The Ethereal Dress – Figgy’s Heavenly Tour and GIVEAWAY

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

I owe a lot to Shelly of Figgy’s Patterns.  It was with the help of her patterns that I, as an incredibly inexperienced yet overly enthusiastic sewist, learned to sew.  So, unsurprisingly, when Shelly asked me to join the pattern tour I not only agreed with said enthusiasm but I also achieved one of my own personal sewing goals – to use my creations to inspire a wider audience of home sewists.

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

With the full array of the Heavenly Bundle to choose from, the most difficult part of this make was settling on just one!  I knew I wanted to use this fabric* – for me, the night sky, the flecks of gold sparkle and the colour palette all encapsulate the celestial, heavenly, ethereal vibe of this pattern collection.  Folks, I had to stop myself from super-imposing a celestial sky as a background to my title image….or maybe I couldn’t manage to resist!?   Keep scrolling….

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

The dress is simple in its conception yet genius in its construction.


The pattern itself consists of a fully lined bodice, gathered skirt, with or without sleeves and a beautiful, dare I say ethereal ruffle.  There are four lengths to choose from and the back closure is a single button.  I made the simplest version – sleeveless with no ruffle/frill.  It was a tough decision to leave off this frill as it really is the signature part of the dress, but I felt that in order to do this fabric justice I had to leave it as unadorned as possible.  Maybe you’d disagree?  Do you think a frill would have worked?  (And in case you haven’t been following along in the tour – Cherie did a fantastic version which showcased the frill perfectly).

Like others have mentioned, these patterns tend to fall on the large side so I made a size 4/5 with the 6/7 length for my 6-year-old daughter.  I am very happy with the fit.

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow


This project is fairly straightforward.  Shelly shows you a great way to sew the bodice and the bodice lining together but, I admit, I was stumped to begin with!  It was one of those occasions where I had to read and re-read the instructions something like 25 times before the penny dropped….and then I had one of those lovely ‘Ohhhh, now I get it!’ moments.  I have since come across Shelly doing a mini-tutorial for this stage of the construction so if you’re struggling then this will make everything clear.

Other than that it was smooth sailing.  I had to modify the skirt slightly as my fabric wasn’t wide enough to get the two pieces where I needed them – I essentially just cut one large rectangle the full width of the fabric.  I did the little trick with dental floss for the gathering – makes it so smooth and quick.

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow


*  The fabric is Yokohama Forest by Alexander Henry and I bought it at de Stoffenkamer in Gent, Belgium.  It looks as if they’re out of stock but you can also get it from Hawthorne Threads.


So, have I sold you on this pattern?  I hope so, because if you leave a comment below then you’ll be entered to win a Figgy’s Heavenly Collection Pattern of your choice!  If you’re also into other social media outlets then I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or Pinterest.  You’ll be entered once for each one you follow (and if you already follow any of them just say so in your comment) – so that’s a total of FIVE TIMES you can enter to win!

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

Casting spells to turn sheep into a statue…

And if that’s not enough you can also hop over to Figgy’s blog to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE which consists of:

Fiskars Fabric Shears, Detail Scissors, Rotary Cutter and Extra Blades

Bernina Rolled Hem Foot & Buttonhole Cutter

$25 Gift Certifcate from Girl Charlee

A stack of gorgeous Fat Quarters from Alison Glass 

Beautiful Eyelet yardage from Michael Miller

A lovely stack of Fat Quarters from Art Gallery Fabric

 Susan Beal’s new book “Easy Embellishment”

The Heavenly Bundle Collection from Figgy’s

So, what are you waiting for?  Get entering then get sewing!!  Have you made any of Figgy’s Heavenly Collection yet?  What do you think of them?

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

And in case you’ve missed any of the fun you can check out any of the blogs below to see more (bear in mind not all of them have posted yet).  Or, check out Shelly’s Pinterest page devoted to Figgy’s About Town.

Thanks for reading,

Laura x

Oh, did you think I forgot?!  Here is my experiment with Photoshop YouTube tutorials!  It’s kind of a train wreck but I just couldn’t help myself (not quite sure why I included the sheep – I guess just because I could!).  Go on, you know you want to pin it! 😉

Figgy's patterns - Ethereal dress // Behind the Hedgerow

37 thoughts on “The Ethereal Dress – Figgy’s Heavenly Tour and GIVEAWAY

  1. Sarah

    YES, I agree, a L-O-V-E-L-Y UNIQUE dress sewn with colorful fabric, Yokohama Forest by Alexander Henry. I just checked out the 2 fabric websites and scrolled through more and more unique fabrics of patterns & prints — what selections! Your photo shoot looked like FUN for your daughter. I’m sure your vision will continue to be fulfilled: “to use my creations to inspire a wider audience of home sewists!” I like the dress sleeveless as it’s more versatile and without the ruffle (you mentioned as part of the pattern). BRAVO! Sarah Helene in Minneapolis, MN USA

  2. Leentje

    I’m completely sold! This pattern is on my wish-list! I already loved the ruffled option, but this dress is absolutely amazing! I was already following you on pinterest, I’ve just joined you on facebook too.

  3. Lorna

    Ha, that fabric is perfect with this pattern! Just lovely. I think the frill would definitely have been too much – but then I’m not too keen on frills in general. I love the dress without the frill though. I’m just beginning to sew, but for some reason I’m terrified to make anything for my little girl. I’ve been looking at Figgy patterns, so it’s lovely to have a chance to win one! I follow your blog and also Pinterest.

  4. sallybeemakes

    Great dress, that fabric is amazing – I may need to invest. I’ve not heard of Figgys before but am heading over for a look. Thanks for the giveaway, I’m following you on twitter

  5. Thea

    This is a great variation to make your fabric the main attraction!

    I also follow you on Pinterest ( mon ami | Thea) and instagram (thea__i_heart_mon_ami)

  6. Susanne

    Lovely dress and great styling 🙂 I also started following you on Pinterest (soozeybee). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  7. Lisa

    That’s the perfect pattern for that fantastic fabric, I like that it can be worn on its own in summer or layered as you show here for winter. Great choice of fabric.

  8. Cherie

    Such an awesome version! I think you were right in leaving off the ruffle on yours – the fabric really shines on it’s own this way. And I definitely need to try that dental floss trick! I’ve never seen that before! (oh and I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway!)

  9. Ybat

    I mostly sew only for my niece and nephew and once in a while I will throw in something for myself so I would love to win this pattern.

  10. Renee //nearestthepin

    I’m loving this whole pattern tour – so much inspiration!! Genius choice of fabric here Laura and I think you made the right choice leaving the ruffle off. I’m already stalking you on IG, FB and pinterest 🙂

  11. Sheela

    Beautiful! I love the dress and the fabric and, I have to say, I love her little legwarmers as well. The whole outfit is adorable.


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