Figgy's Blog

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.......


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.

"Eos"

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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-
Shelly

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

 

Fiskateers

 

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!

 

 


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!   http://igg.me/at/imaginegnats 
 
 

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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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!!  

 


button up March 11 2013, 5 Comments

 

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3 years ago when my GG passed away she left me two cherished items: a gorgeous chair and her vintage button collection!  I couldn't have asked for anything more.  My mom and I had a wonderful time sifting through all the buttons and picking out our favorites that we've hoarded for just the perfect garment.  Some will also sit in our box and look pretty because we can't bare to use them.  You could say I'm picky when it comes to buttons.  You won't find me walking into a big box retailer and grabbing a 5 pack of plastic buttons.  I think about all the time put into designing and creating a gorgeous garment then topping it off with a few plastic buttons. That's like spending all day in the kitchen baking a cake then spraying a can of whip cream all over it as icing, not for me.

Here are just a few a my favorites from past garments.  That cute little birdie on the bottom right was made by a friend, April from Sew to Speak, many years ago and I hope she's still making them! :)

 

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Not so long ago I was wondering if I hadn't been blessed with this massive supply of buttons where would I find gorgeous buttons (that are not big box machine made).  Not long after wondering about just that I received an email from a wonderful lady named Sarah Fulton, button maker extraordinair!   Sarah recently opened up a shop on Etsy in December and we are so lucky she did!

Sarah Fulton started FULTON & CO. because she loves things that are practical and useful, and because she could not find the kind of buttons she was looking for, anywhere. Namely, buttons that are plain, simple, handmade, neutral in color, and in a variety of sizes. Because the majority of American button companies have gone out of business, Sarah is motivated to be a local source of a quality product. Sarah's goal is that FULTON & CO. will be the go-to company for simple, artisan buttons. Buttons that will be kept and collected over the years. Used and re-used. The ceramic buttons are created in small batches, each one going through an 8 step process, using a low fire, porcelain-like clay that gets bisque fired and glaze fired in the kiln before they are finished. FULTON & CO. buttons will, without a doubt, add a touch of character and charm to anything they adorn!

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Sarah not only answers our button prayers but she is also extremely generous.  Sarah has offered one lucky Figgy reader an amazing assortment of buttons!  All you need to do is LIKE her Facebook page! And don't forget to visit her Etsy shop to see all her goodies too!  Sarah's generosity rubbed off a little on me too so I decided to add to the package a little Ayashe skirt created with brushed cotton Nani Iro fabric and adorned with none other than Fulton & Co. buttons (Skirt is size 18mo)!

Nani & Ayashe

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Please enter for your chance to win below and I will announce the winner when I return from Seattle on Monday the 18th!!!  Why am I going to Seattle you ask?  I will be teaching a workshop at Make Do Mend (Dry Goods Design) this Saturday  the 16th of March from 11am - 4:30.  I think there are 2 seats left if you live in the area and want to have a blast of sewing fun!!

Have a wonderful week....off to design..yep that's right I'm back at it!

Happy Sewing- Shell

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