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…

Pattern Revolution: Jalie Rova Review

By Sarah | June 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

You all know my passion for doing pattern testing (see some examples here), but sometimes its fun to sew a fully developed pattern, you know? One that’s already been tested, with complete instructions and examples from people who have made it successfully? That’s why I have some exciting news today: I’ve joined the awesome team…

Sunset Cami: Lace Trim Hack

By Sarah | June 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last week I showed you my version of the Bali Blouse by New Horizons- but that was only half of the package! The Bali Blouse also includes a pattern for sweet little camisole called the Sunset Cami, to keep you covered under the open back of the Bali. Since I closed up the back of…

(Tested!) Brasov Crossover Top

By Sarah | September 17, 2017 | 7 Comments

I recently took a trip to San Francisco and found THE BEST fabric warehouse store (Discount Fabrics, in San Francisco, if you’re ever nearby!) and hit the motherlode in sweater knits, jerseys, and winter weight pontes. As I brought up roll after roll to the checkout counter, the lady in charge became more and more…

Superstar Hoodie!

By Sarah | October 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

My boys have grown like crazy this summer, as boys in general tend to do when you’re not looking. All of a sudden, they’re big seven year olds, and that sweet baby look is being replaced by a more mature confidence as they step forward in their journey toward becoming men. Its amazing and heartbreaking…

Chelsea Pants Sewalong Day 1

By Sarah | October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to day 1 of the Chelsea Pants Sew Along! I’m delighted to have you joining me over in Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along Group (even if you’re just planning on lurking….I will do my best to change your mind!) for a whirlwind week of sewing shenanigans! Today’s task is to: Choose a size Assemble…

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…

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…

Serape in the Sun

By Sarah | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I was a kid, we had this old Serape woven blanket that my dad picked up in Mexico on his travels. The colors were incredibly vivid, and despite heavy use, the blanket never seemed to show it’s wear. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of laying on this blanket at the beach, resting…

Whoa, Whoa, WOVENS! A beginner’s guide!

By Sarah | June 23, 2017 | 15 Comments

When I first learned to sew, I was told that sewing with wovens was easier than sewing with knits. They were supposed to be better behaved, easier to manipulate and more durable, not to mention less expensive. I *think* the person who told me this must have been talking about quilting cotton, because as soon…

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Sunday Fun-Day!

By Sarah | December 15, 2017

Being a homeschooling family, my kids don’t totally understand the concept of a weekend. Although our rhythms change slightly, they learn year-round, every day of the week. That’s not to say we do formal academics 365 days of the year- but we are always learning, and rarely have to get up and be somewhere by…

The Elusive Boatneck!

By Sarah | December 13, 2017

  I love a good boatneck top, and I’ve been eyeing a few of my ready to wear versions lately, thinking about replacing them with handmade as preparation for my ready to wear fast of 2018 (more on that later). However, finding a good boatneck pattern has proved more of a challenge than I anticipated- it…

Mini-Me!

By Sarah | December 11, 2017

Every month I receive a fun surprise box of fabric from Vinegar and Honey. And every month I hem and haw about what to do with it- but when this month’s box arrived, a lovely plaid ponte, I had an uncharacteristic moment of certainty, and decided that I needed to make a matching outfit for…

Bear-O-Flauge

By Sarah | December 10, 2017

You know how sometimes you spend hours sewing your kid something, picking out the perfect fabric, and the perfect pattern- and then they totally hate it? Like tantrum on the floor, refuse to even put it in the drawer hate it? That used to be this kid. Everything I sewed him, he hated- so I…

Jalie 3132- Nursing tops

By Sarah | December 7, 2017

Everyone’s all gung-ho about nursing for the first year- but you start to get mixed responses after age 1. With Princess nearing her second birthday (sob!), I’m still in no hurry to let go of those precious nursing moments, and I hope she continues to nurse for as long as it works for both of…

Christmas Traditions and Layered Sleeve Tutorial

By Sarah | December 5, 2017

I love a good Christmas tradition, and one of ours is to have mommy-made pajamas to lounge in on Christmas morning. Last year, I made my boys, daughter, and their friends a matching set of Polar Express themed pajamas- which are still in heavy rotation this year- but getting a little short arms, and kids…

My First Capsule Wardrobe!

By Sarah | November 26, 2017

I’ve been meaning to do a capsule wardrobe for a long time. But, I mean to do a lot of things, 90% of which never make it to fruition. Call it sewist ADD- as soon as I have an idea, another one jumps in front of it, and then another, and I can never be…

Family Trailblazers!

By Sarah | November 23, 2017

You might have seen it coming….but with the release of the women’s Trailblazer and nestledown add on, I now have a whole family of matching Trailblazer vests! I’ve made matching items for mommy and me, or the kids before, but never had an opportunity to create something for everyone out of the same pattern, and…

Animal Instinct

By Sarah | November 22, 2017

Are animal prints still trendy? I feel like as I’ve gotten older time seems to move more slowly for me- so it’s hard to tell if a trend is past, current, or recently been resurrected. Either way, I still like animal prints, and I had a small (slightly less than a yard) scrap left over…

Fancy girl!

By Sarah | November 22, 2017

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged something I’ve made for the Princess. I was a bit scared off by the whole stolen photo debacle (which we did manage to correct), and the fact that she’s less than cooperative when it comes to modeling. My sons can be encouraged (read: bribed) to pose appropriately- baby…

A Vest Obsession…

By Sarah | November 21, 2017

I’ve been on a bit of a vest kick lately- they’re faster to sew than jackets, and offer all the warmth of a coat without all the bulk over my arms, which really annoys me when I’m trying to mom-around. When I saw the tester call for the Oakley Vest by Love Notions, I couldn’t…

Sweater Weather!

By Sarah | November 16, 2017

As the weather gets cooler, I have to fight my natural instinct to hibernate. Much as I’d like to cozy up in front of the fireplace (my cave) and doze off all season long, life doesn’t seem to slow down, so I have to find ways to cope. Warm clothing is essential for motivating me…

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