Over the Top Modified Ruffle Dress by Blutteryfly Baby Boutique

We've long admired Bee J Stanley, owner of Blutterfly Baby Boutique, because she takes Sis Boom fabric and makes endless ruffles for dresses, rompers, bloomers and more. This momma of 4 works full time with a long daily commute but still finds time to sew. Wow! Give her a follow over on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of sewing and color inspiration.

Over the Top Modified Ruffle Dress
Hi!! I’m Bee J Stanley, owner of Blutterfly Baby Boutique.  I am a mother of 4 beautiful children. I have a wonderful husband who supports all my sewing habits, sometimes unknowingly, OK mostly unknowingly…LOL.  I have been sewing little girl dresses now for over 2 years. I’m self-taught from using blogs, internet, YouTube and simply watching others and feel like I’m learning more every day.  I’m always willing to help new sewists with questions and hope to learn some amazing skills in return. Not that I’m the expert, but having someone help with simple things that make everything easier can really help.  I work a full-time job 50 hours a week with a 3-hour daily commute and I do all my sewing on the weekends-  I call it my “play time”. Making crazy over the top modified dresses are my new favorite creations and are so much fun, so I thought I would share a little on how I do that.  Threads and Stitches sent me some fabrics to play with and create this blog, so here we go.  I’ve never written a blog before so I hope you like it and please come share with me once you have tried this- or one of your own over the top designs! I am super excited to showcase one of the best designer fabrics in the world- Jennifer Paganelli’s Sunny Isle Collection, Sis Boom- Free spirit fabrics.  
To see a tutorial on how to make this amazing dress, head over to Thread and Stitches....

Judith’s Fancy Inspiration – Coming November

It's cooling off here in the northeast of the US and starting to feel like fall. Our amazing and talented seamstresses, quilters and crafters have been working hard with Judith's Fancy, due out in November, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you! Marsha from @cutestuffinside has the girls gassed up and heading on a road trip in this darling VW van. Anne or @acq1007, the queen of flowerpot blocks, as Jennifer has nicknamed her, did this lovely block for us using applique and embroidery. Tanja over at @queenoffabric made this lovely bag complete with ric rac, velvet ribbon and pom poms. Just glorious! Pineapples are the star here in this dress (with darling matching purse) by the ever talented Judy over at @hickitypickity The start of a few happy little trees by Scott over @bluenickelstudios Ruffles galore on this beauty by @blutterflybabyboutique Beautiful quilt with perfect colorful fabric placement by Monique over at @sewfunbymonique Stay tuned for more inspiration in the coming months. November can't get here fast enough!

More on East End Lifestyle from Our Local Paper!

This story recently appeared in The Hour - Wilton Edition.
WILTON — Since 1995, designs from Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom collection have won over thousands of fans and have been featured in print, online and on TV worldwide. But now, the longtime textile designer said she’s ready for change and wants to take her career into a new direction through her recently launched ready-to-wear clothing line, East End Lifestyle. Her apparel incorporates the vivid colors and resort fashion she saw growing up in the Virgin Islands, as well as vintage patterns and textures from fabric documents purchased from tag sales and flea markets over the years. The clothes are produced in New York and the fabrics are polyester. The first collection pays homage to St. Croix, where she and her graduating class of 18 from the Country Day School gathered at Point Udall on the east end to watch the sunrise in 1976.
That moment is also the inspiration behind the name of the clothing line, she said. “We wanted easy-care, easy-fit all designed with high fashion,” Paganelli said. “Our demographic is about 28 to 65, and that’s just where we’re comfortable being.” East End Lifestyle also features vintage finds, new jewels and accessories, and Paganelli’s exclusive artwork. She picked up painting about a year ago, after taking a $5 online class. With the launching of East End Lifestyle, Paganelli said she wants to grow the fashion and painting pieces of her business. “I was a folk artist before anything else,” she said. “So it’s nice to sort of be the folk artist side of me. It’s kind of how they live together — this dual marriage of this folk artist who loves fashion.”
To continue reading the article and see more photos, visit The Hour....

Playing with Sunny Isle by Piccolo Studio

By Sara of Piccolo Studio August! I can’t even ….. {insert all the hand covering eyes emojis here} It has been a miserable few weeks of winter – rain, hail, storms you name it! And while I generally am a huge fan of snuggling up with quilts and layers I must admit the frustration has been real when it comes to photographing my beautiful Sunny Isle quilt. I had a vision in my head of blue skies and blue water and I just couldn’t shake it – no other photos would have come even slightly close. Of course trying to get that in Adelaide at this time of the year proved incredibly difficult! Today however I think I managed to pull it off! Sunny Isle is a stunner! And I really mean that. No other designer pulls off such spectacular colour and patterns into a range like Jennifer Paganelli. I had so many favourites in this range that I literally didn’t know which fabric to choose first and as a quilter I love that because I truly believe every fabric should shine no matter its neighbours. Each colour was so bright and clear and I was honestly in quilty heaven from the minute it arrived. I have mentioned before that I spend a LOT of time browsing and saving quilt patterns.  While browsing Craftsy very late one night I stumbled across a pattern I immediately fell in love with. When Sunny Isle arrived to my doorstep I knew it would be the perfect match for all the stunning aquas in the range. I purchased the Sea Glass Quilt in the lap size pattern here and got straight to work! The results – well I think are pure perfection. If, like me, you are someone who generally quilts to sell then this quilt pattern may not be for you. It was super time intensive and incredibly costly. Attaching all those petals was a huge job. I followed the pattern exactly and machine appliqued them onto the top and wadding only. Then I attached the back by hand quilting in grey around the petals and filling in all the white areas with white petal shapes. It was a huge labour of love and while I am proud to say I have now hand quilted a giant quilt I can also safely say I will never do it again lol. If you want a beautiful pattern for your own use or to give as a special present then this definitely makes a statement. Abby turned 16 in May and this is her quilt to keep now – it is perfect colours for her and she was a worthy recipient of around 50-60 hours total work. Continuing reading on the Piccolo Studio Blog....

Introducing Judith’s Fancy – Coming This November

We are thrilled with our first digitally printed designed fabric, Judith's Fancy, and hope you are too! The collection is based on Jennifer's artwork and named after her childhood neighborhood in St. Croix; an island near and dear to her heart. Jennifer dove head first into painting in the summer of 2015 after taking online classes at CreativeBug with Pam Garrison.
One of Jennifer's early paintings....

Little did she know, painting would some become a passion, and she started painting every day. First with acrylics and watercolors and now with mainly oil paints. This line features the florals you know and love plus pineapples and the wonderful ladies faces Jennifer has been creating on canvas.

Soon, we'll be showing you projects our testers have been working on to inspire you to make things on your own. Stay tuned!