Monday, August 29, 2016

At School And Play With Sis Boom Patterns




In my house we are about to send our first child off to school this year, albeit preschool but still she’ll be somewhere else besides at home with me. Little E is extremely excited for the next chapter of her life, and I am too - but also a little sad.

In preparation for her going to school I’ve slowly been working on her school clothes all summer. In the midst of all this Jeanine from Sis Boom offered me the opportunity to join their blog tour featuring Sis Boom's patterns and to GIVEAWAY a free pattern of theirs on our blog. Sis Boom is also having a sale on their patterns in their Etsy shop, 40% off with code BACK2SCHOOL, I have a few of their patterns on my wish list so I'm super excited! On top of all this they opened up a Facebook Album for you to post your makes with Sis Boom Co Patterns for a chance to win a free pattern of your choice.

For my little miss and I, it was a lot of fun going through their patterns, we finally decided on the Maddie top/dress. This pattern seems simple, but it is extremely versatile. After I finished making her dress my headed started bursting with ideas of how I could have fun with the pattern. Does that happen to you?


With all these ideas floating around in my head I decided to call in some reinforcements. Luckily my daughter has two friends and more importantly they have two awesome moms! All it took was one mention of a back-to-school photo shoot to mom Elaine and her head was bursting with ideas too! She was my cheerleader through this process, I kept sending her pictures and bouncing ideas off her, it was great having her along for this ride!


With everything working out with the girls, I was able to focus on solidifying my ideas by designing their Maddie tops with each of their personalities in mind.


But first, I want to share how Sis Boom’s patterns are different than other PDF patterns I’ve used in the past. For the Maddie, each pattern piece is cut out individually and then any over-sized pieces are combined by overlapping them with a shaded area with the other pattern pieces.


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The way the PDF file is designed you are able to print exactly what size is needed, it’s not layered but instead each size is given its own pattern pieces. There is a helpful chart that tells you which pages will need to be printed. The instructions given with the Maddie are really great for a beginner. Lots of pictures and very clear and detailed instructions are given to help put the garment together. In regards to options there are plenty. Numerous lengths are provided for each size, ranging from a crop top to a dress. With the sleeves there is an option to have flutter sleeves or not. Lastly two different methods are given to sew the sleeves (if the flutter option isn’t chosen) one for a beginner and a “clean” version given to help push your sewing skills.


The first Maddie I made was Little E’s (my daughter). We decided on a fabric that I had used to make myself a dress earlier in the summer. I wanted a tunic length for her, something she could wear with leggings plus the added benefit of being able to tuck it into a skirt for a more put together look! I also used the flutter sleeve option.






The next shirt I sewed up was for Miss K (Elaine’s daughter). Miss K is a sweet shy child, until she gets to know you. I think I have only ever seen her give her mother a hard time once - though I am sure her mother would say otherwise. With this sweetness in mind I wanted to use lace to accent Miss K’s top. To accentuate the sage green that I used for the sleeve bands, I drafted an applique using a pocket pattern as my template.  I sewed the curved appliques along the sides of the shirt (I really wanted to make patch pockets, but didn’t have enough fabric) and trimmed them with lace. To keep with the simple and sweet design of the top I sewed a pair of shorts that were trimmed with the same lace. When sewing the sleeve bands I chose the “clean” method, this results in all the raw edges being hidden. It was a little tricky but I love the result.






For Miss L, the word spunky comes to mind. She is a clever girl with a lot going on in her head. I sewed her a crop top version of the Maddie and to keep everything modest made some high-waisted culottes. I drafted a facing for the hem, something to give the hemline more bulk and structure and then attached the facing to the shirt using a hemstitch needle and decorative stitch. Drafting a facing piece is very simple, especially since the hem allowance on the Maddie is very small. I also used Sis Boom’s free Beatrice Bow pattern, attaching it to the back.






One of the places we took pictures was at the Clara Barton School House in Bordentown. Clara Barton created the first free school here in New Jersey, along with founding the American Red Cross several years later. The one room school was perfect for our photos, it had benches, white picket fence, and a lamp post. Coordinating with the Bordentown Historical Society was great too, if you are in the area I recommend dropping by. We got a personal tour of the inside of the school and learned a lot about the era, Clara Barton and education.












This was such a fun tour to do. I really enjoyed making the clothes for the three girls and getting them together to take pictures. Even coordinating and discussing the details with the moms was exciting, though getting three little girls who are best friends together made things difficult, all they wanted to do was play! Or it could have been the 90 degree weather with 100% humidity that morning that made things a little hard :)










Thanks to Sis Boom Patterns for providing me with the Maddie pattern and allowing us to join in this awesome blog tour. You can find the Maddie pattern and more here at Sis Boom's Shop! Sis Boom has also provided us with a Maddie Pattern to giveaway to our readers!! Leave us a comment about how you would get creative with your Maddie pattern to enter, we will close the contest on Sept 2 after the blog tour ends!!

There are some awesome sewers with At School and Play Blog Tour, you can check out the bloggers and their dates below! And don't forget to check out Sis Boom's Facebook Group.















Welcome to the Sis Boom Blog tour!

We are excitied to announce that our bloggers EACH have a pattern giveaway on their posts! Everyday something new; so be sure to follow along with this tour!

August 22 Paisley Roots / August 23 Cookies n' Bees  /  August 24 Tina Sew Tiny  /  August 25 Screeching Dinosaur  /  August 26 PearBerry Lane  /  August 29 Troosp To Tots  /  August 30 A Crazy Craft Lady  /  August 31 Glitter in My Coffee  /  September 1 Sunflower Seams  /  September 2 Adventures with Bubba and Bug


Written by: Shawna

47 comments:

  1. What a fun and cute blog post! I love how you styled these girls.

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  2. So cute! I think I would have to add some lace to the Maddie!

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  3. I love the girls outfits! They are too cute! I think I would have to add some lace to the Maddie. I love lace!

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  4. They are all adorable. You've really created a sweet, vintage look for these lovely tops!

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    1. Thank-you for taking the time and checking out the post.

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  5. Just gorgeous, I would use some vintage doileys or lace to give it that extra vintage look, or maybe just go bright and modern, the possibilities are endless :)

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    1. I would have never thought of using doileys, such a clever notion to use!!

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  6. Super cute!! I love the sleeveless one!! Tunic length with pockets just sound lobely!! Great job!!

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    1. Pockets right, they are always such a bonus! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Very cute....and what possibilities!

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  8. Oh my goodness!! Perfect, all of it; the sweet girls, clothes, fabric and the school house, super cute!!

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    1. I felt like I won the jackpot with the school. I thought it was a pipe dream that they'd let us take pictures there. The Historical Society was so kind and giving us a free tour and letting us take our time, it was such a wonderful experience!

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  9. Adorable! I'd love to see it done as a fall top or Christmas dress!

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    1. A Christmas, I never saw that! Would love to see that.

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  10. That is so cute! I love your fabric choices!

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  11. I think some fun fabric with kitties would be the ticket for our household.

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    1. Kitties, that is my daughter's favorite too. Maybe with little paws and whiskers applique that would be so cute!

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  12. I love the vintage look to these tops! I'd love to make the Maddie for my little girl and I'd add lace and keep the Maddie without sleeves just because of the weather where we live. Very cute and almost southern looking top!I love it!

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    1. Thank-you, I was going for classic/vintage feel with these - so glad you noticed! Makes me happy to know I created what I had set out to.

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  13. I love how southern the top looks with the pockets and trim. I'd add some lace to it and maybe put pockets as well. I'd keep the Maddie without sleeves. Its a very cute look that I would love to make!

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    1. I would love to see some pockets on this too, all the beautiful sweet things that could be done with that!

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  14. My favorite thing is that hem! I'm going to have to try that.

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    1. And it is so easy, like so so easy. And all you need is the needle. If you have any questions let me know and I would love to see your creations with it!

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  15. Such a fantastic job on the outfits!! They are too cute & love your embellishments! I think i need a sewing lesson or 2 from you!! :)

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    1. And I need some fun kid adventure lessons from you!!

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  16. I would love to embroider those pockets and maybe add some chiffon to the top ruffle! These are adorable!!!

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    1. That would be so sweet, embroidered pockets!

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  17. I LOOOVE these!!!! You are inspiring me to sew with that bow in the back one !

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    1. Thanks Jen. And the reason the bow is there is because the top was too big for the girl and the sleeves kept falling off her shoulders - so I pleated the center back and added the bow to hid the stitching, crazy how things work out!

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  18. I love the sleeveless one and love the idea of adding some cute pockets to it - your decorative design on the shirt reminds me of pockets!

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    1. I actually used a pocket pattern to create the applique for the one shirt! I had wanted to do something like side patch pockets but didn't have enough fabric, so went with the faux look! Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Chambray and double gauze for a light summery feel.

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    1. You are the winner of the free pattern. There is no email in your profile, can you email me so I can get the prize to you!

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  20. Chambray trim and double gauze for the bodice, ruffle and sleeves

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    1. That would be so pretty, chambray is such a wonderful fabric!

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  21. Your makes were my absolute favorite for the tour!! I've loved them since your first sneak! Fabulous job!!

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  22. You are too kind, thank you for such a sweet comment!

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  23. I thought I was reasonably familiar with most Sis Boom patterns, but somehow I have completely overlooked Maddie until now. What cute tops! That fancy hemstitch is pretty fantastic. My daughters would probably want one in loud colors but I think a solid linen version would be so sweet.

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    1. Thank-you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!

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  24. What adorable outfits that you made for your adorable girls!

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  25. Love, love, love the vintage look !!! And your girls are adorable.
    I'd either do and embroidery design (probably owl related as my little one loves owls) on the bodice to get it a "panel" look. And/or use velvet as a binding on a sleeveless top :-)

    Not sure why it's coming up as Unknown Name :-(
    -- Maggie B (maggieb555@gmail.com)

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    1. Thanks Maggie for the wonderful comment. I would love to your owl embroideries, it sounds like they are a staple in your house.

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