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In our third installment of this series, we are happy to introduce you to “The Three Fabri-teers”… that’s my name for the trio of very creative women behind Izzy & Ivy Designs. Based in Utah, Shasta Parry, Jana Nielson and Lauralee Billingsley produce a series of absolutely adorable patterns for little girls. Ruffles and flounces, buttons and bows… they make me wish I could still get away with wearing a puffy skirt with four tiers of colorful ruffles… without being mistaken for a giant pastry. The princess skirt on me, maybe not, but one of Izzy & Ivy’s signature saucy bags and purses it totally up my alley. These are happy patterns; I think it’s because they’re designed by such happy and upbeat people. With sixteen children between them, what I see as happiness could simply be lack of sleep, but I think it’s really a genuine love of working with their hands to create something fantastic. Shasta, Jana and Lauralee exude an infectious optimism.

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In our third installment of this series, we are happy to introduce you to “The Three Fabri-teers”… that’s my name for the trio of very creative women behind Izzy & Ivy Designs. Based in Utah, Shasta Parry, Jana Nielson and Lauralee Billingsley produce a series of absolutely adorable patterns for little girls. Ruffles and flounces, buttons and bows… they make me wish I could still get away with wearing a puffy skirt with four tiers of colorful ruffles… without being mistaken for a giant pastry. The princess skirt on me, maybe not, but one of Izzy & Ivy’s signature saucy bags and purses it totally up my alley. These are happy patterns; I think it’s because they’re designed by such happy and upbeat people. With sixteen children between them, what I see as happiness could simply be lack of sleep, but I think it’s really a genuine love of working with their hands to create something fantastic. Shasta, Jana and Lauralee exude an infectious optimism.

The Fabri-teers recently sat still long enough to answer our questions and give us a peek into their wild worlds of family, sewing and selling… doing it all and keeping it fun.

We have a tutorial coming up from the Izzy & Ivy gang and they’re putting together a sweet prize for our Great Giveaways series. So… lots to learn now and lots more to come.

S4H: Izzy & Ivy… the backstory: How did your passion for sewing develop? What is your typical day like? What is your background… did you study fiber arts, learn from your mom, teach yourself, or …?

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S4H: We love the fabrics you select to make your items and recognize several designs we’ve used on Sew4Home. What is it about a fabric that grabs your attention? How do you decide it’s “right” for your pattern?

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S4H: So often the right fabric choices are the difference between love it and hate it. Do you have any advice on how to choose and combine fabrics and palettes?

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S4H: What and/or who inspires your designs? They are so sweet. Are you all ‘sugar-and-spice girlie girls’ as your designs indicate… or is there a secret tomboy hiding in there somewhere?

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S4H: You create such lovely ruffles, tiers of flounces, bows and fabric flowers. Any tips or tricks you can share for building and actually stitching these types of embellishments?

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S4H: Currently, I see adorable patterns for little girls, plus cute-as-can-be hats, and numerous “saucy'” bags and purses. What are you noodlin’ on for Spring 2011. Anything new coming up you want to share… maybe a new collection that will debut at this year’s Spring Market?

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S4H: Sometimes it’s hard to convince people to take the sewing plunge. Do you have a favorite story of off-the-shelf versus made-it-myself?

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S4H: Do you remember your first sewing project? Was it a horror or a hero?

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S4H: At Sew4Home, our goal is to expose people to sewing for the home, which we see as being a very broad category — could be a pillow or a tablecloth; could be an apron or a tote. Any encouraging words for beginners who feel intimidated? What would you suggest as a first project for a beginner?

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S4H: What tools are sewing “must haves”? And, are there specific things you look for when you’re shopping for machines and tools?

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S4H: What advice would you offer to someone who wanted to start selling their handmade goods online? Click to Enlarge

Visit Izzy & Ivy online. Check out their blog.

Their patterns are available in store and online at numerous retailers, including fatquartershop.com and fabric.com.

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