MAGIC blog tour 2 - Violette Field Dresses by My Sweet Sunshine Studio

I'm so excited to share with you the next stop on the MAGIC blog tour! 

Violet Field Thread patterns have always been a favorite of mine! And this dress was in part designed around the Magical Parade fabric panel. Alexis at My Sweet Sunshine is one of the pattern designers for Violet Field Threads, and she did such an exquisite job on this! She's sharing tons of insight and photos on her blog today! 

This Lauren dress is so versatile! Hop on over to her blog to learn more! 

You can purchase the pattern here. 

MAGIC BLOG TOUR - Overnight Bag by Blue House Joys

I'm so excited to finally start this blog tour with you. Every week, I will be sharing various projects made with the MAGIC fabric that came out this summer! Bags, quilts, clothing, it's all covered. 

Today I'm sending you over to visit Terri with Blue House Joys with this overnight bag that is to die for! 

The MAGIC fabric collection (you can see the lookbook here and the collection here) of course like all my collections, has a border print (two actually) and this bag features the border print so well! It's such a statement for an overnight bag like this. 

MAGIC also has larger prints for fussying around for piecing like this I LOVE YOU TO THE STARS (and other phrases printed in gold) that make for such lovely personalization as well. 

So head on over to get the TUTORIAL AND PATTERN HERE. 

Thanks so much Terri, and thank you for coming along! We have projects lined up all the way through October! 

xo

Sarah Jane

BEST of Sarah Jane Fabric Collection

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(CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY)

HOORAY!! 

 This is REALLY exciting news you guys! I really am just giddy about this. 

Michael miller Fabrics is bringing back a "BEST OF SARAH JANE" Fabric collection next spring! I currently have 4 fabric collections that are MOSTLY out of print...there are a few pieces here and there that you can still get. But for the most part, CHILDREN AT PLAY, OUT TO SEA, LET'S PRETEND and WEE WANDER is mostly hard to find. Children at Play was released over 5 years ago, and WEE WANDER was released almost 3 years ago. And it's time to bring them back. I've been getting emails and comments from you all for so long....and Michael Miller Fabrics has heard your pleas:) 

Because there are SO many prints, and SO many options, we want to here from YOU in the survey below. What are your favorites that you MUST have back? Which colors do you love best? We will be printing originals, as well as new colors, and I am just so excited. 

The survey will have you check boxes of which prints are your favorite. I don't want to take too much of your time, so it's a pretty simple survey. But it's important to us that we here from you! Share with your friends, and spread the word:) 

Here are some pointers: 

1) You can check as many as you like

2) PLEASE be thoughtful, and really check the ones you want most to come back, instead of checking all of them for instance:) 

3) At the end there is a place for you to write whatever you want...any input you'd like to add! 

So take the survey! We want to hear what you are DYING to see back in stock. Thank you so much for your input. Scroll down at the bottom of this post for the survey link. Thanks again!! We are just as excited as you are.

These images are in the survey, but you can view them here as well:

CHILDREN AT PLAY: 

OUT TO SEA: 

LET'S PRETEND: 

WEE WANDER:

MAGIC BLOG TOUR

Well, now that Quilt Market is over, and we are getting ready for the MAGIC fabric to ship starting in July, I am preparing my BLOG TOUR and I'd love to have you participate! 

Do you have a blog? Do you have a project you'd like to make with MAGIC fabric? Do you have a pattern or tutorial that you'd like to share with your community using MAGIC fabric? 

We'd love to hear from you! 

Email fabric@sarahjanestudios.com and we will send you all the information you need to submit your idea. This is a great way to build your own community, share a project you've been wanting to provide and just be part of a wonderful tour! 

Can't wait to hear from you! 

xo

Sarah Jane

Sommer Dress Challenge Winners

I'm so excited to announce the Winners for the Sommer Dress Challenge! Forgive me for how long it's taken. We went on vacation after the announcement on Social Media, but I realized I realized I haven't posted properly about it! 

After I tallied up all the dresses posted to Instagram, Facebook, as well as entries emailed to me, I was BLOWN AWAY by them all! There were well over 100 entries (and many entries had multiple dresses, which of course didn't matter for entering purposes) but there were so many dresses to look through! I am seriously so amazed. 

Well into the submission process, I changed the judging rules to choosing the winner at random because I knew I couldn't fairly judge and choose a top three. It was literally impossible. With hundreds of dresses, and many of them superbly made and photographed, I decided to narrow the dresses to a handful of the best ones, and choose three winners from that pool of top choices. 

Each entry received a small prize, so if you entered, and by chance didn't get the notice via email, instagram or Facebook, please contact me and I will get you your winnings:) 

First place goes to Jennifer Taylor of  Lillian Kate Custom Clothing. Aren't these dresses adorable? And those Texas bluebells couldn't be more perfect. i love the gingham and floral combination! 

Second place goes to Christina Gossard of A Spoolfull of Sugar with this lovely dress made from Tangled Tulips and the painted Gingham. Those pockets and a matching bow...so adorable! 

Third place goes to Carrie Steed with these adorable dresses made from Elephant's and Elegant's MORI dress pattern. They are the sweetest! 

Over the next while, I'll be posting other dresses and clothing made with Sommer Fabrics. It's been so amazing to see so many amazing outfits for children as well as adults:) If you are on Facebook or Instagram, follow #sommerdresschallenge or #sommerfabric or #sarahjanessommer to see more! It's been such a pleasure! 

Happy sewing everyone:) 

xo

Sarah

Introducing LOLA DUTCH is a little bit much

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BIG NEWS TODAY! I've been dying to share the exciting news that my husband and I have written and illustrated a book series and it's just been announced in Publishers Weekly today! The First book LOLA DUTCH IS A LITTLE BIT MUCH is scheduled to launch late 2017/early 2018. This is a dream come true on so many levels.

LOLA DUTCH is an impulsive, over the top, all or nothing personality with a tendency towards creative genius in everything she does. And she just got her very own book deal:)

You could say the creation of this character is something that's been in the works for years. So you'll need a little backstory:

Since the early age of 8 I knew I'd write and illustrate picture books as my career. With a degree in Musical Theater and just as much private training in art, my art career was always aimed with this in mind.

Fast forward to when I met my husband Kenneth the first day of class in our musical theater program in college. I knew very early on that we made a great team. With his years of experience in storytelling in the classroom and on the stage, and my dream of creating characters for children to love, we knew if we worked hard enough, we could create a dynamite act.  

After years of studying, writing, drafting, editing and learning how to work together, Kenneth and I have created LOLA DUTCH...a book series that has been in our heads and hearts for a very long time. In fact, you may already recognize or even own early drafts of these characters from prints in my shop:)

We are thrilled to announce that our book was acquired at auction by Bloomsbury US and Bloomsbury UK with more on the way! Lola and her team of sidekicks are antsy to make their debut with the first book release in a little over 18 months! It sounds so far away, but we will be sharing LOLA DUTCH with you in delightful bits and fascinating pieces before then. We can't wait!

Here is the Publishers Weekly article on it today, if you care to know details:)

You can join LOLA DUTCH on her own Instagram page here at @loladutch too! It's the very beginning of an exciting journey with this little girl that is just too much.

So much magic to come!

 

MAGIC! New Fabric coming Summer 2016

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Hip Hip Horray! This summer I'm releasing yet another fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics, and I'm super thrilled. I will be debuting the collection at the International Quilt Market this May in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it will be shipping to stores in July. 

MAGIC is my response to my own children's love of magical play. Unicorns, Dragons, and Mermaids in Mint, Pink and Gold. This is my first time playing with GOLD in my fabric, and I'm so happy with how it turned out! It's literally MAGICAL! 

I'll be trickling in more to show you as the weeks come...I'm still not done loving and adoring SOMMER! I'm sure you are too:) But stay tuned....there is lot's of MAGIC coming your way!