options. Designs are printed in the standard 44" width on 58" wide, pre washed, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric, and they use the 12" margin to print features about their designers, free projects and patterns for you, and other fun goodies!
#4: $50 Gift Card to Michael Levine, Inc.
Located in the heart of the Los Angeles garment and fashion district, Michael Levine, Inc. is one of the Largest fabric retailers and wholesalers in the nation. With two retail outlets and a super stocked warehouse, Michael Levine, Inc. is the place to buy fabric.
#5: $50 from Finch Sewing Studio
Finch Sewing Studio provides a curated selection of modern fabrics and cool tools. Our classes are offered in our physical shop in Loudoun County, VA. We offer fun, on-trend classes for beginner and experienced sewists alike. We teach the skills and provide the materials to make beautiful, handmade goods.
#6: $50 Gift certificate from Fabricworm
Fabricworm offers a selection of fresh, modern fabrics that you'll love, including organic fabrics and japanese import fabrics. You'll find children's fabrics, fabric bundles, quilt kits, and free sewing patterns when you visit Fabricworm's shop. Come by and search their great selection today!
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Flip This Pattern! September 27 2013, 0 Comments
Figgy's is excited to have been selected by the Frances Suzanne blog as the pattern company for October!! They have chosen the Sunki pattern to "Flip" and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store. If you haven't heard about this really fun year long event then please take the time to visit Frances and Suzanne to learn more (and maybe win some prizes). If you've made a Sunki in the last 6 months you'll already be eligible to win! You'll find all the information you need here: http://francessuzanne.blogspot.com/2013/05/introducing-flip-this-pattern.html. Another great thing is for this week only I'm offering 10% on all patterns using code FLIPIT in honor of this fun blogging event!
Here's a look at a few of my favorite Sunki dresses via flickr in the last six months!
Sunki Flip it, a gallery on Flickr.
Happy Sewing- Shelly
SEW FAB Coming Soon!! September 24 2013, 0 Comments
Coming next week...
For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns (valued together at over $200.00) and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!
Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you'll be all set to sew for school and the coming holiday season! You'll have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this fall's bundle, but I can tell you right now that you won't be disappointed!
See you bright and early on Monday morning!
such design winner! April 15 2013, 0 Comments
Congratulations to..... #6 (picked by Random.org)
Christine Sherman wrote:
Love what you have done! This is great fabric!
Woohoo! email me your address and Carrie will send out your lovely prize!!
such designs April 13 2013, 48 Comments
What can I say about Ms. Bloomston (SUCH DESIGNS) except she is one of the most "real" people I have had the privilege to know and we've never even met in person! I don't think you always have to "know" an artist to get to know them. That's what I love about an artist you can just feel them through their work. I first fell for Carrie's work when I saw this pattern cover:
Then of course I fell in love with her Giggle n Squeak quilt because all the girls in my sewing classes were going crazy over it so I taught a class (aren't they awesome!).
When I found out she was releasing a fabric line I couldn't stand the wait and emailed her! The fabric addict in me HAD TO HAVE IT as soon as possible. The line does not disappoint. I'm not one to suggest quilters cotton for garments but with some patterns it's absolutely fine to use especially if it's Carrie's line. It has good drape and the hand is dreamy soft. What a privilege it was to work with. This line has something extra special...it has heart. It's not just some more gorgeous flowers or pretty stripe, it speaks to you. When she said I could choose which print to use I knew I wanted to use some of the newsprint because I wanted to read it all. :) She titled her line "Collage" and I find it very fitting. When her fabric arrived it spoke out one word "Scirocco" and so I went to work.
She is one gorgeous girl!
Thank you Carrie for the honor of being one of the first sewists to get my hands on this amazing fabric.
Lucky for one of Figgy's readers too because Carrie is giving away a super fun stack of Collage!!!
Leave a comment below and I'll select a random winner next week.
Want more chances to win? Follow along the blog tour!!
The COLLAGE party rolls on:
Happy Sewing Everyone!
a sunki & a sale April 05 2013, 4 Comments
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of "meeting" Lou from "Wotsybaby", a blog about raising her daughter in a gentle and creative way.
This super gal has allowed me to post about her recent creativity, making the Sunki with knit fabric. I love it when sewists take patterns and made them their own and lucky for us she's sharing a "how to" with us!
When I decided I wanted to make this dress (Figgy’s Sunki! so lovely!) out of a non-woven fabric, I searched to see if anyone had done it before and had any tips. I didn’t come up with anything so thought I’d document what I did here to make it easier in case anyone else wanted to change it up!
1. The first thing is to size down. I have made this dress before in a quilting-weight cotton for my average-sized almost 5 year old and it fits well. Just right in fact (so not much growing room). I thought if I made the knit version in the same size, then we’d get a bit more wear out of the garment. It’s quite loose now and she tells me it’s very soft, comfortable and slinky! I could have made it in a size down for it to fit perfectly now. The fabric is a bamboo jersey and was great to sew with. I used a jersey needle (important tip#1.1) and a stitch that looks like a little lightning bolt that has lots of stretch (zig zag setting with a 3.0 length and a 1.0 width). I used my serger for some of the edges but not all of them (the bits around the armholes seem softer if they’re not finished).
2. I eliminated the zipper by cutting the back piece on the fold.
3. I didn’t bother with the facings and instead cut 2 pieces of 2×2 rib knit (the grey pieces around the neckline). The back piece is 1 5/8″ x 13.5″ and the front piece is 1 5/8″ x 13″ (I probably should have made them slightly – 1/2″? – shorter. So next time I would make them 1 5/8 x 13 and 1 5/8 x 12.5). I put them on in the same way as the Envelope t-shirt in the book Growing Up Sew Liberated (which I’d just made a few weeks before (I’m paraphrasing from the book for this next bit, I couldn’t come up with this genius!): Sew one long edge of front binding to front with lightning bolt stitch and right sides together. Gently stretch binding to fit. Press binding away from the front and turn the binding edge to the wrong side, encircling seam allowances and press. The raw edge of the binding will extend just below the seam on the wrong side of the front, then zig zag stitch (small zigzag) on the right side of the front along the bottom edge of the binding, just above the previous seam. On the wrong wide, the raw edge of the binding will be caught in this seam, finishing the binding. Repeat the entire step for the back and the back binding.
4. Instead of using the fold guides for the sleeves, I measured and marked 3″ over from the centre fold line on each sleeve (so 6″ total on each sleeve) and sewed a basting stitch 1/4″ from the edge. I pulled the threads tight and it was a perfect fit for the armhole once I put the sleeve in. (I sewed the sides first and put the sleeves in in the round which is my preferred method. It was no problem!)
5. I decided that the dress would be cool if I changed up the side panels but didn’t use a different colour of fabric so I freezer-paper-stenciled the stars. It’s awesome! I used Pebeo shimmer opaque fabric paint in Silver. Amazing stuff.
Things I would change for next time:
1. Use stay tape on the pocket fronts. The pockets stretched out quite a bit when I sewed them – a bit of stay tape around the curve where the pockets meet the front piece would help I think.
2. Make the pockets deeper. The pockets on this dress are not quite deep (I agree Lou) enough for a small lady’s hands or other trinkets. I think I will do this with any future Sunki dresses I make, knit or woven. With the knit fabric though, the pockets have a tendency to flop out if there’s vigorous movement (which is pretty much constantly!)
3. Put a bit of stay tape around the shoulders on the sides where the front and back overlap for about 3 inches. As Sylvie has worn this dress, one shoulder might flop off her shoulder (which she thinks is daringly grown-up and fancy but I don’t know if she needs an off-the-shoulder dress… hm). I think cutting the rib knit binding a little smaller (as mentioned above) would help to tighten it up a bit as well). Now that it’s been sewn up I think I’ll just do a few tacking stitches where the two pieces of gray rib meet at the shoulders.
It was a fun project and a very wearable dress. I think it might be one of her favourite garments I’ve made for the little miss!
Lightened Version so you can see more detail. :)
Now, on to the saleS, yep I said sales with an s.
First up a Figgy's sale! In celebration of nothing but a little warmer weather here in Oregon I'm having a 15% off sale on all paper patterns from April 5th - 12th! Please use code SPRING15 to receive the discount!
Next a Craftsy class special!~ If you haven't tried taking a class online via Craftsy then this is the perfect time to grab one. I had a ball filming this class and the reviews coming in are all positive, woohoo!
Just click the banner below!! The sale begins today and ends on April 8th! So hurry before Monday and grab the class but then take the class whenever you like, it never expires!!
flickr love April 04 2013, 0 Comments
Hopped over to visit the Flickr group this morning and was so pleased to see all the amazing garments!! I love them all!!
winner! March 19 2013, 0 Comments
And we have a winner!! Congratulations Veronica Lovvorn~ wow that is a gorgeous name! Movie-star quality. :)
Please email me and I'll gather your address to post these adorable buttons and skirt!
Don't forget to visit Fulton & Co for all your button needs!
button up March 11 2013, 5 Comments
3 years ago when my GG passed away she left me two cherished items: a gorgeous chair and her vintage button collection! I couldn't have asked for anything more. My mom and I had a wonderful time sifting through all the buttons and picking out our favorites that we've hoarded for just the perfect garment. Some will also sit in our box and look pretty because we can't bare to use them. You could say I'm picky when it comes to buttons. You won't find me walking into a big box retailer and grabbing a 5 pack of plastic buttons. I think about all the time put into designing and creating a gorgeous garment then topping it off with a few plastic buttons. That's like spending all day in the kitchen baking a cake then spraying a can of whip cream all over it as icing, not for me.
Here are just a few a my favorites from past garments. That cute little birdie on the bottom right was made by a friend, April from Sew to Speak, many years ago and I hope she's still making them! :)
Not so long ago I was wondering if I hadn't been blessed with this massive supply of buttons where would I find gorgeous buttons (that are not big box machine made). Not long after wondering about just that I received an email from a wonderful lady named Sarah Fulton, button maker extraordinair! Sarah recently opened up a shop on Etsy in December and we are so lucky she did!
Sarah Fulton started FULTON & CO. because she loves things that are practical and useful, and because she could not find the kind of buttons she was looking for, anywhere. Namely, buttons that are plain, simple, handmade, neutral in color, and in a variety of sizes. Because the majority of American button companies have gone out of business, Sarah is motivated to be a local source of a quality product. Sarah's goal is that FULTON & CO. will be the go-to company for simple, artisan buttons. Buttons that will be kept and collected over the years. Used and re-used. The ceramic buttons are created in small batches, each one going through an 8 step process, using a low fire, porcelain-like clay that gets bisque fired and glaze fired in the kiln before they are finished. FULTON & CO. buttons will, without a doubt, add a touch of character and charm to anything they adorn!
Sarah not only answers our button prayers but she is also extremely generous. Sarah has offered one lucky Figgy reader an amazing assortment of buttons! All you need to do is LIKE her Facebook page! And don't forget to visit her Etsy shop to see all her goodies too! Sarah's generosity rubbed off a little on me too so I decided to add to the package a little Ayashe skirt created with brushed cotton Nani Iro fabric and adorned with none other than Fulton & Co. buttons (Skirt is size 18mo)!
Please enter for your chance to win below and I will announce the winner when I return from Seattle on Monday the 18th!!! Why am I going to Seattle you ask? I will be teaching a workshop at Make Do Mend (Dry Goods Design) this Saturday the 16th of March from 11am - 4:30. I think there are 2 seats left if you live in the area and want to have a blast of sewing fun!!
Have a wonderful week....off to design..yep that's right I'm back at it!
Happy Sewing- Shell
sweet craftsy February 14 2013, 0 Comments
Happy Heart Day!!
As most of you know I taught a class on Craftsy last year and for the next 4 days my class is on sale! A bit about my class....
In Kid’s Romper Revamp, we’ll explore all kinds of useful sewing techniques, like how to properly measure a child, and adjust the pattern for a perfect custom fit. We’ll choose high-quality fabrics that are seasonally appropriate and fashionably fun, and cover the ins and outs of interfacing and how to apply it to the romper. I’ll go step-by-step through constructing the romper’s braided straps, gathering and assembling the yoke, sewing knit and woven fabrics together, and more. Then, we’ll move on to making the shorts, adding pockets, hem ties, and attaching the top and bottom to finish it off. Finally, I’ll discuss extending the romper into pants for the colder season, creating separates and making the romper into a sundress! Create 4 patterns from just 1.
I hope you enjoy the class & the huuuge discount!
I HEART THE PATTERN BUNDLE! February 07 2013, 1 Comment
If you haven't heard by now Figgy's and 9 other pattern designers have come together, thanks to Jenny over at The Southern Institute, to offer an amazing pattern bundle. I had some extra time yesterday and made a couple of adorable little bunnies from the bundle by Gingercake. This was a fun pattern to work with and easy enough for my kids to take a class.
I was also excited to have the time (30 minutes!) to make my niece a little shirt for her Valentines day party at school next week. I found the fabric at one of my new go to shops online Girl Charlie Fabric. Are you making your little one something special for next week?
I hope you're able to take advantage of this great deal on the pattern bundle because there are some really cute patterns for all your needs! I can't wait try them all!
SEW FAB e-PATTERN SALE STARTS TODAY! February 04 2013, 0 Comments
Hello Sewists!! Today is a great day for all us!
Today is the 1st day of the 1st ever Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale and giveaway, sponsored by The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop!
Over the past eight weeks a lot of behind the scenes work has taken place to bring you this amazing bundle of ePatterns from several of the top pattern designers and bloggers in the sewing and blogging world. The result is a bundle of 18 PDF sewing patterns that you don't want to miss.
For one week only, ten pattern designers have come together to bring you 18 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at over $139.00, for the incredible price of $24.95! That's over 80% off of the combined retail value! Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway valued at $390 from some really great shops!
For less than $25.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again. The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft. They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blogland and elsewhere. Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.
If you've never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tissue paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!
Now let me tell you a little bit about the giveaway!
The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing! One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, fabricworm, Jennifer's Jewels Custom Labels on Etsy, Green Bee Patterns, author Deborah Moebes, Mee a Bee, Gussy Sews, I'm Feeling Crafty, and Ball and Chain on Etsy. See the end of the post for giveaway details. This giveaway is not to be missed!
I know you're dying to know "What is included in the pattern bundle?"
18 well-loved ePatterns from 10 well-known designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle. Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below to see more details):
Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, Mommy & Mia Apron by Sew Much Ado, Ruby Lou Doll by Sew Much Ado, Mini Maxi Dress by Seamingly Smitten, Miss Mod Top by Seamingly Smitten, Love Your Lunch Box by Ginger Cakes, Modern Folksy Bunny by Ginger Cakes, Banyan Pants & Shorts by Figgy's, Banyan Top & Tunic by Figgy's, Go To Shift Dress by Go To Patterns, Go To Gift Bags by Go To Patterns, Sidekick Suitcase by Sew Fearless, Madeline Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Forget Me Knot Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Alex & Anna Summer PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Commuter Cowl by luvinthemommyhood, Scirocco Dress by Figgy's
The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from February 4th at 8 a.m. EST through February 11th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there will be no refunds offered.
You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 18 PDF sewing patterns from 10 of the best designers out there!
And now for The Sew Fab Giveaway!
You are not going to believe the prizes included in this giveaway! Can't buy the bundle? It's okay... purchase is not required to enter. Take a look at what you have the chance to win:
A Sewing Themed Box of Goodies from Pick Your Plum
Fabulous Wristlet from Gussy Sews (not necessarily the one pictured)
The latest release, Stitch Savvy, by Deborah Moebes
Sterling Silver Sewing Machine necklace from Ball and Chain on Etsy
$50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Certificate to fabricworm
A free online class from Craftsy.com
The Scoop Tote Pattern from Green Bee Patterns
60 Custom Tags from Jennifer's Jewels
Red Riding Hood Little Girl's Satchel from Mee a Bee
Handmade Sewing Machine Cover from I'm Feeling Crafty
YES, ONE WINNER WILL WIN ALL OF THOSE GOODIES!!!
There are lots of chances to win and no purchase required to enter the giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter widget and enter to win this amazing prize package that will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with fabric for many projects to come!
The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale!
Sew Much Inspiration right at your finger tips...
Graphic design by Andrea Panell.
Sew Fab E-Pattern Sale! January 28 2013, 2 Comments
Coming next week!
From February 4th- February 11th...
the first ever
For one week only, ten pattern designers will be joining together to combine 18 of their best PDF sewing patterns (valued together at over $139.00) and selling them to you for the incredible price of $24.95! That's over 80% off of the combined retail value!
That wasn't a typo! For less than $25.00 you will have the chance to purchase a library of resources to get you started on several great projects that you can sew over and over again. The designers that are joining this sale are experts at their craft. They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blog land as well as in children's and women's sewing pattern design circles. Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite sewing patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.
Figgy's Patterns, Go To Patterns, peek-a-boo pattern shop, Seamingly Smitten, One Girl Circus, Sew Much Ado, luvinthemommyhood, Gingercakes, Sew Fearless, Me Sew Crazy... this is the lineup! But you have to wait until Monday to find out exactly which sewing patterns are included in the pattern bundle. I can tell you that you won't be disappointed!
We are offering an affiliate program for this amazing sale too! If you think your blog readers, Facebook friends, or Twitter pals would be interested in buying this bundle of sewing patterns, why not sign up as an affiliate? As a Sew Fab Sale affiliate you can sell the pattern bundle on your blog and earn 40% of all of your sales! Contact Jenny at thesoutherninstitute @ gmail.com for details.
Oh! And there will be a giveaway! The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing! One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from some of your favorite companies and online shops! I can't wait to reveal the giveaway package next week!
Don't miss the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale
starting Monday, February 4th!
The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop
We'll see you there!
The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available from 8 am EST February 4th through 8 am EST February 11th. Due to the nature of the sale there will be no late sales or refunds.
the happenings January 10 2013, 2 Comments
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Better late than never right?!
I've been receiving a lot of emails asking about future Figgy patterns. To be honest I have been so in love (busy too) with teaching sewing to kids of all ages that patterns have been pushed to the side. Am I going to stop making patterns? I'm not sure just yet.
Instead of typing away at the computer and testing garment after garment these last 6 months I've spent time with my young boys and husband. I've allowed life not to get away from me and wow what a gorgeous world I live in. Before pattern designing 7 years ago I had dreamed of opening a little shop/sewing studio and it seems that was once just a dream may actually become reality. In the meantime you'll continue to find Figgy's Happenings going on around town or online:
During the next two weeks Mad Mim and One Little Minute are hosting "Stretch Yourself" a learn to sew knits blogarama. On Thursday, January 17th there will be a Figgy’s Banyan Tee Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at Anu*Miki + Paunnet. So if you have felt intimidated by knits then this next week is perfect for you~
Love blog posts and helpful information online but feel like you need just a little more hand holding? Lucky for you my class "Kid's Romper Revamp" on Craftsy may be just what you need. The classes teaches you how to pick proper fabric, take proper measurements, work with knit fabrics and their is a bonus free pattern too! Craftsy has a terrific interactive platform so if you have questions during class you just stop the lesson and type in your question. It's my job to check in a few times a week to answer those questions. Seeing some of the finished rompers & dresses has been so fun.
Love online classes but need just a little more hand holding than through the internets? Do you live near Seattle? GREAT! Join me for a workshop at Dry Goods Design (make * do * mend) on February 16th from 10am - 4pm (lunch will be served, yum)! I hope to see you there soon!
And for my fellow Portlanders, I have a new website where you'll find all the classes I'm currently teaching HERE!
stuff your stocking!! December 10 2012, 0 Comments
Figgy's is so excited to be a part of an incredible giveaway, tis' the season to give and I'm loving it! Imagine Gnats & Craft Buds have put together an amazing giveaway and starting TODAY, you can enter the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway for your chance to win one of five HUGE stocking stuffers. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,000! Want to see what they're giving away???
* This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.
No purchase necessary. For alternate entry, e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com with your full name and the subject line "Stuff Your Stocking Contest." The sponsors will ship all prizes within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway starts Monday, December 10th at midnight pm EST and ends Monday, December 17th at midnight EST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen using Random.org and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This main contest post at CraftBuds.com will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Some giveaways open worldwide.
cyber monday! November 25 2012, 2 Comments
Happy Cyber Monday shopping day! Today we are offering all patterns at 15% off retail price! Please use coupon code SHOP15 when checking out! Happy Shopping & Happy Sewing!!
beholden October 03 2012, 2 Comments
Figgy's Sewing Studio & Kids Foundation continues to be my dream and the dream of all my students. It was a really hard decision for me to try online outreach what ("Internet begging"), but opening the studio/foundation isn't just a way for me to make money it is a place for kids/adults to learn, to create and to express. This studio is a community need so I reached out to my community and I am so grateful to you all for your faith, generosity and belief in my dream.
A sincere thank you to:
Shelley & Jerry Brown
Joe & Allie Sabo
Elegance & Elephants
Scott & Abby Truitt
Lisa Anne Logan
Julie Bossert (SEWN Studio)
If for some reason your name or link is missing from this list please email me!
A total of $3915.00 was donated to the Sewing School & Foundation. Because I didn't reach my goal Indiegogo took 9% of the funds and Paypal took 2.9%. This left us with a total of $3449.12! If you're reading this and didn't realize the project ended no worries, I have opened a second funding website: http://www.gofundme.com/18fn58 in hopes to raise more funds. The funds donated so far are safely tucked away in the Figgy's Sewing School bank account.
Please feel free to continue to spread the word to raise money for this school and foundation.
Sewing Studio Update!
I have been busy putting the finishing touches on my business plan and will move forward presenting this plan to a few banks and angel investors. I am also diligently working on my tote bags and zip pouches to send to you! Please expect those to arrive in your mailbox no later than December 15th. A special lap quilt created and donated by Elizabeth Hartman will be given to Ms. Kiki Adamoviks for donating $500 to FSS!
I am so happy to have already received a BIG bag of goodness from Art Gallery Fabrics donated directly to the Figgy's Kids Foundation!! I have begun working on patchwork skirts and strip quilts to be delivered to "Northwest Children's Outreach" located at Rolling Hills Church in Lake Oswego this November (photos to come).
Figgy's Kid's Foundation gave away our very first scholarship during the month of October!!! It was so incredible to give to a child a gift that will stay with them for a lifetime.
A special thank you to Amy Butler for spreading the news about my project on her facebook page. Figgy's story will be published in the next issue of "Blossom" (Amy's new magazine). Look for that article next February.
An extra special thank you to SEWN Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. These gals not only put together a fun class using the Figgy's Flutter Skirt pattern but they have generously donated the class fees to the foundation. THANK YOU so much.
Happy Sewing! Shelly
Sewn Hat Winner!! October 01 2012, 0 Comments
This book could take care of my whole family. Wow!
Please email me Jerri and I'll post your hat and book!!! email@example.com
The girl's got attitude - Figgy's winner tutorial September 28 2012, 3 Comments
Whow, this girl knows how to pose! And another 'whow' - it’s been a while but sometimes, good things just need their time! And this is a very special blog post: As you might know, the charming and talented Celina (mom of the cutie up there) of the blog petitapetitandfamily won our Figgy’s circle skirt design contest in July and with her cascade dress design. And with this win didn’t only come awesome prices – but also a feature tutorial for her winning design right here on our Figgy’s blog!
So, who is Celina? She's half British and half Moroccan, living, playing, working and raising two kids in Montreal, Quebec. She’s a childrenswear designer by trade (which certainly explains her exquisite aesthetic) who has worked in the industry before having her own kid’s label - Laila B. and her own children’s boutique – MossPink. Whow! As committed as she was to her business when she didn’t have kids, so committed she now is raising her two young children, designing, creating and blogging about her inspirations, life and projects. Hop on over to her blog and check out what she’s been up to lately. Click at the pattern sheet below to download instructions how to re-create this fashionable high-low dress.
Of course, we had a couple of questions to get to know her a little bit better:
Figgys: How long have you been sewing?
Celina: I took my first sewing class when I was 13... that was ummm 23 years ago and I've been sewing ever since!!!! But I graduated from Fashion Design in 2001 and really learned how to sew and make patterns then.
Figgy's: What are your favorite things to sew?
Celina: Anything I can upcycle is my favorite, it's always a brand new challenge getting all the pattern pieces to fit in.
Figgy's: Would you consider yourself an experimental sewer or perfectionist? And why?
Celina: Definitely a perfectionist, I think that the difference between a good piece and an amazing piece is all in the details, I pay a lot of attention to the little things and I usually spend a lot time on the finishing details.
Figgy's: What's your favorite fabric to sew with? Maybe a designer or Fabric line?
Celina: Usually I'm attracted to the color or the pattern first, then I usual go for natural fibers, whether it's woven or knit really depends on what the project is. Although, knit is always quicker and easier, I have no real preference.
Figgy's: Do you have a favorite tool that you don't want to sew without?
Celina: The seam ripper is by far my favorite tool, I guess it goes with being a perfectionist! Funny thing is I always seem to be looking for it. However, sharp scissors and an iron are a must.
Figgy's: And because we all need inspiration at the pots too - do you have a favorite go-to recipe you'd like to share?
Celina: Oh boy! Cooking is not my thing, it's not that I'm not good at it, it's just that I don't enjoy it. The one meal my whole family enjoys is my spinach quiche. Yes my kids eat spinach!
Daniela & Shelly
Sewn Hats! September 21 2012, 30 Comments
I'm very excited to share with you "Sewn Hats" by author/designer Carla Hegeman Crim ! I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Carla at the Spring Quilt Market in 2010 and she is as sweet as her pattern line. When Carla asked if I would like to contribute a hat patterns to a new book about hats I jumped on board. I love hats. Before I had the boys I wore a hat every Sunday and any other day I could find an excuse to wear one. When the boys were young they always pulled at my hats and wanted to wear them but now that they are grown I'm ready to start sewing!
You'll find 35 different hat patterns in this book. They are organized by weather, vintage, stepping out, working, playing and just having fun. The size range is Newborn to a size X-large woman/man.
The book is full of gorgeous photos, wonderful illustrations & a handy guide to help you through any hat. You'll find my hat pattern on page 69 the "Turn It Up" hat. Simple, quick and fun to make.
Not only is this a great book and you should run out and pick yourself up a copy but if you leave a comment here on the blog today you'll get the chance to win a copy of the book and a "Turn It Up" hat made by me just for you! Thank you so much Carla for asking me to be a contributor in your book. I'm so happy for you and all your success!
For more chances to win please follow along Carla's blog tour:
Sarah Jane goes Out To Sea September 18 2012, 1 Comment
Does the fabric choose the design or does design choose the fabric?
For this garment in particular there was no doubt, the fabric choose the design.
I was thrilled to have the chance to work with Sarah Jane's new line "Out to Sea" not only because I fell in love with the prints themselves but because of the wonderful fabric hand. The fabric arrived just in time for me to create something special for a very special girl "K". K's family was having a lifestyle photo shoot taken by the ever so talented local artist/photographer Tracey Freeman, so I jumped at the chance to have a few photos taken of K in her new dress.
I try not to recommend quilters cotton fabric for garments because they are "quilters" cotton and the drape can be a bit "stiff" for some garments but, in this case I say "Go For It"! The weight is light with lovely drape and the texture is so soft and perfect for little ones' delicate skin. For this dress I used the "Deep Sea Jewel" navy anchor fabric as the main fabric, the navy and white "Ahoy There" stripe for the bodice lining/skirt panels and a red ric rac under the front pleat. It is DARLING! I've been getting a lot of requests to start making ready made garments again and this is perfect line to start making again!
Happy Sewing! - Shelly
*all photos taken by Tracey Freeman of Tracey Freeman Photography
Only 2 more days left to support the Figgy's Kids Foundation. Please consider sharing the project, donating financially or donating goods. Thank you!
the dream August 22 2012, 3 Comments
Before I began designing/selling childrens' pattern in 2008 I was a sewing teacher. I still am. I've not stopped teaching because it is my escape from my other job which consists mostly of me in front of the lap top or stuffing patterns. From the time I was a young gal my mom always thought I would be a good teacher and when I teach children how to sew I agree with her. Teaching keeps me in touch with creativity. The kids let me be a good teacher because they continue to inspire me and encourage me. The children keep me going.
It has been amazing to see the increasing number of children that want to learn how to sew and the number of parents that want them to learn as well. Actually, I don't know many people that don't want to learn how to sew or craft on some sort of level. My dream is a sewing school. A place where children young and old can learn how to craft: sew, knit, crochet, embroider & learn handi work.
Want to learn more about my dream? Perhaps we share the same passion? If we do please pass along this link to your friend and family. http://igg.me/p/212210?a=1090124
I'm ready to make this dream a reality and in turn hopefully I can make a child's dream come true too.
Happy Sewing - Shelly
Please feel free to Donate direct!
pho for three August 18 2012, 0 Comments
I know a wonderful gal trying to accomplish a wonderful thing and I'd love to share her story with you.
When I volunteered, along with my two children, to spend a couple of months working with orphans in Vietnam, I had no idea just how much I would grow to love those children. Despite the language chasm between us, we developed friendships and an affection that is incomparable. As a mom, it was amazing to watch my kids with them--Audrey would hold the babies and feed them formula, while Stuart was the one the young boys flocked to for a game of chase.
Six years and two return visits later, the situation at the orphanages has not improved. The state-run facilities are desperately in need of additional items that cannot be purchased with the limited funds provided by the government. International adoptions were shut down and children continue to be left at the orphanages.
Today there are more than 100 kids in the orphanages in the small city of Tam Ky.
Along with efforts to publish our story about moving to Vietnam, I want to provide yet again for these kids. Each time we've returned we have been able to bring along clothes, food, shoes, and toys, as well as cash to pay for fruit, yogurt and milk (all are considered non-essential so not supplied by the government).
This is where I need you help. I want to get as many quality, handmade items as I can to these kids. Whether it's a bag to carry their school books in, shorts to wear in the hot heat of summer, or diapers for the many infants that find a new home at the orphanage.
For more information please visit her website at "Pho for Three a family love story"
...and please let me know if you've helped provide for these children in need because Figgy's would love to send you a 15% off coupon code for your generous donation.
Happy Sewing! - Shelly
flutter skirt design winner announced! August 16 2012, 6 Comments
We are so excited to announce the design contest winner for the Flutter Skirt! Everyone that entered did a wonderful job and it was hard to pick the top 3 but here goes....
1st prize goes too: Celina! from Petit a Petit
* The winning design will be featured here on the blog with a full sized tutorial and designer bio. * Any three e-patterns of your choice.
2nd prize: Elegance & Elephants!
3rd Prize: Mama Turtle!
2nd and 3rd prize:
* The 2nd and 3rd winning designs will also be featured here on the blog with pictures and designer bios. * any one of our e-patterns of choice.
Thank to all that entered!
Winners please email Shelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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