Sis Boom Super Fan: Rachel Berwick Hodges

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.


Allegro Fabrics Sewing Kit Giveaway & Discount Code!

WIN this Happy Land + Cathy pattern SEWING KIT by Allegro Fabrics!!

Thanks to our friends over at Allegro Fabrics  for making this possible.

Here’s the deal:  Leave a comment on this post to automatically enter yourself.
You’ll have 1 WEEK – Winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday March 5th.

also… AllegroFabrics is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary this month.  For 15% off your entire order, use discount code HappyBDay at checkout . Offer valid through March 3rd.

This sewing kit includes everything you need to make this dress.
-Cathy by Sis Boom downloadable pattern
-both fabrics
-bias tape
sizes 6 mo-12 years

Thread is not included

The Cathy

I love when this happens, just trolling facebook and come upon one of our dear friends in Australia using her creative license on one of our Sis Boom patterns.  Love the Cathy Pattern done long and love the ribbon at the waist and boy the Queen Street  Toile just blows my mind..(I did that) I found some listings on etsy . Don’t forget to ask your etsy and ebay sellers if they have more than one yard..they usually do.  Sellers just fyi if you can find away to list yardages you have in stock try and do so.( I know it’s not easy to monitor that) I think folks are looking to make larger items, duvets, curtains, apparel  etc.  If you do list yardages you have in stock let me know. does a great job of listing yardages on hand. If you already do list stock amounts..Let me know.  Just trying to make it easier on the consumer. anywhooooooo I digress.

Girlfriend Kim Vanderbelt from Australia just sent these pics via facebook ..make sure to friend of the sweetest gals on the planet.  Look at her daughter Katharine looking like an island beauty.  Cathy pattern sales will jump through the ceiling today at least I can only hope with fantastic photos like these. Kim serged the collar and hem I love the whisper of purply blue it leaves behind.  Thanks for sharing Kim!!