Figgy's Blog

this week on the heavenly tour February 09 2014, 3 Comments

What an amazing week Figgy's tour is heading into!


Abby from Things for Boys
Knitter, crafter, seamster and she offers a ton of amazing recipes
Alexia from Lexi Made 
Designer, photographer, seamster and you'll find some wonderful tutorials too!




'RaeAnna Goss of the Sewing Rabbit Team 
A blog full of talented designers, and most recently the creators behind STYLO magazine.
Cherie from You and Mie
I have followed and admired Cherie for so many years now and am so proud to have her on the tour. One of my most favorite series is on her blog Japanese Sewing Series




Laura from Behind the Hedgerow

Sewing: girls, boys, women, men, toys and accessories.  The mastermind behind this blog has sewn it all! My favorite is to read her sewing conversations and thoughts as much as I admire her other talents.





Kelley from Casa Crafty 

She has DIY,  a shop & 365 days of makes all lined up.  

Not to mention Kelley cracks me up!!!  Talent and funny..great combo!



Abby from Sew Much Ado

First I can't help but state that she is one of the sweetest gals you'll ever know!!  

Pattern designer, blogger, tutorial writer of so many great projects and almost mommy of 4!



I'd say thats a pretty good line up for this week!  Be sure to stop at each blog this week because I think some are hosting a giveaway!  Enter below all month to win the grand prize too!


Happy Sewing - Shelly

imagine gnats February 06 2014, 1 Comment

 Today on the tour we'll be hearing from the talented and always entertaining Rachael from Imagine Gnats.  



Just recently Rachael informed me she is hosting a Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to print her pattern line and I couldn't be more happy to see her patterns in print!  Here is some more information from Rachel herself! 

imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. it's come a long way in just five years... from a hobby to a full-time job. my love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create. i am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques currently, my patterns are all offered as printable pdfs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people. for the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors! my initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase. i would love for you to tweet, share on facebook, email your friends and family... anything that will get the word out. every share helps and is so appreciated. 

Here is the direct link to donate and help spread the word! 

Tomorrow we'll be stopping by I Seam Stressed to see what Figgy fun she has in store for us!  


Happy Sewing - Shelly


heaven November 13 2013, 6 Comments

It's been too long!!  As I've been focusing on teaching over 320 kids in my home studio this last year the pattern line took a back seat. About 3 months ago the idea of releasing a new line could wait no longer I was missing you all too  much.  It was a breath of fresh air to get back into the swing of things and I missed seeing your creative takes on Figgy's patterns.


I knew once I jumped back in to designing a new line there would be  two very important factors I wanted to include in the line 1. wardrobe  2. tweens.

Wardrobe.  I wanted to offer Figgy sewists not just a couple of cute patterns but staples for their children's closet.  A line that would mix and match so once you sewed the line you would have created a full weeks worth of options.  As a parent I know how many times my son has worn the very time consuming dress jacket vs. his favorite Banyan Tee.  As much as I love his jacket, I know what he loves and its T-shirts and comfy pants/shorts. As an aunt of an adorable gorgeous niece I knew how many times she's worn the fancy dress in her closet compared to the cozy knit maxi skirts.



Tweens.  For years you have all been asking for larger sizes and to be honest I've been scared to take the leap.  Tweens know what they like more than any other age group (in my opinion) and from working with 320 tweens this last year they certainly voiced what they wanted to see Figgy's publish.  I'm happy to say this line has been pre-approved by the tweens!  I also had many of my students test the patterns to see how well they could follow along with little guidance.  I have to say I've never felt so proud!


It's been quite a journey back and I hope you find the patterns are worth the wait.  Winter patterns will arrive on November 16th and I plan to release the Spring line by next February!  My little break is officially over….I'm back!


Happy Sewing - Shelly