We are in the dogs days of summer here in the States, but our down under fans are enjoying cooler weather. Amanda Wilson of Dream-for Girls in Sydney, Australia released a darling collection of clothing for girls featuring our Color Brigade fabric and we are so flattered. She even named the collection Jenny Rose after Jennifer saying “it’s for a beautiful lady named Jennifer, with a sprained ankle and who paints roses with magic as well.” Jennifer sprained her ankle earlier this summer when her dog, George, took off after a chipmunk. Luckily she is OK and pleased old George still has some peep in his step.
Amanda’s collection is available in her Etsy Shop, so hop over and check it out. Amanda has 2 beautiful children, a playful puppy, a great loving husband and a large extended adorable family too. She has worked as a designer/patternmaker and it’s always been her passion.
When we asked Amanda to send her a little bio about herself, she sent in the sweet little poem below. Judging from her joyous spirit, a little extra love and happiness is sewed into every garment she makes.
“Once upon a time…
from down under here…
There was a dream…
of sunny days, beautiful fabrics, sweet party dresses, smiles and fun twirly skirts in our aussie gum tree bush, pretty bows and playful pants down under here !!
Along came a friend and captured some magical photos with love, along came another friend,to walk us on the way…
and hello !!! Dream – for girls.
Photo credit: Meredith West of Dee Dub Designs
Color Brigade is starting to ship and we couldn’t be more excited. It should be hitting your favorite fabric stores and online retailers in the next few weeks. If you receive a shipment of Color Brigade be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram and we’ll help you get the word out!
Lots of bold colors in this line after the soft romantic pastels of Nostalgia! A very personal collection for Jennifer, she writes: Happy is the moniker of this lovely selection. Large florals with deep colored backgrounds lay the foundation for this strong Island vibe that once again has that “take me away” vacation vibe. Having grown up in the Virgin Islands and embracing the world of mismatched pattern on all the lovely people that resided there is where the foundation for my textiles begins. Layers of different cloths and head wraps are the origins of my homeland and the cruzan culture of my sensibility. Textiles played a huge roll in my early aesthetic development. These florals come alive with the saturated colors of Sis Boom. Coordinates and color mixed with these florals or the huge Fluer de lis and this wonderful check will look as though you threw it all together when in actuality there is a color harmony that keeps the fluidity intact. Two toned wood cuts, and rhythmic lines keep it all cohesive. I can see amazing quilts and gorgeous dresses and products crafted from these amazing designs. Cabanas and beach umbrellas dot the beaches, and the bathing suits and trunks all cohabit here to bring you another resort vibe from none other than me.
What are you planning on making with Color Brigade? We can’t wait for you to share with us.
Shae from Saflower Photography and Saflower Designs wrote a lovely and informative post on Pattern Revolution yesterday on how to best photograph your boutique creations, fabric and patterns. If you’ve ever wondered how to best photograph and style your creations, run, don’t walk over to her post and read it now!
We are honored she made a dress in Sis Boom’s newest line, Nostalgia shipping next month, with amazing lace trim and button details for her daughter. Seriously, how amazing are these photos and the dress on her cutie patootie daughter??
She also used Nostalgia fabric to create this to-die-for dreamcatcher. Find the free tutorial over on Pattern Revolution.
We hope you are in love with Nostalgia as much as we are! What are you going to be making when it drops next month?
Sis Boom’s newest line, Nostalgia, debuts in October and we are thrilled to show you the full line today. Nostalgia has a whisper quality that is uncharacteristic of Sis Boom while still embracing pops of color that allude to Jennifer’s earlier fabrics for Freespirit. Confident and robust Nostalgia has a very feminine painterly quality that is soft and warm. The Harlequin pattern is perfect for creating the graphic quality in modern quilting and for bordering (framing) quilts and creating contrast with the orb quality of the other designs. It’s the pinks, the greens, the blues, the golds; the symphony that is Sis Boom. And oh the florals! Those fantastic florals with a faded old world sensibility sun kissed and ready to party! You’ll find it fits your vintage infused interiors, your vintage infused brands. It is romantic and happy just the way you like it.
Blues in left to right: Kumi, Hilary, Tilly and Jimmy
Blues in left to right: Kitty, Figgy and Jackson
Golds in left to right: Hillary, Figgy, Tilly and Jimmy
Greens in left to right: Kumi, Jimmy and Jackson
Greens in left to right: Kitty and Hilary
Pinks in left to right: Kumi, Figgy and Jackson
Pinks in left to right: Kitty and Tilly
What projects are you planning with this fabric? Don’t forget to share with me on Instagram. I love seeing what you create with Sis Boom fabric.
Sarahbear621 – crazylovequilt matching pillows
bettylebonbon – stunning skirt in Melody from the Beauty Queen line
melisajanehandmade – lovely bag in JoAnn from an oldie but goodie, Crazy Love!
oneygirl50 – shared this throw back Thursday photo of me at the Country Living Fair in Ohio from 2011! You can learn to make a similar decoupage suitcase by watching my YouTube video.
menthree_3 – Melody in midnight from Beauty Queen makes a lovely clutch
Thanks for sharing your lovelies with me on Instagram. They always brighten my day!
Run, don’t walk to get a copy of this month’s Weekend Quilting magazine. Jo Avery made these sassy dolls with fabric from the Circa line and they are just darling. What can I say, I love this girl and her use of our fabrics to make these Gossip gals hum!! The pattern is in the magazine and you could make a couple by this afternoon…She also has Kaleidoscope pillows that you will totally want to create, but I won’t share here so you can be surprised. This issue is jam packed with some great great peeps and their wonderful projects…check it out!
The ever talented Jeanine, customer service for Sis Boom Pattern Co and Scientific Seamstress Fan page made this gorgeous modified back maxi Angie with bold ric rac and long Gabriela Fae’s for her little girls. Maxi dresses have been a popular warm weather dress for a few years, and these are stunners!
Head over to the Scientific Seamstress blog to learn how to modify the Angie back. For the long Gabriela Fae dresses, Jeanine added a front panel and quilting details. Just darling.
Seeing lots of great stuff on Instagram lately! I’m always delighted and inspired to see what a talented bunch you all are. Here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks. Keep on sharing with me. Seeing my fabrics come to life always brings me JOY! Thanks for choosing Sis Boom fabrics for your amazing creations.
Pleatie dress by Grace of Belle Violette
Crazy drunk psychedelic love dance quilt by Jennifer at oneofthetribeofjennifers
Beauty Queen Romper by Feeling Peachy Creations
Memo boards by The Tulle Box
Lovely tunic top by Amanda at Handmade Muse
Long sleeve dress by Bellamoo Designs
It’s been a little over a month since Caravelle Arcade sailed into the stores, and I’m thrilled to see all the projects you’re sharing with me on Facebook and Instagram. You guys are a talented bunch!
Last week my favorite photographer in the world, Tim Geaney, stopped by and we took some amazing photos of Sis Boom patterns in Caravelle Arcade. You can create the same look below by using Bonnie in purple in our Judy Fancy Pants pattern topped off with Rebecca in fuchsia in our Devon Top. Have lots of small scraps of your favorite Sis Boom fabrics left over from various sewing projects? A decoupage guitar is the perfect accessory! In this YouTube video I show you how to decoupage a suitcase, but the same technique can be applied to anything including a guitar.
If you are local to me in the southwestern CT area, RUN don’t walk to see Christie at Christie’s Quilting Boutique because she has a windfall of Sis Boom Fabric especially the Caravelle Arcade line. Everyone else, call your local quilt shop or shop online. Hope you’re having a fabulous week. XOXO!