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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:


 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

Welcoming 2014! January 06 2014, 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!!!  

What a joy it is to welcome a new year!  2013 was full of up's and down's and life's little challenges but I'm hopeful that through it all we learn and evolve into what is meant to be.  I'm going with the glass is half full attitude!  

I have blessings to count and people to thank for all the up's of 2013.  

So if you have a moment to read on please do.  

As you probably may have noticed I took some time off from publishing patterns to focus on teaching children (and some adults too) how to sew.  By the end of 2013, Three Hundred and Twenty (320) kids walked through my home studio door and I have the community to thank for that!  At the end of 2012 I attempted to raise money to open a store front and was able to raise over $4000.00 and although that was not enough to open a shop it was enough to update my home studio with all the things we needed to teach, and over $3000 was given to children in need of sewing scholarships!  Every dime was put to good use and we have over 320 kids walking around town in their own handmade garb and accessories!  It is my greatest joy seeing the smiling faces after they've created something themselves.  Donations will continue to be accepted if you ever find yourself with extra fabric or thread just email me and I'll send over all the information you'll need to donate.  If you would like to sponsor a child in need, in the way of a scholarship that can also be arranged.

 Some great news for those that live too far from my home studio....this week I'll be finishing up the filming of an online class that is especially for your young sewist at home!!  (more info coming soon)    


This past October I had the pleasure of working with my son's schools HOPES committee on an exciting project. On March 8th of this year, Figgy's sewing Studio in collaboration with Hallinan Elementary School's HOPES commitee is hosting a "Sewing for Shriners" day.  Hallinan school is opening the school's gymnasium for an all day Kids sewing for Kids day!!  The chairperson for HOPES has a daughter that has had multiple surgeries at Shriners Hospital and each time she has had surgery she is double wrapped in a very itchy and ugly adult gown (a great word for this gown ...depressing). They don't have children's gowns and we are going to change that!  So far we have had 8 bolts of fabric donated!!  A special thanks to Robert Kauffman & Art Gallery Fabrics for donating fabric for our cause!  If you happen to have extra flannel fabric yardage in good condition or thread please send me an email and I can send over a donation document and information as to where you can send fabric/notions to help this cause!  OR if you'd like to sew a gown yourself and mail it in for the day's event I will send you information on that too!  Just email me at!  

Have a look at the "before & after" the last time this sweet girl went in for surgery: 

Ahh! The Robert Kauffman Balloon Flannel is SO MUCH BETTER!!!  (Fabric by Anne Kelle)

I would like to thank A Common Thread studio for providing my students with the best of the best in sewing machines.  Laura Wallace-Dickson, owner of A common Thread and Bernina have provided 6  Bernina 350 sewing machines and 2 Bernina Sergers for my students to learn.  If you live in the area and are looking to purchase a new machine she and her employee's are extremely knowledgeable and can direct you to the best machine suited for your needs!  If you are currently a Figgy's student they offer 10% off just for you!!  I'd also like to thank Bolt Fabric Boutique in Portland and The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego for offering all Figgy's students a discount on supplies for classes!  Your support for Figgy's Kids is greatly appreciated!!  

The last "up" for 2013 was releasing a new collection.  It had been about a year and it was time.  It was important to me to have this new pattern collection full of staples so I went with a bit more on the stylishly simple rather than the super expert chop full of details patterns.  I wanted to provide sewists with a wardrobe that can be created in just a weekend and have it full of garments that can be worn all year long by simply layering or using as is.  If you missed the release in November then I give to you the "Heavenly Collection".    The official pattern tour will begin in February with a ton of fun bloggers sewing up their new favorite Figgy's look!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

 To kick off 2014 I'm super excited to be a sponsor in the upcoming KCW (Kid's Clothes Week)  January 27th - February 3rd!!  This is one of my favorite blog follow alongs and this year I'm even hoping to participate!  Meg & Dorie are hosting a great line up of guest posters:   Laura from behind the hedgerow, Brienne from briennemoody, Sanae from sanaeishida, and Tara from girl like the sea. These talented women have some fantastic posts in store for you. I hope you are able to follow along too!


Lastly, I'd like to thank two people that recently helped me release this new site and new patterns.  Rob Alan my visual designer and Susan Yates a brilliant graphics gal and more!  I wouldn't have been able to move forward with a new collection without you!  

Thank you!

I look forward to a very fun and creative 2014!!!!

And thanks to YOU for sticking around all these years watching me evolve and grow!!!

-Happy Sewing



Mouse House December 14 2013, 1 Comment


I was so excited Hayley from Mouse House invited me to be a part of her Nora tour to help introduce her first pattern the Nora Dress and Tunic. There are some amazing designers and bloggers on this tour so be sure to go back and check out their work. Thank you for inviting me along Hayley!!  

It's not often I get the chance to create from children's patterns designed by others because it's easy just to grab a Figgy's pattern, but the Nora Dress and Tunic was too cute to pass up.  Plus, Hayley is darling and talented and I love supporting other Indie Designers. 


I choose the tunic length top version using one of my favorite fabrics designed by my friend Violet. The fabric is from her line "Waterfront Park" and it's not just cool, it's a piece of Portland (Portland bridges). Ofelia is very "Portland" and loves pink so I thought the fabric and little touch of pink would be perfect and I think it's a fabulous combination! I lined the tunic using an old white sheet that is super soft.  I think it's important to choose soft fabrics to lie against little's skin.  This tunic is a gift for my niece Ofelia for Christmas so I wasn't able to get a photo of her in the tunic but after measuring the finished garment and comparing it to her measurements I know it will be a perfect fit!  No body tell….shhhh.  :)




The pattern was easy to follow and the instructions were very well written.  I also love all the options that come with the design!

I hope you like it as much as I know Ofelia will!

Happy Sewing- Shelly

One Last Sale!!! November 26 2013, 0 Comments

UPDATE!!!  Pattern sale extended through Cyber Monday!!!  Dec 1st woohoo!!!  I am so thankful for your continued support over the years!  Enjoy the sale!


This Friday (November 29th, 2013) is known as Black Friday and Figgy's will be offering 20% off all patterns for Friday only!!  Please enter discount code HAPPY at checkout to receive 20% off!  Also, a reminder to the bundle lovers…..Thursday is the last day to get your hands on the Heavenly Bundle then it goes away forever!


seraphic pant November 26 2013, 0 Comments

having a sweet nature


Maybe it's because I'm forty or maybe I'm just really smart, but I love my knit pants.  They are cozy enough to wear curled up on the couch with my husband yet stylish enough to  go out to dinner. Designing a pant that kids would love but mom's loved making I knew that meant comfort and style.  

The Seraphic Pants have fun details like center topstitched seams down the front and back of the leg panels, roomy pockets, faux fly and elastic waistband.  I also like the slight drop in the center seam that adds a touch of modern without the dramatic harem pant look.  These pants pair beautifully with any of the new Winter '13 patterns and are the perfect staple for your child's wardrobe!  





thank you! November 17 2013, 2 Comments

For the first time ever Figgy's opened testing to the public and I'm so happy I did! I wanted to take the time to thank these wonderful gals for taking their personal time away from kids and family to help Figgy's.  

The pattern line would not be as lovely without you and I truly appreciate you and all that you do.  

A special thanks to: 


Leah Bandstra

Kataryna Borders / Sew Chibi

Bridget Clough / Et Tutu

Melissa Davis

Bridget DeSalvo

Tara Faul / Girl Like the Sea

Caroline Flynn 

Anna Graham / Noodlehead

Autumn Gross / Cottingtons So Crafty

Brittnay Jensen

Kristie Keely

Kelly Knoll / Kish and Caboodle 

Molly Martin / Rose and Odin

Nicole Morganthau / Finch Sewing Studio

Karly Nelson

Jess Phillips

Janice Thomas

Kristie Thompson  

Rachel Yarborough



Happy Sewing- Shelly

SALE WEEKEND!!! November 16 2013, 2 Comments


I'm so pleased to announce the new winter line is now available and what's even better……it's a sale weekend too!  With every release we like to show our appreciation for all of your support of Independent designers by offering our patterns for sale.  This weekend beginning Saturday, November 16th and ending Monday, November 18th all digital patterns are 20% off!  You will also notice a few of the patterns still have paper versions available and those are on sale as well. I have decided to wait to release paper versions of the new patterns for now but that doesn't mean I won't have them available in the future. I'm just getting back into the swing of things and have not made a final decision about running a paper version.  As soon as I know you'll know!

But wait, there's more!  For the first time ever Figgy's is releasing their very own bundle!!  The Heavenly Bundle Collection will be available for only the next two weeks.  The bundle includes all 7 patterns from the new line.  Each pattern can mix and match with one another to create a staple wardrobe for your child.  This is an amazing one time deal.  Retail priced at $70.00 this bundle will be available to you for just $39.95!  Get it while you can!!!



Happy Sewing - Shelly

celestial maxi skirt November 15 2013, 0 Comments

supremely good, sublime


I'm in love with this skirt.  I love the simplicity of the handkerchief hemline, the instructions for the french seams and the exposed elastic.  This is the skirt mothers/fathers sewists dream of because it take 40 minutes to sew from cut to finish and the result is flawless and stylish.  This skirt looks great paired with the Celestial Pullover or Pleated Tee and really hip with a layered look using the Seraphic Raglan and Celestial Pullover.  Have fun playing with the hemline length to make a full, tee or knee length by just adducting the length on the pattern.  On chilly winter days just add boots and Sunki leggins!



Fabric choices for the skirt vary from cotton lawn to jersey knit.  Just make sure when you're shopping for the perfect fabric take the fabric off the bolt and check the drape.  You want a fabric that will move with the person you're sewing for so nothing too stiff or heavy.  I hope someone tries making the skirt in a lightweight small wale cord!  Let me know if you do!  Also, don't be afraid to try a 2-3" decorative elastic it can give the skirt a fun pop of color!  



Happy Sewing - Shelly


celestial pullover November 15 2013, 1 Comment

heaven by Figgy's Winter 13'

heaven November 13 2013, 6 Comments

It's been too long!!  As I've been focusing on teaching over 320 kids in my home studio this last year the pattern line took a back seat. About 3 months ago the idea of releasing a new line could wait no longer I was missing you all too  much.  It was a breath of fresh air to get back into the swing of things and I missed seeing your creative takes on Figgy's patterns.


I knew once I jumped back in to designing a new line there would be  two very important factors I wanted to include in the line 1. wardrobe  2. tweens.

Wardrobe.  I wanted to offer Figgy sewists not just a couple of cute patterns but staples for their children's closet.  A line that would mix and match so once you sewed the line you would have created a full weeks worth of options.  As a parent I know how many times my son has worn the very time consuming dress jacket vs. his favorite Banyan Tee.  As much as I love his jacket, I know what he loves and its T-shirts and comfy pants/shorts. As an aunt of an adorable gorgeous niece I knew how many times she's worn the fancy dress in her closet compared to the cozy knit maxi skirts.



Tweens.  For years you have all been asking for larger sizes and to be honest I've been scared to take the leap.  Tweens know what they like more than any other age group (in my opinion) and from working with 320 tweens this last year they certainly voiced what they wanted to see Figgy's publish.  I'm happy to say this line has been pre-approved by the tweens!  I also had many of my students test the patterns to see how well they could follow along with little guidance.  I have to say I've never felt so proud!


It's been quite a journey back and I hope you find the patterns are worth the wait.  Winter patterns will arrive on November 16th and I plan to release the Spring line by next February!  My little break is officially over….I'm back!


Happy Sewing - Shelly

such design winner! April 15 2013, 0 Comments

Congratulations to.....  #6 (picked by

Christine Sherman wrote:

Love what you have done! This is great fabric!

Woohoo!  email me your address and Carrie will send out your lovely prize!!

Happy Sewing-




such designs April 13 2013, 48 Comments


What can I say about Ms. Bloomston (SUCH DESIGNS) except she is one of the most "real" people I have had the privilege to know and we've never even met in person!  I don't think you always have to "know" an artist to get to know them. That's what I love about an artist you can just feel them through their work.   I first fell for Carrie's work when I saw this pattern cover:


Then of course I fell in love with her Giggle n Squeak quilt because all the girls in my sewing classes were going crazy over

it so I taught a class (aren't they awesome!).




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When I found out she was releasing a fabric line I couldn't stand the wait and emailed her!  The fabric addict in me HAD TO HAVE IT as soon as possible.  The line does not disappoint.  I'm not one to suggest quilters cotton for garments but with some patterns it's absolutely fine to use especially if it's Carrie's line.  It has good drape and the hand is dreamy soft.  What a privilege it was to work with.  This line has something extra has heart.  It's not just some more gorgeous flowers or pretty stripe, it speaks to you.  When she said I could choose which print to use I knew I wanted to use some of the newsprint because I wanted to read it all. :)  She titled her line "Collage" and I find it very fitting.  When her fabric arrived it spoke out one word "Scirocco" and so I went to work.




She is one gorgeous girl!

Thank you Carrie for the honor of being one of the first sewists to get my hands on this amazing fabric.

Lucky for one of Figgy's readers too because Carrie is giving away a super fun stack of Collage!!!


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Leave a comment below and I'll select a random winner next week.

Want more chances to win?  Follow along the blog tour!!

The COLLAGE party rolls on:

April 9 – Julie Goldin 
April 11 – April Rhodes
April 12 – Tia Curtis
April 14 – Ramona Burke
April 15 – Sally Keller
April 16 – Angela Walters
April 19 – Jenny Kelly

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Happy Sewing Everyone!



a sunki & a sale April 05 2013, 4 Comments

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of "meeting" Lou from "Wotsybaby", a blog about raising her daughter in a gentle and creative way.

 This super gal has allowed me to post about her recent creativity, making the Sunki with knit fabric.  I love it when sewists take patterns and made them their own and lucky for us she's sharing a "how to" with us!


Knit Sunki


From Lou:

When I decided I wanted to make this dress (Figgy’s Sunki! so lovely!) out of a non-woven fabric, I searched to see if anyone had done it before and had any tips. I didn’t come up with anything so thought I’d document what I did here to make it easier in case anyone else wanted to change it up!

 1. The first thing is to size down. I have made this dress before in a quilting-weight cotton for my average-sized almost 5 year old and it fits well. Just right in fact (so not much growing room). I thought if I made the knit version in the same size, then we’d get a bit more wear out of the garment. It’s quite loose now and she tells me it’s very soft, comfortable and slinky! I could have made it in a size down for it to fit perfectly now. The fabric is a bamboo jersey and was great to sew with. I used a jersey needle (important tip#1.1) and a stitch that looks like a little lightning bolt that has lots of stretch (zig zag setting with a 3.0 length and a 1.0 width). I used my serger for some of the edges but not all of them (the bits around the armholes seem softer if they’re not finished).

2. I eliminated the zipper by cutting the back piece on the fold.

3. I didn’t bother with the facings and instead cut 2 pieces of 2×2 rib knit (the grey pieces around the neckline). The back piece is 1 5/8″ x 13.5″ and the front piece is 1 5/8″ x 13″ (I probably should have made them slightly – 1/2″? – shorter. So next time I would make them 1 5/8 x 13 and 1 5/8 x 12.5). I put them on in the same way as the Envelope t-shirt in the book Growing Up Sew Liberated (which I’d just made a few weeks before (I’m paraphrasing from the book for this next bit, I couldn’t come up with this genius!): Sew one long edge of front binding to front with lightning bolt stitch and right sides together. Gently stretch binding to fit. Press binding away from the front and turn the binding edge to the wrong side, encircling seam allowances and press. The raw edge of the binding will extend just below the seam on the wrong side of the front, then zig zag stitch (small zigzag) on the right side of the front along the bottom edge of the binding, just above the previous seam. On the wrong wide, the raw edge of the binding will be caught in this seam, finishing the binding. Repeat the entire step for the back and the back binding.

4. Instead of using the fold guides for the sleeves, I measured and marked 3″ over from the centre fold line on each sleeve (so 6″ total on each sleeve) and sewed a basting stitch 1/4″ from the edge. I pulled the threads tight and it was a perfect fit for the armhole once I put the sleeve in. (I sewed the sides first and put the sleeves in in the round which is my preferred method. It was no problem!)

5. I decided that the dress would be cool if I changed up the side panels but didn’t use a different colour of fabric so I freezer-paper-stenciled the stars. It’s awesome! I used Pebeo shimmer opaque fabric paint in Silver. Amazing stuff.

That's It!

Things I would change for next time:

1. Use stay tape on the pocket fronts. The pockets stretched out quite a bit when I sewed them – a bit of stay tape around the curve where the pockets meet the front piece would help I think.

2. Make the pockets deeper. The pockets on this dress are not quite deep (I agree Lou) enough for a small lady’s hands or other trinkets. I think I will do this with any future Sunki dresses I make, knit or woven. With the knit fabric though, the pockets have a tendency to flop out if there’s vigorous movement (which is pretty much constantly!)

3. Put a bit of stay tape around the shoulders on the sides where the front and back overlap for about 3 inches. As Sylvie has worn this dress, one shoulder might flop off her shoulder (which she thinks is daringly grown-up and fancy but I don’t know if she needs an off-the-shoulder dress… hm). I think cutting the rib knit binding a little smaller (as mentioned above) would help to tighten it up a bit as well). Now that it’s been sewn up I think I’ll just do a few tacking stitches where the two pieces of gray rib meet at the shoulders.

It was a fun project and a very wearable dress. I think it might be one of her favourite garments I’ve made for the little miss!



Lightened Version so you can see more detail. :)


Thanks Lou for sharing!!!  If you followed along with this post and create your own knit Sunki we'd love to see!  Share in the Flickr group or on Facebook!

tny leaves

Now, on to the saleS, yep I said sales with an s.

First up a Figgy's sale!  In celebration of nothing but a little warmer weather here in Oregon I'm having a 15% off sale on all paper patterns from April 5th - 12th!  Please use code SPRING15 to receive the discount!

Next a Craftsy class special!~  If you haven't tried taking a class online via Craftsy then this is the perfect time to grab one.  I had a ball filming this class and the reviews coming in are all positive, woohoo!

Just click the banner below!!  The sale begins today and ends on April 8th!  So hurry before Monday and grab the class but then take the class whenever you like, it never expires!!

Craftsy Spring Sale: Select online classes up to 75% off. Sale ends Monday, April 8th, at midnight!



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!!


winner! March 19 2013, 0 Comments

And we have a winner!!  Congratulations Veronica Lovvorn~  wow that is a gorgeous name!  Movie-star quality. :)

Please email me and I'll gather your address to post these adorable buttons and skirt!

Don't forget to visit Fulton & Co for all your button needs!

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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)!

Nani & Ayashe




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 to design..yep that's right I'm back at it!

Happy Sewing- Shell

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sweet craftsy February 14 2013, 0 Comments


 Happy Heart Day!!

Craftsy Valentine's Sale: All online classes up to 75% off. Sale ends Fri Feb. 17th, at midnight!


As most of you know I taught a class on Craftsy last year and for the next 4 days my class is on sale!  A bit about my class....

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.

I hope you enjoy the class & the huuuge discount!

I HEART THE PATTERN BUNDLE! February 07 2013, 1 Comment

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If you haven't heard by now Figgy's and 9 other pattern designers have come together, thanks to Jenny over at The Southern Institute, to offer an amazing pattern bundle.   I had some extra time yesterday and made a couple of adorable little bunnies from the bundle by Gingercake.  This was a fun pattern to work with and easy enough for my kids to take a class.

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I was also excited to have the time (30 minutes!) to make my niece a little shirt for her Valentines day party at school next week.  I found the fabric at one of my new go to shops online Girl Charlie Fabric.  Are you making your little one something special for next week?

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I hope you're able to take advantage of this great deal on the pattern bundle because there are some really cute patterns for all your needs!  I can't wait try them all!


Happy Sewing!

tny leaves

SEW FAB e-PATTERN SALE STARTS TODAY! February 04 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Sewists!!  Today is a great day for all us!


Today is the 1st day of the 1st ever Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale and giveaway, sponsored by The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop!

Over the past eight weeks a lot of behind the scenes work has taken place to bring you this amazing bundle of ePatterns from several of the top pattern designers and bloggers in the sewing and blogging world. The result is a bundle of 18 PDF sewing patterns that you don't want to miss.

Buy NowFor one week only, ten pattern designers have come together to bring you 18 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at over $139.00, for the incredible price of $24.95! That's over 80% off of the combined retail value! Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway valued at $390 from some really great shops!

For less than $25.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again. The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft. They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blogland and elsewhere. Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you've never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tissue paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

Click here to buy the bundle!

Now let me tell you a little bit about the giveaway!

The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing! One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, fabricworm, Jennifer's Jewels Custom Labels on Etsy, Green Bee Patterns, author Deborah Moebes, Mee a Bee, Gussy Sews, I'm Feeling Crafty, and Ball and Chain on Etsy. See the end of the post for giveaway details. This giveaway is not to be missed!

I know you're dying to know "What is included in the pattern bundle?"

18 well-loved ePatterns from 10 well-known designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle. Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below to see more details):

Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, Mommy & Mia Apron by Sew Much Ado, Ruby Lou Doll by Sew Much Ado, Mini Maxi Dress by Seamingly Smitten, Miss Mod Top by Seamingly Smitten, Love Your Lunch Box by Ginger Cakes, Modern Folksy Bunny by Ginger Cakes, Banyan Pants & Shorts by Figgy's, Banyan Top & Tunic by Figgy's, Go To Shift Dress by Go To Patterns, Go To Gift Bags by Go To Patterns, Sidekick Suitcase by Sew Fearless, Madeline Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Forget Me Knot Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Alex & Anna Summer PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Commuter Cowl by luvinthemommyhood, Scirocco Dress by Figgy's

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from February 4th at 8 a.m. EST through February 11th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there will be no refunds offered.

You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 18 PDF sewing patterns from 10 of the best designers out there!

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And now for The Sew Fab Giveaway!

You are not going to believe the prizes included in this giveaway! Can't buy the bundle? It's okay... purchase is not required to enter. Take a look at what you have the chance to win:

A Sewing Themed Box of Goodies from Pick Your Plum

Fabulous Wristlet from Gussy Sews (not necessarily the one pictured)

The latest release, Stitch Savvy, by Deborah Moebes

Sterling Silver Sewing Machine necklace from Ball and Chain on Etsy

$50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

$50 Gift Certificate to fabricworm

A free online class from

The Scoop Tote Pattern from Green Bee Patterns

60 Custom Tags from Jennifer's Jewels

Red Riding Hood Little Girl's Satchel from Mee a Bee

Handmade Sewing Machine Cover from I'm Feeling Crafty


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Sew Fab E-Pattern Sale! January 28 2013, 2 Comments

Coming next week!

From February 4th- February 11th...

the first ever

For one week only, ten pattern designers will be joining together to combine 18 of their best PDF sewing patterns (valued together at over $139.00) and selling them to you for the incredible price of $24.95! That's over 80% off of the combined retail value!

That wasn't a typo! For less than $25.00 you will have the chance to purchase a library of resources to get you started on several great projects that you can sew over and over again. The designers that are joining this sale are experts at their craft. They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blog land as well as in children's and women's sewing pattern design circles. Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite sewing patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

Figgy's Patterns, Go To Patterns, peek-a-boo pattern shop, Seamingly Smitten, One Girl Circus, Sew Much Ado, luvinthemommyhood, Gingercakes, Sew Fearless, Me Sew Crazy... this is the lineup! But you have to wait until Monday to find out exactly which sewing patterns are included in the pattern bundle. I can tell you that you won't be disappointed!

We are offering an affiliate program for this amazing sale too! If you think your blog readers, Facebook friends, or Twitter pals would be interested in buying this bundle of sewing patterns, why not sign up as an affiliate? As a Sew Fab Sale affiliate you can sell the pattern bundle on your blog and earn 40% of all of your sales! Contact Jenny at thesoutherninstitute @ for details.

Oh! And there will be a giveaway! The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing! One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from some of your favorite companies and online shops! I can't wait to reveal the giveaway package next week!

Don't miss the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale

starting Monday, February 4th!

Sponsored by
The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop

We'll see you there!

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available from 8 am EST February 4th through 8 am EST February 11th. Due to the nature of the sale there will be no late sales or refunds.

the happenings January 10 2013, 2 Comments

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  Better late than never right?!

I've been receiving a lot of emails asking about future Figgy patterns.  To be honest I have been so in love (busy too) with teaching  sewing to kids of all ages that patterns have been pushed to the side.  Am I going to stop making patterns?  I'm not sure just yet.

 Instead of typing away at the computer and testing garment after garment these last 6 months I've spent time with my young boys and husband.  I've allowed life not to get away from me and wow what a gorgeous world I live in.   Before pattern designing 7 years ago I had dreamed of opening a little shop/sewing studio and it seems that was once just a dream may actually become reality.   In the meantime you'll continue to find Figgy's Happenings going on around town or online:

During the next two weeks  Mad Mim and One Little Minute are hosting "Stretch Yourself" a learn to sew knits blogarama.  On Thursday, January 17th there will be a Figgy’s Banyan Tee Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at Anu*Miki + Paunnet.  So if you have felt intimidated by knits then this next week is perfect for you~

Love blog posts and helpful information online but feel like you need just a little more hand holding?  Lucky for you my class "Kid's Romper Revamp" on Craftsy may be just what you need.  The classes teaches you how to pick proper fabric, take proper measurements, work with knit fabrics and their is a bonus free pattern too!  Craftsy has a terrific interactive platform so if you have questions during class you just stop the lesson and type in your question.  It's my job to check in a few times a week to answer those questions.  Seeing some of the finished rompers & dresses has been so fun.

Love online classes but need just a little more hand holding than through the internets?  Do you live near Seattle?  GREAT!  Join me for a workshop at Dry Goods Design (make * do * mend) on February 16th from 10am - 4pm (lunch will be served, yum)!  I hope to see you there soon!

And for my fellow Portlanders, I have a new website where you'll find all the classes I'm currently teaching HERE!

Happy Sewing!


stuff your stocking!! December 10 2012, 0 Comments


Figgy's is so excited to be a part of an incredible giveaway, tis' the season to give and I'm loving it!   Imagine Gnats & Craft Buds have put together an amazing giveaway and starting TODAY, you can enter the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway for your chance to win one of five HUGE stocking stuffers. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,000!  Want to see what they're giving away???



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No purchase necessary. For alternate entry, e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com with your full name and the subject line "Stuff Your Stocking Contest." The sponsors will ship all prizes within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway starts Monday, December 10th at midnight pm EST and ends Monday, December 17th at midnight EST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen using and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This main contest post at will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Some giveaways open worldwide.


cyber monday! November 25 2012, 2 Comments

Happy Cyber Monday shopping day!  Today we are offering all patterns at 15% off retail price!  Please use coupon code SHOP15 when checking out!  Happy Shopping & Happy Sewing!!

beholden October 03 2012, 2 Comments

Figgy's Sewing Studio & Kids Foundation continues to be my dream and the dream of all my students.   It was a really hard decision for me to try online outreach what ("Internet begging"), but opening the studio/foundation isn't just a way for me to make money it is a place for kids/adults to learn, to create and to express.  This studio is a community need so I reached out to my community and I am so grateful to you all for your faith, generosity and belief in my dream.

A sincere thank you to:

Shelley & Jerry Brown 

Teresa Coates

Carrie Bloomston

Anna Graham

Keli Faw

Sarah Haag

Sara Lawson

Shannon Cook

Emily Flippin Maruna

Deb Miller

Lara Klinger

Sandy Wright

Cate Oaten-Hepworth

Lara Klinger

Mandy McGlone

Erin Harris

Laura Jansen

Kelsey Richards

Lindsay Conner

Sarah Costa

Alexandra Smith/Lola Nova

Joan Callaway

Erica Horton

Emma Jeffery

Laura Lee Scott

Amy Newbold

Joe & Allie Sabo

Bari J

Elegance & Elephants

Nicolle DuPont

Michelle McGinley

Schmidt Family

Jessica Abbott

Monica Glumbik

Rachel Shields

Shannon Curry

Sew Much Ado

Darcy Reardon

Melissa Seymour

Heather Anderson

Megan O'Toole

Five Eighth Seams

Kiki Adamovics

Kendall Coyne

Keli Dean

Amy Alan

Mo Bedell

Marylou Noble

Melissa Davis

Irene Rodegerdts

Grayson Dempsey

Karen Davitt

Frances Arikawa

Julie Wheeler

Hilary Smith

leslie keating

Rachael Gander

Ewa Duda-Maciejewska

Leah Bandstra

Elizabeth Pollock

Scott & Abby Truitt

Katy Hadad-Dyler

Karen O'Holla

Lisa Anne Logan

Nazanin Mansouri

Julie Bossert (SEWN Studio)

Jake Finch (Generation Q Magazine)

Helen Julian

Laine Family

Sohelia Adyani

The Pollocks

If for some reason your name or link is missing from this list please email me!

A total of $3915.00 was donated to the Sewing School & Foundation.  Because I didn't reach my goal Indiegogo took 9% of the funds and Paypal took 2.9%.  This left us with a total of $3449.12!  If you're reading this and didn't realize the project ended no worries, I have opened a second funding website: in hopes to raise more funds. The funds donated so far are safely tucked away in the Figgy's Sewing School bank account.

Please feel free to continue to spread the word to raise money for this school and foundation.

Sewing Studio Update!

 I have been busy putting the finishing touches on my business plan and will move forward presenting this plan to a few banks and angel investors.  I am also diligently working on my tote bags and zip pouches to send to you!  Please expect those to arrive in your mailbox no later than December 15th.  A special lap quilt created and donated by Elizabeth Hartman will be given to Ms. Kiki Adamoviks for donating $500 to FSS!

Foundation Update!

I am so happy to have already received a BIG bag of goodness from Art Gallery Fabrics donated directly to the Figgy's Kids Foundation!!  I have begun working on patchwork skirts and strip quilts to be delivered to "Northwest Children's Outreach" located at Rolling Hills Church in Lake Oswego this November (photos to come).

 Figgy's Kid's Foundation gave away our very first scholarship during the month of October!!!  It was so incredible to give to a child a gift that will stay with them for a lifetime.

A special thank you to Amy Butler for spreading the news about my project on her facebook page.  Figgy's story will be published in the next issue of "Blossom" (Amy's  new magazine).  Look for that article next February.

An extra special thank you to SEWN Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.  These gals not only put together a fun class using the Figgy's Flutter Skirt pattern but they have generously donated the class fees to the foundation.  THANK YOU so much.

 Happy Sewing!  Shelly