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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

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:


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

Click here to purchase:

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-

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!!!





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!!  


celestial pullover November 15 2013, 1 Comment

heaven by Figgy's Winter 13'