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.

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....