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 BoysKnitter, crafter, seamster and she offers a ton of amazing recipes!
Alexia from Lexi MadeDesigner, photographer, seamster and you'll find some wonderful tutorials too!
Cherie from You and MieI 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
Happy Sewing - Shelly
It's almost time for KCW week!!! January 20 2014, 2 Comments
I'm so excited to kick off GIVEAWAY week for Kid's Clothes Week!
For this kids clothes week we were influenced by Frances Suzanne, sewing with sisters, and their ever popular "Flip This Pattern". I would say what we've done isn't a full on flipped pattern but they've sparked the inspiration to play around with our most recent pattern release "Heaven". I love, love, love to see people take well constructed patterns and make them "their own" by changing it up a little. If you have a good standard T-shirt, Skirt or Blouse pattern you can continue to use the block and get creative! Alexia from Lexi Made I think does an amazing job at that, look at what she did with the Sunki pattern!
For my first KCW project we decided to give the Celestial Tee pattern some more ways to be used. Not everyone is ready to take on sewing with knits and making t-shirts with bands so why not use 100% cotton by just tweaking the pattern a little. For this example we choose a gorgeous Art Gallery Print by Angela Walter "Legacy" and we paired it with a Michael Miller eyelet fabric used with our Celestial Maxi Skirt pattern. I couldn't believe how perfectly these colors complimented one another. I believe if you're going to use 100% cotton for a shirt like this use something light with good drape. Art Gallery has wonderful quilters cotton that still have amazing hand and good drape.
Would you like to try flipping/tweaking your own Figgy's pattern?! Enter to win at KCW blog for a chance to win a PDF pattern from the new "Heaven" collection! Contest runs for one week. I'm really looking forward to see what everyone is making next week!!! I'll be adding projects myself so stay tuned here for more semi-flipped Figgy's patterns!
Enter to win here: http://blog.kidsclothesweek.com/2014/01/figgys-giveaway
Oh, by the way, enter coupon code KCW10 between now and the end of KCW for 10% off any Figgy's pattern!!
Happy Sewing - Shelly
The girl's got attitude - Figgy's winner tutorial September 28 2012, 3 Comments
Whow, this girl knows how to pose! And another 'whow' - it’s been a while but sometimes, good things just need their time! And this is a very special blog post: As you might know, the charming and talented Celina (mom of the cutie up there) of the blog petitapetitandfamily won our Figgy’s circle skirt design contest in July and with her cascade dress design. And with this win didn’t only come awesome prices – but also a feature tutorial for her winning design right here on our Figgy’s blog!
So, who is Celina? She's half British and half Moroccan, living, playing, working and raising two kids in Montreal, Quebec. She’s a childrenswear designer by trade (which certainly explains her exquisite aesthetic) who has worked in the industry before having her own kid’s label - Laila B. and her own children’s boutique – MossPink. Whow! As committed as she was to her business when she didn’t have kids, so committed she now is raising her two young children, designing, creating and blogging about her inspirations, life and projects. Hop on over to her blog and check out what she’s been up to lately. Click at the pattern sheet below to download instructions how to re-create this fashionable high-low dress.
Of course, we had a couple of questions to get to know her a little bit better:
Figgys: How long have you been sewing?
Celina: I took my first sewing class when I was 13... that was ummm 23 years ago and I've been sewing ever since!!!! But I graduated from Fashion Design in 2001 and really learned how to sew and make patterns then.
Figgy's: What are your favorite things to sew?
Celina: Anything I can upcycle is my favorite, it's always a brand new challenge getting all the pattern pieces to fit in.
Figgy's: Would you consider yourself an experimental sewer or perfectionist? And why?
Celina: Definitely a perfectionist, I think that the difference between a good piece and an amazing piece is all in the details, I pay a lot of attention to the little things and I usually spend a lot time on the finishing details.
Figgy's: What's your favorite fabric to sew with? Maybe a designer or Fabric line?
Celina: Usually I'm attracted to the color or the pattern first, then I usual go for natural fibers, whether it's woven or knit really depends on what the project is. Although, knit is always quicker and easier, I have no real preference.
Figgy's: Do you have a favorite tool that you don't want to sew without?
Celina: The seam ripper is by far my favorite tool, I guess it goes with being a perfectionist! Funny thing is I always seem to be looking for it. However, sharp scissors and an iron are a must.
Figgy's: And because we all need inspiration at the pots too - do you have a favorite go-to recipe you'd like to share?
Celina: Oh boy! Cooking is not my thing, it's not that I'm not good at it, it's just that I don't enjoy it. The one meal my whole family enjoys is my spinach quiche. Yes my kids eat spinach!
Daniela & Shelly
flutter skirt design winner announced! August 16 2012, 6 Comments
We are so excited to announce the design contest winner for the Flutter Skirt! Everyone that entered did a wonderful job and it was hard to pick the top 3 but here goes....
1st prize goes too: Celina! from Petit a Petit
* The winning design will be featured here on the blog with a full sized tutorial and designer bio. * Any three e-patterns of your choice.
2nd prize: Elegance & Elephants!
3rd Prize: Mama Turtle!
2nd and 3rd prize:
* The 2nd and 3rd winning designs will also be featured here on the blog with pictures and designer bios. * any one of our e-patterns of choice.
Thank to all that entered!
Winners please email Shelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
happy holidays December 27 2011, 2 Comments
We can't believe 2011 is almost over and what a year!
Will you be hosting a big party to celebrate the coming year or staying in to watch the ball drop? Do you need the perfect addition for your little ones outfit to celebrate? Well, we have something special for you! As we quickly approach this new year we are very excited to introduce our first Figgy's e-pattern: The "Lux Vest"- priced at $8, available exclusively through our website! But because giving is better then receiving - especially for all our Figgy's friends - we'll include the e-pattern FREE of charge with the purchase of any pattern placed on the site now through January 1, 2012! Simply use the coupon code LUX2011 at checkout for sewing fabulousness.
The Lux Vest is rated a beginner project and comes with Ohhh! and Ahhh! guarantee. It is a quick and easy sew with tips and tricks about how to sew with faux fur and can be completed in just a couple of hours with enough time to spare to make another Sunki, Ayashe or even Nituna! Size range 18mo - 8/9yrs
We hope you have a fun & safe night out on New Years Eve, or if you're like me, a cozy and quiet time with my boys (what could be better?).