We swooned when we saw a stunning little girl modeling a lovely dress in Vickie from Good Company with a red applique top and had to know more. Met Dorie the talented sewist behind the Baby Bird Boutique. Make sure to follow Dorie on Instagram @TheBabyBirdBoutique. She makes wonderful dresses, rompers, bloomers and more for little ones. We are smitten.
My name is Dorie Kirk- but I am known only as Mama Bird in the sewing and Instagram community. I live in Fort Worth, TX with my husband and four children. I quit nursing to become a stay at home mother and never thought I'd find a way to stay busy enough (as if mothering isn't enough to cover 24 hours a day).
We lost our son, Kale, in June 2011. Soon after, we became pregnant with our youngest child, Kaleb, but because of our grief and emptiness, I found myself looking for ways to stay busy to ward off anxiety. I watched as friends and family taught themselves to make tutus and other fun crafts. I remember a good friend trying to give away her sewing machine and the rest really is history! My husband (patient as he is) watched the included Brother DVD, learned the ropes a bit (his mother was a seamstress when he was little and he knew his way around a machine well enough). It wasn't very long until I was surprising my husband with what new things I learn. Less than five year later, and this little busy project has turned into a business that helps my family contribute to many causes surrounding our late son.
It has been such an incredible journey, and the Instagram and sewing community have been such a great place for my feet to land!
We are always filled with joy when the amazing Sis Boom creations by Danielle Giffin of Paisley Avenue pop up on our Instagram feed. From bags and clutches to amazing children's clothing and home goods, Danielle knows how to bring Sis Boom fabric to life. Please follow Danielle on Facebook and Instagram.
My name is Danielle and I live on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, with my husband and two beautiful daughters. We love living by the beach, in a lovely community with our friends and family. I work part-time in a profession that I thoroughly enjoy, although I’m incredibly lucky to have a hobby (sewing and fabric collecting) that is such a contrast to my day job. It’s a wonderful creative outlet!
I have fond childhood memories of my mum staying up late at night, sewing an outfit for me to wear to a dance in Primary school. That would’ve been in the mid 80’s, and at the time I didn’t know that one day that would be me with my own daughters!
Both my grandmothers sewed leather jackets in the 1950’s-70’s in Melbourne. I still have some of the beautiful leather in my personal collection, and it’s very sentimental! My grandfather worked in a lingerie factory in the 1960’s – 80’s, and I have a collection of beautiful vintage laces from all over the world that he passed on to me. I love to use this lace to add vintage lace embellishments to special sewing projects.
I remember sewing my first project, a patchwork cushion, in Year 7 at high school. It was fun, but I think I liked choosing the fabrics even more than sewing them! I don’t remember sewing again until my Year 12 formal school dance. My mum and I made a beautiful maroon and lace formal dress, and it was so much fun to learn from her! I dabbled over the years with sewing some of my own clothing, but it wasn’t until my brother and I both got married in the same year that I began to make bridesmaid and wedding dresses. That was truly a specialised skill, and I loved it!
I began to make much more of my own clothing, but my true passion for fabric ignited in 2006 when I had my first daughter. The gorgeous prints, and the vibrant colours were a magnet for my creativity and I sewed nearly everything that she wore. A few years later my second daughter was born, and I was able to concentrate more on sewing. I had many requests from people that wanted to buy my clothing, and that was when my hobby turned into Paisley Avenue!
When making clothing, my motto is that the fabrics are the star of the show! For me, it is all about the fabric choice. I have a lot of fabric, and luckily I have a very supportive hubby that embraces my love of creating with this wonderful medium. My eldest daughter is now showing an interest in sewing, so I cannot wait to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of fabric! She can already pick Jennifer Paganelli fabrics without any prompting...and so can my hubby!
A few of our favorite items Danielle has made over the years using new and vintage Sis Boom fabrics.
Darling shorts using Kitty from the Nostalgia line.Lovely, feminine clutch with a lace accent and Loopy Vintage Floral from the Flower Power line. Who wouldn't love this wallet combining soft, buttery leather and colorful Gretchen fabric from the Color Brigade line due out in May! Lucky girl enjoying this beautiful view in a sweet dress using Marcella from the Lucky Girl line.
It's always so fun to scroll through instagram and see all the #sisboom and #jenniferpaganelli hashtag love. You are all such a creative bunch, and we are giddy seeing older lines like Girlfriends and so So St. Croix come out of your fabric stashes and used for special projects. Thanks, as always, for sharing with us!
dresdenlane- we love these foxy blocks with lots of colorful Sis Boom Fabric!
tamaraharrisondesigns - we love this fabric hoop art using the hard to find but fabulous Girlfriends line.