It finally feels like winter here in the US – brrrr. If you’re on the East Coast, a big storm is probably headed your way. Hope you have a fun project to keep you busy while you are snowed in. As always, share with us on Facebook or Instagram. We love to see what you are up too!
Joy Morgan out of Townsville in Queensland, Australia runs the Sew Joyful company making lovely bags and wallets. Thanks for sharing your creations with us, Joy. As always give us a shout on Instagram or Facebook and let us know what you are making with your favorite Sis Boom fabric.
Nappy bag with lots of pickets inside and out made in Austin from the Circa line.
Merav and her lovely daughter Hobbes from Baby Hobbes Design are back and they are reviewing our newest Sis Boom dress, the Sally. Sally is available for the special introductory price of $7.50 till Sunday, 1/17/16 at midnight EST.
Make room for the SisBoom Sally…a beginner venture to creating a beautiful dress.
I must say that as much as I like challenging myself with new sewing complexity; I am always in the market for an easy beginner sewing pattern without buttons or zippers to whip up with a moment’s notice. Like when Hobbes comes home from school and tells me “Mom, my friend Olivia asked for a My Little Pony dress, can that be her birthday present?…and the party is tomorrow!!!!” Or when I have a new sewing student who is eager to sew her first dress–but is uncomfortable with embellishments like buttons and zippers. The Sally is going to be my new go-to pattern; and I can’t wait to introduce her to you!
The Sis Boom Sally sports a simple, yet modest tank bodice with two neck option that your child can pull on and off herself without any closures. The bodice is relaxed and the (optional) side sash and elastic sewn directly to the seams (no casing) can assist for a more fitted look. You can create two skirt looks. I chose to create the dress with a top skirt, but you can keep it simple and conserve fabric by sewing the bottom skirt only.
In true Sis Boom style, you’ll learn sewing techniques – Sis Boom Sally focuses on bias tape placement for an unlined bodice (woohoo, less fabric) and you can get creative making your own bias to match. Store-bought bias is welcomed too–and you can place the bias flushed over the head and arm opening or use it to line the inside edges only.
Take a look at some of the different Sally’s made during testing. It’s a such a great layering dress too!
The best part of the newly released Sally is that you are getting ONE wonderfully written (congrats Jeanine Thomlinson for her first pattern with the Sis Boom and Sciencetific Seamstress team) Beginner pattern sized from 3-Months to 14 years. That’s babies, kids and tweens all in ONE loaded pattern. The actual pattern pieces can be printed in your child size-so for Hobbes dress, I printed 2 pages only for a size 3T high neck-bodice. The skirt measurements are found on page 6-and you can adjust the length based on the child height-in my case, a 4T.
Oh, and did you catch how I like to conserve fabric? My beautiful Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, in Good Company Jessie in garnet and Nostalgia Tilly in gold are too dear to me to just stay hidden under my top skirt. What do you think of this little trick?
It’s so simple to do this to your bottom skirt, let’s call it underskirt and conserve your designer fabrics. First, I added an extra 0.5 to the bottom skirt length to account for the seam allowance when sewing the two fabrics together. Next, for the fabric (yellow) portion, I looked at the difference between the top and bottom layer-I call it the “seen underskirt” and added 2 inches plus a 0.5 inch for the hem. Total all that and that’s the measurement for the yellow bottom portion of my bottom skirt. To get the top portion of my (white) underskirt, just subtract the previous total from your original underskirt measurement + 0.5 we originally added to the skirt length to account for seam allowance. Easy right?
I am loving the simplicity of the SisBoom Sally and I can’t wait to make many more Sally’s for Hobbes to wear year-round. Join me next week for a modified look at the Sally-because you know how I like to stretch my pattern bucks!
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week – modifying Sally for a winter look. Till then, happy sewing!
~Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design
Stop by my Facebook page Baby Hobbes Design and say Hi; or drop me a line @babyhobbesdesign on Instagram.
Shout out to the wonderful Jeanine Thoslinson and all the wonderful Sally testers; it was a pleasure testing with you.
There is a new girl in town and her name is Sally.
This darling little dress is simple and sweet. Make one today for your favorite girl! Sis Boom fans in the Northern Hemisphere can pair it with a long sleeve tee underneath to get through the cooler months to the warmer days ahead. Those of you down under are already enjoying sunny days and warm nights…we are jealous! Currently sitting at my computer desk in a jacket and hat feeling chilled. Brrr!
For a limited time (through this Sunday 1/17/16 at midnight EST) Sally is available at an intro price of $7.50! No need for a coupon code, just shop your heart out here on Sis Boom, and Sally will be added to your cart at $7.50. Happy Shopping!
We’d like to introduce you to the inspiring Alison O’Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier. Please be sure to check out her lovey Etsy Shop and Facebook page. Her stunning robe in Kitty from the Nostalgia line first caught our eye on Instagram, but she has other lovey totes and clutches in her shop as well. As always, thanks for sharing what you are creating with Sis Boom fabric on Instagram and Facebook. It always makes us smile!
Sew Bee It Clothier
About me: I am a breast cancer survivor and that taught me to live each day to the fullest….. Every. Single. Day.
I work full-time outside my business for the incredible benefits that this job possesses. They are very flexible with me. That is critical as my business is my true passion that makes me wanting to wake early each day. Some days my studio time is in the morning before work, sometimes it is afterwards. But no matter what, I sew every day.
I was encouraged to open an Etsy shop with my 35 + years of garment sewing. I started with silk jackets and tote bags. Once silk prices went crazy, AND it became hard to compete with items from China, I adjusted my custom items. I tried tunics, clutches, cases and such. Then I sewed a Buttercup purse that was purchased by the fabric designer! I was in a state! I was so honored. That led to my freelance sewing that I currently do, mostly with Windham Fabrics, and occasionally for Bari J. at Art Gallery Fabrics. I am so proud of my skills and ability to showcase fabrics in their best light. I love this work so much!
I was able to attend Market in Houston this year. A dream for me as I have had many of my garment creations there in the past years on display but I never attended. What an amazing Community of Sewists, Quilters, Designers and so many other important people that I have admired for so long, gathered in the same room! Oh my! I still re-live that time often.
So that is a quick snapshot of me and what drives my passion.
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your vision and talents with all of us sewists!
Alison in a lovely shirt she made in Cecilia from the Crazy Love Line
One of Sew Bee It Clothier’s robes – very popular with bridal parties to wear on the big day
Alison’s trusty sewing machine turning Kitty fabric into something magical.