Friday, December 4, 2015

Scientific Seamstress Holiday Extravaganza!

I am dusting off my blog, gosh this is so fun! My kids are older now and so very busy which makes me very busy as well. I am excited to be blogging again!

I am even more excited about this dress I just finished for my daughter! The Sis Boom Shannon is a simple shift that you can make in a flash. Seriously if you are in a pinch and need to whip out a quick dress, here is your pattern. Classic lines, a lowered waistline with a lovely neckline this dress design is one of our favorites. It is perfect for your fashion conscious tween.

Sewn in the gorgeous Nostalgia by Jennifer Paganelli the gold in the fabric creates a very warm look an feel. When you pair with sparkly shoes this dress that will carry your girl through the holiday season. With a simple switch to some fun pink or delicate white flats or sandals your girl will be ready for spring.

I have been sewing over the year. If you want to catch up on more of my work you can find me at Sew Pretty Dresses on Facebook.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Have you been down Lilac Lane lately?

If you have not you need to get over there stat! Melissa Stramel is having a party and YOU are invited!

Melissa Stramel has been hard at work bringing you a fresh new look to her website. Have you seen it yet?

A beautiful clean website you can navigate easily to find her patterns, latest blog posts and even some sewing tutorials.

To celebrate her grand opening she is hosting a giveaway. In order to participate you need to visit her website and join in the fun. What are you waiting for?

Go visit Lilac Lane!

Monday, November 24, 2014

So Enchanted Melissa Stramel!

Okay how many times have I said 'you need this pattern' when I sew something new? Well sorry if I say it often but I am going to say it again, you NEED this pattern! Oh I am loving the new pattern  Enchanted by Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane. Her patterns really capture the girly girl in little ladies of all ages. My daughter swooned when she saw this dress mid-construction last night. She declared it her birthday dress and plans to wear it on her special day. How is that for endorsement?

Enchanting is a beautiful dress pattern, sizes 2T -10, offering a clean a-line silhouette, comfortable loose fit, and slightly dropped back neckline. A pop of ruffled pizazz dances on the sleeve edges and a big bow adorns the top of the neckline.

 With Enchanting's simple design you really have a wonderful blank slate for embellishing. I started with Jennifer Paganelli's Isabelle in Azul from her latest fabric line Good Company. The blue jumps off the fabric while the roses dance before your eyes. It is stunning! Swoon!!!  From there, I sewed a fun daisy  trim along the neckline, sleeve cuff, and hem. Then I used teeny Riley Blake pom poms along the ruffle and hem edges for added flourish. The pattern offers directions for making a fabric bow, but I chose to use a white  double-sided satin ribbon to finish off the back neckline instead. With the option to mix up your fabrics and trims, Enchanting offers a variety of ways to aid you in creating your very own one-of-a-kind dress.

So stay tuned because the pattern is coming this week! You probably have a little girl who would love a birthday dress too! When it comes available,  purchase the Enchanting pattern and show us the dresses on the Lilac Lane Facebook page!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Market 2014 Recap - Part 1 of Many!

I recently had the opportunity of a LIFETIME! I went to the International Quilt Market in Houston and represented Sweet Jennifer Kate, better know as Jennifer Paganelli for Sis Boom! Isn't that a dream!?!

Because Good Company was not out before quilt market, she sent me this stunning dress made out of Good Company fabrics to wear at market. Whoa! Isn't it gorgeous???

You know what is so cool? I tried on the dress and it fit perfectly in the bodice width, it just needed a slight adjustment in the straps. What 'one of a kind' dress essentially  fits perfectly the first time you put it on??? I had a small Cinderella glass slipper moment.

Good Company is Jennifer Paganelli's latest fabric line and it is beautiful. Have your ordered any yet? One of the things I am working on is tablecloth for a Thanksgiving table setting. We will see if I complete it in time though! These days FLY! Can you see a table cloth or napkins in the fabric swatches below? Which fabrics would you put on your table? Get out your china and see if you can find a fabric for your holiday place settings. Can't  wait to show you mine!

2 Good Company Collage

To be continued! Too many pictures for one post!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playful Designs by Patty Young Giveaway Winner!

And the winner IIIIIIISSSS...

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Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane!!!

I am so excited to be on the Playful Designs blog tour! Although this time around, other than my writing this post, my daughter is the one really reviewing the book. She had the opportunity to try out Patty Young's newest creation, the Playful Designs coloring book.

 Pages and pages of designs ready for your girl to color, this book will provide hours of entertainment. Not only does the book have coloring pages but it also has a bookmark for your daughter to tear out and color as well as an introduction to color play complete with the color wheel.

 So enough of the specs, what does my daughter think of the book?

 There you go! Straight from her heart! She loves it.

Taking a long car trip for the upcoming holidays? Need a gift idea? This coloring book might be a great item to keep your aspiring artist engaged. My daughter was so excited when she found out she got to keep the book, I imagine you might have a child that would be just as excited to receive a copy. So what are you waiting for!?! Get it on Amazon or straight from Patty Young!  OR if you leave a comment, you will have a chance to win a copy! Drawing will be at the end of the blog tour. 

If you are just joining in on the tour, be sure to stop by on all the blogs and see what their kiddos thought of the book.

Monday, November 10th

Patty Young @ Modkid

Tuesday, November 11th

Susan Yates @ Crafterhours

Wednesday, November 12th

Melissa Mora @ Melly Sews

Thursday, November 13th

Heather Valentine @ The Sewing Loft

Friday, November 14th

Teresa Behr @ Dandelion Drift

Saturday, November 15th

Elizabeth Evans @ Simple Simon and Co

Monday, November 17th

Jenny Fish @ Sew Pretty Dresses

Tuesday, November 18th

Courtney Davis @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop!

 I am so honor to be a part of Abigail Long's Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop! This book has been a long time in the making and I cannot believe it is FINALLY here!

Modern Prairie offers 20 handmade projects for you and your home. Great for personal sewing or gifts you will enjoy discovering the projects in Modern Prairie!

I have to say I really love this book because it features my favorite friends, The Long Ladies. You have read my blog glow posts about them for years so it makes my heart sing to see this book  filled with pictures of my beautiful talented friends! And to top it off you get to know my fun loving Abigail Long. I just love how I can HEAR her voice in the writing. Love!

I think this book would be a great gift for a young person learning to sew. Lots of easy to sew projects that would appeal to the younger crowd(and older of course too!)  I am considering offering a class using this book to teach young girls. Probably in the spring, I will let you know how it goes!

I tested for Abigail but those pretty things have long been loved on and are not really camera worthy for such a momentous occasion. So instead,  I chose to sew the Betty Pouch.  I used our favorite designer, Jennifer Paganelli's Jenny Eliza fabric.

Perfect for carrying your favorite Kazoo or snack.

 The possibilities are endless but of course limited to it's size.

Even our tiny pet turtle Mr. Stevens gives it his stamp of approval =D

So hop along with us these next several days! Don't miss out on the other projects! Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop!  And pick up a copy at Amazon! Happy reading and sewing!

Giveaway on The Modern Prairie Girl blog August 29th-31st.
Two giveaway winners will be announced September 1st and will receive signed Modern Prairie Sewing: 20 Handmade Projects for You and Your Friends and a project from my book made by Abigail Long.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tobago. Tortola - it's a Caribbean Sis Boom Party!

We are loving the Tobago dress and top! This top coordinates with the Tortola for women that is all the rave right now on the Road Trip.

 What is even better is the Tobago is on SALE!!!!

Like the Tortola  with the Tobago you can have a round neck or add a little notch and it can be cut at the hip, as a tunic or as a dress. What I love is it is a great piece for adding trims and design elements like pockets. Just draw off some pockets, cut them out and plop them on the Tobago then dig through your trim stash and go to town! I have confidence you CAN do it!

The FABULOUS Beauty Queen Linky Love makes the perfect a-line dress. Yes we are in LOVE!

 I used the amazing Jenny Eliza by Jennifer Paganelli that is her newest line of fabric which you can find in JoAnn's. It is so nice to see her fabric in person on the bolt! Although I will say when I went yesterday there were fewer bolts on the shelf so if you are oogling it, you better hurry because this line is going to sell out fast! Finding it online alone is like playing the lottery, they keep selling out and restocking and selling out again, you never know what is going to be in stock from day to day because it's so popular!  I suggest if you see it online and you do not have a JoAnn's nearby that you buy it! My understanding is once it is gone it is gone. So hop to it!

The shorts are a lightweight denim trimmed in my favorite Jenny Eliza using Rabbit Rabbit's Sporty Short pattern. I have a feeling we will be making more of these!

So what are you waiting for??? A $5 pattern is waiting for YOU! Wahoo!!