Just For Me January Blog Tour Day 5

Today Teronia of Sew Haute took our Rebecca Shift Dress to the next level with simple black fabric and ruching. Inspired by a $1500 Dolce and Gabbana dress, Teronia sewed a dress just as beautiful but much more affordable.

Just For Me January: Sis Boom Blog Tour
By Teronia Wilson

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I know lots of people would agree that 2016 was rough and I didn’t think so until something happened right before the holidays. So, in order to have something to look forward to and to celebrate my birthday (January 31st) I joined the Sis Boom – Just for Me January blog tour.

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I chose the Rebecca Shift Dress, but what I had been craving for a long time was a sheath dress.

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As I scoured the internet for inspiration I found this little gem styled so many different ways.

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I was in love!

This is a Dolce and Gabbana design that retails for $1500+. Whew…..that’s a pretty penny. And what a great challenge. I wanted to do this soooo bad, but would I be skilled and/or lucky enough to get it right?

Continue reading the blog entry over on Sew Haute…

Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 4

Indu of Kaleidothought is here with this lovely Shana Bell Sleeve tunic. The fabric color and fit look amazing on her. Read along to find out more.

Just for me January – Sisboom Pattern Co. Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be part of the Just for me January Blog tour hosted by Sisboom Pattern Company. This also happens to be my first post and first sewing project of the new year (yeah I’ve been slacking off) so hopefully that means I’ll be sewing a whole lot of clothes for myself this year.

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I have never sewn with Sisboom patterns before, so I had several great patterns to choose from but with the insanely cold weather around here, sleeveless was not an option for me. Also I have a whole pinterest board on bell sleeves that I have been wanting to try so I picked the Shana Bell sleeved tunic. I love the simple A line shape of this tunic and the gathered bell sleeve.

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We had some really good weather this weekend so I’m glad we were able to get outdoor pictures, I never get decent indoor shots.
I made a couple changes to the pattern that I will get to in just a minute but first the fabric. It’s a border print cotton gauze fabric that I purchased last year with the intention of turning it into a summer maxi for me but instead ended up making a pretty Sullivan maxi for my daughter. The remaining was not enough for my maxi anymore so the fabric was sorta sitting there waiting for the right project. As soon as I picked this pattern, I knew it had to be this fabric, it has a good drape and I love how the flowers are densely populated in the bottom and thin out towards the top.

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This tunic has a fair amount of ease but along with the shape of the sleeves and drape of the fabric, it works perfectly. I made the 3/4th length sleeves but the pattern has cut lines for varying sleeve lengths so you can choose the length based on where you want the sleeve to hit you. The tunic length also has several cut lines, I chose the shortest cut line and shortened the bodice by about 1″ at the waist because i’m only 5′.

Continue reading the post on Kaleidothought….

Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 3

Sewing By Ti has 3 awesome looks with our Carolina Mae – Check out her post!

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I love when a blog post can do double duty. Even better when it can go for QUINTUPLE duty! And today’s post is going to do just that.

#1- This is absolutely outfits that I have worn in January. Yes, I really do wear sleeveless dresses in January. Crazy much? Maybe, but I’ve yet to find a woven sleeved dress that doesn’t have a puff sleeve that makes me this happy. #watchawearinjanuary

#2- A fabulous dress for my Sew Along and Sewing Contests: Deep Stash Edition. I bought the Carolina Mae when it first came out. I’ve made it several different times in different sizes as I’ve gained and lost weight. I’m happy to be sewing it again. The glitter dot is a new fabric. I don’t keep anything that fancy just sitting in my stash. But the two scroll work fabrics have been sitting in my stash since December 2015.The glitter dot was made AFTER January 1st, so it fits into the challenge. #sswdeepstash

#3 The day to night challenge with Elizabeth Made This. The Day to night challenge is an opportunity to make a DAY and a NIGHT dress. Must be sewn AFTER January 8th. That throws out my Sis Boom Carolina Mae, but my Candy Skulls Angie was made just this week, so it completely fits in here. Stay tuned to see what I end up making for the NIGHT part of the challenge.

#4 As part of the Sew Alongs and Sewing Contests group, they were also having a Ridiculous Fabric Pop-up Contest. You better believe I entered my Sis Boom Angie. When I think Candy Skulls, I immediately think of the Mexican, “Day of the Dead.” We celebrated Day of the Dead this year with my family, so its hard to think of the candy skulls outside of November 1st. But man, they’re colorful and fun and have all the colors I love. Black, fuchsia, turquoise. They’re awesome. And I aim to wear them all year round.

#5- Whew… Finally the actual reason I can justify a whole post, the Sis Boom Just For Me January. #justformejanuary I’ve actually made 2 new Sis Boom Dresses just since January 1st. And we count the ones I made BEFORE the new year, I’m up to 5 dresses since December 1st. You might say, I’m in love.

Read the rest of the blog entry over on Ti’s blog Sewing by Ti….

Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour Day 2

The Sis Boom Just For Me Blog Tour rolls on. This time all the way from the Netherlands!!! We are thrilled for Miranda of the Insinration Blog be our stop today.

Today, I am part of the Sis Boom “Just for me January” blog tour. The title of the tour is rather self explanatory. We are all sewing something just for ourselves. I picked something I have been planning for a while but just did not get around to. A bit over a year ago I was part of a Sis Boom pattern tour for which I made this dress and during the tour I came across somebody sewing a Jaimie, and I was immediately sold on the pattern. I know that it is too cold to wear it now, but now I had a great reason to sew one, and I somehow have the tendency to forget sewing myself summer clothes, now I am prepared.

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We were allowed to play with the pattern and fabrics, so of course I did. I decided to do another knitification trick and sewed a pattern for woven fabrics in jersey. I therefore picked one size smaller than I should have, according to the measurement table and it worked out great. I used a very drapey fabric, because for me that fits best with a nice summer day. We are in the midst of winter at the moment, so no way that I could have taken outside pictures, but inside it was nice and warm during the shoot. The dress gave me an instant summer feel.

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I decided not to make pleats in the waistband, but to just gather the sides of the waistband. The fabric turned out a bit too drapey for that though, the gatherings would have looked better in a bit sturdier fabric but you get the idea. The pattern actually tells you to secure the pleats through a few vertical seams, that also might have been a good idea for this knit gathered dress. I really like the width of the shoulder bands, they nicely cover my bra.

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continue reading the post and enter the free giveaway on the Inspinration blog…

Just for ME January Blog Tour – The Dana Top Upcycled

By Amy of Anna’s Heirloom Boutique

Well, after a whirlwind Holiday Season of sewing for everyone else, how about a little Spring-inspired selfish sewing? And what better way than to join the annual “Just for ME January” event at SisBoom?

Every year, SisBoom devotes the entire month of January to focus on women’s sewing with a blog tour, featuring their patterns. Today is the first day and I am the lucky one that gets to kickstart this fun event that is sure to inspire some fresh new looks for the new year!

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Of course, being a new year and all, I had to do a little scrolling through Pinterest for the down low on what to expect in fashion this year. From what I’ve noticed, 2017 fashion trends are looking a little on the softer and more earthy side. Lots of floral, greens and lace. Oh my gosh! All my favorites! Here is a 2017 Pantone chart I found on Pinterest. I am loving that bottom row with the pinks and greens❤

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And, here is my inspiration pic (also from Pinterest). A sweet eyelet lace tank with peplum-styled ruffle from Anthropology. Perfect to wear under a cardigan now while it’s cold out, or by itself as an easy breezy top for Summer. But who wants to pay Anthropology prices? Not me! That’s why I sew😉

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And my pattern, Sis Boom’s Dana Top/Dress. A gorgeous top/dress with a sweet little ruffle on top and optional flutter sleeves. You’ll notice the absence of spaghetti straps and peplum on this pattern. As cute as the spaghetti straps are on my inspiration pic, for the sake of being modest, I’ll be wearing a bra and cami under my eyelet top.The wider straps on the Dana Top will allow me to do this 😉

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(btw: I received this pattern for free for my participation in this blog tour. Pretty sweet, eh?)

And, last but not least is my material. A round eyelet tablecloth a family member found for me at a local thrift shop. That ruffle will work great as my peplum😉

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Continue reading the blog post and see the amazing transformation over on Anna’s Heirloom Boutique….

Just for Me Ladies Blog Tour and a PDF Pattern Sale!

Thank you for an amazing 2016!!! We hope you had a year of love, joy, peace and wonderful sewing and craft projects. We are looking forward to 2017 with our upcoming Sunny Isle release and few new Sis Boom endeavors we will be announcing soon.

We are kicking of 2017 with an awesome PDF pattern sale and blog tour. The PDF pattern sale runs January 1st to January 7th. Use code JUSTFORME2017 in our Pattern Shop or in our Etsy store.

Then, join us for the first day of our blog tour on January 4th as Denise of DIY Crush kicks us off. The tour runs the whole month of January and we hope it inspires you to try something new. Don’t forget our amazing community of sewers, the Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook Group, should you have any questions about our patterns or sewing in general.

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Sis Boom Quilted Coasters

It’s almost the holidays and Sew 4 Home has a great last minute holiday project idea. These darling coasters use our Spring 2016 Color Brigade. Sew up a few as hostess gifts or for the tea and coffee drinkers in your life.

Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters
Editor: Liz Johnson

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Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set of mugs or glasses. Need to make a bunch? No problem; Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. Pull together some of your best bits of bright fabric and you’ll have scads if these snazzy squares in just a few hours.

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The gorgeous fabric we used is the vibrant Color Brigade, a newer collection by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics. You can find Color Brigade in stock now at Hawthorne Threads and Fabric.com.

There is an edgestitched frame around each coaster that acts as the pivot point for the vertical wavy lines. The free motion stitching comes up to but does not cross the edgestitching. The lines themselves are not individual but rather a continuous seam that snakes up and then back down as it moves across the coaster.

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The gorgeous fabric we used is the vibrant Color Brigade, a newer collection by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics. You can find Color Brigade in stock now at Hawthorne Threads and Fabric.com.

There is an edgestitched frame around each coaster that acts as the pivot point for the vertical wavy lines. The free motion stitching comes up to but does not cross the edgestitching. The lines themselves are not individual but rather a continuous seam that snakes up and then back down as it moves across the coaster.

Continue reading the rest of the article over at Sew4Home

Sis Boom Holiday Tour Day 9

Our Sis Boom Holiday Blog Tour is winding down. Hope you have enjoyed following along with our amazing participants. We are so grateful for all of them and their love of Sis Boom. We can’t do it without all our fans. Remember, if you have any questions about any of our patterns or sewing in general, please join our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook Group. Our final stop on our blog tour is Cookies N Bees and her ingenious idea to turn our popular Marco shirt into a shirt dress.

Sis Boom Holiday Marco Dress
By Brianne of Cookies n Bees

Nov 15 – MrsPodge Nov 17 – Anna’s Heirloom. Nov 22 – Handmade Boy. Nov 29 – Seam of my Pants. Dec 6 – Sunflower Seams. Dec 8 – A Crazy Craft Lady. Dec 13 – Glitter in My Coffee. Dec 15 – Troop to Tots. Dec 17 – Cookie n’ Bees.

Hopefully you’ve been following along with the Sis Boom Holiday tour. If you’re behind, click on the links above to see what the other Jones have been doing.

I purchased the Marco shirt on August 6, 2013 (according to Etsy). More than 3 years ago! And I’ve never made it. (I should really look through my pattern collection to see what other gems are sitting unused and abused.)

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The olive drab green and creamy white flannel coordinate with the Christmas-y spirit yet I can still wear it all through the winter season.
I bought the fabric from Joann Fabric who knows how long ago, probably when I bought the pattern.
I have about 2/3 yard left which I think I’ll use to make a Swoon Betty with.

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It’s not exactly winter here in SoCal but the mornings and evenings are cool so I slip on leggings or skinny jeans.
I think I look pretty damn hot. My husband agrees!

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15 button holes seemed daunting and I really didn’t want to do that many! Pearl snaps were the best solution. It took maybe 20 minutes to set those snaps. Much better than the very possible 2 hours of button-holing. Stab me in the eye!

Continue reading the blog entry over on Cookies n Bees.

Sis Boom Holiday Tour Day 8

Thanks for following along with us on our Holiday Tour. Remember, if you have any questions about our patterns or sewing in general, we have a lovely and active Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook Group. Today’s post by Troops to Tots is on our popular Betsey Apron. These are a quick sew and would make lovely holiday gifts.

Cherished Family Memories and Sis Boom Patterns
By Troops to Tots

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Thanks for stopping by for Sis Boom’s Holiday Tour. I sewed up four completely reversible Betsey Aprons for my grandmother, mom, myself and daughter! It was such a blessing that four generations of my family were able to get together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Sis Boom has also generously given Troops To Tots a copy of the Betsy Apron to giveaway so you can make your own aprons and create some cherished family memories, and just in time if you need a quick Christmas gift to sew. The Betsey Apron has you covered as it features 3 sizes (child, misses, and women).
And visit us again tomorrow as I am featuring another Sis Boom pattern, the Ethan Shirt.

My family isn’t too big on cooking, we actually ordered our Thanksgiving dinner from the grocery store this year. But for good reason, since it is pretty rare to have so many of us together for a holiday we wanted to spend it enjoying each other’s company – not cooking. However we put our aprons to work baking some brownie deliciousness (and heating up dinner!).

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This is Little E and her yiayia (my mom). There is a funny story behind how my mom’s grandbabies started calling her yiayia (which is Greek for grandmother). Little E and I moved in with my parents when she was 3 months old and stayed for 10 months. My husband was stationed overseas in Japan at the time and my parents took pity on me and let us stay with them so I didn’t have to be alone raising a baby, thank goodness for family. Emily didn’t say any actual words while we were living with my parents, but that wasn’t going to stop my mom from finding some syllable that Little E could say easily (because “grandma” was just going to take too long). Little E’s favorite syllable at the time were “blah blah” and so my mom ran with it and found the closest sounding thing to grandma, yiayia. And now all her grandbabies call her yiayia! It has led to some funny encounters when those who speak Greek hear Little E call my mom yiayia and naturally they think we speak Greek. This usually requires some explaining.

Finish reading the post over at Troops to Tots

Sis Boom Holiday Tour Day 7

Lisa of Glitter in My Coffee, sewed the cutest Gabriella Fae for her daughter. Best of all if snowed before her photo shoot so the pictures are especially festive and magical. You won’t want to miss this tour! There’s also a pattern giveaway at the end so make sure to stop on over and leave a comment.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland with Sis Boom

by Lisa of Glitter in My Coffee

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I’m sew excited to be part of the Sew for the Holidays with Sis Boom Blog Tour. One of my favourite things to do for the holiday is sew up a new holiday dress (or two, or three) for my mini. As always, she’s a big part of the sewing process – from selecting the pattern to helping pick out the fabrics. We took a special trip to Joann’s to get some fabric for this one and it ended up being a compromise between her first choice (cartoon Christmas dogs) and my first choice (vintage chalkboard print) and we wound up with this whimsical “naughty or nice” print. I love the combination of aqua, red and black in this fabric for the beautiful Gabriella Fae pattern by Sis Boom.

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On the day we went to shoot photos for this post we were covered in snow. Mini Mi had already built a snowperson earlier in the day and has some fun posing with it in her beautiful new dress. The Gabriella Fae has a lot of options – sleeveless, short, 3/4 or full sleeves. I had originally intended to make this with elbow length sleeves but when I cut it out I realized I had underestimated my fabric and so it ended up sleeveless. To provide a little arm coverage I whipped up the shrug to cover her bare little arms for our outside shots.

Continue reading the blog post over on Glitter in My Coffee…