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The clothes that Shelly Figeuroa designs for her pattern company Figgy’s really stand out in this world of t-shirts and sweatpants. Figgy’s patterns are super chic, but are designed with real kids in mind. They are always simple and modern, but they have delightful details as well. They are constructed in interesting ways, but not impossible to sew. Most importantly they are comfortable and my kids love wearing them. 

Figgy’s started with a single pattern. Read my interview with Shelly to see that first pattern and how her company has grown since! At the end of the post you can to enter to win some fabulous Figgy’s patterns!

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  • When did you learn to sew and who taught you?

My very patient mother taught me how to sew and I had a little help from the 4H too.

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  • When did you first start designing your own patterns? Do you remember what the first pattern you made was?

My first pattern was the “Ella’s Bubble Bottom Skirt”. It was first just a skirt I made up and was selling on Etsy but Anita the owner of Sew to Speak in Ohio asked if I would make up a pattern and teach a class at her shop. That was in 2008.

  • How did you make the jump from making your own patterns to selling them? Was there anyone specific who influenced you?

I owe it to both Anita at Sew to Speak for giving me courage and Gina owner of Bolt Fabric for adding the heart. I took my little hand drawn pattern to Gina at Bolt and she sat down with me and told me everything that was good and bad. I’ve always thought of her as my mentor. I love that woman and wish I could visit with her everyday.

  • How has Figgy’s grown and changed over the years?

1000 ways and more. It’s been quite a journey of regret, mistakes, success and growth. I found that when I really was true to myself I was happiest. When I stopped trying to please people and just say yes to things I loved it flowed. I owe a lot to Karen LePage and Danielle Caine for teaching me so much about myself and design. I’m happy to say I’ve found what I truly love through the journey but it wasn’t always easy.

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  • Figgy’s has gone from simple patterns to modern, fashion forward children’s wear. Can you talk about that a bit?

The change came with the idea of being true to what type of clothing I love. I’m not the “Ruffle” type of gal. I love clean lines with pops of unique. Japanese pattern books are extremely inspirational for me.  

  • What has designing and selling children’s wear patterns taught you about sewing? drafting? business? life? pick one or all 😉

The first major thing about selling children’s wear patterns is that you can’t please everyone and that’s ok. I’ve learned to pay someone to do a job that would have taken me 1000 more hours. It’s best to present for the people rather than sitting behind a computer learning new software.

  • What would you tell someone who wants to sell their own patterns?
  1. When someone pays you a compliment say, “Thank you,” because you deserve it.
  2. Schedule hours and stick to them.
  3. Don’t release a pattern until you feel 110% otherwise you’ll sit up nights worrying that something was wrong and its too late.
  4. Don’t share the date for release until everything is 110%, it takes the pressure off.

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  • You are also passionate about teaching children to sew! Could you tell us a bit about the classes you teach?

Teaching has really taken over my life (in a good way). I LOVE inspiring kids to think outside the box and if they feel it then go for it! My classes have no real age limit or levels to them. If a child has never sewn before but wants to make a dress then I say let’s do it. I won’t make them sit through a load of projects that they could care less about. I like to grab them where their passion lies. My new book for C&T publishing was 100% inspired by the kids I teach and I can’t wait to share that with my kiddos.

  • Wait, a book?! Tell us more! 
I can only say that I have written a book for Fun Stitch Studio an imprint of C&T Publishing. The book will be released July 2015 and I can’t wait to share more. The students I teach were my inspiration. 🙂
  • Do you have any advice about teaching our kids to sew?

Purchase new machines with speed control. Nothing is worse than trying to teach a child on a machine that is so old and dusty it barely works.
Grab a piece of painters tape or washi tape and place it at the 1/2″ seam allowance mark. Direct them to place the edge of the fabric with the edge of the tape to help them learn to sew straight. Let them play with the decorative stitches for as long as they want. Sewing should be fun!


That’s great advice, Shelly, thank you!

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Now I know you want to sew up some of these lovely patterns! Shelly has generously offered to giveaway the whole Heavenly Collection7 patterns that can easily be mixed and matched to create a whole wardrobe (a $70 value!). Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by Friday Feb 6. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. One winner will receive 7 PDF patterns from the Heavenly Collection.

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Good Luck and Happy KCW!

Don’t forget to enter all the giveaways this giveaway week: Pattern Workshop, Scientific Seamstress and Sis Boom Patterns, Whipstich, Crafterhours, Figgy’s

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figgy’s + giveaway

Welcome to giveaway week on KCW! All week we will be featuring some of our fantastic sponsors and giving you a chance to win some great patterns and beautiful fabric.

the Heavenly Collection by Figgy's

There is no better way to start off the week than with the beautiful patterns by Figgy’s. Here is Shelly to tell you a bit about the company:

Figgy’s is a creation stemmed from love, passion & dedication. What started with the idea of a sewing company and one single pattern became the acclaimed Patterns by Figgy’s and transformed yet again into the company that it was always meant to be; Figgy’s. We create simple to make patterns with modern style and contemporary taste that won’t be out of style in a season or two. Alongside those attributes you will find well written instructions, professional illustrations & the security of knowing that each of our patterns has been tested by professional and non-professional sewists.

The new line of patterns, the Heavenly Collection, is everything you would expect from Figgy’s and more. Versatile, innovative, modern, and comfortable, these patterns are fun to sew and fun to wear.

the Heavenly Collection by Figgy's

I see these patterns transitioning very easily from winter to spring (or summer to fall for you southern hemisphere folks). To have a pattern for kids that is stylish, comfortable, and lasts through mutliple seasons?! Well, that is almost too good to be true!

made from patterns in the Heavenly Collection by Figgy'ssource: fabri’cate and noodlehead

Figgy’s has offered one PDF pattern of your choice from the new Heavenly Collection. Which one would you choose?  Heavenly Collection by Figgy's

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by Monday January 27–the first day of KCW! This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 1 emailed PDF sewing pattern!
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Even if you don’t win you can still get Figgy’s lovely patterns. Shelly is offering a 10% discount on all Figgy’s patterns from now until the end of  KCW (Jan 20- Feb 2). Just use the code KCW10 when you check out!

Good luck and Happy KCW!

lindsay, etc

guest post: lindsay from lindsay, etc

KCW is just a week away! Can you believe it? All this week, we will be highlighting some fantastic kid’s clothes makers and bloggers. We’ve asked them all to tell us about their favorite pattern.

We’re starting off the week, with the lovely and talented Lindsay from Lindsay, Etc. All of the clothes Lindsay make for her kids are incredibly polished. She competed in Project Run & Play last fall and even though she wasn’t the last sewer standing, her Stella McCartney inspired band jacket is still my all time favorite. Her favorite pattern, on the other hand, is the Ayashe top by Figgy’s. Elegant and simple, clean and polished, it came as no surprise when Lindsay chose this pattern, but I’ll let her tell you about it:

ayashe top by lindsay

I loved this top since it made the rounds last year, and have been pretty excited to put it together.

ayashe top by lindsay

Mine was made from poplin and a Nani Iro gauze. I kind of love the floaty, airy quality of the print, and the body and weight of the poplin worked perfectly. I opted to forgo the elastic around the bottom and used the mandarin collar which has such a polished finish.

ayashe top by lindsay

As noted by fellow seamstresses, I played with the size and length to suit my girl. I just took it in by about 1/3 inch on each side and lengthened it by about an inch. Fabric suggestions are spot on and I love how classic and fun this pattern is- the possibilities feel endless.

ayashe top by lindsay

Checking out all the different takes on the ayashe from the figgy’s flickr pool is seriously inspiring, and I am already laying out fabrics for an ayashe dress! Best sewing wishes to you all this KCW, and thanks Meg!