The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017 | 5 Comments

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

Can you rock the Culottes? A Named Pattern Review

By Sarah | August 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

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…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

Tutorial: Gathered Back Lago Tank

By Sarah | May 31, 2017 | 2 Comments

The whole time I was testing the Lago tank (here), I knew I wanted to hack it, and had a specific style I wanted to recreate based off a favorite ready to wear top that has a knit front and back yoke with a gathered woven lower back. While testing isn’t the best time for…

If Mermaids could sew….

By Sarah | April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

You may have seen that meme that’s going around “I’m done adulting, let’s be mermaids”. I think it’s super cute, and it plays to my childhood fantasy of being one of the (nicer) mermaids in the Peter Pan story, lounging in the mermaid lagoon, putting pearls in my hair.    While I can’t actually BE…

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…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: LIVE

By Sarah | June 16, 2017 | 5 Comments

Whew! I did it! My first LIVE SewAlong! Apart from my husband stepping on and embedding a sewing machine needle in his foot halfway through (sorry honey!), I think it went pretty well! I loved the opportunity to interact with the viewers and answer questions in real time. It is so satisfying to watch someone…

Fail Friday: Shibori Dyeing

By Sarah | July 21, 2017 | 5 Comments

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,…

Pattern Testing: Peekaboo Patterns Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit

By Sarah | February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Warning: This post may contain an overabundance of adorable baby photos. Stop looking now if that type of thing offends you. You’ve been warned. I am so excited to share another new pattern with you today: The Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit by Peekaboo Patterns. If you know Peekaboo patterns, you know that Amy always comes…

That Girl’s Got Moxi!

By Sarah | May 22, 2017 | 8 Comments

According to the Urban Dictionary, “moxie” means “sass, spunk, attitude” and can also be used to refer to  someone as a “hot chick”. I’m not sure about the latter (I’m in my 30s now, I think only my husband still says this about me), but the former certainly describes how I feel in these shorts-…

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Twirlin’ in Red White and Blue Sparkles!!!

By Sarah | April 1, 2017

Hello friends! I have something really fun to share with you today! My first strike offs! I hinted at it in my last post, and here they are! In case you’re unfamiliar with what a strike-off is, they are essentially samples of fabrics that will be run as a pre-order. To help customers to get a…

GreenStyle Midway Bomber Jacket

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Floral jackets have been EVERYWHERE this season, and I’ve been dying for one of my own. Self made, of course, so it won’t fall apart at the seams after a few washes (Target jacket, I’m looking at you!). But, I’ve been too scared to dive in and make one on my own without some serious…

Waterfall in the Garden

By Sarah | March 27, 2017

Ahh…waterfalls. When I’m stressed out (so much fabric, so little time!) I like to close my eyes and imagine myself by a forest stream at dusk, listening to the water cascade over the rocks as it flows toward a magnificent waterfall that can be heard rushing in the distance. Just close your eyes and picture…

Patterns for Pirates Heartbreaker Cami

By Sarah | March 14, 2017

It’s time I told you: I’m a pirate! No, not the kind with a parrot and an eye patch (the closest I’ve come to that is a pet lovebird in junior high) but the sewing kind- a swashbuckling member of the Patterns for Pirates Sewing Pattern Group. I have many (as yet unblogged) versions of…

The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

GreenStyle Open Back Pullover and Stride Tights

By Sarah | March 9, 2017

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…

An Easter Dress for the Princess

By Sarah | March 9, 2017

Can you believe its March already? We’ve got leprechauns running around and its almost time for Easter, which means: Easter Dresses! Growing up, picking out my Easter dress was one of my favorite things to do, and I’m no less excited about sewing the perfect Easter dress for Princess this year. Now that she can…

This one’s for the boys!

By Sarah | March 3, 2017

   I’m back with another pattern testing adventure, the Willow and Redwood vests from 5 out of 4 Patterns for two of my favorite guys! I could have alternately titled this post,  zipper immersion therapy, because with four! zippers a piece, these vests will desensitize your zipper fears FAST. I’m happy to say that thanks…

Striped Swallow Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers

By Sarah | March 2, 2017

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).…

Pattern Testing: Peekaboo Patterns Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit

By Sarah | February 23, 2017

Warning: This post may contain an overabundance of adorable baby photos. Stop looking now if that type of thing offends you. You’ve been warned. I am so excited to share another new pattern with you today: The Lullaby Line Cardigan Bodysuit by Peekaboo Patterns. If you know Peekaboo patterns, you know that Amy always comes…

Pattern Test: Ficus Cardigan by Sew Like My Mom Patterns

By Sarah | February 20, 2017

Hello! I’m back with another pattern test- this time for a women’s peplum cardigan: the Ficus from Sew Like My Mom. I know what you’re thinking: peplums? Are those still in? Won’t they accentuate my, um, assets? Well, I’m no fashion icon (I hate real pants, remember?) but this cardy is both stylish and comfortable,…

Pattern Testing: New Horizons TAMI Revolution Hoodie and Nursing Hack

By Sarah | February 10, 2017

Hello and welcome back!                                                                           Today I am thrilled to share with you another brand new pattern that I…

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