Brassie Jogger Hacks: Stretch Woven Brassies!

By Sarah | June 9, 2017 | 8 Comments

  Every so often, someone asks if the Brassie Joggers (made before here and here and here) can be made in a woven material. I initially dismissed this idea, as possible but nuts- who would want to wear woven instead of a soft comfy knit? I changed my tune when another reviewer posted a photo of…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hello friends! You know I’m all about comfy right? That’s why when one of my favorite pattern designers, Striped Swallow Designs, posted a testing call for the girls version of the Mainland Collection, which includes the Rhapsody Joggers and the Highlander Dolman, I was all in (despite probably having too much on my plate already).…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Hooded tank tops are so fun, and when I sewed up a hooded tank for my son, I decided that I needed one as well! Its pretty easy to do, and saves me all that tedious neckband measuring and quartering (which I can do in my sleep, but somehow dread anyway). Want to make your own…

Tutorial: Shortening a Nylon Coil Zipper

By Sarah | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are stitching up some awesome jackets right now during the Midway Bomber Jacket Sewalong! Today, we are sewing in our zipper, and while a metal zipper is the easiest to shorten, sometimes you just want or need to use a nylon coil zipper, like I did on my exposed zip. So, my very helpful…

Like Father, Like Son(s)

By Sarah | May 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

As much as I love my mommy-and-me matching outfits with the Princess (see examples here and here), my heart skipped a beat when Made for Mermaids offered the opportunity to create matching Daddy and me outfits for my husband and my twin boys. I love seeing how they look up to and emulate their father…

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.…

Centerfield Swing- Video Tutorial!

By Sarah | August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

I loved my Centerfield/Scarlet Swing Mash-up so much that I decided to share it and sew it LIVE, in a guest post for Emily of Life Sew Savory! I enjoy the opportunity to video my projects, because it lets me share tips and tricks as I go along, and interact in real time with my…

Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition!

By Sarah | June 16, 2017 | 6 Comments

You know how when you were a kid you counted down the days until summer vacation? Well, I’m a few years out of high school (haha! Let’s not start guessing how old I am m’kay?) and I still love to count down the days until summer. It’s my favorite season- a smorgasbord of flip flops, barbecues and…

Tip Tuesday: Flat or in the Round?

By Sarah | August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you ever heard the terms “flat” vs “in the round”? This refers to two methods for attaching a binding or band to a garment, and knowing how (and when) to use each method is a useful sewing technique to have in your arsenal! Check out my video that demonstrates each option!   Don’t miss…

How to Gather with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

Sergers can do so much more than just sew and finish seams! Watch this video to learn how to use your serger to gather fabric- no more pulling on long basting threads! I have the Brother1034D serger, which I purchased on Amazon here. Its a workhorse, and sews very well for the price. Full Disclosure:…

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Baby Boards! Sewing with Boardshort Fabric!

By Sarah | July 24, 2017

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…

Open Back Top SewAlong: Supplies

By Sarah | July 24, 2017

Welcome to the SewAlong for the Open Back Top by Greenstyle Creations! I’m excited to be hosting another SewAlong (see my others here) for Knitpop, and I wanted to write a brief post about supplies to get you started! If you’re not already a part of the event, JOIN HERE! We are going to have…

Shibori and Slow Fashion

By Sarah | July 24, 2017

       A couple months ago, Stephanie (of Swoodson Says) put out a call for participants on a Shibori Dyeing Blog Tour. Now, I’ve never dyed a thing in my life, but that didn’t stop me from signing up and reassuring myself that it would be “quick and easy”. Whenever you tell yourself something is going…

Fail Friday: Shibori Dyeing

By Sarah | July 21, 2017

Happy Friday! You’ve almost made it to the weekend, and that means its time for some humor at my expense in this week’s episode of Fail Friday! Regular failure is considered a learning opportunity here at Casa Sarah, so let’s dive right in and see what lessons I’ve learned this week! A few weeks ago,…

Just a Small Town Girl!

By Sarah | July 20, 2017

   Whew! How are you all surviving summer? Getting back into the triple digit heat was a bit of a shocker after our vacation, but we are doing our best to stay cool using our teeny tiny blow up pool from the Dollar Tree. Sure, we could invest in something more permanent and classy, but that…

Tip Tuesday: Get out those lumps and bumps!

By Sarah | July 18, 2017

Welcome back to my Tip Tuesday series! If you’re new to my blog, every Tuesday (I hope! If I fall off the wagon feel free to bug me about it!) I’ll be sharing a tip, hack or sewing technique to help you sew faster, better and with more confidence. Today’s tip is all about the…

Pattern Review: Jalie Criss Cross Nursing Top

By Sarah | July 15, 2017

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…

Dress up this Town: Separates Edition!

By Sarah | July 15, 2017

I’m excited to be a part of Ti’s “Dress Up this Town” blog tour today! You might be noticing something different about my post…..it doesn’t contain any dresses! I’ll confess to a bit of a misunderstanding here- when Ti posted the call for this tour and the accompanying song (I love a good theme song!),…

Tip Tuesday: Side Boob (and how to avoid it!)

By Sarah | July 11, 2017

Happy Tuesday! We are back from vacation, and (semi) recovered from all our adventures (lets not talk about the laundry though, m’kay?) and I’m excited to share a new blog series with you: Tip Tuesday and Fail Friday! This idea came up while a dear friend was visiting a couple weeks ago- I’m sure you…

Vacation on the beach: Shaving…Optional!

By Sarah | July 10, 2017

I spent 2 weeks packing for our family vacation down south…using a series of carefully crafted checklists to avoid forgetting the mountains of essential gear that is crucial to survival with three young children…and do you know what I forgot? RAZORS!!! I traveled to the land of who-wears-the-least-wears-it-best with the intention of doing a full…

Applique Bikini Hack!

By Sarah | July 8, 2017

Since swimsuit season started (which is right after Valentine’s Day according to the ever strange advertising schedule of big box stores) I’ve been lusting over the applique swim bikini’s I’ve seen in those annoying (but sometimes useful) ads on Facebook. I was stymied, however, by what type of appliqué would be suitable for swim. Well,…

Green Tee Hack: Side Lace-Up!

By Sarah | July 2, 2017

You know what I LOVE about a great staple pattern? The ability of hack it of course! The Green Tee by Greenstyle Creations is a great example: solid drafting (no sleeves cut on the fold! Can I get a hallelujah?!), perennial style and clear instructions. In fact, I love the Green Tee so much, I’m…

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