Shelly Figueroa from Patterns by Figgy’s joined us as a board member in 2010. We’re excited to share her thoughts today about the sewing industry in 2010 and what to look for in 2011! It’s going to be a big year for Shelly and Patterns by Figgy’s

We have lots of interviews with some of our favorite quilters, sewists, designers and shop owners to post in the upcoming weeks, and we want to hear from you too! Answer any or all of our questions and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win one of five $15 Sew,Mama,Sew! gift certificates on January 15th.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Shelly: Gorgeous vintage-inspired patterns for women is the trend I grabbed onto instantly. Also, sewing with knits.

Migration Tee by Karen LePage,
from Shelly’s Tips for Embellishing Knits + Knit Appliqué Tutorial

I’m so happy this is circulating right now because sewing with knit fabric can be just as easy as sewing with woven fabrics, you just need a quick tutorial to get you started. And my favorite: Zakka sewing and the entire collection of Japanese sewing books I have collected in the last year.

SMS: What were some of your favorite things?
Shelly: Vintage-inspired patterns: This one is easy… My favorite little lady Sarai from Colette Patterns. Colette Patterns designed a men’s shirt pattern and it was just in time for Christmas this year. Her entire line this year was wonderful and I have them stacked and ready to sew.

Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner

Fabric Collections: Anna Maria Horner’s voile and velveteen releases… Dreamy.

Patterns: I really enjoyed sewing the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated, I think I made five of them over the summer.

Schoolhouse Tunic pattern from Sew Liberated

Blogs/Sewists: I’ve really enjoyed following/reading Very Purple Person, All Buttoned Up & Tangerine Samurai.

SMS: What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?
Shelly: Anything and everything by Nani Iro

SMS: What was the best thing you made in 2010?
Shelly: My most favorite thing I made this year I am unable to show you because it is something in our book that will be released next fall but my second favorite was the Ofelia dress I made for Amara. The dress is simple but the added touches make it special. I was so excited to photograph Amara and seeing her in the dress was watching my vision come true.

Amara in the Ofelia dress

SMS: What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
Shelly: This dress is so simple yet so dreamy by Very Purple Person. She is so beautiful and her style is what a wish I could wear.

SMS: What do you think 2011 has in store?
Shelly: I hope the sewing with knit fabrics trend will continue, and a mesh of modern/vintage is coming our way in children’s clothing patterns. Oh, and more BOY patterns. I would love to see more Japanese books published in English too!

SMS: Any bloggers, quilters, sewists or designers who you think will be rising stars in 2011?
Shelly: By next fall you’ll see a release of fabric by Tangerine Samurai’s that I think will blow you away. Elsie Marley and The Long Thread are great blog reads and I think they will continue to grow. I think Amy Alan is an amazing designer, seamster, teacher and all around gal.

SMS: Anything you’re ready for the world to get over?
Shelly: Writing on the bottoms of children’s clothing. This drives me crazy.

SMS: Any thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate? Predictions or wishes?
Shelly: I’m terrible at some of the social media gigs. Twitter– I still just don’t get it. Facebook– I’m a little over it but how else will I be able to keep up with everyone? Blogging can sometimes be tough because there are days or sometimes full weeks where I feel overwhelmed or have a creative block but still need to produce a great tutorial or post. I’ve decided it’s better to write while I’m inspired then just putting up a post every week just to have one up.

SMS: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2011? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can reveal?
Shelly: An exciting year is about to come for the Patterns by Figgy’s company. We’ll have our very first booth at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah in May and in Texas in the Fall. I’ve never been to quilt market so I’m a little nervous but very excited. Karen and I have a book that is being published by Wiley publishing ready for release next August but will be availble for pre-order by February or March.

Goals: I’m so excited I met my goals for 2010 and have just started thinking about setting new goals for 2011. I definitely want to continue to fulfill our seamsters’ expectations when it comes to our children’s clothing patterns as best we can. As we’ve grown we’ve learned lessons and improved in a lot of ways so I look forward to moving forward! Personally, I’d love to have a baby but I’m afraid it may have to wait another year and then I’ll be old!