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celestial pullover November 15 2013, 1 Comment

heaven by Figgy's Winter 13'

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

such design winner! April 15 2013, 0 Comments

Congratulations to.....  #6 (picked by

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!!

Happy Sewing-




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!).




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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 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!!!


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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:

April 9 – Julie Goldin 
April 11 – April Rhodes
April 12 – Tia Curtis
April 14 – Ramona Burke
April 15 – Sally Keller
April 16 – Angela Walters
April 19 – Jenny Kelly

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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!


Knit Sunki


From Lou:

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.

That's It!

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. :)


Thanks Lou for sharing!!!  If you followed along with this post and create your own knit Sunki we'd love to see!  Share in the Flickr group or on Facebook!

tny leaves

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!!

Craftsy Spring Sale: Select online classes up to 75% off. Sale ends Monday, April 8th, at midnight!



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!

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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)!

Nani & Ayashe




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 to design..yep that's right I'm back at it!

Happy Sewing- Shell

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sweet craftsy February 14 2013, 0 Comments


 Happy Heart Day!!

Craftsy Valentine's Sale: All online classes up to 75% off. Sale ends Fri Feb. 17th, at midnight!


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

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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.

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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?

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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!


Happy Sewing!

tny leaves

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.

Buy NowFor 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!

Click here to buy the bundle!

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!

Buy Now


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

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


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!

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The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale!

Sew Much Inspiration right at your finger tips...

only $24.95!

Get your bundle now!

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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 @ 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!

Sponsored by
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!

Happy Sewing!


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???



NOW, head on over to Imagine Gnats or Craft Buds and enter the giveaway to WIN!!



* 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 and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This main contest post at 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 

Teresa Coates

Carrie Bloomston

Anna Graham

Keli Faw

Sarah Haag

Sara Lawson

Shannon Cook

Emily Flippin Maruna

Deb Miller

Lara Klinger

Sandy Wright

Cate Oaten-Hepworth

Lara Klinger

Mandy McGlone

Erin Harris

Laura Jansen

Kelsey Richards

Lindsay Conner

Sarah Costa

Alexandra Smith/Lola Nova

Joan Callaway

Erica Horton

Emma Jeffery

Laura Lee Scott

Amy Newbold

Joe & Allie Sabo

Bari J

Elegance & Elephants

Nicolle DuPont

Michelle McGinley

Schmidt Family

Jessica Abbott

Monica Glumbik

Rachel Shields

Shannon Curry

Sew Much Ado

Darcy Reardon

Melissa Seymour

Heather Anderson

Megan O'Toole

Five Eighth Seams

Kiki Adamovics

Kendall Coyne

Keli Dean

Amy Alan

Mo Bedell

Marylou Noble

Melissa Davis

Irene Rodegerdts

Grayson Dempsey

Karen Davitt

Frances Arikawa

Julie Wheeler

Hilary Smith

leslie keating

Rachael Gander

Ewa Duda-Maciejewska

Leah Bandstra

Elizabeth Pollock

Scott & Abby Truitt

Katy Hadad-Dyler

Karen O'Holla

Lisa Anne Logan

Nazanin Mansouri

Julie Bossert (SEWN Studio)

Jake Finch (Generation Q Magazine)

Helen Julian

Laine Family

Sohelia Adyani

The Pollocks

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: 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!

Foundation Update!

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

Congratulations Jerri!!


This book could take care of my whole family. Wow!


Please email me Jerri and I'll post your hat and book!!!

Happy Sewing!

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:

9/26 – Bari J.
10/1 – Sew Mama Sew
10/4 – Betz White
10/8 – Yummy Goods
10/10-  Wiley Craft
Happy Sewing!  Shelly


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!

Thank you Sarah Jane & Michael Miller for a great line of fabric!

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.

  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.

From Teresa:

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 (

Happy Sewing!

Kids Romper Revamp July 29 2012, 0 Comments

You may have heard me mention a little class called "Kids Romper Revamp"in the past but if you haven't yet, well you might see some bloggers posting about it in the next week or two.  I continue to be thrilled about this class mostly because of the great experience I had in Denver with the Craftsy crew and I love what Craftsy is all about.   Every single person made me feel welcome and comfortable.  Just like their site and you could tell they really love what they do.

(Please excuse the quality of my photos,  I hit a button when I pulled my camera out of the bag and didn't realize it :0 (bummer))

In June I packed my things and flew to Denver from Portland.

 It is always so neat to see all the mountains when flying over Oregon

It was only the second time  in 11 years I had been away from my husband and boys so I was really nervous about flying.  Flying into Denver if you haven't before is reeallly bumpy.  Thank goodness for Skype because every night I was still able to read the boys a bedtime story.

I loved this set.  They asked me to send them a few photos of my family and I threw in some shots of my parents, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.  I didn't know what they were going to use them for until I walked on set and saw that they had taken the photos and framed them as part of the scene.  I almost cried it was so touching.

A few of my favorite things about Craftsy:

  • You only pay for what you want, meaning no monthly fees to have access to shows you're not interested in.
  • The class is yours to view for the rest of your life.
  • You can start and stop whenever you want and make notes on the site.
  • Teacher/Student interaction.  Love it!  You can stop the video exactly where you have a question and type it in.  Part of our responsibility in being a teacher is to check in and answer any questions you have.
  • You can sew in your underoos and no one will know!

So this week stop by one or all of these blogs to find out what they all thought of Craftsy and the Kids Romper Revamp class!

July 31       All Buttoned Up
August 1    Sarah Jane
August 2    Luvinthemommyhood
August 4    Sew Much Ado
August 6    Noodlehead
August 7    Betty Crocker Ass
August 8    Imagine Gnats 
August 9    A Sewing Journal
August 10  Susan Beal
August 11  Such Designs
August 12  Kelly Hogaboom
August 13  Bolt Fabric

Happy Sewing!!

shorts on the line July 10 2012, 0 Comments

shorts on the line button

We are excited to be a guest over at the Small + Friendly blog today!  If you are interested in learning a few helpful tips and tricks when sewing tailored shorts (like our Banyan shorts) then please hop on over.


Happy Sewing!