Jennifer’s creative work includes sewing patterns and juicy, vintage-inspired fabrics (produced by FreeSpirit). We got to chat a little bit about her journey as a creative business woman, as well as her first book, Girl’s World, with 21 projects made for little girls!
Jennifer, congrats on your first book, Girlâ€™s World. Can you tell me a little bit about how this project came to fruition?
JP: Well I’ve always wanted to do a book for years and it just took time to find the right fit. I also am not a great sewer so I wasn’t certain I could do a how-to book, but then I found Dolin Oshea who is the technical writer and illustrator for Girl’s World and it was a marriage made in heaven!
How have you enjoyed the process of working on Girlâ€™s World as compared to working on individual patterns or fabric lines?
Girl’s World is an incredible platform for me. Until now the vision I had set forth for Sis Boom had really never been seen. It’s colorful but decidedly vintage, and I wanted that to be the principle factor. The book coming to life reveals the sensibility thatÂ Sis Boom is all about. It’s about color, but also draws back to a simpler time.
Whatâ€™s the general theme or idea behind Girlâ€™s World?
The general theme is how to create a pretty room or dress for a certain occasion, all the while being inspired by that cozy nook in your home. I love that these dresses are all cotton and washable, not fussy or demanding.
Do you have a favorite project in this book?
I love the Josie dress. I love that it can be used as short or long and I love that it can be worn to the beach or fancied up for a wedding.
You are an inspiration to moms who dream of having their own creative business, while balancing work with family life. Can you tell us how youâ€™ve made it through the tough times?
You know I love highlighting other women and giving them a chance to shine because it can be so competitive out there and I think we are coming into a new time of more cooperation and sharing. Coveting keeps us lonely and isolated. Sharing is really the better route to a successful business. I have amazing and very talented women that work with me and pursue their own visions and dreams and they need to be supported in that.
I am super excited about my next book Happy Home, to be published by Chronicle next year. I love my fabrics for fall, Crazy love and Super Fly! And I am so grateful to everyone for their love of Girl’s World, because it’s just the beginning.
Thanks for the inspiration, Jennifer! You can check out the book here.