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Sis Boom Angie Hack-A-Thon Round Up

img_6687 Our Sis Boom Angie Hack-A-Thon is over and it was a great week. We are rounding up the week in one post so you don't miss any of these great ideas. Thanks to all our bloggers who participated! We love all your takes on our beloved Angie. Idle Sunshine Angie Hack Idle Sunshine teaches you how to use knit for the Angie instead of the traditional woven.
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Anna's Heirloom Boutique teaches you how to do a faux corset! Angie with contrasting pocket Inspinration shows you how to redraft the dart into a princess seam and add visible contrasting pockets. angiehack3 Cookies N Bees - gives the Angie an Hawaiian spin with a fun print, crisscross straps and an uber flattering circle skirt. Angie with princess seam Sewing By Ti shows you how to add princess seams on the bust. angie-maternity Adventures and Bubba and Bug turns our Angie into a lovely and comfortable maternity top. angie high low Tiny Sew Tiny shows you a playful and hip high low knit Angie. Low back angie And last but not least, the Crafting Fiend teaches you how to lower the back neckline.

Sis Boom Angie Hack-A-Thon Day 1

By Idle Sunshine Idle Sunshine Angie Hack Hi everyone! Welcome to the first stop on the Sis Boom Patterns Angie Hack-A-Thon Tour! I am so excited to show you my version of the Angie, it’s definitely my new favourite dress. img_6687 You might remember in my recent post from the Just For Me January Tour that I am an Angie fan and that I planned to make one in knit fabric! Idle Sunshine Angie Hack2 With most things in life, I like to do a bit of research and then just give it a go. Usually that works out fine… In this case I think I pretty much nailed it! Idle Sunshine Angie Hack Let’s take a look at a picture from the original pattern to get a feel for the bones of the dress. olv-sb-angie-d_1_full Here’s where the “Hack” comes into it. I decided to make a knit version instead of woven for my hack, partly because I love the drape and most definitely for the comfort and fit. I also decided to reverse the height of the necklines and make the front a high neckline and the back low. I used a quarter circle skirt instead of a gathered one and I added cap sleeves! continue reading over on Idle Sunshine.....

The Jamie Pattern Review

We love hearing positive reviews of our patterns. Alison and her company, Sew Bee It Clothier, has sewn a lot over her 35+ years as a sewist and she loved working with our Jamie pattern for a client. If you are new to sewing patterns, or love to chat about sewing in general don't forget to join our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook page. Give Alison a follow on her social media pages. She has an Etsy Shop and makes lovely robes perfect for bridal parties, bags, and custom dresses and maternity gowns. The Jamie I recently had the chance to sew a new-to-me pattern from Sis Boom. I already owned several of the Sis Boom patterns so I was excited to stitch this one up for a dear friend. The bonus was I got to use some fabrics from Jennifer Paganelli’s latest collection, Hotel Frederiksted! Si Boom Jamie dress in Hotel Fred The pdf patterns that Sis Boom offer are second to none. I have years of experience working with other pdf patterns, some of which promptly ended up in the recycle bin! That was due to their poor printing layout, lack of clear, concise directions and just awful fit. The Jamie pdf pattern from Sis Boom was a pleasure to work with and didn’t disappoint! I could easily print THE ONLY SIZE I NEEDED. Included in the pattern is just how to measure for the proper length for the skirt. The Sis Boom patterns are what a pdf pattern should be. The Jamie had many clear color photos. Step by step directions with tips and tricks that even this sewist with 35+ years of experience made me say, “wow!”. Sis Boom Jamie Close Up My model was very pleased with the end result. She loved the style of The Jamie and the fact that it was different with a personality all it’s own. (I offered to make her more even!) My model really liked the bright happy colors that the fabric line, Hotel Fred offers. This fabric makes you feel stylish and The Jamie is perfect for a flattering dress! I cannot wait to sew more of this pattern. Give The Jamie a try. You won’t be disappointed! Sis Boom Jamie Dress in Hotel Fred II Alison J. O'Grady Sew Bee It Clothier www.sewbeeitclothier.etsy.com www.facebook.com/SEWIST Instagram- sewbeeitclothier

Sew4Home Bag and Totes Book Review

Marsha (follow her over on Instagram @cutestuffinside), lives close to us here in CT. She is a long time fan and makes the most wonderful things using Sis Boom fabric plus so much more. Sew4Home Totes and Bags by Marsha of Cute Stuff Inside One of my favorite new books for bags and totes is this book by Sew4Home. Book3 I first made the Easy Wave Top Shoulder Bag and I have to say, I love this bag. Following the excellent directions from the book, this bag went together super easy. It's roomy with two pockets and has a great strap that feels secure. I made this purse out of 2-1/2" squares from Jennifer Paganelli's Hotel Frederiksted line of fabric. I chose 15 different fabrics from this line and sewed each square together with a 1/4" seam in horizontal rows of 6 squares each. I made a total of 16 rows for the purse body and sewed them altogether, top to bottom, to create my fabric. Following the directions in the book, I fused my batting to the quilt fabric and then proceeded to machine quilted in a cross-hatch pattern diagonally across all the squares. I did have to draft a curved shape for the top of this bag, but following the instructions and diagram, it was a piece of cake, even with my limited drawing skills. For the lining of this purse I chose Hotel Frederiksted Krysta, in white. Frannie After completing the body of the purse, I decided to go ahead and finish off the top with a bias binding. This was just an extra step I took to finish off the quilt look I was going for. I chose Terrie from Hotel Frederiksted, lighter blue, for the finishing touch. This fabric makes a great binding and I have used it on lots of projects. In keeping with the theme of this bag, I chose to make a strap from additional squares. Making two long strips of 24 squares (one strip for each side of the strap), I fused batting to each side and again, machine quilted through each square. Then, wrong sides together, I basted the layers together and applied binding all around, and continued with the instructions for attaching to the purse. The instructions also suggest putting a label on the front of your bag. I love this touch. I took a Sis Boom label, applied it to a square a felt with a pinked edge and added it to the front of the purse as a finishing touch. Love It! The best part of all, is that this purse is just the right size for a laptop, and since it can be carried cross-over style, it makes for perfect hands-free carrying! The second bag I made from the book is the Boho Shoulder Bag. I made it for my daughter, Frannie, and she loves it. Christie in blue, also from the Hotel Frederiksted line of fabric, was the perfect choice for this purse. Although the directions for this purse suggest using two different fabrics for the body, my daughter Frannie requested just one, and the look came out just the way she wanted. Frannie2 We added Patrice in Pink for the lining of the bag and strap so just enough of it peeks out while carrying to complete a young, hip look. I found the red with white polka-dot foldover elastic on Amazon. It really looks great against the blue fabric, makes everything pop! As expected, the instructions for this purse are perfect and it went together so easily. I love that there are no pattern pieces, just measure and cut! The strap is adjustable with a D ring which means you can wear it short or carry it long across your body. Fits a laptop and the outer pockets are great for tucking in your phone or keys. Another great, easy to sew bag!

Just for Me January Blog Tour Day 9

Sewing with Just for Me January by A Crazy Craft Lady Sadly, it seems like the only time I get to sew lately is if I sign up for a blog tour or to do testing! My job keeps me pretty busy during the day and my kids' activities keep me hopping at night. I have to admit though that I've started to sew a few things for myself, but this may in fact be the first thing I've completed for myself in the last 10-15 years! The only thing keeping me somewhat same from working the crazy hours this past month is crafting, but sewing isn't very portable so I've been doing a lot of crochet work. I'll have to share some pictures of those on here next time! I honestly hate pictures of myself since I still have 30 more pounds I want to shed, but I am super happy that I did finally finish something just for me!! januarya This is the SisBoom Dana Pattern and I made it as dress length. I used every piece of the two yards of the Black Damask fabric that I had ordered from One Red Blossom back at the end of August. It's actually pretty speedy for me to use something from that recent of an order and not stash it in my hoard! 2017-01-29_IMG_3519 Continue reading the post on A Crazy Craft Lady...

Just For Me January Blog Tour Day 8

Just for Me January: Sis Boom Tortola By Not Sew Selfish tortola_1 I’m very excited to be part of the Sis Boom Just for Me January Tour. The Sis Boom Dana pattern was the first (wearable) thing I ever made for myself. I knew how to work a sewing machine, but the instructions in most patterns went straight over my head, and the resulting garment straight into the bin. I stumbled across a sew along for the Dana top on Facebook about 4 years ago, and discovered Sis Boom patterns, full of instructions and diagrams so clear and detailed that it was like having a friend watching over my shoulder helping me the whole way. I proceeded to make pretty much every Sis Boom pattern in the range before venturing out to other designers, and I’ve never looked back. But I will always have a special place in my heart for the designer that got me started on this journey! januarya I’m not much of a pattern hacker … yet … that’s something I’d like to do more of this year. So for this tour, rather than changing or restyling a pattern, I wanted to share a story of how sometimes (let’s face it, often, actually!), the first time you make a new pattern for yourself, it doesn’t necessarily work out perfectly. I got the Sis Boom Tortola pattern when it was released a couple of years ago – I’d seen lots of blog posts and photos, and everyone looked great in it. There aren’t many easy top patterns around like this for wovens (i.e. no zips, no buttons, easy rather than really tailored fit), so I was excited to give it a go. Spoiler alerts … (1) it was worth the excitement in the end (2) make sure you read to the end of this post for your chance to win a copy for yourself tortola_original This is what I made, and it’s OK, but it’s a bit… meh. There are a few issues here, and all of them down to choices and adjustments I’d made that meant it just didn’t really sing for me. So, let me take you behind the scenes on some little things that made a big difference. Finishing reading the blog post on Not Sew Selfish...

Just For Me January Blog Tour Day 7

Sis Boom Pattern CO – Just For Me January Tour By Idle Sunshine fullsizeoutput_5d36 Did you hear it’s “Just For Me January”? I have been sewing for me much more this past few months, so I was very happy to join in the fun with Sis Boom Patterns! januarya Not long after I set up my instagram account to share my sewing projects, I was contacted by the amazing Jennifer Paganelli. She very generously gave me a copy of the Angie dress pattern to sew up, but I wanted to wait till closer to summer to make it. When I heard about Just For Me January I knew I had no excuse! (Now I just realized that would make more sense if you knew I was in Australia and we are in the middle of summer here right now)! fullsizeoutput_5d27 This is exactly my ideal style of dress, it is so comfortable and is the perfect mix of style and comfort. The brief for this tour was to add a different style spin, so instead of simply reviewing this pattern (which is A+ by the way), I will tell you my inspiration and what I did to tweak it to have a half circle skirt. fullsizeoutput_5d25 I adore the gorgeous eclectic Sis Boom fabric designs and this one was always destined for my first Angie! It’s from the Circa collection and it came from Utopian Threads some time ago here in Australia. Continue reading the blog post on Idle Sunshine....

Just For Me January Blog Tour Day 6

Me, Myself & I -- Oh and a friend or two! by Troops to Tots tot1 Here I am again on another Sis Boom blog tour! The theme for this blog tour is all about sewing for ourselves, which for me is difficult since I have two small children. Kids are so much easier, cheaper and quicker to sew for - plus they freaking grow like weeds and are constantly needing new clothes. For this blog tour I enlisted the help of two of my friends who are novice sewers. I don’t think either of them have sewn a garment for themselves before. If you are new to sewing for yourself, you really can’t go wrong with a Sis Boom pattern, the instructions are great and very thorough. Add to that the patterns come with many basic alterations already put into the pattern! And if you know anything about Sis Boom’s blog tour, you know there are some awesome giveaway prizes, be sure to read to the bottom!! We went to my favorite boutique shop, Mimosa Goods, to take pictures. What I love about Sarah’s shop is that she stocks items that fall in one of three categories; ethically made/fair trade, organic/earth friendly, or locally made. If you are local to central New Jersey her shop is just amazing, and it sits in the middle of downtown Bordentown - which offers lots of little shops and restaurants. If you aren’t local no worries, her little shop is online too! (And no I was not reimbursed in anyway to say all that - I just love her shop and supporting her business.) Let me introduce you to our first model, Elaine. She sewed up the Devon using a polyknit from JoAnns. This isn’t Elaine’s first rodeo with being a part of a Sis Boom blog tour, her daughter was a model for the “Back To School” tour that was hosted in August. Her husband was also the photographer for our photo shoot - how awesome is that! elaine4 Elaine chose to go with the gathered sleeves and ribbon tie neck options. elaine1 In terms of being a beginner sewer, this top was fairly easy. The most difficult thing about this shirt was the fabric - oh that fabric. We actually gave up trying to sew it on her machine and used my serger and sewing machine. After that, in terms of construction, the gathers and attaching them was something Elaine and I did together. Elaine figured out the neckline with the notch on her own!! This pattern is also stellar in terms that is has a loose fit and the option to have an adjustable neckline - this really allows you to sew up a garment that you will wear. Finish reading this blog post over on Troops to Tots....

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 capture 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. januarya I chose the Rebecca Shift Dress, but what I had been craving for a long time was a sheath dress. rebeccashiftdress-307x424 As I scoured the internet for inspiration I found this little gem styled so many different ways. carlotta carlottaborwn l 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...