I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

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I just love working with knit fabrics.

Last year, I posted a tutorial at Sew, Mama, Sew about knit-on-knit applique.

There’s also a chapter on re-using t-shirts that have somehow made it past their use-by-date in my new book.

I was thrilled to contribute a bit for the Great Knit Fabric Experiment (which I  blogged over on PBF.)

Since t-shirt season is upon us,  I’ll be offering a mini-workshop for this week’s “Thursday Finish-Ups” at Blue House Ann Arbor.

I’m pretty sure I know at least ONE person who has kids, or who stains their own t-shirts regularly (coffee, anyone?). Want to come save a shirt that fits perfectly but you cannot wear in public any longer?  Or maybe create something new to enhance a shirt you never seems to wear?  Come play with me this Thursday, June 23.

You don’t need a ruined t-shirt to partcipate.  I’ll be bringing some practice shirts, and supplies, and scraps, and all the pieces you need to complete the project.  All you need to bring is your sewing machine.  After the mini-workshop, I’ll be on had to answer specific questions and give one-on-one help for *any* garment-related questions.

(I’ll also be offering lots of verbal hugs and companionship for those finishing up their  works-in-progress in case a pat on the back is more necessary than actual assistance!)

Blue House Ann Arbor_Logo Here are the details:

THURSDAY FINISH UPS – June 23, July 21 @ 6:30PM – 9PM

Capacity: 10   –  Instructor: Karen  –  patternsbyfiggys –  Cost: $15  –  BYO Materials & Projects

Are you stuck? 1/2 finished projects piling up? No more excuses! We’ve gotcha covered.

Karen’s J-O-B is to dream up clothing patterns and sew, sew, sew. And lucky us – every third Thursday she’ll be on hand in the BH studio to give expert advice help you finish whatever it is you are working on. You gotta sign up for the Thursday finish ups. Its easy to save your spot — bluehouseannarbor@gmail.com.


I hope I’ll see you this Thursday.  Don’t forget to email Siobahn to reserve your space.


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