Pattern Review: Jalie Criss Cross Nursing Top

By Sarah | July 15, 2017 | 5 Comments

There are many nursing friendly patterns out there, but patterns specifically designed for nursing can be hard to come by. That’s where my love for Jalie comes in- they have a great line-up of patterns designed to make a nursing mama’s life easier (and what nursing mama doesn’t need a break somewhere?!) but it doesn’t stop…

GreenStyle Open Back Pullover and Stride Tights

By Sarah | March 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

When I’m not sewing (or taking care of the kids, or keeping up with life), I love to run and workout. I’ve been running for seven years (took it up right before I got pregnant with my twins- THAT was a sanity saver), but just recently got into TRX training, which I do at a…

Greenstyle Lacy Slope Tank and Applique Tutorial

By Sarah | April 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Do you love the look of appliques but aren’t sure how to attach them? I received some gorgeous appliques and this super soft rayon spandex from Dhee over at the Fab Clique, and I’ve put together a tutorial for you using the Lacy Slope Tank by GreenStyle Creations over on their blog! Jump on over…

Spring is in the Air!

By Sarah | April 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

My goal this year is to sew up as much of the Princess’s spring/summer wardrobe as possible. Last year, as a small baby, she wore mainly footie pajamas, and those are pretty boring to make  (at least in the quantity she needed- due to baby spit up, poo-splosions, etc.) and I wasn’t feeling very inspired.…

Float like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee…

By Sarah | June 2, 2017 | 7 Comments

     Summer calls for cute, stylish clothes that don’t constrict, allow plenty of airflow, and take a second to throw on (in between mediating sibling rivalry for the umpteenth time, tackling the mountain of laundry, and making yet another full meal for the children who seemed fine on only 3 meals a day before school ended…

DayDream Dress Sewalong: Nursing Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Welcome to Day 3 of the DayDream Dress Sewalong! I love seeing what we are all creating and its so exciting to see it come together! Today I’m going to show you how to construct the nursing hack. My daughter is 14 months old, and we plan to nurse for as long as we…

July Bee Box: Green Tee Cardy Hack

By Sarah | August 2, 2017 | 6 Comments

I’m terribly late with my bee box posting- all these family vacations and fun-in–the-sun summer activities have really distracted me from my sewing room lately! But, I finally got a chance to dive into my Bee Box and figured out what to make. When the fabrics first arrived, I loved the sinfully soft feel but…

Baby Boards! Sewing with Boardshort Fabric!

By Sarah | July 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

If there’s anything cuter than flamingos, its a baby in flamingo pants. I mean, really. How can you NOT smile when you see these? It all started with some board short fabric from Vintage Lace. I’d never ordered custom board short fabric before, but since the retail options are SO limited, I got curious. I…

3 Generations of Harbor Knots

By Sarah | April 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

After sewing the adorable Harbor Knot/Juniper Joggers set for the Princess, I just couldn’t resist sewing up another three Harbor Knots for myself, my mom and my daughter. (Bundle with womens, girls and baby on sale here)       This floral double brushed poly fabric is from Knitpop (looks like it’s sold out, similar here)…

My Favorite things in (sewing) life are FREE!

By Sarah | August 8, 2017 | 14 Comments

There are a number of sayings in our culture cautioning people not to trust a free product- and while sewing is far from being an economical hobby (at least for me!), I’ve actaully found the opposite to be true with regard to patterns: many of my favorites are FREE! In fact, a designer’s free pattern…

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New Arrival: Sundown and Moondance Tanks!

By Sarah | August 7, 2017

We just got back from a family camping trip, and although I’m a bit late to the party, I’m excited to share a set of tanks I’ve been testing for Striped Swallow Designs for the past couple weeks! The Sundown and Moondance Tanks are part of the “Crossing Paths Collection”, come in both women’s and…

Can you rock the Culottes? A Named Pattern Review

By Sarah | August 5, 2017

Culottes = the perfect balance between pants and a skirt. Don’t want to flash the other moms at library storytime wile you’re sitting criss-cross applesauce? Want to avoid the universal temptation of young children to literally hide underneath your skirt when meeting a stranger? Love the breezy feeling of a skirt but not the potential…

July Bee Box: Green Tee Cardy Hack

By Sarah | August 2, 2017

I’m terribly late with my bee box posting- all these family vacations and fun-in–the-sun summer activities have really distracted me from my sewing room lately! But, I finally got a chance to dive into my Bee Box and figured out what to make. When the fabrics first arrived, I loved the sinfully soft feel but…

Tip Tuesday: Hey! That’s my baby! (and my photo)

By Sarah | August 1, 2017

I went a little Momma Bear on the internet a couple days ago, and I want to tell you why (and what you can do about it if it happens to you!). If you’ve been living under a rock (or hiding under one to avoid my rampage), let me sum it up: some SUPER SHADY…

Fail Friday: Sarah vs. the Internet

By Sarah | July 28, 2017

For today’s Fail Friday I bring you a contest of wills, a harrowing battle between me and the ‘net. Think of me staring down the faceless enemy that is the WEB, dancing around the ring inside Facebook, trying to maintain a video connection while sewing LIVE in front of 1.9K people. I wish I could…

Twist and Shout! Made for Mermaids Tara Top!

By Sarah | July 27, 2017

I’ve got another fun pattern test to share with you today: The Tara Top by Made for Mermaids! Even though my plate was already WAY too full, I jumped into this one headfirst because I just love the design- the twist sleeves and drape front are totally my style! (If you’re not a fan though,…

The Thong Song….

By Sarah | July 26, 2017

There’s a song on repeat in our house right now, thanks to my husband’s juvenile sense of humor and my sons’ unerring ability to pick up on things they aren’t supposed to hear: I didn’t anticipate adding the word “thong” to my kids vocabulary, and I hope someday they’ll forgive me for the side effects…

Challenge yourself! Birch Button Up Release, Review and GIVEAWAY!

By Sarah | July 26, 2017

     I’ve gone on  and on about sewing with wovens (see my Wovens 101 post HERE)….but I hadn’t made the most obvious woven garment: a collared shirt! Right up there with swimwear (conquered!), real jeans (yikes- not yet!) and a formal dress (I’d love the challenge but I’d never wear it), sewing a fully featured…

Camo is a Country Girl’s Bling!

By Sarah | July 25, 2017

I’ve never been huge on camo. Or pencil skirts, for that matter. I’m a pretty practical dresser, so most of my #momlife wardrobe consists of shirts in colors that don’t show baby food stains and pieces that can go from standing to sitting criss-cross-applesauce without any adjustment in ten seconds flat. However, sometimes you’ve got…

Open Back Pullover SewAlong Day 2: Back Binding

By Sarah | July 25, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of the Open Back Pullover SewAlong! You can join in (there’s still plenty of time) HERE! If you don’t have the pattern yet, check the sewalong event for an exclusive discount code, and then grab it HERE. I’ve made a quick video tutorial for how I do the binding on the…

Tip Tuesday: Finding the Grainline on Knits

By Sarah | July 25, 2017

Hello! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday! If you made it through Monday- you’re off to a good start! Our Air Conditioning broke in triple digit temps, and my sewing machine went on strike, so I’m going to put this one down to survival! That said, I’ve got a fun video for you today on…

Even a Duchess needs pockets…

By Sarah | July 25, 2017

I’m so excited to be a part of the Duchess release tour today! This pattern has been in development for a while, and you may have seen a couple of my sneaks HERE and HERE. I just can’t stop making them…. I’m up to 5 now! I would have told you a couple months ago…

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