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.
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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.
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.
Lovely, feminine clutch with a lace accent and Loopy Vintage Floral from the Flower Power line.
Who wouldn’t love this wallet combining soft, buttery leather and colorful Gretchen fabric from the Color Brigade line due out in May!
Lucky girl enjoying this beautiful view in a sweet dress using Marcella from the Lucky Girl line.
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!
dresdenlane– we love these foxy blocks with lots of colorful Sis Boom Fabric!
More great lounge wear items are being added to the Sis Boom Collection for Malabar Bay this month. Treat yourself to one of 9 cozy pj sets and 2 racerback tunics. The Otomi Purple Sateen Pajama Set pictured above, is our new favorite, combining birds and animals in a lovely lilac shade. Get ready for spring in comfort and style!
All of the Sis Boom Collection for Malabar Bay comes in the signature style you have come to expect from Jennifer’s fabrics with a modern spin on traditional design, blending bold and bright colors with spectacular vintage looks.
Hope everyone had a fabulous week. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to spring. Warmer weather, longer days, flowers and trees in bloom and of course Spring and Summer items made out of Sis Boom fabrics. Don’t forget, we love seeing what you’re doing. Share with us on Facebook and Instagram.