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Riley Blake Designs March 02 2015, 0 Comments

What a treat is it to be one of the stops on the Riley Blake Designs knit love blog tour! I was really excited that Julia asked Figgy's to join in the fun. Knits are and always will be my favorite type of fabric to use for clothing. Although they are my favorite I'm extremely picking about my knits. I will say that the quality of the RBD's knits are outstanding. 
I always wash and dry my fabrics first (shrinkage) and I was pleasantly surprise that I didn't loose 5" of my fabric like some knits I purchase. There was no fading and the weight is not too light but not heavy either. All wins in my book! I wish the knit was available when I was finishing my book because I could have used yards and yards of this gorgeous vibrant fabric.
So now that the book is done (coming this July!!) I am able to start sewing again and hopefully push out some new patterns soon too! So for this post I used current patterns from the site. Portland weather is very sporadic so adding a touch of extra warmth for the rainy days is a great way to not feel weighed down but still warm. 
I created two adorable pieces for my niece Ofelia with a small twist to each.  For the first garment we used the Seraphic Raglan Tee pattern and simply added a cowl neck instead of a band. There was no need to increase the size of the opening. Just measure the neck opening and cut a rectangle (with the stretch) the width of the opening and depending on your personal preference for how big the cowl is will determine the length.  Example:  22" x 6" will give you a 3" fold.  
You simple sew the short raw edge together the fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Attach as you would a regular band.
Fabric: Hot Pink Aztec 
The next garment we used the Celestial Tee Pattern and added length to create an adorable tunic to pair with jeans or leggings and when it starts to warm up a bit the garment can be worn as a dress. We also added length to the sleeves and another cowl neck. The fabric was extremely easy to use and so so soft too!  My niece is going to be so excited! I swear I don't think my sister has had to buy 1 outfit for her since birth! 
Hemmed by hand with a whip stitch. 
Thank you Riley Blake for allowing me to play with your new line of yummy knits!!
Have a fun time following the blog tour this month. I know I will!
RBD Jersey LOVE Blog Tour Schedule:
March 3: Figgy's
March 5: EYMM
March 6: Melly Sews
March 7: The Sewing Loft
March 9: Love Notions
March 11: Tea Rose Home
March 12: Sew Much Ado
March 14: Tie Dye Diva
March 16: The Cottage Mama
March 21: Ellie Inspired
March 30: Heidi & Finn
March 31: Lily Giggle
Happy Sewing - Shelly

PATTERN PARCEL "Inspiration" September 19 2014, 0 Comments

Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens includes:

Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns

Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle

Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM

Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs

Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman



Sunki Dress by Figgy’s Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven.

Double bonus!

The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. This is awesome sauce!


How Pattern Parcel Works: Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need! 


Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara



Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
Happy Sewing - Shelly

SEW FAB!!! May 05 2014, 1 Comment

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale.
Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale! We all appreciate your business!



The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014

It's the Spring 2014 Sew Fab Pattern Sale!


  It's that time of year again… time for the original pattern bundle sale, The Sew Fab Pattern Sale! I'm so excited to announce this season's pattern bundle to you today. The excitement has been building over the last few weeks, and today it's finally available. Nineteen incredibly talented pattern designers, some who are very well known in their field and some who are quickly making a name for themselves, have come together to bring you a great bundle of patterns that will take you through the spring and summer. For one week only, you can have nineteen patterns (plus a fun bonus pattern), chosen specifically for this sale, for only $29.95! That's over 80% off the retail value of the bundle! Plus you can enter to win one of two amazing sewing themed giveaways!

For less than $30 you get a library of sewing resources that you can use over and over again.



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If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading 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 part you've been waiting for… the patterns!

A collection of 19 PDF Patterns from 19 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle. Imagine all of the combinations that you can put together with this bundle of patterns, with many transitioning to fall and winter as well! Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the collage for more information about each pattern.)

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage


The Laurel Dress or Tunic by Greenstyle Creations, The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy, The Lexi Knit Dress and Top by MODKID, The Piko Top by EYMM, The Bowling Shirt from Scientific Seamstress (unisex), The Seraphic Pant by Figgy's (unisex), The Tulip Pinafore by Too Sweets Patterns, The Big Tote Bag by Things for Boys, The Doll and Carrier by Patchwork Posse, Poppy and Pip Penguins by Betz White, Leather Accent Foldover Pouch by LBG Studio, The Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations, Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake, The Tennis Skort (12M-12Y) by Heidi & Finn, The Ruffled Bustle Top by Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Long Beach Board Shorts (unisex) by Terra's Treasures, The Cupcake Top (unisex) by Sewing Mama RaeAnna, The Saffron Twirl Dress from Paisley Roots Designs, The Sweet Tea Shorties by Molly Blossom Designs.


New this year is the Sew Fab Pattern Tour! Some of our favorite sewing bloggers will be sharing their versions of the Sew Fab patterns on their blogs this week, so be sure to check in with them throughout the week of the sale to see how versatile these patterns are! Here are the stops on the pattern tour…



Sew Fab Pattern Tour Graphic


This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from May 5th at 8 a.m. EST through May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.


You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 20 PDF sewing patterns from 19 of the best designers out there!


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And now for the always exciting Sew Fab Giveaway!

This spring there are two prize packages up for grabs, and both will inspire you in your sewing! I’m so excited about these giveaways! Can’t buy the pattern bundle? It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter. There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to both of the giveaway packages. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.

Prize Package #1 includes...

Sew Fab giveaway Prize


The Lane Raglan Pattern from Hey June, an organic fat quarter bundle of the yet unreleased Everyday Party Collection by Emily Isabella, from Fabricworm, The Washi Dress Pattern from Made by Rae, a $50 gift certificate to The Delhi Store, a free class from, a fun gift package from Sew You Studio, a custom made Geranium Dress from Nest Creations, a Sew Happy print from Pen+Paint, and a $15 gift certificate to GYCT Designs!

Prize package #2 includes...

Sew Fab Giveaway Prize #2



 The #ISEW necklace from Hello Cheeseburger, created especially for the Sew Fab giveaway, a collection of vintage buttons and 20% off your purchase at Anna Mia Clothing, the Playdate Bag pattern from Fishsticks Designs, The Kensington Dress and Tee Pattern from Hey June Handmade, a $30 gift certificate to Casa Crafty, a $40 gift certificate to Girl Charlee, 3 yards of laminate fabric from Anne Kelle, The Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Crim, a "Happiness is Handmade" print from Pen+Paint! a Rafflecopter giveaway Sign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News!  Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of PDF patterns.




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Happy Sewing - Shelly


Arizona May 02 2014, 108 Comments


Just a few words that come to mind when I first laid eyes on April's new line Arizona....soft, silky, dreamy, modern, movement, tribal, bohemian.



When the fabric arrived in the mail I had high expectations because she's designing for Art Gallery. I'm happy to report the fabric exceeded my expectations. I'll admit it. I'm picky about fabric! I want my garments to feel just as good on my body as they do off. Art Galley has always impressed me with their quality and the new voile is even yummier! Now they're impressing me with amazing new designers. Designer, April Rhodes I am especially excited they reached out to.



Before living in Oregon, I lived in Ohio.  A few years before we moved away an amazing fabric shop opened,"Sew to Speak". April and her mother own this amazing shop that inspired me to sew again, design and create.  If my mom hadn't found this amazing shop I would not be who or where I am today.  I am forever grateful for these two amazing gals.

If you haven't had the pleasure to meet April in person then I hope one day you do because she is nothing short of inspiring not to mention warm, genuine, giving and I love her laugh!  Shortly after I met her I asked her to take some photos for me of my first clothing line I was going to put on Etsy and they turned out amazing.  I can't believe this was 8 years ago when she took these photos.




I knew from the moment I met her she had talent oozing out of her pores. I remember bugging her all the time to sell things, make things and share her talents with the world.  I'm so happy she decided to start designing patterns that are hip and super fun to sew and now we all get to roll around in her fabric too!  I'm seriously considering making myself a duvet in one of her prints. I just can't seem to get enough!  But, before I move on to making that duvet I'd love to share a little EOS blouse I made with one of her voile prints.  The fabric feels like pure butter in your hands and I know whoever gets to wear this little blouse will be thrilled that it doesn't itch her toddler skin all while looking fabulous!




This little cute blouse will be traveling along with April to Spring Quilt Market! If you are able to go to QM this year stop by April's booth and give her a big hug for me!!
Thank you so much April for your inspiration and for allowing me to be part of this fabulous fabric tour!
Want to win a little fabric stack for yourself?!  Just enter to win below by leaving a comment about what inspires you!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Happy Sewing - Shelly




Don't forget to follow along all week to see gorgeous goodies from these amazing designers/creatives!

Thursday, May 1 - Noodlehead -
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman - @jaybirdquilts /
Sunday, May 4 - Erin Sobon Sundet - @sewbon /
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand - @howtobejenna /
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward - @truebias /
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter /
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall - @deliacreates /
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas - @cutcutsew /
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander - @imaginegnats /
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott - @missmake /
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan - @marysdugan /
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook - @soveryshannon /
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman - @sewtakeahike /
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley - @swimbikequilt /





Sew Fab is BACK....Monday Morning April 28 2014, 0 Comments



Coming soon, for one week only, nineteen pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95!

That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!




The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014




The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is the original pattern bundle sale!


Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set for the spring and summer seasons! You have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this spring's bundle, but take a look below to see which designers you'll find! I think you will be as excited as I am to see some previous favorites as well as several amazing designers that are new to the Sew Fab Sale.
Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy's Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Terra's Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.
See you right here, bright and early on Monday morning!

My Favorite Fabric...KNITS! April 18 2014, 0 Comments



I love knits first and foremost because how they feel against my skin and secondly for the drape.  I try to design most patterns using woven fabrics because sewing with woven is an easy way for those just learning to sew.  As I look around the Internet, I see more people jumping in and falling in love with knits, and that gives me so much joy.  Thanks to companies like Robert Kaufman, we are seeing more and more fabulous knits coming out of production.  A big thank you also to RK for hosting my little tips today and for giving me more knits to love!
I'd like to talk about how to use knit fabric with a sewing pattern made for woven fabrics. My first advice is to test this out using a children's pattern.  Most children don't have a ton of curves and haven't developed in ways a woman has so there isn't a ton of altering needed.  However, there are still things to keep in mind.
First, select a knit that isn't too stretchy.  I would stick with cotton jersey and avoid knits with Lycra or Spandex.  Spandex and Lycra have a lot of stretch and are usually quite slippery.  If this is your first time working with knit fabric or your first time using knit as an alternative to woven, it may be helpful to stick with a knit that doesn't stretch from one room to the next. Just remember the more stretch you have in the knit, the end result will be more drape and loose looking.  Here are a few examples of makers that used knit with the Figgy's Sunki dress pattern.
Second, if the pattern has a lot of details such as gathers, pin tucks, or other design elements that require a woven fabric you may want to consider altering the pattern a bit. Thicker knits will not show off those design elements the way a woven fabric will.  I was surprised to see many Sunki patterns on Pinterest that have been constructed with knit,  because that particular pattern has a lot of tailored touches; however, I did notice little changes made to each one to accommodate the knit.


 Deux Souriceaux actually combined two patterns for this adorable dress. By taking the top half of the Beach Boat Neck by Blank Slate patterns she eliminated the gathers at the shoulder and the overlap but added the bottom half using the Sunki to still give it the desired look she was after.  I think it turned out amazing!


MCPB altered the sleeve to have little tucks instead of the gathers at the shoulder to help eliminate bulk.  
I was quite impressed with her use of a zipper with this jersey knit and has inspired me to try one myself for Ofelia!




Lou from "Wotsybaby" eliminated the zipper and downsized to accommodate for the stretch in her knit for this cute Sunki.  

She kept the overlap at the shoulder but eliminated the gathers on the sleeve.  Her daughter was thrilled to have such a stylish dress but with added coziness.

When you've decided to go for it and use a knit for your next pattern measure the flat pattern first.  Depending on the seam allowance you may find that simply sewing one size smaller will be the only adjustment you'll need to make.  An example would be your daughter has a chest measurement of 24" and on the back of the sewing pattern she is a size 6/7 but you measure the pattern and notice after subtracting a 5/8" seam allowance on all seams the pattern is 26" you may want that one size smaller because the knit will be looser fitting than a woven and she could look a little lost in the end result. Another option is just eliminate the ease from the pattern and then adjust from there.  It's always better to be too big than too small!! 


On most woven patterns necklines will either have a facing or a full lining.  You may get to avoid both of these by simply turning the neckline and topstitching because most knits don't fray and will still look professional by just turning and stitching.  A double needle works great for this type of finish.  Also, consider a binding or rib trim like the Sunki made by Lou; she skipped adding the facings and instead chose to use 2 rib knit trims instead.  By doing this she gave the dress a real sporty feel.


Another amazing thing about knits is you may not even need to hem the garment!  This is all personal preference. For me it depends on the garment, I love a nice raw edge look on the Seraphic Maxi Skirt to give it a little bohemian touch, but I don't think it would look very nice on the bottom hem on the Sunki.  

Let's make something!!

I've decided to use the Ethereal Pattern to change up a what could be a very formal dressy blouse to a fun every day school shirt.  My niece is on the small size of 4/5 so I've traced and cut out the size 2/3 because the Ethereal is nice and roomy and I don't want her to get lost in the fabric.  I also did not cut out facings or a lining and will explain why below.

I always check or change my sewing needle first before each project to be sure and have the correct needle size and type in place.  When sewing knits you'll want to use either a Ball Point Needle or Stretch Needle.  Which one is the best one you ask?  A Ballpoint needle is generally used for heavier, looser sweater knits and stretch needle for highly elastic fabrics, like Spandex, or Lycra.  They both have rounded points that penetrate between fabric threads rather than pierce them. (Stretch-needle point is slightly less rounded than ballpoint.)  Just make sure to test-stitch knits with ballpoint and stretch needles to see which yields the best results. If ballpoint skips stitches, try stretch needle instead!  Here is the perfect master needle image to give you an idea about how different needles really are.



The Ethereal pattern uses a facing when sewing the garment with sleeves or for the sleeveless version it's fully lined, but because I'm using knit I've decided to just add a band to the neckline and the sleeve openings instead.  I used my serger and rolled hemmed the edge of the flounce.  If you don't own a serger you can leave the flounce raw edged or turn the raw edge 1/4" and topstitching.  When sewing with knits you'll need to change the stitch on your sewing machine to a zig zag setting and adjust the length to 3.0 and the width to 1.0.  
I've sewn the flounce in place and attached the back bodice at the shoulders only.


I've tried the top on my niece to make sure the opening is wide enough to go over her head.  If it's too tight, I suggest trimming the neck edge by 1/8 - 1/4" then try it on again.  To make the neck band simply measure the neck opening and subtract .5".  My neck edge measured 19.5".  Be careful not to stretch the neck opening while measuring.  I want a thin neck band so I've cut a 19" x 1.5" band. Sew the neck band with a 1/2" seam allowance.  My band is now 18" x 1.5". Right sides together sew the strip to make a circular band.

Next, we can pin the neckband to the shirt, but first we need to mark some key points to match up. Begin by placing a pin at the seam of the neckband; this will match up with the center bodice back. Find the shoulder point of your neckband by looking at the shirt neckline, then mimic the shape with your band. You will have to guess a bit here because the front neckline is a bit longer than the back. Place a pin at the folded point that you determined to be the opposite shoulder. Find the center front by folding the band in half, matching the shoulder points. This will give you the centers of the front  of the band, and you can mark this with pins, too. Also mark the center front and center back on the shirt neckline, with a disappearing-ink marker or pins.

 Pin the band with the right side facing the wrong side of the shirt and stitch together using 3/8" seam allowance.  You will gently stretch the neckband to match the width of the shirt.  Be sure not to stretch the shirt and only the band.  Trim the seam allowance being careful not to trim the seam and pull the neckband up.  Press the seam allowance (that little bit left over) up towards the raw edge of the band.  

At this point you have two options.  You can simply fold over the band and stitch in place leaving the edge raw or fold the raw edge 1/4" and press then fold again a top the seam and topstitch.  Normally I go for a raw edge of these hearts seem to need a more professional looks so I'm going to press, fold and stitch.  The great thing about the Robert Kaufman knits is that press so nicely.  There are a lot of knits that won't hold a press but RK knits behave nicely.




I decided to just turn the raw edges along the sleeve opening just to see how it'd look and I think it came out very nicely.  You could instead bind the sleeve opening or use the same method as you did with the neckline and add a trim.  Complete the rest of the Ethereal as instructed in the booklet and you'll have a really cozy, sporty shirt!  I think this a great alternative to the T-shirt, what about you?!


Want to win 2 yards of yummy Robert Kaufman knit and one PDF Figgy's Pattern to make your own knit version?!!  
Enter below and good luck!



Happy Sewing - Shelly


 I phone photos just arrived of my happy niece:


PAINT April 16 2014, 51 Comments



I adore this gal, Carrie Bloomston!  She is true to herself and others. Her work brings me feelings of hope and the desire to create. She is make to me.  I had been awaiting her next endeavor and when she announced her fabric was ready to be worked with  I jumped at the chance to create.  I fell in love with everything in the Windam cookbook and here are just a few of my favorites:


Rachel Gander


Sally Keller 


Karen LePage


Of course a little Ethereal Love:


I was excited to have a little leftovers after I sewed the dress to share with a few students in my after school sewing classes.  

L made and adorable Tank top using the "Tiny Pocket Tank" by Grainline Studio




And a coordinating camping zip bag using a "See Kate Sew" tutorial.

Here is the full line below and will be available in stores this July/August.

Be sure to tell you local fabric shop to stock up!

Want to win your own fat stack now?!!!  Just enter to win here and Carrie will send you your own special stack!

Stop back tomorrow to see what I've been up to with Robert Kauffman fabrics.......

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2! April 07 2014, 1 Comment


I am so honored to be a part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #2!  I love pattern bundles but a pattern bundle that involves charity that's even better!!


A little about PPP 2

Pattern Parcel #2 includes sewing patterns for a little girl's essential spring wardrobe. It doesn't matter if your style is traditional or more modern. Each of these patterns can be sewn up to suit your tastes. Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker driven by data analytics, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children's education.

Choose your price: Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we’re going to allow them to show their support for independent designers in naming their own price for each Parcel. Support Indie Designers: Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.

Donors Choose: Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. Introducing... the BONUS pattern: Choose a price of $24 or greater for Parcel #2 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Prefontaine Shorts for Kids by Made with Moxie. These shorts are designed to fit like 1970's running shorts. They've got a retro trim, loads of pockets, and are so comfortable you children won't want to take them off.



Perfect Pattern Parcel #2


Pattern Designers:


Check out all the bloggers stitching up some gorgeous threads for PPP2!! (WOW)


Thank you Rachel & Jill for including me in such great company!


Happy Sewing-  Shelly

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The "Eos" Back Drop April 01 2014, 0 Comments



When Figgy's releases a pattern that shows the bare back of a little one I recieve one of two responses 1. (my favorite) I LOVE IT!  2. (not my favorite) I don't love it!
As much as I'd love everyone to love every Figgy's design I know they won't, but I do love to try and please most of you. So for those of you that love the "Eos" dress/blouse but feel the back is too low for your taste this post is for you!  You'll need a straight edge ruler, French curve or some type of object that can mimic the curve in the back, pen or pencil, tracing paper and the EOS pattern.


The first question to ask yourself is how high you'd like to raise the back curve.  Remember you can't raise it clear up to the back of the neck unless you want to insert a zipper or you can if you are using a knit fabric.  The reason? It won't go over their head when dressing.  I would suggest only raising the drop between 2-3".  You also want to measure the child you're sewing for from the back of the neck to the waist and compare that to the pattern piece.  You may find that the child is short waisted and you really don't have to raise it that high.  It is designed to be above the waistline by 2".  



For this example I chose to raise the back 2".  
You simply extend the center back line by 2".



Next using a French Curve, or an object that can mirror the curve of the back as closely as possible, align the curve then move it up to match the extension.



You'll repeat this with the back lining by laying the traced pattern a top the lining pattern to have an exact curve match.



It's as simple as that!

Now you can make an "Eos" without any back showing!  


Happy Sewing - Shelly


the goddess of dawn March 20 2014, 5 Comments



One year ago I came across this post  and instantly fell in love with everything my eyes laid eyes on.  I loved the girls, the clothes and I especially fell in love with Alexia's eye for just the perfect fabric.  I go into quilters cotton overload sometimes with it's over use in garments and it was refreshing to see a talent such as Lexi using gorgeous garment fabrics. (Don't get me wrong I love a nice quilters cotton just like the rest of you but it's not meant for EVERY garment.) In September of 2013 I see this post and am blown away.  I thought to myself, this girl has some serious talent and I must get to know her and I would love to work with her.  So I went for it and asked if she'd like to work with me on a new pattern and a few months later I'm so pleased and proud to announce the newest Figgy's pattern by Alexia Sotelo.


goddess of the dawn



This gorgeous dress is a treat for little ones for all special occasions or for the very girly girl.  Complete with 9 perfectly placed pin tucks, gathers at the shoulder, fully lined with a beautiful scoop back and adorned with the most professionally placed bow.  Alexia you have out done yourself!




The "Eos" dress will be available April 1, 2014 in PDF format.  But.... I'm so happy to report that you can purchase the PDF pattern beginning today for 20% off!  Please use coupon code LEXI20 when purchasing.  This coupon code is good for only 1 week so grab your pre-sale pattern now!  And I can't release this special pattern and hand out a special early bird coupon without some sort of a fun giveaway can I?  Enter below to win a copy of the EOS PDF pattern along with 2 yards of gorgeous Michael Miller Eyelet fabric to create your own special dress.



Happy Sewing-

Perfect Pattern Parcel March 20 2014, 2 Comments

Say that three times fast!  :)  
Perfect Pattern Parcel

What a cool idea Jill and Rachel have come up with.  A way to support Indie designers and Charity at the same time. Love it!  

It made me fee just like:



I also really like the patterns they chose for the very first release.  



So, What is Perfect Pattern Parcel? (from Imagine Gnats blog)

Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker with an “if you build it, they will come” mentality, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting charity.


So which pattern did I decide to make from this fun bundle?!  Of course I chose the "Summer Concert Tee" by Dixie DIY.  It's easy and quick which is all the time I have for me these days.  I stuck with Dixie's styling and went with stripes but this quick sew took so little time that I have a few more planned for later that are non-striped.  I will say this pattern isn't going to hold your hand as you sew but if you have a little experience and 1 hour then definitely go for it.  I picked size 8 and it was a perfect fit.  The only alteration I made because I'm a tad short was I trimmed off the back hem by 1" otherwise it was just a little too long.  My husband appreciated that. :)  If you're feeling charitable and supportive today then hop over to the PPP site and pick up your own pack.  It's only available for 1 more day!!!!!!




-Happy Sewing



ps.  there's a giveaway!!!!  (paid off to read the whole post)


bubble fun March 11 2014, 1 Comment

Ethereal Tunic without the frill and added a bubble hem.


What can I say about bubbly skirts, tunics and dresses other than they are too cute!  I love that you can take a plain jane tunic and turn it into a fun bubble tunic in just a few extra minutes.  Today I'm visiting Simple Simon & Company showing you how to do just that!  For the garment I sewed in the SS post I used a gorgeous Art Gallery fabric and for today and tomorrow only you can enter to win a nice fat quarter stack from Art Gallery.  Thank you AG!  As always your premium cottons are amazing!




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the final week & a big winner March 02 2014, 2 Comments

What an amazing final week on the Figgy's Heavenly tour!  A few of the posts even brought tears to my eyes because I was so touched. How about a re cap then I'll share the winner of the heavenly tour!  Just click on the blog name to see more.


Charm Stitch




Sew Bon


Elsie Marley




Girl Like the Sea


Alison Glass


Dry Goods Design

Thank you all so much for joining me this month to show off the Heavenly Collection!!  You are all super amazing at what you do and I'm honored that you said yes to jumping on the blog train! 



Now for the big winner...........  #298 Ms. Kelli Cree!!!  

You have won prizes from all of these amazing blog tour sponsors!!!









Coming soon on the blog:  

"How To Make an Ethereal Bubble Tunic"

"My Love Affair with Girl Charlee Fabric, Alison Glass Design & Such Design"

the heavenly tour continues! February 24 2014, 2 Comments


Another amazing week of inspiring garments were created last week!!  The picture above from The Southern Institute shows exactly how I feel about last week and below is a quick re cap in case you missed a day!

Mouse House


The Southern Institute



Made with Moxie


Frances Suzanne 


Miss Matatabi


Brienne Moody


Caila Made



I'm so sad to report this is the last week for the tour but happy to share this weeks line up!!


Monday /  Charm Stitch

Tuesday / Sew Bon

Wednesday / Elsie Marley & Fiskateers

Thursday / Girl Like the Sea

Friday / Alison Glass & Dry Goods Design


Don't forget to enter to win the grand prize! Winner will be announced next Monday!



what a week! February 15 2014, 8 Comments

What a beautiful week on the Figgy's Heavenly Tour!  
Some of it was a little blurry for me because I caught a flu that led to bronchitis then pneumonia. That was fun (insert sarcasm).  Luckily I have an incredible husband and mother that took great care of me and I was able to keep up a bit by iPhone but its times like this that I yell at my inner self "Hire An Intern!".  
What really kept my spirits up was seeing all the wonderful posts from these awesome creators!


Lexi Made: Celestial Pullover & Ethereal Blouse


Things for Boys: Seraphic Tee



Raeanna from Sewing Rabbit: Shredded Raglan


You & Mie:  Ethereal Dress



Behind the Hedgerow: Ethereal Dress 



Kelly of Casa Crafty: Seraphic Raglan with arm extention 



Sew Much Ado: Baby Seraphic


 There are some amazing crafters showing off their Figgy's Creations this week so make sure to come back and check them all out!
Friday / Caila Made  
And don't forget to sign up to win a huge prize at the end of the month!!!





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

i seam stressed February 07 2014, 3 Comments


Today we visit Tasha at I Seam Stressed!!  I first met Tasha through her site after she created a flipped Sunki that I fell in love with.  She made the adorable jumpsuit as a costume for her daughter.  Isn't this too cute?!



Well, I'm super excited to share another flip from Tasha today!!  Hop on over to I Seam Stressed to read all about it and don't forget to enter to win a pattern and enter to win a grand prize!


Stop back on Monday morning to see what Abby from Things for Boys and Alexia from Lexi Made has in store for us!

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


all buttoned up February 04 2014, 7 Comments

Today's feature comes from someone I admire greatly.  She also has the most adorable kiddos you'll ever meet/see! 

Hop over to All Buttoned Up to visit Melissa and read all about her raglan and take some extra time to read through her past posts.  She is a phenomenal writer and I love to read about her life and work.  Thank you so much Melissa for taking the time to write about Figgy's!!!


Happy Sewing - Shelly

All month long enter win here and on all the blog stops for your chance to win some patterns and a grand prize!


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and so it begins!! February 04 2014, 94 Comments


26  talented bloggers & designers during the entire month of February are sewing a pattern from the Heavenly Collection!  First up is the super creative and fun Sew Chibi!  She's a local Portland gal with the biggest heart and  two adorable little girls (and one on the way).  Most recently you'll find her work in STYLO magazine featuring a tutorial on how to make a "Bumble Pocket Scarf".   Thank you so much Kataryna!!  

Each day stop at the next blog (just click on the blog name above) for a chance to win a Figgy's pattern!!

Here on the Figgy's Blog you can enter to win a grand prize!

A special thanks to the following prize donors!













So what's the big prize you ask?

Here's the list!


Fiskars Fabric Shears, Detail Scissors, Rotary Cutter and Extra Blades

Bernina Rolled Hem Foot & Buttonhole Cutter

$25 Gift Certifcate from Girl Charlee 

A stack of gorgeous Fat Quarters from Alison Glass 

Beautiful Eyelet yardage from Michael Miller

A lovely stack of Fat Quarters from Art Gallery Fabric

 Susan Beal's new book "Easy Embellishment"

The Heavenly Bundle Collection from Figgy's 


Well, what are you waiting for...ENTER TO WIN NOW!!  

Winner will be announced March 3rd, 2014


Happy Sewing - shelly


tomorrow a feature from All Buttoned Up...a gal I adore and highly respect as a doer, giver & friend. 

the heavenly tour begins February 03 2014, 2 Comments



I'm happy to announce the heavenly tour blogger list today and I can't wait to see what everyone has been making beginning tomorrow!  During the tour they'll be giveaways on most if not all of the blogs and here at the Figgy's blog you can enter to win starting tomorrow for a big grand prize!!

Prizes from Bernina, Girl Charlee, Fiskars, Allison Glass, Michael Miller, Art Gallery Fabric & Susan Beal!!!  I can't wait to share more about these prizes soon!!  


how do I love thee? February 01 2014, 2 Comments

This week I shared an Ethereal tunic using Glitz fabric and mentioned I would be writing a bit about a couple different ways you can use the pattern to make it your own.  My mother joined in on the fun and added little touches to each of the garments for my niece.  On each piece she hand stitched a heart somewhere on the garment and gave Ofelia the task of trying to find the little hearts, some obvious and some slightly hidden.  I think this is a great little thing you could do on multiple garments during the month of February or just once on their outfit to wear on February 14th.

The first way to change up the blouse to offer a different look is to simply not use the frill in the front.  Some girls just aren't frilly or you're a really smart seamstress/pattern maker and while putting together the instructions for the pattern you completely forgot to add it!  (haha)  Well a little error ended up being a great opportunity to show off this goodie. 



 She used the running stitch to create this little heart inside a heart, a blanket stitch along the neck line and another running stitch along the hem. Mom also added a little heart cut out for the undershirt using Heat Bond (love). For this blouse I used Robert Kauffman Essex fabric that had lovely drape and is super soft.



To pair with the blouse I add a UFO sitting in a box from almost 2 years ago that just needed buttons and a little extra love.  The fabric I used for this Ayashe skirt was something Karen from OGC  had found and made some yummy Dillinger pants with and I was instantly hooked.  I found some at JoAnns and I bought 4 yards of it  (4 years ago) because it had such nice drape. Whenever I come across a piece I think of her.  

Mom added red topstitching and a little heart.




Next up a bubbled Ethereal blouse.  For this look we omitted the frill once again and simply add 2" to the bottom of the Ethereal tunic hem length and cut 2 for the main and cut 2 for a lining then bubbled (tutorial coming soon).  We used the long sleeve option but angled the sleeve slightly to give it a feminine touch.   Fabric is by BernatexCan you find the heart? 



Lastly, I had created this Ethereal blouse when I was writing instructions for the pattern and there are no changes just a cute crocheted heart for a special touch.  The fabric used was a brushed cotton I found at EE Schenck when picking up supplies for a sewing class. Super soft and perfect for the chilly weather season.  



I would love to see how you make a Figgy's pattern your own so upload a photo on the Figgy's Facebook page, flickr group or share on Instagram and use hashtag #figgys.   


Next week on the blog: 

Beginning on February 4th the "Heavenly" pattern tour begins with a ton of wonderful bloggers/designers showing off their little or big Figgy garment!  Stayed tuned to hear all about a BIG GIVEAWAY at the end of the tour!!

Happy Sewing - Shelly

it's my turn to sew with imagine gnats! January 30 2014, 3 Comments

It is very rare that I sew for myself using designer patterns.  Why?   

1.  Habit.  I think my entire wardrobe consists of only denim and knits and when I find the perfect layering tee, maxi dress or knit pant I'll lay it out on top of tracing paper and make a quick pattern to use again and again.  I am all about low maintanence and the quicker the better.  

2. Time. I just don't have a lot of it these days and when I do I try my best to spend that extra time with my family.  Women's patterns usually have a lot of detail because they need to.  We have gorgeous curves and we need darts and pleats in all the right places so the garment will hang exactly how it's designed to look.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE to peruse adult patterns and I purchase them directly from the designers with the intention of using them for myself.  But most often I end up teaching a class to other adults and enjoy the garment finished on other people.  

3.  Sewing for Kids.  I LOVE to sew for children, it is most certainly my most favorite item to sew.  These days my boys are into sportswear so most of my sewing is for my niece Ofelia or samples for my students.  

BUT... along comes Imagine Gnats with a pattern right up my alley.  The Meridian Cardigan.  

 The pattern is designed for knits and its cozy.  Before I began to sew I crossed my fingers that it's any easy sew.  Guess what?  It is!!  It took me 1.5 hours from start to finish (that includes taping the pattern together).  When I use a PDF pattern and print in black and white its sometimes hard to follow the lines so I always use a pen or marker and mark it out before I trace.  It's always easier to see through the tracing paper when the line is highlighted.  Try to use a pen/marker that has the same tip width if you do this so you don't effect the sizing of the garment.  



Perhaps this is a bit TMI but I'm a bit chesty.  I am petite but my chest always seems to land me in the size 10 or 12 in adult patterns.  I blame this on the birth of my children.  My "girls" just haven't been the same since having them.  When I make myself clothing I can't go off the size chart on chest size alone because the garment always ended up too large.  For this pattern I was a 10 in the chest, 8 in waist and 6 for the hips.  I measured the pattern pieces and decided on making the size 8 because I thought it was better to go bigger and have room for layering than go smaller and have to give yet another item of clothing to my sister (who could wear a paper sack and still look hot).  
What a simple sew, I love it!  You create two shells, sew shoulders and side seams then sew them together..BAM done!  The only problem I had while sewing around the cardigan shell was the song "she'll be coming around the mountain" got stuck in my head and I couldn't get it out for the rest of the night. All my fault, not Rachel!  She does not suggest that song while sewing, it just happened.  Sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head (insert maniacal laugh).  A very helpful foot that was with me through the entire process was my walking foot. It made for some super smooth sewing and gave me a non-wavy result. I choose a striped Hemp Knit from Pickering for the outer shell and a slinky knit for the interior, both purchased at Bolt.  I wanted the nice grey stripe for winter and the cheerful green for spring.  Oh did I forget to mention it's reversible? Bonus!  The fit was perfect.  Roomy enough for layering but not so big that I look like I'm wearing just a bunch of fabric.  I love the front curve and how nicely the shape drapes.  I also think my students will love this cardigan so I'm super happy it is available in child, teen and adult sizes!


No one was home to take my photo :(  so you're stuck with a selfie but I hope you'll agree it's a nice fit!


Want to make your own Meridian? Purchase your copy of the pattern from the Imagine Gnats Shop, and use coupon code JANUARYTOUR to save 20% through the end of this month. Thank you Rach for having me along this super fun Imagine Gnats blog tour!  It was a pleasure using your pattern and you've inspired me to start sewing for myself a little more often!


This is the last day for the tour but if you'd like to see more pattern sewn up by some fabulous bloggers click through this list:

Inder Loves Folk Art / mon petit lyons / Sew Delicious
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy's




Happy Sewing - Shelly



Next week on the Blog:  
Tweaking Patterns
Figgy's "Heavenly" Pattern Tour Begins!



making with glitz January 28 2014, 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I received a wonderful package from Michael Miller that made me ooh and awww upon opening.  One of the items in the box was a beautiful print from their "Glitz" line.  I've seen some photos popping up on Instagram and on their home blog "Making It Fun" and seeing the line in person does not disappoint.  It was exactly what I needed to get inspired for spring.  The colors and the shine just shout "Easter"!  

Deciding which pattern to create was not a hard decision to make.  The Confetti Border screamed FRILL! I hope you'll agree that this fabric seems made just for this dress.  Also, since it's Kids Clothes Week my niece Ofelia scores another handmade garment.



With a design as feminine as the Ethereal it is important that the inside is just as lovely as the outside.  How the seams lay or what thread you use to top stitch can really make or break a pattern.  About 5 years ago I created a Rooibos dress by Colette Patterns for a class I was teaching at Bolt Fabric in Portland and within the instructions Sarai teaches a method on how to create a beautifully lined bodice.  I will admit I was terribly confused and needed to call my mother in for some guidance.  She instantly (of course) figured out her brilliant method.  The reason I was so confused is because I am a person that learns by doing and photos help A LOT.  I decided that maybe there are more people out there just like me so I took this opportunity to show you a few photos of how I sew my lined bodices thanks to Sarai from Colette.  (Photos like these are included in all Figgy's PDF patterns)


After sewing the lining and the bodice together along the neck line you'll see that the underarms are still raw edged.  Once upon a time I would turn and press these raw edges then topstitch along the shoulder (WHAT A PAIN).  First lay the garment down flat.



Open the bodice along the right side and pull to the left overtop the frill. 



Pull the bodice lining towards the left under the rest of the lining so that the raw edges of the bodice and the lining are right sides facing. Pin the raw edges together. The left side of the bodice and bodice lining will be pulled towards the middle and out of the way so the right sides can face one another.  You will create a "tube" when pinning so be sure that the left side of the bodice is not caught within the pinned area.



Sew along the pinned area (underarm & shoulder).  Again be sure the rest of the bodice is not caught within the seam you are sewing.


Trim the seam and snip in towards the seam without snipping the seam.  Reach inside the tube and pull the bodice and lining right sides out. 



Press the area flat and repeat with the opposite side going the opposite direction.



So gorgeous and simple!


Thank you to Michael Miller for sending me some gorgeous fabric that was a pleasure to work with!

Visit the Michael Miller Blog today to see more photos of Ofelia's new tunic!


Later this week on the blog:  

I'm riding the Imagine Gnats pattern tour train!

Next week:

An Ethereal Pattern highlight. How many different way to use the pattern and the Heavenly Pattern Tour begins and will end with a big giveaway!!


Happy Sewing -  Shelly