A Sis Boom Celebration Quilt by 100 Billion Stars


Melissa over at 100 Billion Stars showed us this stunner of a colorful quilt top and we were floored by it’s gorgeousness. Aptly named Wildly Nostalgic, this quilt includes many of Boom’s past collections. I spy old favorites such as Crazy Love and Mod Girls plus newer lines like Caravelle Arcade and Good Company blended together skillfully in a riot of color. It’s fun to take a trip down the Sis Boom memory lane and look at all the fabric collections together on one quilt top.


On piecing together this quilt, Melissa said “Once I realized they were begging for a painter’s palette type of setting, things came together quickly. Rather than stick to a rigid progression of color, I chose a looser adaptation. The pinks swirl around from oranges to browns and purples. The blues flow into purples as well as aquas. This is a very organic way to put it together.”

Read more about this quilt and how Melissa made it, plus the free pattern over at 100 Billion Stars.

Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa. If you’ve been making anything with current or past Sis Boom fabric, share with us on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t be shy, we love seeing what you have been up to.

The Big Sis Boom Clearance Sale in Wilton, CT

We are doing this! Starting tomorrow Thursday, January 28 from 12 to 5 pm and every Thursday till the end of March. Clearing the way for new things and new dreams. Getting rid of so much stuff – pillows, vintage items, craft items, jewelry, clothes, holiday items, baskets, jars… you need it, we probably have it! Serious discounts on everything. No fabric on sale but the kitchen sink is…and furniture too.

Hope to see you at Jennifer’s home in Wilton one Thursday – 40 East Meadow Rd, Wilton, CT 06897. Cash preferred. Apologies to online friends and family, too much to photograph and ship out.

Below is a small sample of things of sale. Also check out the video showing more on sale:

The BIG Sale Video

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Guest Blogger: Baby Hobbes Design and the NEW Sally Dress Part II

Merav of Baby Hobbes Design is back with Part II of her take on the new Sally dress, this time with long sleeves. Sally is the perfect year round dress and super simple for the beginner sewist. We hope you give her a try and don’t forgot to share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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I am so happy to be back with part II of the Sally Dress tour, and this time I am here to share with you an easy trick for a year-round dress. I am always in the market for new and easy beginner patterns-and, as we discussed in last week’s post, Sally is just that! But how about Sally with sleeves?

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I adore the tank style, pull-over Sally dress! Here in the Windy City, we are still in LONG sleeves for a few more months. And a versatile pattern means ‘A Win’ for me-to sew year round.

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This week I let Hobbes play around with my beautiful Sis Boom fabric collection, and I was in heaven when she pulled out Caravelle Arcade’s Jessica in Blue and Beauty Queen’s Katie stripe in Pink. My head (and heart) went straight into Valentines mode, and we decided this will be her dress for our big Valentines fundraiser next month.

You are going to love how easy it is to take Sally and change her up to meet the demand of the weather. To achieve this look, you will need the Gabriella Fae pattern for its bodice and sleeves. Also, if you are a sucker for lace like me, check out my November Blog here for adding these pretty darling details.


Once you have both the Sally and Gabriella Fae bodice pieces cut out to size, go ahead and follow the steps here in order to change the arm cycle of Sally to adjust for the sleeves.

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Looking at the pictures above, from left to right. First, cut your pattern size in both dress bodice to size. Next, lay the Gabriella Fae front bodice on top of the Sally front bodice. Match the shoulders at the arm cycle edge. For this quick transformation, I am not changing anything else in the pattern–just the curve of the arm. As you can see, I shaded/colored in the difference in arm curve directly on the Sally for easy cutting. Once you have your markings on the front (repeat with the back bodice), go ahead and cut off the markings so your Sally can accept Gabriella Fae sleeves.
***Please note that you can do this trick with most of your patterns. Always remember to change the arm-cycles and note the difference in the shoulder alignment.

Next, sew your sleeves. You may choose to follow the Gabriella Fae directions to add your sleeves. Because I have experience sewing that pattern, I decided to change it up a bit and add a pleat at the top shoulder instead of a gathered puff. I’ll be honest, it was an experiment, but I had nothing to lose–it’s all in the pinning.

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It’s so easy to add this small detail. First, fold your sleeve in half and stick a pin in the top middle. Then, starting from the edge, pin your sleeve to the bodice until you are at the halfway point/reached your shoulder seam on the bodice. Then move to the other side of the sleeve, starting from that end, pinning till you reach the middle of the bodice.

Looking at the pictures above, from left to right: grab your excess sleeve material in the center (bout 3-3,5 inches) and make sure that the sleeve is pinned perfectly up to the shoulder seams. Next, you will want to flatten the access sleeve and perfectly align it with the center seam on the shoulder. Pin in down and check it on both sides to make sure the pleat center is aligned with shoulder seam. Once you are happy, sew it up to the bodice.

Once you have added on your sleeve, continue with the Sally directions. Just remember when you are sewing your front and back bodice closed, you are starting at the sleeves and sewing down.

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And that’s how I got Hobbes this new Sally. It’s an easy beginner, pullover darling dress pattern.Now show me how you transform your Sally dress. Get your copy of Sally and Gabriella Fae here.

Special thanks to my talented friend Julie over at the Little Sparrow Bows for her perfectly made to match hair halo.

Like my backdrop? Temperatures have been in the teens here and I just didn’t have the heart to ask Hobbes to pose outside. Loving my new Big Time Prints (formally Bubblegum Backdrops) for a quick and warm photo-shoot.

Till next time, happy sewing!
~Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design

Instagram Inspiration – Kids’ Edition

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!

summer.lillies – this cutie is rocking a sweet pleated top in Melody and shorts in Phyllis from the Good Company line.


whatbellawears: darling bloomers and head wrap in Vickie from the Good Company line.


thebabybirdboutique: this cutie is sitting pretty in a dress made of fabric from the Jenny Eliza line for JoAnn Fabrics.


dottiemoonhandmade: we are smitten with this dress in pink gingham and Jessica from Caravelle Arcade.


bubbymakesthree: darling romper in Taylor from the Circa fabric line.


lilpeaak: does this come in my size? Loving this outfit with cute ruffled bloomers in Priscilla from the Crazy Love line.


Sis Boom Super Fan: Sew Joyful

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.

Joy made the Backgammon bag designed by Betz White using fabric from the Caravelle Arcade line.
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A lovely bag called the Epiphany bag designed by ChrisW Designs and sewn by Joy also in Caravelle Arcade.

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Emmaline clutch pattern in Candice from Happy Land.
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Nappy bag with lots of pickets inside and out made in Austin from the Circa line.

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Guest Blog Post: Baby Hobbes Design and the NEW Sally Dress

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Take a look at some of the different Sally’s made during testing. It’s a such a great layering dress too!

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

Meet Sally….Sis Boom’s Newest PDF Pattern

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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!

Can’t wait to see your Sally photos– share them with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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Sis Boom Super Fan: Alison O’Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier

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!

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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
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One of Sew Bee It Clothier’s robes – very popular with bridal parties to wear on the big day

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Alison’s trusty sewing machine turning Kitty fabric into something magical.

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Happy New Year and Tree’s Clothing

Hope your holidays were filled with laughter and love. Here at Sis Boom, we are looking forward to an amazing 2016. Lots of great things happening like a ready to wear dress line at the end of 2016, new patterns, new fabric lines (first up, Color Brigade, this spring) and our new venture with Malabar Bay (hint: you need these cozy and colorful pjs this winter!). We are thrilled you stopped by the blog today and don’t forget to share with us what you are making on Facebook and Instagram. We love hearing from you. Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends. -Rumi

We wanted to introduce to Tree’s Clothing, a clothing design company who will make gorgeous clothing to your measurements. Send in your favorite Sis Boom fabrics to be turned into a custom skirt and they will pair it with a bamboo jersey in your color choice. Delivery times range from two to six weeks. Below is a darling skirt Tree’s Clothing made for Jennifer. Here they used bamboo jersey with two striking panels of Elyse from the Caravelle Arcade line. It looks so cute styled with boots. So head over to Tree’s Clothing and give this wonderful woman-owned new business some love.

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