Join the Upcraft Club Sewing Hunt

Join_the_Hunt_main_large If you havent had a chance to join the UpCraft Club Sewing Hunt, get to it. Lots of fabulous prizes from many different vendors including us! I'll give you a hint on where to find the hunt icon on our site. Its in the section where you'd find out about the history of Sis Boom. Details on the scavenger hunt can be found below: The UpCraft Club Sewing Hunt is an online scavenger hunt bringing you a FUN way to connect with the sewing industry and WIN exciting PRIZES! (Plus find out more details about our PAPERLESS sewing technology! Be part of the Hunt to be the first to get details!) For two weeks the sewing community will participate in a virtual scavenger hunt. Sewists can register for the hunt and visit sponsor websites, searching for a hidden hunt icon. Every time you find an icon you are entered to win fun prizes! The hunt is FREE to participate in and prizes include: fabric, a sewing machine, notions, PDF sewing patterns, and more. Over two thousand dollar's worth of prizes will be given out during the Hunt. How does it work? First register for the Hunt When the Hunt begins they'll be able to log into UpCraft Club and see the Hunt Dashboard. The Dashboard will provide links to each sponsor's website where you will follow clues to find the Hunt Icon. Once found and clicked you will receive one entry to win fabulous prizes for each icon you find.

Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag – Free Pattern

2016-08-26-11-27-39-1 Hurry up November! We are over the moon with the new Hotel Frederiksted line and can't wait for its arrival in stores this fall (probably early to mid November). If you have a few moments, take a peek at our video on the Hotel Frederiksted collection. It's filled with amazing clothing, quilting and decor inspiration by a few special sewists and quilters in the Sis Boom Sisterhood. We also wanted to show you this lovely patchwork tote bag and give you the Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag Pattern for free. Finished size is 19 X 14 and it has lots of pockets. Great sewing tote or perfect bag while running errands. Download and make one today with your favorite Sis Boom fabric. Don't forget to tag us on Facebook or Instagram! We always love seeing what you create.

Sis Boom Blog Tour Day 7

The Blog Tour continues with the Crazy Craft Lady and her take on the Kelsey Top/Dress. We released this pattern earlier this summer and it's become an instant favorite. Head on over and say hello! Don't forget to use our 40% off with code -BACK2SCHOOL - in our Pattern Shop or Etsy shop! Stock up now. Lots of great things to make for the upcoming holidays! Blog Day 7 Remember to visit EACH stop on the tour and leave a comment to be entered to win the pattern they sewed. Contests end 9/2, the last day of our tour! So go back and comment, if you haven't on all the blogs from today and last week. All the links are below for easy reference! August 22 Paisley Roots / August 23 Cookies n' Bees / August 24 Tina Sew Tiny / August 25 Screeching Dinosaur / August 26 PearBerry Lane / August 29 Troops To Tots / August 30 A Crazy Craft Lady / August 31 Glitter in My Coffee / September 1 Sunflower Seams / September 2 Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Sis Boom Blog Tour and Giveaways!

Welcome to the Sis Boom Blog tour!
We are excited to announce that our bloggers EACH have a pattern giveaway on their posts! Every weekday from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 1, we'll feature something new; so be sure to follow along with this tour!
August 22 Paisley Roots / August 23 Cookies n' Bees / August 24 Tina Sew Tiny / August 25 Screeching Dinosaur / August 26 PearBerry Lane / August 29 Troosp To Tots / August 30 A Crazy Craft Lady / August 31 Glitter in My Coffee / September 1 Sunflower Seams / September 2 Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Rachel Berwick Hodges, a long time Sis Boom fan (the Rachel fabric from Color Brigade is named after her!), kicks us off and writes about what she loves about Sis Boom Pattern Co patterns. She sewed a Betty Ann Top in the upcoming line Hotel Frederiksted, shipping in November. If you have any questions about any of our patterns (or sewing in general), join close to 2,000 Sis Boom fans on our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook group page. Hope to see you there! My bouncy four-year-old starts preschool next week, and she’s super excited! I wanted to make her something that she can wear to school in all seasons, and the Betty Ann top and dress seemed perfect. The elasticized back ensures that it will grow with her, and the slightly loose fit makes it easy to layer over shirts for cooler weather. It’s a great little pattern because it’s easy to customize. You can add ruffles to the straps, mix and match colors; make it a short top or a long dress, or anything in between. The contrasting pockets are perfect to slip in pinecones and pretty pebbles. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some not-yet-released Hotel Frederiksted, and the pink and red combo is a huge hit with my daughter! I made her top a week ago, and she’s worn it three times and slept in it once! Seeing as this has become one of her favorite tops, I’ll have to make several more variations. I always love sewing with Sis Boom patterns because the directions are unfailingly detailed and clear. I don’t have to spend a lot of time analyzing the directions, trying to figure out what’s expected of me. I just follow along, step by step. Almost every step is illustrated, too, which is perfect for a visual learner, like me. And with the Sis Boom Pattern Co. online sewing community, there is always someone willing to help if I run into difficulties. r1 r2 r5

Color Brigade Tulip Star Quilt – Free Pattern

Color Brigade has been in stores a little less than a month and you have helped make it a runaway success. Thanks for all the Sis Boom love. We do what we do because of you! Don't forget to share with us on Facebook and Instagram. Color Brigade quilt If you are a quilter, Coats has a free Tulip Star Quilt pattern available for download. Definitely a intermediate to advance quilting project but with a little determination you can do it. We are here to cheer you on. So grab up Color Brigade and get inspired!

It’s Almost Time For Color Brigade!

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. CB What are you planning on making with Color Brigade? We can't wait for you to share with us.  

Girl’s World Revisited

We love when classic Sis Boom looks meets new Sis Boom. The super talented Merav Ruthman of Baby Hobbes Designs, created 2 dresses from our book, Girl's World, with fabric from Color Brigade due out May 2016 and Nostalgia from Fall 2015. If you don't have a copy of Girl's World, check it out; it was published 5 years ago but all 21 projects are still as fresh and modern as ever. Hobbes and her 2 friends enjoyed sweet treats at Vanielle Chicago while wearing the Tallulah Halter Dress and Mary's Fancy Sash Dress. Both dress patterns are available only in Girl's World as paper patterns, so order your copy today!gw5 Hobbes (below, left) is wearing the timeless Mary's Fancy Sash Dress in Rachel in Blue from Color Brigade on the skirt, with the bodice in Jimmy in Green and the sash in Jackson in Green from the Nostalgia line. Dress it up with a crinoline underneath for extra fun! Hobbes' BFF (right) from preschool is wearing the cool and comfortable Tallulah Halter Dress in Rachel in Blue. This fun and versatile dress slips on and ties behind the neck. Two side vents on the dress hem makes it easy to jump and play all day long. GW1 GW3 Little sis (middle) is also wearing the Tallulah with Rachel in Blue on the bodice and Figgy in Pink on the skirt. We love these looks and hope they inspire you to purchase fabric now from the Nostalgia line and Color Brigade when it comes out in May. GW2 Special thanks to Little Sparrow Boutique for the stunning hair accessories and TK Photography for taking these lovely photographs.

Top 5 Most Popular Sis Boom Women’s Patterns

Spring is in the air over in my corner of the world! It's into the 70's today with gorgeous sunny skies, chirping birds and flower buds peeking out from the earth. Spring is always thought of as an awakening, a new beginning, and many of us are inspired to grow ourselves - maybe by picking up an old hobby or starting a new one, or getting out and exercising or volunteering more. I hope this spring finds you doing something very near and dear to your heart. Our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook group has grown to a lovely community where new and veteran sewist alike share tips and tricks for sewing not just Sis Boom patterns, but sewing in general. If you haven't joined yet, please do! We get asked lots of questions about popular Sis Boom patterns, so I thought I'd share with you our top 5 most popular patterns for women. #5 -Devon Peasant - this peasant dress/top's versatile style is super easy to sew, can be made in a range of lengths, and has lots of options from ruffles to pom-poms. Darling with jeans, cute as a dress or can be made into the perfect beach cover up. Devon #4 -Patricia Tunic - this head-turning tunic is named for Jennifer's mother. With it's figure-flattering cut and loads of finishing options, the Patricia can be dressed up for a night on the town or a casual day running errands. patrica tunic #3 - Meghan Peasant - Meghan's empire style imparts a stunning silhouette to women of all shapes and sizes. A great choice for the beginner sewist, Meghan sews up quickly and has lots of sleeve and length options. Meghan #2 - Jamie Dress - the stunning details on the Jamie make it a perfect for all occasions - dress her up with accessories and heels for a wedding or dress her down with flip flops for a day at the park. If you have always been afraid to tackle a dress with zippers, this is THE DRESS to try first with super easy instructions to help you add a side zipper like a pro! Jamie #1 - Angie Dress- sweet Angie is our most popular selling women's pattern for a reason. This quick sew dress has 3 bodice options, multiple length choices, an elasticized waist and pockets. Oh so cute and flattering on women of all shapes and sizes. angie5 As always, share whatever you're making with Sis Boom fabric or patterns on Facebook or Instagram. We love seeing what you are up to!

Sis Boom Super Fan: Paisley Avenue

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.

Paisley Ave_2 Lovely, feminine clutch with a lace accent and Loopy Vintage Floral from the Flower Power line. Paisley Ave_3 Who wouldn't love this wallet combining soft, buttery leather and colorful Gretchen fabric from the Color Brigade line due out in May! Paisley Ave_4 Lucky girl enjoying this beautiful view in a sweet dress using Marcella from the Lucky Girl line. Paisley AVe  

Instagram Inspiration

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!

melisajanehandmade - lovely scalloped detail on this purse with matching wallet made from the Crazy Love line.


handmadebyemily - cute wristlet in Daisy in Blue from the Caravelle Arcade line.


summer.lillies - Sis Boom fabric looks great on adults, kids or throughout your home but we are especially partial to this Beauty Queen neckerchief on this sweet pup.


southernyankeect: Nancy from the So St. Croix line looks perfect matched with a vintage linen from 1976 to make the sweetest bag.


sugar_bowl_crafts - lovely pillow with a touch of Good Company.


dresdenlane- we love these foxy blocks with lots of colorful Sis Boom Fabric!


144collection - darling pouch to hold all your goodies in Vickie from the Good Company line.


tamaraharrisondesigns - we love this fabric hoop art using the hard to find but fabulous Girlfriends line.   b8