Perfect Pattern Parcel March 20 2014, 2 Comments
What a cool idea Jill and Rachel have come up with. A way to support Indie designers and Charity at the same time. Love it!
It made me fee just like:
I also really like the patterns they chose for the very first release.
So, What is Perfect Pattern Parcel? (from Imagine Gnats blog)
Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker with an “if you build it, they will come” mentality, 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 charity.
So which pattern did I decide to make from this fun bundle?! Of course I chose the "Summer Concert Tee" by Dixie DIY. It's easy and quick which is all the time I have for me these days. I stuck with Dixie's styling and went with stripes but this quick sew took so little time that I have a few more planned for later that are non-striped. I will say this pattern isn't going to hold your hand as you sew but if you have a little experience and 1 hour then definitely go for it. I picked size 8 and it was a perfect fit. The only alteration I made because I'm a tad short was I trimmed off the back hem by 1" otherwise it was just a little too long. My husband appreciated that. :) If you're feeling charitable and supportive today then hop over to the PPP site and pick up your own pack. It's only available for 1 more day!!!!!!
ps. there's a giveaway!!!! (paid off to read the whole post)
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 Bernatex. Can 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.
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
celestial pullover November 15 2013, 1 Commentheaven by Figgy's Winter 13'
flickr love April 04 2013, 0 Comments
Hopped over to visit the Flickr group this morning and was so pleased to see all the amazing garments!! I love them all!!
button up March 11 2013, 5 Comments
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! :)
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!
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)!
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
Sarah Jane goes Out To Sea September 18 2012, 1 Comment
Does the fabric choose the design or does design choose the fabric?
For this garment in particular there was no doubt, the fabric choose the design.
I was thrilled to have the chance to work with Sarah Jane's new line "Out to Sea" not only because I fell in love with the prints themselves but because of the wonderful fabric hand. The fabric arrived just in time for me to create something special for a very special girl "K". K's family was having a lifestyle photo shoot taken by the ever so talented local artist/photographer Tracey Freeman, so I jumped at the chance to have a few photos taken of K in her new dress.
I try not to recommend quilters cotton fabric for garments because they are "quilters" cotton and the drape can be a bit "stiff" for some garments but, in this case I say "Go For It"! The weight is light with lovely drape and the texture is so soft and perfect for little ones' delicate skin. For this dress I used the "Deep Sea Jewel" navy anchor fabric as the main fabric, the navy and white "Ahoy There" stripe for the bodice lining/skirt panels and a red ric rac under the front pleat. It is DARLING! I've been getting a lot of requests to start making ready made garments again and this is perfect line to start making again!
Happy Sewing! - Shelly
*all photos taken by Tracey Freeman of Tracey Freeman Photography
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the dream August 22 2012, 3 Comments
Before I began designing/selling childrens' pattern in 2008 I was a sewing teacher. I still am. I've not stopped teaching because it is my escape from my other job which consists mostly of me in front of the lap top or stuffing patterns. From the time I was a young gal my mom always thought I would be a good teacher and when I teach children how to sew I agree with her. Teaching keeps me in touch with creativity. The kids let me be a good teacher because they continue to inspire me and encourage me. The children keep me going.
It has been amazing to see the increasing number of children that want to learn how to sew and the number of parents that want them to learn as well. Actually, I don't know many people that don't want to learn how to sew or craft on some sort of level. My dream is a sewing school. A place where children young and old can learn how to craft: sew, knit, crochet, embroider & learn handi work.
Want to learn more about my dream? Perhaps we share the same passion? If we do please pass along this link to your friend and family. http://igg.me/p/212210?a=1090124
I'm ready to make this dream a reality and in turn hopefully I can make a child's dream come true too.
Happy Sewing - Shelly
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CRAFTSY! July 03 2012, 2 Comments
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.
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