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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 almost time for KCW week!!! January 20 2014, 2 Comments

I'm so excited to kick off GIVEAWAY week for Kid's Clothes Week!  
And what great company I am in!   Girl Charlee, Made By Rae, Zonen 09 & Miss Matabi have all joined in to sponsor KCW!!

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.

 

We decided to keep the front with the nice pleating detail and keep the sleeves a nice spring length that is still roomy enough for layers.  The only thing that really needed tweaking was the neck opening.  
Options:  Buttons down the back, exposed zipper or a simple little slit.  Since I'm one for quick and simple I went with a little slit.  
To achieve this look you simply find the middle of the back and cut a 3" slit down the middle beginning at the neck line.  To finish the neck edge we took fabric from the coordinating Celestial Maxi Skirt and created our own eyelet bias trim.  Added a little button loop and button. Voila!  Now you have a pattern that you can create comfy stylish t's or dress it up a little with gorgeous cotton.  

 

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