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free new figgy's pattern and a design competition too! July 05 2012, 9 Comments

Anybody who lives in the Pacific Northwest knows, that Summer starts on the 4th of July!  So, to celebrate summer (which finally arrived here in Portland as well!) we are excited to share our free (!!!) Flutter Circle Skirt tutorial with all of you! It's a beginner friendly sewing project that might only take you a couple of hours to complete from finish to end. Yet what we are providing here is a great pattern base or blue print for lots of sewing projects like, tiered skirts, minis, maxis, empire waist dresses, sun dresses - just perfect for summer! And as a bonus, we threw in adult/tween sizes too, so we grown ups can finally wear our own Figgy's too.

And because we think it's such a great pattern, we'd like to kick off a design competition throughout the month of July:

* create a garment based on the Flutter Circle skirt
* photograph your project and upload to the Figgy's Flickr group.
* indicate in the title: Flutter Competition.
* submission deadline: August 10th 2012
* a panel of insiders in addition to Shelly and myself will review all submissions and pick a winner!
* the winner is announced on August 15th 2012

 

And now for the prizes:

1st prize:

* 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 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.

 

What are you waiting for? Download your free pattern and get designing! We can't wait what you come up with!

Happy Sewing!

Daniela & Shelly

 


CRAFTSY! July 03 2012, 2 Comments

KID'S ROMPER REVAMP!

I am so very excited to announce the news about my course for Craftsy "Kids Romper Revamp".  It was such a fun experience and I was able to work with some amazing and talented people.  If you haven't heard about Craftsy yet then I have to say I'm a little shocked but also excited to be the one who gets to share this terrific site with you.  My most favorite part about this site is that it offers all sewists who would love to take a class the chance to do so no matter where they live and also it's interactive.  I get to chat with you as you take the class, I love that!

 Here is a bit about my course.

During childhood, play is paramount.  So whether it’s a hot summer day or a chilly winter afternoon, kid’s need to be comfy in their clothes.  Like adults, kids should enjoy the way their clothes look, as well as how they fit and feel.

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.

   In sewing for kids, I use comfortable fabrics as a platform to build from.  For this class, I wanted a platform that’s as comfortable for teaching as the romper is for wearing.  That’s why I chose Craftsy.  With Craftsy, you have unlimited access to your classes so you can learn at your own pace, and you have the added comfort of being able to watch the lessons in brilliant high definition, rewind, make notes, ask questions, and get answers from me and your classmates.  Plus, you can browse other people’s projects for inspiration, and upload pictures of your projects to get feedback and insight.

         

Enroll in Kids Romper Revamp, and create a comfy, yet stylish, custom girl’s romper, learn new sewing skills, and have fun doing it! 


trunk shows June 29 2012, 0 Comments

If you haven't heard, Figgy's offers Sample/Trunk Shows!  As most fabric shop owners know there is no better way to show off a pattern or fabric line than a display of samples to spotlight your newest offerings. The only trouble is, what shop owner has the time to create the samples? Now, you don’t have to worry about! Daniela and I have created a package of adorable samples using the newest up to date fabrics just for your sample/trunk show.  In the last few months our sample show has been traveling around the states.  Our sample show in the last few months has made stops at:

 Bolt Fabric Boutique (Portland)

SEWN (Cincinatti)

The Sewcial Lounge (Wisconsin)

and most recently Dry Goods Design (Seattle).

Daniela had the pleasure of stopping in during a fun filled evening with the shop owner Keli and her friend/employee Joanna.  I was so sad that I missed the opportunity to visit but I'm rescheduling a visit very soon!  When Daniela returned from Seattle she sent me this email:

The store is located in a very cool area with lots of shops and restaurants. The store is very cute and Keli is a super nice, energetic gal and so passionate about her business. I bought some of the zigzag fabric to cover my ironing board.  There always was a handful of people in the store who always stayed a long time, had drinks and snacks and took time for a chat. Our patterns were displayed all over the store and I could talk to customers,  how they can customize a pattern to fit their child, how to turn straps with a bobby pin, what to watch out for making the pattern. Sewing with knits etc. it was real fun and lovely to meet people.   -Daniela

What a pleasure to hear.  She also mentioned that Keli makes an outstanding Grapefruit Elderflower Fizz!  Now if I can just get up to Seattle sooner rather than later I could have my own GEF and sit on her super cozy looking couch.....

Are you a fabric shop owner interested in hosting your own sample sale?  Just email us at info@figgyspatterns.com and we'll find the perfect date for you!

Happy Sewing


flickr round up June 26 2012, 2 Comments


daniela June 18 2012, 12 Comments

or as I like to call her, "Tang" (short for her website name tangerinesamurai.com )

I "met" Daniela on flickr in 2009 while I was still living in Ohio.  I believe it was these photos that drew me in.

Who wouldn't be drawn to that beauty of a fabric!  After I moved to Oregon I was teaching private sewing lessons and during one of my lessons I kept talking about "Tangerine Samurai" and how enamored I was with her work.  I knew she lived in Portland but I hadn't had the chance to connect with her.  One of the gals I was teaching happened to know her and secretly surprised me by having her come to her home during one of the lessons.  She introduced herself as "Daniela" and I just kind of stood there for a second and then she said "Tangerine Samurai" and let out a tiny scream and jumped for joy, I was a little star struck.

Luckily for me, we became and stayed friends.

Her work as a designer is a true gift for us all. In the 90's she worked as a Designer in the Global Sport Apparel Industry.  Throughout those years, she held leadership positions at Adidas, Nike and Columbia Sportswear.  She created financially successful performance apparel designs that you may actually have hanging in your closet.  She has her own design company The Gestalter.  She had her own successful yoga line called "Seek" and currently freelance designs for the company RYU.  She is also a wife, mother, knitter, quilter and fabric designer!  She designed 90% of the fabrics used in the Sewing For Boys book and a few projects for Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal.    My goodness woman!

I'm writing about Daniela today because she is first, a wonderful human being, soft spoken, honest and patient.  I was floored when she said she would like to work with me and I jumped at the chance to have her as a partner.  She is an amazing co-owner & partner.  I feel very blessed to know her and work with her.

Since I've been around longer and my name is attached to Figgy's I get a lot of credit for what should be hers.  When we talk about credit she simply says that it's not her or me it's Figgy's as a team.  I would call that selfless on her part for sure.  75% of the time it will be me you'll see hanging around the Internets and answering emails because I love to do that, but please remember Figgy's is a team of two.

Thank you Daniela for being you and teaming up with me.  Figgy's is evolving into the wonderful small business that it is today because of you.

Happy Sewing-  Shelly


elsie marley kcwc April 29 2012, 4 Comments

Have you been following along Elsie Marley's KCWC this week?  I know we did!   If you aren't familiar with KCWC, it is a week of committing to one hour a day of sewing just for your kiddos.  I believe today was the last day but I think Meg will do this again in the Fall.  It's really quite fun.  The best part about KCWC for Daniela and myself was seeing all the little Figgy's garments pop up.  Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Via Flickr:  Tribecca, Elsie, dkbnyny, Living with Punks, June Craft, ElsieJune Craft, Hazelnut Girl

 I was able to participate a little this week and created a little Zephyr sun dress. For who else but Ofeliam of course.  She was quite camera shy yesterday but she really loved it.  My mom made her some purple linen bloomers (she calls them her spanx) to match.  Super Cute!  Fabric is a cotton lawn: London Calling by Vanessa Sorbet distributed by Robert Kaufman.

It was the perfect weight for a Spring sun dress.

Although KWCW is over for now we hope you will keep sewing a little bit everyday to create gorgeous garments for your little ones, and very soon with the new patterns too!  Happy sewing!

 


spring & summer 2012 April 15 2012, 22 Comments

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our Figgy's Spring and Summer line.

 Sizes: 18mo - 8/9yr

Banyan

  A Royal Navy term for a short period of rest and relaxation.

You have asked for boys and knit patterns and we delivered! This pattern
package is chock full of handsome and stylish staples that will easily take
you through any season and will work equally well for boys and girls!
What more could you ask for?

The pants are a modern design with a pleated flat front and our signature adjustable
back. You choose between a long leg length or a severely cute pair of
shorts. The pant is tapered through the legs and ends with a fold up that
just takes this style up a couple of notches! Pair it with this easy to make
tee or choose between a girls slim fit handkerchief hem or tunic length tee.
We promise to help elevate your sewing ability while we guide you step
by step through a professional fly zip installation and plenty of sewing
tips for wovens and knits!

 

Scirocco

The constellation of winds blowing hot air from Sahara into Europe.

As a child, growing up in Germany, Scirocco meant hot summer days and
nights. The scent of sunscreen, swimming pools, ice cream and barbecues.
It meant swimming in cool waters and hanging out with friends
along the waters edge. An incredible sense of self, freedom and a terribly
freckled nose.
Celebrate your summer by sewing your girl(s) this beautiful airy summer
dress - with a fun and funky twist which surely will make your little one
feel extra special. We are sure she will always remember the summer
when she got this favorite dress! Opt for light weight fabrics and try it
in sophisticated solids with pretty lace accents along the front or play it
up with beautiful prints. The results will make you wish for hot summer
days!

Zephyr

Mild winds blowing from the Pacific.

A pattern combo that surely fits the famous California lifestyle. Just think about your family strolling down the beach promenade in Venice Beach, your little girl skipping ahead, wearing this adorable romper or breezy sundress. Picking up a sea shell or twenty along the way. The sundress is a quick and simple sew, perfect for a beginning seamstress.

The romper however is a little more advanced as it is a little more time consuming especially using the recommended knit body/woven yoke combo. Yet with many trips and tricks sprinkled throughout the instructions, we are sure to help elevate your sewing experience.

 (Please drag your mouse to the number 360p to enlarge to 720p HP, thank you)

 

I hope you enjoyed the little peak at our Spring & Summer line and please come back tomorrow as we begin our PRE-SALE event.  Our pre-sale event includes 10% off any purchased pattern.  We are scheduled to ship all patterns by May 10, 2012!!

Daniela & Shelly

 


ofelia winner! March 26 2012, 0 Comments

Unfortunatley, I haven't heard from Kimberly so I have decided to draw a new number!

Congratulations!!!

Stephanie wrote:

I’m working on some baby shoes right now – a pair for my son and some for a friend’s twins.

 

Congratulations:  Kimberly!!!  I have one little problem....I don't have an email to contact you :0

Please email me when you see this post and we'll send you a gorgeous new pattern!

 

Kimberly wrote:

What a fun embellishment for this pattern. I have a baby quilt that I am in the middle of. I hope to finish it up soon, the baby’s already 4 months old! Thanks for the giveaway.

 


and the winner is.....UPDATE! March 07 2012, 2 Comments

Well guess what?!  The Abby that won the Liberty book was actually a friend of mine and I didn't realize it.  Her husband Scott tweeted to me that he just bought her the book (great husband) and for me to go ahead and draw a new winner!  Lucky day for #60!!

Congratulations:

Megan wrote:

I would LOVE to win this awesome book! Your project looks so awesome. I am new to sewing and this would seal my obsession with it! Thanks Figgy’s!

 


sweet liberty love (and a giveaway!) March 04 2012, 60 Comments

 

When I think of Liberty of London fabric I think luxury.  Whenever I purchase Liberty fabric I have the hardest time deciding what project I want to use the fabric for because it needs to be worthy (like the Ayashe blouse).

When Chronicle books sent Daniela & I the "The Liberty Book of Home Sewing" book I had to sit down immediately and read every page from front to back.  This is the very first sewing book from the internationally popular and stylish textile brand.  A grin stayed on my face all day long.  I will say that this is not a "teach you how to sew book" so there isn't much hand holding.

The book offers 25 projects that allow the reader to incorporate a touch of Liberty elegance into their home.  There are simple projects like a tote bag or apron and a bit more intermediate projects like full-sized quilts, throws and cushions. Yum.  In the beginning of the book Anna Baruma offers a bit of Liberty history.  I love "behind the scenes" and hearing how companies begin so this was terrific for me.  I really appreciated that each project listed the names of the fabrics used in case you wanted to create the exact same project as it is in the book.

(project: book covers)

The very first project I wanted to sew was the "Kimono".  The Kimono offers a touch of old-fashioned glamour to your morning routine but, I only had 1 yard of Liberty in my sad stash (sniff sniff).

Instead I decided to make something for my Mom.  My parents are taking a much needed and deserved trip to Hawaii and  I found the perfect little gift to send with her, the "Toiletry Bag".It went together perfectly and was a quick sew (which is nice when you have littles running around).  When working with projects in this book remember to read through the instructions before beginning your project. You should really do this with all patterns because you never know what little tricks may pop up.  In this project you create paper pattern pieces with measurements but you have to add 3/8" around the paper pattern onto the fabric....I almost didn't catch that and started cutting :0.  It all ended well.

For Mom.

The only tweak I made was to the zipper pull.  I decided to braid strips of the fabric and thread it through the zipper head.

 It  deemed to be a worthy project and it's certainly going to a worthy lady.  She deserves this and the robe!

Now for the giveaway!  We are happy to announce that Daniela and I have an extra copy of this lovely book for one of you!  Please leave a comment letting us know you'd love to win!  For an extra chance to win visit our facebook page and "like" us.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday the 7th of March!

 

 


Fur, Fur everywhere February 15 2012, 1 Comment

photo source: style.com

If you are like me, there are 6 seasons in a year. And right now, it's fashion week season! I have been following along and even though NY Fashion week hasn't even wrapped up, it's pretty obvious that fur will carry through to next season! Faux fur - pretty please!

It feels so validating as we launched our Lux Vest pattern in late December. We truly think every little girl should have one! One yard of the fuzzy goodness will yield two of those adorable vests. For our photoshoot I made two identical vests for our two models. They are really good friends (so are their moms) and whenever they show up in their partner gear, people literally stop us to ask where they got the vests!

It's a super quick sew and the best part is to see people's jaws drop when you tell them that it's handmade! Yay!

Just browsing the web a bit I found these other options for kids:

collage: Babycenter

Babycenter put this trend alert-fur-vests on their blog.

photo: Pink Chicken

Or this cute little combo here by Pink Chicken...

Diva likes Luxe faux fur vest
...which reminds me so of this funky vest Regina made from our pattern!

crew cuts fur vest

How adorable is the crew cuts vest with a satin ribbon around the waist?

Threads Magazine has a sewing school article about how to put together the fantasy fur jacket.

We also found some great online resources that stock a wonderful array of faux fur for this fuzzy pleasure:

- Fabric Depot stocks the fur I used.
- Fabric.com has some great long pile as well as short hair fur.
- Fabric Empire is running a sale on furs right now.
- I'm stuffed fur has some really great ones too!

Now, get your vacuum out (trust us, you'll need it!), get ahead of the curve and sew one (or make that two!). We'd love to see the results on our flickr group!

 
 

sew along time! February 03 2012, 8 Comments

 

I love a fun sew along.  My two favorite parts:  all the visual details of the sewing process and the gorgeous results from the sewists.  We decided that the "Ayashe" blouse will be the highlight of our first sew along because of all the little details it has to offer.  We'll take you through learning how to gather, attach facings, adding elastic or a draw string to the hem and attaching a mandarin color.

Need a little inspiration?  Have a look at these two adorable Ayashe Blouses that popped up in the flickr group this last week created by Hemoglobin Hummingbird and Daisy Girl.

 

Just a touch of Liberty, perfect!

Just Lovely!

Using Tula Pink, Prince Charming was a terrific fabric choice and her daughter couldn't be any cuter!

 

The sew along will begin on Wednesday, February 8th.  Don't worry if you haven't purchased the pattern yet, you still have time!  Order by Saturday the 4th and I'll post the pattern priority mail.  Visit the Ayashe page for the supplies you'll need to purchase this weekend to get started.

Daniela has created two adorable buttons for you to choose from.   Feel free to copy and paste this code onto your blog.  Email us at info@figgyspatterns.com to let us know you're sewing along and we'll be sure to link your blog at the end of the sew along.

Happy Sewing!

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nituna - and how it all started January 06 2012, 3 Comments

Sometime life works in mysterious ways.

This story begins with 1 yard of fabric, passed on to me by Susan, with a task attached: Create something really beautiful - anything you like - and once finished, it'll be showcased at a particular store and I would have to teach a class on the item - then, the finished product would be mine.
It was a beautiful fabric.
And I knew exactly what I would want it to become.

At the same time, a warm and sunny September day, Shelly and I were meeting for lunch. I showed her the the fabric and told her what I'd like to make from it. Her eyes lit up and she responded ... what if ...
Then we put our heads together and started planning. It was a long lunch break and I don't know if either of us ever expensed it ;) (tax time people - get ready!) but the outcome was a new pattern company and this:

First Nituna

Nituna in the Ochoco fabric I was given,
with brown suede tape and binding details.

and then this:

Nituna

Nituna reversible Jacket

The Nituna reversible jacket pattern was actually the first jacket pattern in the new Figgy's line. I love the simplicity of the design and the versatility of the pattern. And how it can showcase double faced fabrics beautifully without strange bits and bobs that you have to live with when making a reversible style. And made up in any of the many beautiful Pendleton fabrics - you'll create a truly show-stopping piece.

"Wait a minute!" you might say "all of this sounds super nice but where I live, I can't even get my hands on any Pendleton fabrics"

No need to be discouraged - Pendleton has a huge store here in Portland and the staff is very nice and extremely helpful. They post most of their fabrics including (sales) on their blog - and if you have laid eyes on a specific fabric, just call them toll free 866.865.9285  and they'll ship out to you. All the ingredients for the jacket above can be purchased at their store and they also carry the Nituna pattern.

Didn't I mention that the pattern is very versatile?
This version here  is made up in Loden (node to my Bavarian upbringing) with a graphic quilting cotton as lining:

Nituna lined

And this guy here is out of a thick double face polar fleece with a Sherpa like side (inside) and a flat micro fleece side (outside). I left the patch pockets unfinished with the raw edges showing which just underlines the rugged appeal of the fabric. I omitted the buttons at the front which makes for a nice, flattering drape effect.

nituna fleece

Last but not least: The class I talked about earlier.
Portlanders and all sewistas in the vicinity: I'll be teaching a class on the Nituan patten at the Pendleton Wollen Mills Store end of January. The price of the class includes fabric, all trims, a label and the pattern. It's rated an advanced class as handling blanket weight fabric requires somewhat experienced hands. It's a two session class so there will be homework in between classes. The official list is not up yet. But like us on Facebook and stay up to date once the listing is up to secure your spot. All you need to bring is yourself and your trusty sewing machine. Everything else is provided. Here the details to pencil in:

1/28 & 2/4
10am - 12pm

Pendleton Woolen Mills Store
8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97222
503.535.5786
866.865.9285 toll free

Hope to see you all and
Cheers to 2012!!!

 

 

 


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?).

 


just for you December 12 2011, 0 Comments

 

Some of you have received your pattern in the post and opened it...."hey, what's this?", a little label just for you!   A beautiful woven label is included with every purchase of a Figgy's pattern. A little extra bonus for you the sewist. These labels don't only give your garment a professional finishing touch, they clearly state that the garment has been lovingly crafted by hand.

At Figgy's we make it very easy and profitable for the boutique sewer to use our patterns.  We believe that a label not only enhances your garment but it showcases that you take pride in working with an established and trusted pattern brand.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you have a quality product in hand.  Once you fall in love with the patterns and want to make multiple garments for your shop we have label bags available to purchase.  We want to ensure your success and we know this is the perfect touch for the garment.

"Wait! my label doesn't look like the one in the photo above?"  Don't worry, there is a special reason for that.  If you received a pattern with a silver "Figgy's" limited edition label (I feel a little like Mr. Wonka) that means we want to feature your garment on our blog and you'll also receive a special coupon code for your future order!  Email a photo of the garment to info@figgyspatterns.com.  We look forward to seeing everyone's garments so please upload them to our flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/patternsbyfiggys


getting excited December 02 2011, 11 Comments

 

We're counting the days awaiting the patterns arrival and I know some of you are too!  Two days ago the printer called and asked us to come down and approve the hard copy.  It was the first time in 3 years that I was asked to come to the back of the building.  Tom, John and Linda at StevensIS are amazing and they each do a great job at their job.  From the first time I walked in the door I was treated like family, and it's funny I feel a little like family now.  It didn't matter how small of a company we are or how small the job is, we are always treated special, and it doesn't hurt that Linda is always super excited to see what's next.  So what happens in the "back of the building"?  Printing of course.  Big machines, vegetable based inks and loud noises.  Loved it.  Tom took me over to where the pattern covers were being printed, he grabbed one of the prints put his hand on my shoulder and said, "kid, you're movin up".  Felt good to hear him say that since he's been with me since the first bubble skirt.  He asked me to proof read and sign off.  Daniela had been in earlier and gave her approval so all I had to do was initial:

 

 

They've since been sent to the Die Cutters and are on their way home, well my home.  Next stop is your home!

Happy Sewing (very soon)!


where did you get that fabulous fabric? November 24 2011, 6 Comments

That's been the big question this week.  Everyday I receive emails asking about the fabric we used for the Sunki dress.  The fabric is an Ikat, and it seems to be popping up everywhere.

An Ikat fabric is very easy to spot because of an elaborate weaving process that results in an interesting blurred appearance and come in wonderful pattern ranges.  Ikats are more than just a trendy fabric, they’re complex with a long history.  Ikat derived from the word mengikat, meaning to tie & bind or wind around.  They achieve the blurred look through a three-step process.  Threads are first tie-dyed then woven into long narrow strips.  They are then patched together very carefully to create width.

I wish I could take the credit for finding this fabric, but it was all Daniela.  She found the fabric at a local fabric shop here in Portland, "Mill End".  If you happen to live in Portland and visit the shop, it will unfortunately be gone.  Who's to blame?  A very good friend and supportive customer Deb Miller.  She alerted me via facebook;  "I went to Mill End and bought out the rest of that bolt of ikat fabric from the little Figgy's dress because I loved that fabric so much.  Gonna see if I can make a kid dress and a dress for me...".  That's some serious love, and I'm terribly jealous she bought the end of the bolt, but I have good news!  I was at "Sew Mama Sew" yesterday and when I walked in the door I immediately spied these beauties, and purchased some of course!

"Boho" by Annette Tatum

When I arrived home, and rolled around in my new fabric, I had to begin a google search for more Ikat fabric.  Here's a bit of my journey.

At Purl Soho you'll find beautiful hand painted 13:1 needlepoint canvas that features a gorgeous design inspired by Ikat rugs and tapestries.   Unique NZ Designs 

Fabric.Com has a wonderful collection of Ikats

I really could go on and on so I better stop here, but wait, did I mention Amy Butler?  I'm sure you've seen her new Lark collection!

Thank you for all of the interest and I hope this has helped those whom have been searching for the perfect Ikat fabric for the Sunki, or the Ayashe, or even a lining for the Nituna!

 

  As a Thank You for your support during this transition we would like to extend our Pre-Order sale through Friday, November 25th, 2011.  Have a wonderful holiday weekend!  Gobble Gobble.     -Figgy's


navajo handmade November 20 2011, 5 Comments

In an earlier post we touched on the Northwest inspiring fashion and retailers but lately I've had the pleasure of stumbling across beautiful handmade work sharing our love of the Navajo and Northwest.

racheldenny, adrianfraz, shapescolors, theifandbanditkids, littlepapercrane, hawkandbirch

corium, hellowallflower, theifandbanditkidsiheartnorwedianwoodthingslikediamondsClaireVerity

How you been finding more and more NW around you lately?  We'd love to hear all about it!


nativity November 14 2011, 11 Comments

"Nativity" is a blend of Native inspiration, nature loving children and captivating designs. For the last couple of seasons, Trend and Design influences have been looking West. Fashion and retailers as well as urban brands like Opening Ceremony, Levi's, Hurley, Anthropology are inspired by the spirit and visuals of Northwest (NW) - the place Figgy's calls home.

For our inaugural pattern collection, we have chosen to celebrate everything we love about the beautiful NW and we we look forward to you joining in our celebration.

 SUNKI

This pocket dress is not only stylish but comfortable. You will have so much fun choosing fabric for this versatle dress design, and the leggins....they go together in a snap.

NITUNA

A swing coat that's just stunning - not only in Pendleton fabrics - and made fully reversible with bound seams! Yet we also include instructions on how to make an equally adorable lined version.

AYASHE

A very cool combo!  This blouse & pleated skirt can be dressed up or down and is winter and summer appropriate depending on the type of fabric you choose.  The yoke on the top is double layered and expertly hides your seams.  The pleated skirt has an adjustable hidden elastic tape fed through the back for a perfect fit and sports pockets for the gatherers.

These garment patterns contain exactly what your little one will need to get through this holiday season and many more to come.   From Figgys to you this holiday season we are offering free domestic shipping on all pre-orders from now until November 25th.  For the international sewists - we didn't forget you - we are offering shipping for only $1.50 per pattern!  Discount will already be in place at checkout.

Happy Holidays & Happy Sewing

 


what's going on? November 01 2011, 4 Comments

When one door closes another door opens.....

During my life's journey, I met a great gal, and we choose to walk down the same path for a while. Recently,we came to a fork in the road and each of us had to make a life changing decision.  It was not an easy decision, but that is where we found ourselves.  Because we choose to walk along different paths (but still write and send birthday cards) I was given a chance to revisit my vision of what was once a hobby that evolved into a passion that evolved into a business and now once again....evolving.  At first I was quite overwhelmed and wasn't quite sure what to do, but a friend gave me some much needed advice; "Shelly, you just need to let go and let life come to you", so I did.  Almost immediatly after I let go people started knocking on my door.  Notice a change or two or seven?  Well everyone,  I've thrown my Mary Tyler Moore cap to the sky and am ready for what the future has to offer.

I would like to welcome you to "Figgy's" and for those of you that have been by my side since the beginning, thank you so so much!

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Happy Sewing!