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kcw is next week!


Hey! Are you guys ready for Kids Clothes Week next week? We are going to get you excited with some fantastic sewing and a few giveaways too all this week. So are you ready?!!
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It’s Karly here and in case you are still needing some inspiration, I’m showing a super fun shirt by using a pattern provided by one of the sponsors of KCW. If you haven’t seen Megan Nielsen‘s newest patterns, you should go check it out. She’s now making children’s patterns too!
I went with her Mini Briar Sweater & Tee pattern, Version 3. I made the size 8/9 for Zoe, but in this house, if one fits into it that loves it….it’s kind of stolen.
My idea was based on those “Flip Up” shirts that are circulating Pinterest. My girls LOVE Hello Kitty, so we thought it would be fun to do one based on that! Aevarie thinks it’s absolutely hilarious.
To get this look, I cut out two front pieces. I freezer stenciled the saying on the right side of one, then the Zombie Hello Kitty UPSIDE DOWN on the right side of the other one. Then I basted them together and sewed up the shirt like normal.
In case you are wondering, “Why the Zombie Hello Kitty?”, well, my kids are rather obsessed with Zombies too, so it just worked out! It certainly makes for a fun and interactive shirt, and gets your kids cackling like mad people!
I want to say a huge thank you to Meghan Neilsen! Make sure to check out the sponsors this season. They’re full of awesome stuff!
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Comment on this post to win a pack of all three mini Megan Nielsen patterns (printed, not digital) as well as one of their Yes I Sew tote bags. Enter by Monday Feb 22 (the first day of KCW). This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
Good luck and Happy KCW! 
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figgys + giveaway

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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crafterhours + giveaway

Susan is a powerhouse in the craft world. She is half of the dynamic blogging duo on the Crafterhours blog. She is the genius behind the Friday Fiver, where each Friday on Crafterhours they feature a pattern (or sometimes other fun things) that for one day is only $5! She also might be the reason I am hoarding more patterns than I need;) On top of all of that, she is part of the dream team behind the wildly successful Facebook site (and blog too!) called the Daily Seam. What did I say? Susan is a powerhouse!

But we’re not going to talk about any of that today. We’re going to talk about yet another awesome thing that Susan runs, the Crafterhours shop. Susan has kids, so she knows what kid’s rooms look like–clothes everywhere except in the dresser!  Being super crafty, Susan solved the problem by making vinyl stickers that show kids what clothes go where.  And the I-know-where-it-goes Drawer Stickers were born!

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She generously created a tutorial so all of us could make them too. But people clambered for her to sell her stickers, so she did! Now her shop is stocked to the gills with vinyl drawer stickers for every girl, boy, and baby in every color of the rainbow–and more! The stickers are vinyl, which means they go on and come off easily and stick to most anything.

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When I first saw Susan’s stickers, they were so professional looking I assumed she had them manufactured somewhere. But no! She makes them all herself! She does all of the cutting from her home office and her mom helps her with the packing and shipping. It’s a veritable mom and grandmom operation!

I was so excited when Susan wanted to partner with KCW, because it’s such a perfect match! Is there anything more painful than seeing a handmade garment crumpled up in a ball on the floor? Or perfectly good pants–that took For! Ever! to sew–jammed in the back of the sock drawer? Now all those gorgeous handmade clothes you make will end up neatly folded and in the right place (well, in the right place at least).

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She also has a line of Let’s-sort-this-out Kids Clothes Storage Labels. All those too small handmades you are saving for the next baby (or grandbaby!) can now be organized and put away until that day comes. Both these and the I-know-where-it-goes Drawer Stickers would make fantastic gifts for mothers-to-be–especially if it’s their 2nd or 3rd child and they already have all the necessities.

So what are you waiting for? Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the Crafterhours shop and make it rain drawer stickers in your neighborhood! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by Thursday Feb 5. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 1 $50 gift certificate to the Crafterhours shop.

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Good Luck and Happy KCW!

Don’t forget to enter all the giveaways this giveaway week: Pattern WorkshopScientific Seamstress and Sis Boom PatternsWhipstich, Crafterhours, and Figgy’s.