Rachel is a long time fan of Sis Boom and one of our most positive, vocal supporters online. Jennifer loves reading her positive comments and seeing what Rachel designs and sews using Sis Boom fabric so much, she named the Rachel fabric in the new Color Brigade line after her! You can follow Rachel on her sewing adventures on her blog, Mrs Podge.
Rachel in a Shana Tunic she sewed herself in Kitty in Green from the Nostalgia line.
My name is Rachel Berwick Hodges. I live in Massachusetts with my husband and two young children. My mother taught me how to sew by hand when I was nine, and I learned how to use a machine in my junior high home economics class. I was constantly trying to find little short-cuts so I could hurry up and have a finished product, much to the despair of my teacher, Mrs. Thatcher! Thanks to her patience, I learned to pay attention to the little details that make a garment look truly finished.
When my children arrived, I put sewing on the back burner for a couple years, and missed it horribly. When I returned to my favorite pastime, I came across the “Crazy Love” line in an online quilt shop, and was hooked!
Jennifer’s fabrics are unique, in that they seem to be infused with a kind of tangible joy. The “Nostalgia” line is no exception. I bought a few yards, and enjoyed working with them so much, I ordered even more! Everything I made seemed even more lovely because of the softly faded colors and vintage-inspired designs!
Though very much an amateur, I love to dress my friends up and play “fashion photographer”. How fortunate that they are as obliging as they are photogenic! I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Below are pictures of dresses and tops Rachel sewed herself for friends and family using fabric from the Nostalgia line. Patterns are from Sis Boom Pattern Co and include the Cathy, the Jenny, the Leighanna, and the Angie.