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Welcoming 2014! January 06 2014, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!!!  

What a joy it is to welcome a new year!  2013 was full of up's and down's and life's little challenges but I'm hopeful that through it all we learn and evolve into what is meant to be.  I'm going with the glass is half full attitude!  

I have blessings to count and people to thank for all the up's of 2013.  

So if you have a moment to read on please do.  

As you probably may have noticed I took some time off from publishing patterns to focus on teaching children (and some adults too) how to sew.  By the end of 2013, Three Hundred and Twenty (320) kids walked through my home studio door and I have the community to thank for that!  At the end of 2012 I attempted to raise money to open a store front and was able to raise over $4000.00 and although that was not enough to open a shop it was enough to update my home studio with all the things we needed to teach, and over $3000 was given to children in need of sewing scholarships!  Every dime was put to good use and we have over 320 kids walking around town in their own handmade garb and accessories!  It is my greatest joy seeing the smiling faces after they've created something themselves.  Donations will continue to be accepted if you ever find yourself with extra fabric or thread just email me and I'll send over all the information you'll need to donate.  If you would like to sponsor a child in need, in the way of a scholarship that can also be arranged.

 Some great news for those that live too far from my home studio....this week I'll be finishing up the filming of an online class that is especially for your young sewist at home!!  (more info coming soon)    

             

This past October I had the pleasure of working with my son's schools HOPES committee on an exciting project. On March 8th of this year, Figgy's sewing Studio in collaboration with Hallinan Elementary School's HOPES commitee is hosting a "Sewing for Shriners" day.  Hallinan school is opening the school's gymnasium for an all day Kids sewing for Kids day!!  The chairperson for HOPES has a daughter that has had multiple surgeries at Shriners Hospital and each time she has had surgery she is double wrapped in a very itchy and ugly adult gown (a great word for this gown ...depressing). They don't have children's gowns and we are going to change that!  So far we have had 8 bolts of fabric donated!!  A special thanks to Robert Kauffman & Art Gallery Fabrics for donating fabric for our cause!  If you happen to have extra flannel fabric yardage in good condition or thread please send me an email and I can send over a donation document and information as to where you can send fabric/notions to help this cause!  OR if you'd like to sew a gown yourself and mail it in for the day's event I will send you information on that too!  Just email me at shelly@figgyspatterns.com!  

Have a look at the "before & after" the last time this sweet girl went in for surgery: 

Ahh! The Robert Kauffman Balloon Flannel is SO MUCH BETTER!!!  (Fabric by Anne Kelle)

I would like to thank A Common Thread studio for providing my students with the best of the best in sewing machines.  Laura Wallace-Dickson, owner of A common Thread and Bernina have provided 6  Bernina 350 sewing machines and 2 Bernina Sergers for my students to learn.  If you live in the area and are looking to purchase a new machine she and her employee's are extremely knowledgeable and can direct you to the best machine suited for your needs!  If you are currently a Figgy's student they offer 10% off just for you!!  I'd also like to thank Bolt Fabric Boutique in Portland and The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego for offering all Figgy's students a discount on supplies for classes!  Your support for Figgy's Kids is greatly appreciated!!  

The last "up" for 2013 was releasing a new collection.  It had been about a year and it was time.  It was important to me to have this new pattern collection full of staples so I went with a bit more on the stylishly simple rather than the super expert chop full of details patterns.  I wanted to provide sewists with a wardrobe that can be created in just a weekend and have it full of garments that can be worn all year long by simply layering or using as is.  If you missed the release in November then I give to you the "Heavenly Collection".    The official pattern tour will begin in February with a ton of fun bloggers sewing up their new favorite Figgy's look!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

 To kick off 2014 I'm super excited to be a sponsor in the upcoming KCW (Kid's Clothes Week)  January 27th - February 3rd!!  This is one of my favorite blog follow alongs and this year I'm even hoping to participate!  Meg & Dorie are hosting a great line up of guest posters:   Laura from behind the hedgerow, Brienne from briennemoody, Sanae from sanaeishida, and Tara from girl like the sea. These talented women have some fantastic posts in store for you. I hope you are able to follow along too!

 

Lastly, I'd like to thank two people that recently helped me release this new site and new patterns.  Rob Alan my visual designer and Susan Yates a brilliant graphics gal and more!  I wouldn't have been able to move forward with a new collection without you!  

Thank you!

I look forward to a very fun and creative 2014!!!!

And thanks to YOU for sticking around all these years watching me evolve and grow!!!

-Happy Sewing

Shelly

 


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!

Shelly