I can remember playing with my grandmother’s antique toy Singer sewing machine, one that clamped to the table and had to be turned by hand to make the needle move. I was probably 7 or 8 years old and I can remember attempting to make dresses for my Barbies even though the seam would pull apart as soon as I put it on the doll.
I was never great at sewing, but I always enjoyed it. I’d make scrunchies for friends (yes I grew up in the 90s), skirts without patterns, and most recently I’ve made a lot of square floor pillows as gifts for my friends’ kids. When it comes to making any kind of room decor, I always look for fun, girly fabrics with rich colors like magenta, periwinkle, coral and aqua. I even started a Pinterest board dedicated to Fancy Fabrics and Sis Boom is one of them!
Sis Boom is a line of vintage inspired fabrics and products by Jennifer Paganelli. Put simply, her vivid colors and whimsical girly patterns make me smile (see dancing girl in the photo above). I love her designs so much that I made her our featured Facebook cover photo for June (with her permission of course). Her products and fabrics are fancy and fun and are definitely a Fancy Girl Must…
Jennifer is also a published author with her first book, Happy Home, featuring 21 home decor projects. Her newest book of sewing patterns is called Girl’s World and includes 21 sewing projects for little girls. Perfect for A Fancy Girl! What I like about the book is that she offers a range of projects at varying difficulty levels. Even though I’m still at a novice sewing level, I’m not intimidated by her projects, and her fabrics make me want to try and make something for my Fancy Girls!
Each project comes with a pattern (neatly assembled in a folder at the front of the book-see above) and detailed instructions with easy to follow pictures. I appreciate the little details too like the way she calls the list of materials “From the Sewing Basket,” just like one my mother had (and I played with).
Girl’s World doesn’t just having clothing projects; Jennifer also includes room decor and accessories like a flower covered lamp and an overnight bag for your doll (shown above).
Jennifer captures the whimsy and creative imagination of little girls in the prints and colors of her fabrics. I loved her designs so much that I wanted to share the Girl’s World opportunity with someone else! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Jennifer’s book. All you need to do is take a look at Sis Boom’s fabrics and tell us your favorite below! For additional entries, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Just let us know below when you do (or already are). The contest will end on Friday, July 5th and we’ll announce a winner on Monday, the 9th.